Given that the story essentially revolves that time in life when you first become aware of this strange creature called "The Opposite Sex", Sakuraba has latched onto a topic that one can have a great deal of fun with - and in some cases he does - playing off the slightly more aware girls (they do say girls mature faster, after all) against the blissfully clueless boys. There are some genuinely funny moments too, such as Satou's explanation that men are into collarbones (which, as a friend described, is all a 5th grader really has to offer...) backfiring on him, and Chika's attempt at a
stolen kiss turning into a head butt.
He also manages, in a few short pages per chapter, to convey the personality of each character, although we don't go into too much depth, except maybe for Chika, as the story unfolds. The artwork and character design is simple, but effective, especially when it comes to Satou's facial expressions when shocked, scared or trying to weasel his way out of a corner and he doesn't try to make the characters look overly moe. If anything, they look like 5th graders should.
However, for reasons known only to the mangaka, he's also made virtually all of the stories unnecessarily ecchi. The subject matter should be able to - and does, on occasion - offer enough laughs on its own, without having to resort to pantyshots, glimpses down blouses and so forth (and the scene in the storage shed is just nasty). Admittedly, none of the set-ups are intentional, and the laughs are supposed to lie in the characters' (usually Satou) reaction to, rather than the ecchiness itself, but it is a cheap shot at getting a guffaw and it wears thin very quickly.
Unfortunately, at the end of the day, Kyou no 5 no 2 is no more than a good idea, that fails miserably in execution, which is a surprise (or maybe not) coming from the same author of "Minami-ke."
I thought this manga was great. The storyline is pretty thin but still wonderfully entertaining (like Gintama, but a more shorter and less detailed way). Basically each chapter has a different story but the characters stay consistent throughout the manga. Just a fun read about boys and girls in grade school- pretty perverted but not the hardcore type (like Perverted funny =D). There's really not much to say except I seriously enjoyed this manga. It was cute, funny, the art was hilarious (the facial expressions are priceless!) and it reminded me of the good old days when you were in grade school. I loved it,
it was adorable and definitely, without a doubt, an entertaining read.
The genres for this is more of school life and comedy. I particularly enjoyed chapters 1 - 15 for the comedy. Chapters 21 and 22 are about romance. IMO, this series is not very ecchi, in that most of the ecchi moments get mixed with comedy.
Seems like one-shots, but some chapters feature character pasts and development. The storyline within 1-15 and 21-22 are better than the rest of the chapters imo.
Great in the sense that there is much impact between the normal expressions of the people compared to the special moments when they are shocked etc. Could understand all panels and characters were drawn
Initially there was the development of personalities between the different kids, but the mangaka seemed to drop it halfway, so I was pretty confused later between the characters (who is who?), since they all acted pretty the same. Plus most of this series seem like one-shots with little relation to the other chapters so there seem to be no particular main character other than Satou.
I liked 1-15 very much, 21-22 quite much and for the rest, disliked em.
Since the average number of pages is 10, it does not take much time to read em' all. However, since most of the chapters seem to be at the limit of 10 pages (not more not less), some chapters seem to be a little draggy and some a little rushed (since they are mostly one-shots).