Romance began for these these two when Satou Hiroshi fell into Tsumabuki's arms. Literally. From the fifth floor. However, when accidents and mishaps seem to start following Tsumabuki, can their love last, especially since it's rumored that noone who have dated Hiroshi have lasted for more than week?
Despite my overall rating of 7, I really liked Lucky Number 13. The concept, character and romance development, as well as the art are all above par.
Unlike the stereotypical yaoi manga, there isn't a whole lot of cheese (or sex scenes for that matter). I enjoyed the fact that the couple was believable (emphasis on couple, as there are a lot of other elements in the manga that are definitely not believable).
I've read a fair number of manga from the mangaka, Yanamoto Kotetsuko, and in general, she does not disappoint. She produces witty, original, humorous, and often touching manga with extremely cute characters.
If you're like me and switched to reading yaoi because of wimpy, crying shoujo protagonists (not referring to all shoujo, just a wide abundance), then you're probably going to like Yanamoto's writing style. Definitely do go check out her other work. If you're looking for an entry point into reading yaoi, I would highly suggest you go for something else (e.g. Totally Captivated, Junjou Romantica, Katekyo!).
If you're reading this review prior to reading the manga, let me warn you that the ending is sudden and severely disappointing. I think Yanamoto intended to end it lightheartedly and have the reader fill in the gap, but there was just an overall sense of irresolution. "That's it?" was my first response as well as many others. I think it was clever to end it at thirteen chapters considering the title of this manga, but there needed to be closure about the condition of Hiroshi's so called curse or "constitution". There is so much opportunity for development especially with Hiroshi's parents, but of course, I understand there are certain limits in the world of manga writing.
tl;dr: The manga is enjoyable and interesting; you should definitely check out other works from Yanamoto; but the ending of Lucky Number 13 is most unsatisfying.read more
This is one of the cutest ( and best) mangas I have ever read. Why have more people not read it? Why is it not worshiped? This rom com has forever heightened my standards. The whole idea of bad luck is tricky and isnt commonly seen under the romance genre, so this plot was super original and absolutely adorable. Even when you look at all the other plots similar to this, it still seems to stand out because of the way that its played off.
The art, oh my goodness! It is so so cute; I have read all of this Mangaka's works, and she never seems to fail in impressing me with her sweet art. I really cant get enough!
The characters are super original and I fell in love with both of them the moment they were introduced. The two of those boys are the perfect match. Overall this was an amazing story to read. It was an adventure the whole way and I wish that the story was longer. I definitely recommend this to anyone whos a fan of quality plot and characters.read more
I thought since surprisingly NO ONE reviewed this wonderful manga, so I would have to go through the trouble to do so.
For starters, if you've never read any other works by Yamamoto Kotetsuko, I suggest you also read them because they are AMAZING!
OKay I think I'm done onward to the review!
As you have probably (or not) read the summary, this is about Tsumabuki who falls in love with Satou but when they start dating, Tsumabuki suddenly experiences many strange unlucky occurrences that happens to him. But that's not the only thing: rumors has it that everyone Satou dates will break up within one week.
Oh god the ART!
It seems so simple yet so adorable at the same time.
I like how Yamamoto usually has a baseball otaku as a character. Seeing how she likes baseball herself. Though I don't particularly have a fondness towards baseball, I found it adorable and hilarious (lots of baseball references).
Even though I hate the typical girly uke scenario, this was one of the exceptions. It's not cliché like they normally are and the uke was loveable (not the annoying uke type)
Overall, I absolutely LOVED it!
the plot was original and went on a nice pace that made you understand it, art was wonderful, nice evenness of humor and drama. Now go and read it!read more