Kazuya Kagami never goes anywhere without the precious "Fukurobi" his mother gave him. One day a beautiful, kimono-clad girl named Kiriha appeared before him. Kiriha naturally began to live with Kazuya in his room. Then there's Chisato, Kazuya's childhood friend with glasses and a ponytail, who meddles in his affairs. Soon there's also an overprotective older sister who seems to want to take baths with him. Jumble in a huge-chested priestess, a good-looking sorceress named Kokuyoura, beautiful women, and hot girls, and Kazuya's happy, embarrassing, confusing life begins…
Plot- Kazuya Kagami never goes anywhere without the “Sakura Obi” . One day, kimono-clad girl named Kiriha appeared before him. Kiriha naturally began to live with Kazuya in his room. Then there’s Chisato, Kazuya’s childhood friend with glasses and a ponytail, who meddles in his affairs.Jumble in a huge-chested priestess, a good-looking sorceress named Kokuyoura, and Kazuya’s happy, embarrassing, confusing life begins!
- From the synopsis, it sounds like your average harem. Well, it is but a really good one with lot of potential! Only 56 chapters has been released so far, it has everything great pervert comedy, superpower action and moreover it's Seinen too. It's
definitely not everyone's cup of tea but people who wants to read good harem, this one should be definitely in your list!
There is a tl;dr at the end for those wanting a short review.
Warning: this show contains a lot of nudity, so if you are not into that or easily offended, this is your chance to turn away. That said, let's start the review:
There are not many serious harem/ecchi shows and that's mainly because the combination doesn't work well. Shows like Freezing, Change 123 and Ikkitousen have a similar setting and they often implement paper mache-like clothes purely for fanservice or rely on certain characters to keep the fans at bay. Tsugumomo does not do that. It has serious moments, followed by occasional humour because
not the fans desire it, but the author himself. (Yeah, let this one sink in). He stated that whenever a new character is introduced, he wants to draw them without clothes as soon as possible. Let me quote him from ch 71.5: "The main part has no fanservice scenes! This is a grave matter. So I worked hard on the omake. Because it's hard on the author when there are no fanservice scenes, working on the chapters included in this volume ought to have been quite difficult. But now that it's done, I don't remember very well."
Why is it that I enjoyed reading Tsugumomo? The main character gets involved in a lot of harem and ecchi scenes and is quite a whimp, same as any other ecchi manga. However, he is determined to fight for a just cause and wants to keep improving himself to protect others. This too sounds familiar? The difference is that the fighting scenes are quite dynamic and the techniques interesting. But before I start explaining that into detail, let me explain the setting.
Kazuya Kagami always keeps his obi (a silk cloth) from his mother with him. It is only after falling off a school roof that the obi reveals herself as a person and saves Kazuya from falling by weaving the obi in a cushion. They start to fight against a so called Amasogi, an object matured quickly because of the owners' desire. They are unstable and need to be suppressed by the owner, or he (the owner) receives a backlash, equivalent to the item. This is done by exorcists, like Kazuya and their Tsukumogami. A Tsukumogami is an object matured over time with the owners desire and therefore stable. The first Amasogi was a wig and therefore, that owner goes bald after the battle. Similar cases for other items. The fights are pretty cool. The MC starts off weak, but improves greatly over time. His Tsukumogami, the obi Kiriha, can be woven into different shapes. The variety is great to see. The most common finisher attack is some spiral drill attack, immensely similar to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's drills, but he also uses the cloth to bind around his legs to enhance their strength, or as a shield to block incoming attacks.
There are other exorcists who enter the story at a later point. All of them have interesting Tsukumogami, whose powers are based on items ranging from a daruma doll to a sickle with a chain and any item in between. Throw in fitting characters who -apart from the main characters- don't fit the usual tsundere, loli, big boobed etc type, yet are intriguing on their own. The side characters have one clear trait, yet don't feel all that one-dimensional, given the fact that most of them are minor characters.
Every character is portrayed naked at some point and as the manga progresses, the nudity occurs more frequently and the content increases to the point of showing everything of the female body. I've seen the first few episodes of the anime and they don't show nipples, but miraculously cover them. I'm seriously wondering how they want to keep doing that, because -let me tell you- it's impossible later on.
As mentioned before, the fighting scenes are dynamic. The artwork is amazing. Not Somali to mori no kami sama level, but exceptional nonetheless. I honestly don't remember the artwork at the start, but the later half implements amazing scenery, detailed effects, interesting and clearly shown items as well as the anatomy of the female body. If not for the fighting scenes, it would be mostly the artwork combined with the nudity that commend me to keep reading this.
Story- 7. It doesn't keep you on edge and is relatively simple, but that is not the main focus of the story.
Art- 9. Amazing, the background, fighting scenes, objects and the anatomy are terrific.
Character- 7. The MC develops over the story, he becomes more confident and even side characters are quite interesting.
Enjoyment- 9. The interesting fights with a myriad of (often) japanese objects are fantastic to behold, but I would be lying if I said I didn't do it for the nudity as well.
Overall- 8/10. Starts off as a pretty mediocre show, but develops into something serious and interesting. There were some really dark scenes at a certain point. Something I didn't expect at first, judging from the genres. I would recommend this mostly to the male gender as it contains some shounen elements and nudity, but if female readers don't mind that, I would recommend this to everyone who enjoys some no nonsense action and occasional humour.
So I only learned of this manga because of the anime. After watching episode 9 of the anime, I got intrigued and decided to binge the manga. And let me tell you, that has been one of the few good decisions I've made in my life. After catching up to the current manga chapter, it instantly became one of my favorite manga.
The beginning is very bland. Very typical 2007 manga bland. Male MC meets a female spirit and starts to build his harem.
The first 9 volumes are enjoyable but nothing really stands out.
Volume 10... let's just say that volume 10 is something else
entirely. As a backstory volume, it has lots of revelations and explanations. This is where the currently biggest arc of the manga starts. This volume will definitely get anybody hooked to the story.
Volumes 11-14 have lots of surprises for you so much so that it will take a lot of restraint to pause reading and do something else(like sleeping). Chapter 70 of volume 14 is one of the biggest surprise I have encountered in my life. Do not even try to read it in advance as it will be a HUGE spoiler.
Tsugumomo has a lot of both action scenes and ecchi scenes. And both are masterfully done. The fights and female bodies are both incredibly detailed.
Action scenes first. The fights are very well-directed and so disgustingly epic that adrenaline is sure to fill up your body.
Tsugumomo contains a lot of ecchi. But do not let this discourage you from reading this masterpiece. The ecchi is not stupid(I'm looking at you, To Love-Ru). The ecchi are not used for fanservice but instead for comedy. And it is comedy gold. Expect to see an ecchi scene after every fight. Why? Well, the mangaka is so passionate about ecchi that he just can't not draw some ecchi after drawing chapters of epic fights. Also, the mangaka stated that whenever a new female character is introduced, he wants to draw her nude as soon as possible. And he sure does deliver(insert lenny face).
The characters are perhaps the weakest point of Tsugumomo. You could immediately sense that this is a manga from the 2000s just from the first few chapters. But don't get me wrong, the characters have improved quite a lot over the years. Most of the useless characters from the beginning were pretty much thrown away after a while.
Don't even dare think that the male MC is a useless character whose only purpose is to whine(shut up, Yukiteru). MC is so much of a badass even from his birth. In the latest volume, the MC is training to fight the strongest human to have ever walked the Earth. While he is dense romantically and not the smartest person on the planet, the other parts of his brain are definitely working. Being able to resist even the strongest temptations within an instant, even Speedwagon is afraid! His principles in life are quite relatable and he takes them seriously. Dead serious. He doesn't show any kind of hesitation to fight anybody that thinks tsugumomo are only tools that shouldn't be treated as partners.
Just how enjoyable is this? After catching up to the latest volume, I felt emptiness in my heart. This is a sensation that I've never experienced before. And I'm not the only one. Someone I know said, "I felt like I was a drug addict going through withdrawal."
Tsugumomo gave me goosebumps multiple times. Quite a feat as I barely feel a chill down my spine even when watching some respectable fighting scenes in anime.
My favorite part is perhaps the heavy drama at the end of volume 14. I could not believe what I just read that night. I was barely able to sleep.
tl;dr: a masterpiece with story and action that even rival some of the greatest manga out there. Would recommend to anyone and their mother.
So the story is as the sinopsis follows, classic harem MC trains and gets stronger with every fight.
For me the real extraordinary of this manga is the art, every detail is well drawn, the girls personality is consistent and they are well drawn, as for the battle scenes are plain amazing, easy to follow and get inmersed in.
Truth be told the manga is quite good and the story is interesting enough to keep you going, the art just draws you in and the comedy is golden. It may have a slow start but you should give it a go cause when the action begins it
will not stop and the plot twists will blow your mind.
In summary really good manga, if you have time try this out