Yamada is a castaway on an island without any ships passing by and he is unable to recall why he is there. After finding his sports bag, he assumes he was on a school trip. With only 7 days worth of food, he eventually decides to make a boat to leave the island. He thought he was alone on the island until finding a girl named Imaise Chika eating his food. They then decide to continue carving the boat together. Since the boat only has room for one, Yamada decides to set off for help, but returns upon noticing that not only has Imaise put her share of rations in his bag, they are mostly untouched as well. After returning, he notices she made the oar out of a fishing lance and he decides they can live on the island longer.
This is a relatively new manga I've come across while browsing for new mangas to read, and the storyline is quite a refreshing experience for me.
If you're looking for a realistic manga, you may not find this too realistic because it's not an everyday thing to be able stranded on an island with a hot girl and being nice to you and all. However, if you read it without being too critical, it'll draw you right in to the whole plot, making the reader hungering for more.
Though I had said earlier that the setting wasn't very realistic, this manga tries to however potray real
life emotions and the dilemma a guy faces in a relationship and being alone with a hot girl. :D It is indeed quite amusing to see Yamada struggling with his feelings while trying to look after himself and Imaise. Meanwhile, I find that Imaise's behaviour is just quite similar to the girls I've known - cute, kind, but also at times unfathomable. :/
All in all, one can consider reading this manga, and see how it much it reflects in your own life. Although only 5 chapters have been published, I can already relate some of the situations shown in the manga in my life, thus making me enjoy the manga even more. Okazaki Takeshi has laid a good foundation, it now remains to be seen whether he can build a magnificent plot from this foundation!
This is a manga which has TONS of quality in it. I went into this manga completely blind and I was extremely impressed with everything that was presented.
I literally logged on just to write a review out of admiration for this hidden gem because of how captivated I was, simply because quality like this is not easy to come across. This manga IMO is extremely well balanced in several aspects, but most importantly is just really damn enjoyable to read.
The setting is unique and supernatural. The story & plot is gripping and somewhat complex (think Erased, or Steins Gate here), but
not to the point where it's difficult to wrap your head around what's happening. The characters are developed with great care and the art is not bad by any means. Every character has a sensible head on their shoulders and have reasonable emotions which are geniunely respectable and relatable.
The pacing is excellent, the story continues along very coherently and nothing happens out of the blue just for the sake of convenience or adding plot twists to spice things up. Everything is very well thought out and planned, and is discernable as a reader. There is a good amount of suspense and intrigue which keeps you wanting more.
This is embellished by a very shounen-like romance but successfully remains mature and sensible. The love presented is somewhat cliche but portrayed meaningfully. It is not littered by perverse fanservice, but is not entirely absent as well. It is handled with great class, and that balance is a very strong point in this manga.
(Some personal thoughts)
This was like a HUGE breath of fresh air. It has just the right amount of light-heartedness and maturity necessary for me to give it high praise. I never felt it was excessive in any one aspect, but instead is just really well balanced with the right amount of moderation in several aspects. I'm certainly no stranger to anime/manga, I don't give out 10s often at all. This one was deserving.
While I was nearing towards the 40s in chapters, I kept thinking to myself how this manga has just the right amount of so many things that I want in a manga. It has that shounen vibe without all the flaws of a shounen (predictabilty, excessive fan-service, non-sensible resolutions, etc. etc.).
It's strange that I say this but I felt like I was reading a mature shounen, while simultaneously reading a light seinen. It works brilliantly.
There's only a handful of characters ever presented in this manga, but I never got bored or fed up with any of them because of how well they are developed. Furthermore, the premise of the story & plot is carried out extremely well, and I'm just left super impressed and wanting more. Awesome manga.
This manga turned out to be something different from what it appears to be at glance.
In the beginning we would think that this manga is just like any other manga, full of fan service and a rather pathetic guy. The synopsis is misleading your preconception of what this manga really is. The mystery genre is the real gem of this manga. It keeps teasing you and makes you yearn for more. As we read more we start to think about the mysteries in this manga such as how they got to this island. Don't let ecchi genre throw you off, there is very little
of those scenes.
In terms of character development, as we learn more about our main character, we soon start to see him being put in situations where he begins to mature and become more reliable. There isn't exactly situations where they battle for survival but they need to adapt to the situation they are in.
If you are looking for a relatively short but interesting read that will keep you engaged and wanting more, feel free to give this manga a go.