Most people would freak out if their new apartment was haunted. But Gotou Seiichi actually welcomes the supernatural, as long as it's a cute ghost like Uehara Hinako. Seiichi comes from a family who has spiritual awareness and willingly chose the apartment after he heard rumors of a female ghost haunting the place. He instantly falls in love with Hinako who tries every trick she knows of scaring him out. But with every attempt, she makes him fall in love with her even more.
I read this in japanese, but my japanese isn't that good yet, so keep that in mind. This review doesn't contain overt spoilers.
Zettai Reiiki starts out very simple: A guy wants to live alone, so he looks for cheap apartments. A certain listing catches his eye. And it's haunted.
When he gets there, the ghost tries to drive him away. But, because he's a freak, and she's a cute little girl, he's not bothered at all.
The entire story is the hijinks of our protagonist, his apartment's ghost, and their neighbors, family, and the people they keep running into. The cast is actually kind of small, but
has exactly enough diversity to give the world flavor, and not enough to make any of the important characters seem less so. There's a steady trickle of new characters and gags, so even though there's not much to work with here, it stays fresh without going nuts and ruining its tone.
Despite being a comedy, there's actually a story here, and it's responsible for many of the interactions that happen. It's not a particularly deep story, but it *does* end properly, and it helps drive the manga from volume to volume.
It's definitely a thing that some cliches here overstay their welcome, but they always stop before they get bad enough to be annoying to me. Similarly, every volume ends on a false cliffhanger, which isn't really annoying if you have the whole series, and since the story is mostly an excuse for the comedy, it doesn't do much damage.
As I neared the end of the seventh volume, I felt like I was gonna miss this manga once I finished it, so I slowed down. That's a mark of a good story to me, but not good enough that the ending is my goal.
When I started reading this manga I didn't know what to expect. Art seemed to be appealing and I'm really big fan of 4koma yet the author of this manga haven't done any other work but even so I decided I will read it whole even so I don't know Japanese so well (yup I have read it in original version) but the language was pretty simple and I easily got everything what was written :)... so let's start maybe with:
It is 4koma so one could expect that there won't be any major story... and yet there is... It starts with some guy who
found cheap flat to live in meeting a ghost girl, Uehara Hinako, that really wants to drive him out from the flat. Well this guy, known as Gotou Seiichi doesn't want to leave from there and in reality he doesn't shows any signs of scare before this ghost girl and even better - he falls in love with her. YEP... In this moment, when he said "let's marry", I was like "WHAT THE HELL". It's pretty unique but even so... the story isn't so good, don't wanna make too much spoilers but this manga, like I said at first sentence of this paragraph, is 4koma and 4komas have it in common that they aren't "story oriented".
As I stated at beginning, the art, although it isn't really that original, is really appealing and I truly loved it. I love this style and author seems to be making a big effort to put his whole skill into it. Even though this is 4koma the backrounds seems to be okay :). And character faces are BEAUTIFUL.
Characters are nicely done, they aren't really original. Of course, we have original setting, but their personality is typical - tsundere-like ghost girl, mischievous ghost's friend (also ghost), clumsy and bobby girl with obviously shy personality, a little perverted but good-natured protagonist etc. But they are still preety decent and I wouldn't want more of manga like this.
As I stated at beginning - I LOVE 4koma and I really enjoyed this one. This is probably one of the best 4komas I have ever read. Every page made me laugh really hard. And every page made me want to read more and more. I hope there will be more mangas like this one!
My opinion is a little biased taking in accordance that I love 4koma... but I really recommend this manga to anyone who doesn't hate 4komas, yes I know, there are people like this, I even have friends like this. I don't really understand why they don't like this kind of mangas but is that even matter? If you don't like 4koma - don't tough it, If you like or have no idea what is that... try this one, you should be really happy reading it :)! It has some flaws so I can't give it hard 10 but there is no reason to lower score below 9. This is just pure epicness and fun!