A depressing story about how a Japanese family's life goes wrong: an immoral protagonist, her sister who was gang raped before, her alcoholic mother who later devoted her life to a cult, and her father who lost favor with his company... full of sexual content and highly violent.
Essentially, Arigatou is a depiction of the deconstruction and harmonious breakdown of one particular Japanese family and how one man intends to revive his role as father. In order to protect his family from the many hardships that have befallen them. The author Yamamoto Naoki is a man who in essence, can in every form; portray the adverse effect of the human psyche in conjunction to the way certain actions and events make human beings feel.
One thing to note about this series is that though it's content is aimed at the more mature, it comes complete with a rather heavy comedic overtone
that's meant to be taken in stride by the readers who indulge this literary work. At times some of the material can seem a bit nonsensical, droll even. However Naoki weaves every event nicely, leaving literary nothing left to be desired.
This series from the start felt more like one of those American gross out films that was meant to be taken as a Slice of life, dealing with a story archetype themed in the "coming of age". The story essentially starts off with young teenagers discussing female masturbation, so one could only imagine the material that follows.
In regards to sex, which is infact very apparent throughout this series. I just want to say that the sexual content was never the focal point of the series. The erotic aspect of this title came second to the series's underlying theme and overall message. That message was essentially; family and how many of us intend to either diverge and or remain within ones own family structure.
All of the characters were indeed wonderfully unique in their apparent roles; we have the cheeky and rebellious daughter Takako, the emotionally depraved and confused older daughter Akiko, the reclused and alcoholic mother figure, and the overprotecting yet embarrassing father figure Susuki-san.
Altogether I had alot of fun reading Arigatou for it humorous antics, depictions strickly for the more mature, and it's ever tangent versatility that can be perceived from so many opposing perspectives. I can now say I'm an avid fan of Naoki's artistic works, Arigatou was truly one of those rare gems in this literary genre we call manga.
Arigatou is unapologetically gounded, brave, and progressive.
First of all, I think the sex scenes turned some people off into giving lower ratings than it deserves. This resembles Welcome to the NHK in that it's a story of flawed protagonists. Imo, the first half is entertaining, but the second half is coherent. The first half suffers from forced plot driving with awkward conflicts and dialogues that seem ridiculous at first. But honestly, that was a huge part of the entertainment in reading it that kept me going.
The farther along you get into the 2nd half, the pieces add together that really humanize the characters and
reflect the current social problems of Japan. The events then became less ludicrous (unfortunately less entertaining, but the balance needed to be there I guess).
Overall, the story handles humor surprisingly well. My favorite part of the story is consistency. People get way too narrow-minded in "character development" into thinking that characters must change to be compelling. This manga is a great example that shows that "character consistency," or the understanding of someone by seeing how consistently he/she sticks to the guiding principles in tough situations, is a powerful way to humanize fiction as well. This can seem foolish, goofy, powerful, etc. But it was hardly ever boring.
I personally liked the art style despite its age but I can understand if others don't.
In conclusion, not a revolutionary character study, but Arigatou is a mediocre premise executed very well.
arigatou is a manga about a dysfunctional family the series revolves around the Suzuki family consisting of an overprotecting father, a older sister, a rebellious younger sister, and an alcoholic mother.
the first part of manga is really a prefect story it interesting gripping and you cant stop reading but it goes bit boring in the second half with all the fake religious cult story but after some chapter it again gain momentum and start getting interesting.
character are great the character of father can get annoying some time but it a good depiction of a overprotecting father. the other character are also realistic especially the
depiction of the takako as a rebellious daughter.
the art of the manga is the only negative thing about the manga its not bad but its also not anything great.