Yamada has a goal when she enters high school. She wants to make 100 sex friends, but she's got one small problem: she's a virgin! Afraid of being rejected or ridiculed by hot guys, she decides that in order for her to reach her goal she first has to lose her virginity. While in a bookstore looking for a new dictionary she bumps into Kosuda, a very average boy, and decides he's the perfect candidate to get the job done.
Will Yamada succeed in getting Kosuda to bed, or will something more bloom from the not so innocent start to their relationship?
I decided to start reading the B Gata H Kei manga after watching the anime but the manga was suddenly stopped and i was left unsure whether they were gonna be continued :(. But then I checked agen this year (2011) and the manga had been picked up and completed, so i decided to read the series incase the anime is never carried on.
As I read the manga, I truly fell for it all over again :p. Compared to the anime, the manga told the story in a very slower mode. This way I greatly enjoyed the story because we got to see the development
of Yamada and Kosuda relationship which made it seem that more realistic. As you read along we also get to learn more about the other characters as well as questionable moments of Yamada's sex obsession (which is clarified by the completion of the manga) :p
The only thing I would say that really let's the mode down is the art work; but obvisioly I believe as you read along, it is best to let your imagination take control instead of just the drawings :)
Ah, B Gata H Kei. I remember being so reluctant to watch the anime when I first heard about it, and in the end, I ended up watching it and falling absolutely in love with it. I loved its humor and the relationship between Yamada and Kosuda; if it were any better, the anime could have gotten a perfect score out of me. The manga, which I started reading months after finishing the anime, managed to bring out the best in this series and give us a satisfying ending.
Now, after writing a crappy review for the anime that has since been deleted, I shall now
present my review of the manga for B Gata H Kei!
B Gata H Kei follows a girl named Yamada (first name withheld), whose goal is to have sex with 100 guys before her high school graduation. There is just one problem, though; despite the fact that she is popular throughout her school, she actually has never had sex before. Thus, she decides that if she's going to achieve that goal, she's going to have to lose her virginity. Luckily, she meets a fellow virgin, Takashi Kosuda, and decides that her first time will be with him. Yamada then tries time and time again to get Kosuda to have sex with her, but as time goes on, she actually starts to fall in love with him....
The art from this manga is as good as in its anime adaptation, with solid character designs. For example, Kosuda was meant to be plain, and Youko Sanri definitely made him look plain! Now, the story in the manga is slower-paced than in the anime, and for some people, that can be really irritating. However, the slow story actually works in the manga's favor; it provides character development for several of the characters. The character development in the manga not only made me like Yamada and Kosuda more than ever, but it actually made me like characters that I originally didn't pay a lot of attention. Take Katase, for example; I didn't really care for her too much in the anime, but when the manga shifts its focus to her, especially her budding relationship with Kudou, she's actually a fun character.
Overall, I absolutely loved B Gata H Kei. If you're a fan of the anime adaptation or just don't mind lots of ecchi moments, I recommend you stop reading this review and read it right now. It doesn't matter whether you're a virgin or not; it's still great to see two virgins lose it to each other!
B Gata H Kei is one of the best and funniest stories on the subject of "first love" romance that I've ever read. It is at its heart a romance story, but its non-traditional take on it is what makes this manga so great. This is not a story with characters that act the way normal people do. Rather, this is a story where the characters do and say the things we've all wanted to, but couldn't. The author does a great job showing the insecurities and self-doubt most of us feel when dealing with new relationships, and it's her keen understanding of these aspects
of human nature that make B Gata H Kei much more than it seems at first.
While this is a story about romance, the fore-front plot device is all about sex. And while this topic of sex permeates the story from beginning to end (this is not a story for kids to read!), I think of it as the bait that the author used to lure readers in. It's about sex, but it's NOT about sex. B Gata H Kei shows young people as we all were, and all will be-- inexperienced youths desperately fighting our hormones and, simultaneously, our fears of rejection, disappointment, and embarassment. While many high-school stories represent these fear aspects of young love, B Gata H Kei includes the topic of sex which allows it to explore these feelings to their conclusion, from beginning to end.
I think of B Gata H Kei like of a naughtier version of School Rumble, a little bit. They're both series about young people trying to find love and having non-stop, hilarious problems. The author being a woman also makes this story very different from the typical ecchi romance stories you see everywhere. This isn't a Shoujo manga by any means, but I think it would be more accessible to a female audience because of its approach. Most of the main characters are female and their insecurities are addressed even more than the male characters' (though our insecurities are revealed plainly too!)
Interestingly, at the end of one volume the author included some chapters from an early draft for her story, and it was really bad! The primary characters were the same and the basic concept was the same, but the flow of the story was entirely different. It was much more direct and plain. What I think makes B Gata H Kei so great is that it isn't so much about sex as it is about how trying to get it (the right way) is a long, terrifying, eventful road. Yes, a lot of the jokes are crude, and if you try to read all in a few sittings they will get a little old and predictable. But there are so many moments where you will say "I know that feel, bro" that you'll keep reading.
The ending is also mostly fulfilling, much more so than the anime. I do recommend the anime, the art is great and the humor is intact. For the first 3/4ths of the manga, it matches almost perfectly with the anime (though the manga has more material as you would expect) but the last quarter for the manga is entirely different, and I feel it's much more entertaining and interesting than the anime. If you enjoyed the anime, you definitely want to read the manga.
If you enjoy adorable romantic comedies and don't mind having characters with their minds in the gutter, you can't get to watching/reading B Gata H Kei fast enough!
Before I start reviewing, (*Warnings)
*I recommend the manga, not the anime. Since you get more in-depth with the story and it continues off where the anime stopped.
Summary: It's just about a popular school girl who wants to have sex with 100 guys, but somehow has trouble with her first one. She's still a virgin so she doesn't have any experience. Towards the middle, you'll see a lot of progress on how much she changed towards her goal.
*It sounds bad for some people, and it might turn some heads, but again I recommend to read before you judge, because it'll change your mind on
the very first five chapters, and soon enough you just want to keep reading.
Plot (8.4): It sounds so bad at first, and I'll be honest... I was one of the few people who just gave this manga a skip so many times. Now that I've read it, I'm glad and wished that I read it much earlier, and wouldn't even mind reading it again in the future. There was some parts I didn't like, or thought that wasn't needed, but it fixes itself in the next chapter or page or so. I'm telling some of the people who were skeptical when reading the plot, to give this a shot.
Art (6.8): I feel the art is the down for this manga, but it can be cute at times also. Some of the characters can look the same, and sometimes it can even look pretty good. At others time it can look like crap, which is a harsh word to say when I'm praising, but it's the truth at times. So basically if you're into an anime with artistic talent, then I have to stop you here, because you're not finding that here, but then again I want you to give this manga a chance still.
Characters (8.6): Some of the characters are unique for what they are in a manga like this, and some of them can be cliche but somehow fit in a story that's about a girl trying to have sex with 100 dudes. The main guy, Kosuda can be sympathize with many men who are reading this manga, and that's what I like about that. I love it when every time Yamada talks about her sex problems, because she has no experience and is a virgin, it just makes it very funny to see her being so naive. That's the major strong hold of this manga, and I'm glad I didn't see them destroy that strong hold in towards the middle to the end either. So if you enjoy comedy, sex puns, naive misinterpretations, romance, and so on, then I recommend this highly to anyone.
Enjoyment (8.8): I'm glad that I read and finished this manga, 6 out of 10 mangas I've read I usually drop in the first few chapters because they whether either too cliche, bad, or just boring. I honestly told myself that I was going to read a few chapters to see how bad this was, but I was wrong, completely wrong... It's not the best manga I have ever read, but it's no where near the worst.
Overall (8.1): Going in with a mindset of thinking of dropping this manga in the very first couple of pages was completely dumb of me. I went from 1 page to 300 chapters, and I have no regrets what so ever. I hope a lot of people will give this manga a chance. It's something you won't regret... I swear to God.
Thanks for reading! ~Shaney (69thStreet)
A lot of anime tend to portray their female characters as shy and naive, but not B Gata H Kei. The protagonist, Yamada, is concerned with whether or not she'll be able to reach a certain "magic number". The steamy, yet cute, opening serves as the perfect gateway to the series!