Michiru is a high school boy who isn't really good at anything, including sports and socializing. He likes watching one of his classmates, Haruka, as she practices swimming. Haruka happens to be the only member of the swimming club associated with his school. As she and the coach search for members, she notices him and innocently believes he's been watching her because he really wants to swim. Michiru is unable to say no to her invitation to the club, even though he's never swam before and has no idea how it's done. Michiru finds his life changing as Haruka patiently teaches him how to swim.
Frogman is a moderately ecchi seinen romantic comedy about a nice, nonathletic boy (who can't swim) who joins the swim team to get closer to a pretty girl. If that plot sounds uninteresting to you, then look elsewhere; Frogman is a fine example of it's type, but there is nothing here that's exceptional or even all that unpredictable. On the other hand, if that plot sounds like it might be fine... read on.
Oh, and note that this isn't really a sports manga: the swim team setting is just an excuse to have girls hanging out in swimsuits. They don't go to swim-meets,
and I think there are only three swimming races of any type in the entire manga.
Story (6): It's mostly a slice-of-life romantic comedy. The two spend most of the manga trying to sort out their budding romantic feelings for each other, while a series of antics ensue around them. The manga isn't long enough for this to get frustrating or for the jokes to get old, so that's good. On the down side, there is one storyline involving a rival high school that's a tad too dark for this manga, and the ending is a bit abrupt (though not altogether unsatisfying).
Art (7): Pretty girls in swimsuits. Lots of them. Otherwise, the artwork is serviceable shounen.
Character (7): Michiru is a fairly typical shounen rom-com lead: nice guy, hard working, nonathletic, and kind of spineless when it comes to women. That being said, he isn't as annoying as some others in the genre. Haruka is a bit more interesting, as she balances her desire to have fun and hang out with her friends, with her growing romantic feelings (that she's completely unprepared for). Otherwise, you've seen these characters before: busty, aggressive coach; tsundere romantic foil; the childish and lacking-in-boundaries girl who is in love with the tsundere; and a few other side characters who come and go without leaving too much of an impression.
Enjoyment (7): Some of the jokes are funny, Haruka is always pleasant whenever she's the focus of the story, the lead isn't overly annoying, and there is good eye-candy throughout.
Overall (7): If you like ecchi shounen rom-coms, you can certainly do a hell of a lot worse than Frogman. It's certainly not perfect, but it's a solid example of the genre.
In an attempt to read another Suzuka, I read frogman. If you like sports and romance this is probably a manga you should check out.
The story follows a shy boy and in his conquest to get the better of himself in many aspects of his life. One day he meets a girl on the swim team, who is extremely talented at swimming and loves it. From the start the girl has quite a bit of interest in him the boy being quite dense thinks his love for her is one sided. Of course another girl shows up, a moody tsundere! Who hates everything about our
fine male protagonist, and how pathetic he is, however soon comes to love him.
In terms of a story, I think this would be far better off as a rom com, the sport aspect of this manga is a huge turn off because I feel like it was done poorly, and in terms of comparing it to other sport romances like Suzuka it really falls short.
The artwork is very nice and I can appreciate it and the faces and backgrounds.
All in all, if your interested in swimming with some romance this is for you but dont expect it to be top notch, this manga had potential to be really good, but dont let that stop you from reading it.