I really enjoyed this manga.
I watched the anime adaptation a while ago and I decided I should read the manga to see what happened after that ending.
What I found was a dramatic story that had me crying for the last - at least - 25 chapters.
I love every character, since they are all refreshing and funny. As for the story, yes, it is a bit confusing, but I seriously recomend to continue on reading, since everything will be clarified in due time.
I don't regret reading this manga at all, I found it to be funny, dramatic and both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
I have to say, when I started reading it, I got interested but as the chapters went by somehow I got the feeling that mangaka really wasn't good at story telling.
Don't get me wrong, this manga is not that bad but I felt it didn't rise to its full potential. Discovery about male main character came too sudden and it kinda rushed things from then on.
Even so, the idea was interesting, art was good and I enjoyed most of it. And, from what I can tell, there are hints that something bigger is going to happen. I'll wait for that...
In the begining I really enjoyed it but once the second part started I began to hate my favorite character because to me he wasn't the same one that made him my favorite. There are still hints of what he use to be but its not the same.
At the begining of the second part I was lost and confused because there's a serious lapse of time and you aren't told what is going on until like five chapters later and when I finally figured out what happened I became pissed.
So over all first part good and I'm waiting for something to redeem the second part.
In terms of art and character design they are both very good. Every character is unique with no stereotypical characters to be seen. Even though the story could touch a highschool you don't find the usual highschool class setting used. There are no more characters than needed and each personality is thoroughly explored.
In terms of story the first two volumes are followed in the anime adaptation and tie very well together, easily an 8 or 9.
From there, there is some slow development that culminates in a tragedy, and the story telling gets more and more confusing. Characters start changing aspect,
personality, age and so on and continuity is gone. By the end some things are kind of explained but the main plot of the original two volumes is kind of forgotten. It's a shame but I found myself more and more disheartening at how the story progressed.
I guess the base premise itself didn't open itself to a lot of options, and given it was told very fast in the first two volumes, the author just wasn't left with a lot to fill 5 extra volumes.
Still, well worth the short read, specially if you liked the anime adaptation.
“Inu x Boku SS” seemed like a pretty innocent manga when I picked it up at first. The beginning chapters revolved around a spoiled little girl who had trouble making friends because she was a huge tsundere, so the majority of her comments were scathing insults. Immediately afterward, though, she regretted her words but could do nothing to recant them.
Then there was him, the SS agent assigned to protect her in that tall building filled with other weird misfits. He was loyal as a dog to her and soon enough, it was revealed that the SS was not composed of ordinary bodyguards, nor were the
people they protected average. Everyone involved had the blood of demons inside of them, so they could transform into powerful and formidable hybrids. And then?
In the beginning the manga was mildly interesting. Ririchiyo is intriguing enough; she’s a very cute little girl with a smart mouth that she can’t seem to control, and her interactions with her clingy servant Miketsukami are comical. After getting to know the rest of the curious tenants in the complex “Ayakashi Kan,” which took up a chunk of time, there was the development of her relationship with Miketsukami. Admittedly I was not shipping that a whole lot, but given their revealed history it was only natural that the chips fall as they did.
Strangely enough, though, after that whole part about the characters becoming some endearing family, the manga seemed to reach another arc where the supernatural stuff really kicked in. There was a conflict that involved some ultimate demon gathering where some mind-control stuff seemed to be going on. That was where the plot really took off, bringing in some alternate timelines or something and I was a little bit confused, but mind you, not as confused as when I was reading “Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles.” While the character development in the first arc was pleasant to read, it was not as riveting as this demon arc where lives were threatened and the world seemed to cave in on itself. I’m not even entirely sure I understood what went on myself, but I definitely read a lot more chapters in one day than I did before.
That short, lithe, and long-haired girl Ririchiyo makes for a distinct protagonist. She considers herself independent, intelligent, and self-sufficient. Even if that’s the case, she’s required to be accompanied by a member of the SS for safety, a fact that she ignores at first until she sees Miketsukami’s loyalty to her. After spending more time with him, her confidence seems to waver and more of her vulnerabilities show. She certainly demonstrates character development as a result of her involvement with him, which is shown beautifully in their relationship. Her ornery side seems to fade and she’s all the more enjoyable to hang out with, as the other characters comment.
Miketsukami appears to be the nicest of all gentlemen when he is introduced, having a curious infatuation with his master Ririchiyo, but he hides a lot of secrets. I’m not entirely sure I know everything about his character even after finishing the manga, but I’ll let you know he has a lot of dirt. I suppose it’s a little typical for the extremely nice guy to be hiding a huge secret, but it really turns his whole personality around. On the plus side, he’s very handsome and a skilled fighter.
After the first few chapters, it became obvious to me that this manga was driven by its characters. The mangaka was able to make it extremely original because of them, with so many different body types, personalities, and powers. I can’t say that I disliked any of them because they all had their perks. I even liked the ones that were probably supposed to be annoying because they were funny.
That would be the selling point, so to speak. I’ve seen clips from the anime and it doesn’t compare at all; the author draws the characters so wonderfully. The colored images are drawn with pale shades and delicate lines. I always like seeing Ririchiyo’s long hair and Nobaru’s shrine maiden outfit. It reminded me a lot of how modern shoujo manga is drawn, and I checked several times to make sure that this manga was a shounen.
Even if the story did pick up in the last two-thirds, I’m not sure I would say this is one of my favorites. It seems to be very popular from what people say about the anime, though, and seeing as the manga is the source material it should be even better. I was thrown off by the plot twists, though, and found my initial opinion about it changed at the end. It was worth it to see the great artwork and cool characters, though.
After much thought I've decided to drop this Manga after reading halfway through chapter 10. It sucks because i mostly have to finish what i started BUT I self-forced the plug. My reason? Well there's a few let's start off
1. The story- it's alright but not too great, but of course I only read to Ch.10
2. Characters- honestly the MC and Miketsukami were my least fav characters in this! What the hell. They should be likeable right? But bro Miketsukami's personality was the blandest. Hell I even enjoyed Kagerou tons better! (His insults are hilarious) plus the supporting characters scenes were more interesting imo.
3. Romance- okay so this was the biggest turnoff point for me: lolicon. Okay so not exactly sure if i'm using the right term but a supporting character even mentions it so eh why not? I guess I should've known they would've gone that way I mean, just look at the Manga Image and the focus on them from the start but I admit a part of me just hoped they wouldn't do that they'd go with platonic frienship. But nope. I don't mind age gaps too much but when the girl is still a kid and she's drawn so small compared to the guy I couldn't go further. It creeped me out a lil. Now if their relationship began when the girl was around 19 or something and appeared mature then yeah I wouldn't mind. Sorry she looks like a tween to me.
4. Manga Translation- Yes. alright so the translation is not very...top. The English version i've been reading from is kinda..broken? it uses terms that are not very common and at times i don't understand where the convo was meant to imply/say. Don't get me wrong I appreciate the fan scanlation group doing this but i really was confused many times :/ . Plus some word bubbles even had no words! (i guess they musta missed some) but you see what I mean?
With all that, yeah unfortunately I had to let this manga go, (I hate dropping things :-/) I'll still watch the anime though, it's only 1 season I believe. [Also, Yay MY First Review! ^-^)/ ]
I was loving this manga, getting all excited because it was unique and exciting until.....
After chapter 19...
(Spoiler) Mike got killed and then the next chapters???
I became so confused by the continuous irrelevant chapters that didn't explain a shit what happened to Ririchiyo. Seemed like she was in the future (?) or that the incident where (Spoiler) Mike died was just a dream?
It got so frustrating that I stopped reading at Chapter 22.
This COULD HAVE BEEN an awesome manga if it weren't for what happened after chapter 19. ;/