This is the story of Nanase Iruke. She's short, tomboyish, and her one joy in life is volleyball. On Iruka's 17th birthday her Volleyball club is disbanded. Feeling somewhat depressed she and her friends from the club take a trip to the beach and discover Beach volleyball. Iruka cant wait to play and rushes to the court only to be told to give up being a player because of her short stature by the local Volleyball Diva. In a rage Iruka challenges her to a match to prove her abilities. It doest look like she has a chance but Iruka has a secret weapon and nobody will ever make fun of her on the beach again....well....Not about her ability to play Volleyball anyway...
This is more or less your typical "sports" story, all be it with cute girls in bikinis on the beach , playing beach volleyball.
The story honestly until the latest few chapter was a bit dull and sluggish , despite all the nice eye candy.That said the last few chapters, have picked up a bit offering a bit more character and plot development.
All in all its not totally bad , worth a look and hopefully will continue to improve in the future.
Story: 7; The story is good. I thought it was similar to Haikyuu, only less intense. Possibly because there are less characters? I don't know really. Its a pretty simple story. I imagine you would find it boring if you have watched a lot of sports anime. I've only watched a few sports anime and this is my first sports manga.
Art: 10; The art is pretty amazing. Mainly because the Mangaka is really good at drawing sexy women without making their bodies all weird and distorted. He is also really good at positioning the "camera" for some sweet action
shots that capture the motion, direction, force, and perspective of the action... and the panties. (I remember thinking on one panel, "why does this panty shot look so badass? If she wasn't wearing a skirt, this would just be a really awesome picture of someone spiking the ball.)
Characters: 6; The characters are not the same old cliche characters I normally see, so I wasn't immediately tired of them, but they don't get "fleshed out" very much. actually, now that I think about it, a lot of the characters don't get fleshed out at all. None of the characters are very deep, and only a couple get any backstory. The rating might deserve a 5, but I enjoyed them so I can't bring the score that low.
The MC is just a little ball of energy who doesn't slow down for anything. I liked how she didn't get bi-polar and depressed just in order to add drama. She was simple, but I could always count on her to push as hard as she could to keep the story moving, and not get stuck up in pointless drama.
Enjoyment: 9; I really enjoyed this manga, but I think a large part of my enjoyment had to do with the mood I was in when I started reading this. I haven't watched a sports anime in a long time, and the last one I watched was Haikyuu, about volleyball. so it was interesting to compare it to beach volleyball.
Overall: 8; Personally I give it an 8, but if I'm being honest it deserves a 7. If this review was based only on the story and characters, I would have to give it a 6, but the artwork made me give it an 8.
Honestly, I was in a rather erotic mood when I read this. Normally I think fanservice is a bit distasteful, but I fully enjoyed it in this manga, and it was kind of unavoidable, when you have sexy girls playing beach volleyball, you can't avoid a bunch of fanservice. The story was so simple that all the fanservice didn't feel out of place as it would in a more serious story.