Norio Tsuburaya is just your average, regular high school student — until the day when he drives his scooter into a garden wall and wakes up with the ability to see zoomans! His eyes aren't the only things affected — his pheromones are working overtime, and all the hot beast breeds at school are looking to mate... with HIM! Just when he thinks things can't get any worse, his heavyweight schoolmate, Kunimasa, "marks" Norio as his! What's an in-demand premium to do?
*UPDATED: Volume 8 was released in English on 22nd July 2014.
As the synopsis states: the series starts with a high school boy who starts getting unwanted sexual attentions after a near-death experience. Two brothers (from a high breed of animal descendants) decided to help him control his pheromones that he is unintentional producing, which is causing a frenzy to everyone around him.
The series also follows a lot of other characters. Spanning over eight* current volumes there are a lot of different stories revolving around different animals: bears, eagles, a bat, a merlion, a mongoose, snakes, dogs...just to name a few. Oh and even though the
art is sloppy, at times, it still delivers some great panels, expressions and some hot scenes!
I found some parts a little confusing, at first, while trying to understanding the ‘animal ranks’. The mangaka does explain it well with charts and pyramids, explaining how it all works but the thing I couldn't grasp is that these ‘animals’ have sexual urges, that are considered just to be their instincts, causing urges towards the same sex?! Also, the Madarame brother states that he only wants to plant his ‘seed’ in Norio and for Norio to bare his offspring, hence his urges towards him. What the?!
Also, after a while, it started to get weird. Really weird. If male pregnancy is a turn-off, I suggest you steer clear. As I mentioned above: one of the Madarame brothers was interested in Norio because he wanted him to bare his offspring. At first I thought I was a joke but came to realise that they weren't kidding; men could actually give birth and grow a vagina!
I have to admit that after I ventured into that side of the manga I couldn't go back. Even though there were some eyebrow-raising moments, they were overridden by the scenes of romance and comedy and after getting a understanding of the manga's theme, I could really start to enjoy it. The manga has some potential using the animal/supernatural themes. This also has some good drama and some surprisingly deep scenes.
This is not for everyone, however, I still suggest giving it ago. Maybe watch the anime first if you are new to this series.
I find it surprising how many people rate this series so highly. I guess it is an acquired taste. I’m not usually one to judge a manga or anime on the artwork or to let it get in the way of reading it but personally, I cannot stand Tarako Kotobuki’s drawing style. I don’t even like the look of any of her characters. I don’t expect them to be all pretty-pretty but to me they just look odd. Not only because they inhabit a world where hands and feet can be twice the size of your entire head. Most of the time it’s not a
stylistic choice, it’s just lazy. The lack of detail is disappointing, even with a simplistic drawing style. There are certain panels that are drawn marginally well so Kotobuki proves that she does have the ability.
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It may not be the most original storyline, but the anime hardly does any justice to the manga.
In the manga the art is interesting, even if a little disproportional at times and the story has actual character development. I actually really like the art, even if it was a bit off-putting at first.
The characters in the anime only show a minimal amount, especially seeing as this is just an OVA. In the manga you see a lot more and come into an understanding with not only Norio, but all the characters around him.
Sometimes to the point that you completely wonder if the main couple
You see, the manga goes into chapter phases where at times it'll follow the real time and when a new character is introduced it follows their background with their lover (I actually enjoyed these a lot. Many of them had extremely complicated relationships) so we can have a better feel of the depth in it.
I'll admit--this does have rape and I don't approve of it and get extremely tired when that's all there is to yaoi manga. To be honest, I think that's why a lot of people steer clear of it now.
I think it happened about once... Not with the main pairing, either.
Norio, the main character, isn't the typical uke being stupid about how he feels and actually tells Kunimasa his feelings first and has the balls
to tell him that he doesn't want to be with someone who doesn't love him.
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Kunimasa isn't the most socially aware penguin and is pretty insensitive (not abusive to Norio) and Norio doesn't want to put up with his apathy.
It's not just the main characters who develop--it's all the side characters, too. It makes it feel like one big family.
Love/Sex Pistols may not be like your typical manga and I enjoy it, especially the relationships which the mangaka, although sometimes not in the best ways, takes the time to develop.
I will admit, though, this does have some yaoi stereotypes and tropes.
I'm afraid that I can't really find any manga that stay away from that anymore.
Sometimes the dialogue is a little... strange, especially when it comes to the male pregnancy, but the relationships are pretty realistic, depending on the pairing, and the characters have genuine self-conflict and problems that are easy to relate to, especially with their insecurities.
If you can get past the art (which, to be honest, I don't mind at all) and the male pregnancy and look at the characters and their depth it'll be pretty okay and relatable.