High schoolers Yuki and Shigeru aren't dating, but still enjoy a highly active sexual relationship. Naïve and still very child-like in the way they think, it comes as a great shock to them when Shigeru discovers she's pregnant. The two are confronted with the decision of aborting the baby and wounding Shigeru, or to keep it and face great opposition from their parents and high school, and *gasp* miss their beloved Conflict concerts!
Akkan Baby is a Shoujo manga about a stupid-crazy teen couple that now have to deal with the issues of teen pregnancy. Even though it deals with a serious issue it can be hard to take it seriously with a couple this dumb. This turned out to be an unexpectedly great shoujo manga, as it is able to deliver its jokes in such a stupidly funny way but still retain some realism, for it to become serious whenever it needs to.
It has a very standard artwork which is typical for shoujo manga however when things get whacky, so does the artwork. The two main characters
are what bring the whacky artwork to life, with their hilarious antics and weird personalities. Yet apart form the two main characters, there really isn't anyone else that is developed as well, in this short manga.
This is a really enjoyable manga that manages to deal with the seriousness of teen pregnancy in such a fun way. Even though it's short enough to finish in a day the story doesn't feel rushed at all, as it develops nicely however I do feel that more could have been done.
This manga was beyond entertaining, it had my interest the entire time!
Shigeru and Yuki were some idiotic, naive, and lovable goofballs throughout the story. They had sex constantly in the first volume, yet neither of them knew what condoms were! Both did have to make some mature decisions later on but remained childish which is true to their personalities.
This story was hilarious and dabbled in slapstick often, but any discussions by Yuki and Shigeru's respective parents shed a serious light.
A character that was clearly meant to be hated in the third volume showed her humanity. She was not an entirely cruel person because of
that, this manga gets a thumbs up from me. It went beyond the cliché bad guy route. It also showed with Shigeru's classmates, that if you are trying to do good and help someone, to not take advantage of the situation for ulterior motives. I like that weren't any stereotypical character molds (like shy kid, tsundere kid, pervert kid, etc). (Yuki's character is a bit debatable! He's your basic genki guy...Reminds me of Luffy!)
I really enjoyed all the characters! Yuki is my favorite. He has so many off the wall and heartfelt responses. I loved the Conflict rock band members too. Despite being a wild bunch, they were very mature and helped in the beginning stages of the pregnancy. My least liked character would probably be Shigeru's dad, but I understand his frustrations. I was so ready for him to knock the stuffing out of Yuki. Of course, that would have been predicable so the manga went another interesting route!
The artwork was pretty! It was no eyesore for me! Good art and an enjoyable story!
In conclusion, this is a short manga series good for reading anytime! It is also holds great re-read value for me. I can see myself going back to all my favorite parts over and over again.
This does not really count as a spoiler but... I was wrong hehe! The baby was my favorite character! With parents like that, I can't believe the baby's personality was so different! I wish we could have seen more of Shigeru ,Yuki, and their baby! Maybe it's best it ended where it did. You know, keep it simple...
The draw in for this is the concept of teen pregnancy. Pregnancy in general is pretty foreign, and obtuse to me, so I found it interesting. Perhaps even more interesting than what it actually is, so my review could be somewhat biased.
As I stated before this story's draw in is teen pregnancy. I thought it brought up some pretty good points about parenting that I didn't really think of until then. Akkan Baby also managed to get a few laughs out of me as well. Though my sense of humor is kind of odd, or different than most peoples.
This has a rather feminine art style,
which until recently I was really against, and I refused to read anything with shoujo like art style. This despite the cover a lot of the art wasn't really that bad. When I read manga looking back I never really complained about this art sucking, or looking really cheesy so nothing really stood out for me.
I really liked the characters, and would normally rate higher. The only problem would that only the two main characters actually had any major development. Considering the length of the manga, I can't really blame the author though.
I really enjoyed this manga. It was one of those manga's that I would take breaks, and think about what I just read. I still ended up reading this in a single day though, and I lost track of what time it was when I was reading it.
As a whole there isn't anything major I need to point out like some contridiction that destroys the whole basis of the story. I think anyone would like this manga unless, they are only into extreme comedies with no story, or recently had some problem with pregnancy, or baby's. Which I think would be a given.
the manga has rough art and main characters that are childish, crazy, a bit ignorant and immature. The story however makes up for all these.
What makes this story beautiful though is the way the characters develop when faced with the issue of teenage pregnancy. At first, they're completely blind and hopeless but slowly, they grow-- and you'll learn to love them the whole way. Not only are the main characters admirable, but also the people that surrounds them which just paints a pretty picture about family, friends and support.
The story is a learning experience through and through.