Yuu Tomonoga is a genius who was accepted to an American university at the young age of 13 and later accepted into the university's graduate program. Unfortunately, he loses funding for his research, but decides to drop out and continue the research on his own. He travels back to Japan in hopes of getting funding, but he quickly runs out of money for daily living. Luckily, he gets a call from an old friend and accepts his offer to teach at an all-girls school.
The synopsis doesn't do this series justice. If you liked Taiyou no Ie or Hirunaka no Ryuusei, then you will like this one.
Yuu's story--his problems as a researcher, and his feelings as a new teacher--is really just the lens to get to know three girls in his class:
-- The genius who desperately wants to be "normal."
-- The model dealing with her first love.
-- The "loose" girl who never wants to go home.
It's these stories that drive this manga, and ultimately that make it great. These three are all beautifully drawn, brilliantly written, and wonderfully developed characters. They learn, they grow, and they
all achieve a happy ending that they worked hard to find. It's some of the best character development that I've ever seen in any manga.
The other side characters are hit-and-miss. Yuu and the older male teacher are both pretty well developed (though I would have loved to have seen an epilogue chapter from Yuu's perspective that fleshed out the romance aspect a bit more.) The female otaku friend of the three main girls was always just kind of hanging around and not doing much, until the last chapter, when suddenly she seemed to have this really interesting personality. The two female teachers both played important roles, and yet were oddly lacking in character development or screen time, considering. I wish there had been more time spent on them.
Ultimately, however, the hits massively outweigh the misses. This is a great manga for anyone who likes dramatic slice of life with a little romance.
the story of a prodigy student who became a teacher not quite an uncommon plot, yet this manga seems to reinforce or satisfy the fantasy of teacher/student relationship. This was not the quite plot that I expected, yet it wasn't really a surprise factor as it seems to drive in this direction very early in the story. Essentially 3 main characters, Tomonaga, Haruka, and Aoi are all seemingly related to the scheme of the plot, but there is quite obviously a focus on the relationship between Aoi and Tomanaga, with Haruka as a girl with hopeless, unrequited feelings for her teacher. We later
find out that Aoi is a genius, similarly to Tomanaga and this further drives their relationship into boundaries that not even Tomanaga wanted to indulge in as they both try to uncover the mathematical concept that explains the world in all its beauties. While there is a emphasis on physics and mathematics, one can enjoy the story without really acknowledging it, which is convenient i guess. As mentioned before, this story seems to satisfy a rather particular niche, yet lacks motivation for progression besides a the love relationship. Strange due to the fact that the main character seems to discourage such relationships in general.
It's good, not extremely unique but satisfying for a lack of a better word.
While there are other characters in Aoi's friend group, some that reinforce the teacher/student relationship and others that are completely unrelated to the plot. I might've missed something, but the general sense of some of the characters seemed to be very vague in terms of presence or relation to the story. Tomanaga and Aoi are explicitly the main characters, and while the story tries to intertwine Haruka into the plot by convenience, she merely seems to represent the rom/com (with a lack of com) and is left in the dust. This could be seen as realistic and bitter turn of events, but i honestly ask the question; what's the point? Haruka's experience kickstarts the story and puts her in the spotlight in the beginning, but later on her presence dwindles and her pursuits for love seem so hopeless, i can't help but feel pity. Tomanaga lacks a solid background besides the fact that he was a genius kid while Aoi's experiences are more developed, and these two are completely cut off from the rest of the world while working together in their lab. This directly relates to the relative beauty of the world in the eyes of others, and it becomes clear that my views differ from Tomanaga's or Aoi's. Probably why Tomanaga seemed like such a spineless individual that lacked anything I could empathize with.
Enjoyment / Overall: 6
In conclusion, this manga was a fine time-spender and a 6 seems to fit my experiences with it fairly well. Not exactly my cup of tea, but similarly to the beauties of this world, thats relative to the individual.
Quite frankly, this series was a huge let-down, right from the start. It is unfathomable to me how a series without any semblance of substance such as Yasashii Sekai no Tsukurikata can get away with any of the praise found in the review section below. At best, this series is painfully average, with heavy-handed attempts at being dramatic or introspective.
If you’re looking for a show with purpose, this is not it. The cast of characters are all bland and severely archetypal, resorting into a stereotypical harem environment filled with all its usual tropes and clichés. The pacing of the narrative was a
mess, with certain characters falling in love with our protagonist without much reason or motivation. In fact, everything that seems to happen in this manga is aimless. The main character is passive, forcing the plot to take a nosedive into the everyday happenings of the school. The cast of characters all seem like cardboard cutouts of one another. Many of their personalities are so similar it becomes not only difficult to care about any of them, but hard to distinguish them as well.
The artwork is by in large average with a few specks of beautiful panels here and there. None of the panels in this manga will blow you away with beauty or effort, but they get the job done. A lot of the environmental panels look like the absolute minimum required to draw. The strength of the mangaka seems to be in drawing close-ups of faces.
In all, this Manga does not provide anything new or insightful to its readers and is highly undeserving of any of the praise seen in some of these reviews. If you’re looking for an average romance series, there are many better series to choose from.
I'm hesitant to write the very first review for a new series. An obscure one (for now) to boot. So, without any further ado, here's my take -- and do forgive me for any misconceptions I may make since this is still a very new manga.
The summary is exactly what MAL's very own synopsis says. While there certainly are /some/ panty shots, this manga isn't exclusively ecchi. Rather, I feel, it is a very slow school romance. What's very interesting is that despite the common "guy teaches at an all-girls school" trope, the story doesn't read like a harem. Indeed, the mangaka chooses to
focus on three main characters: Yuu Tomonoga (the 19-year-old teacher whose true passion is research), Haruka (the problem girl who was sexually harassed by a previous teacher), and Aoi (the girl genius who studies physics in her free time).
Each chapter reveals a little something about Tomonoga-san's past, mostly his struggles as a genius with an extraordinarily high IQ. Each chapter also covers his experiences as a teacher, as he tries to help both Haruka and Aoi, while at the same time, he remains ignorant of their crushes. I'm especially glad that the story isn't episodic or arc-like so far and that it is told from a few different perspectives, which makes for greater variety.
Like I said, panty shots exist, albeit in a more subtle, subdued form -- sorry, fans of ecchi manga like Rosario+ Vampire! They don't distract from the manga, which is a real treat for female readers, because they're not so obvious. The accidental shots actually reinforce Tomonoga-san's young age, when he just blushes and runs out of the room.
I thought the art resembled the Durarara!! illustrations due to flat noses and character designs. Generally, the art of Yasashii Sekai no Tsukurikata is well done and kept simple with backgrounds as needed -- just enough to keep the story flowing and to not distract the reader. Screen tones are used frequently, yet cartoony expressions are little to none.
Although not every character is given the same treatment, the three main characters that I listed earlier -- Tomonoga, Haruka, and Aoi -- are developed adequately for me to start caring about them. Personally, I'm rooting for Aoi to date Tomonoga-san if it had to come down to a love triangle, but I wish that Tomonoga-san would not be involved in a relationship with one of his students. Then again, it's ~manga~ and he's young, so who knows?
Haruka's personality drives the story. Ever since she was molested by a teacher who, according to another teacher, started looking at her as a woman when she modeled for a magazine, Haruka is deeply suspicious of Tomonoga's intentions. She is also concerned for her fellow students, especially the shorter Aoi.
Mhm. Read all five scanlated chapters in one go.
Good, looking forward to the next chapter! Will check back every once in a while, 'cause the scanlations are not updated as frequently as those of WSJ series.