There is something a bit twisted inside of the teenage girl Madoka. It comes out one day when she has to deal with a groper on a public train. He may be scarred for life by the time she's finally through with him. But for her, at least, this encounter may only be the beginning...
From chapter 1 I loved this series, however no matter how much I enjoyed this series the translators dropped this series. so all you have is chapters 1 - 20 and the rest except the final chapter which is 36 in raw. The story is amazing and great taking you into the minds of a masochist guy and a sadist girl; with pretty twisted story that occurs later on (from what I hear). I would love someone to translate chapters 21 to 59, cause this manga needs to be known.
When I accidentally stumbled upon this manga, my first thought was that it resembles Sundome a lot. The unmistakable art, it must really be from the same mangaka. True enough, my suspicion was right. Going in this manga, I already had expectations from it. But damn, the twisted perversion on this one puts Sundome to shame. Is it better than Sundome? Well not really, but it still manages to hold well against it.
All you need to know about this manga is that it is very crude and perverted. Heck, this is considered borderline hentai. However, I’d rather pick this than most hentai doujins I’ve read.
Why? Because it’s more engaging in terms of both story and style. The chemistry between Kakiguchi and Madoka is beautiful, though using that term is quite strange in the context of the manga. Let us say they complement each other really well. We have Kakiguchi who is really a hopeless virgin seen as scum working in a sex shop. Then we have Madoka, a high school girl with a bossy yet seductive attitude, who started to live under the same roof as Kakiguchi. Most of the material of the manga mainly consists of these two individuals engaging in very sexual acts that appeal to bizarre fetishes. They can get really disgusting, but eventually you get kind of used to it if you manage to stomach the initial shock.
While it isn’t very apparent, there is character development. As the story progresses, one can observe how Madoka starts acting more natural. Normally, she would act all devilish but there are times when she would actually get flustered which can be surprising yet delighting. Both Madoka and Kakiguchi start to display concern and affection for each other, although it’s very subtle. You can pick it up during internal monologues, or when you observe how they seem to have a different reaction from a situation that is considered normal to their lifestyle. I don’t believe it has to do with romance though. It’s more like forming a trust between them, like they accept and embrace each other’s filth that they don’t want any other person to see.
Now, my main complaint with the manga is the story’s direction in the second half. While it is necessary for a story to have some kind of conflict, I think the manga did a disappointing job with it. “Oho, we have this two people enjoying each other’s company and what do we do? Of course, insert some two-faced villain that will ruin everything. Oh wait! How about we also add a jealous best friend? That would be better right?”
The conclusion, it was just terrible. It kind of depresses me how half-assed the ending was. I was expecting some sort of catharsis, but what I’ve got in return was a trainwreck. I was slowly getting emotionally invested with the two lead characters and they don’t deserve a finale like that. There were so many things the manga could have gone for like explaining why is Madoka such a troubled individual? The manga didn’t shed any light on that part and many other things.
But maybe, what the manga is trying to say is that not everyone gets a happy ending. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s the right setup for a depressing story between two depraved individuals. I’m still feeling conflicted with my overall opinion, but I still think it’s worth checking out especially if you’re a fan of the author’s other works such as Sundome. Nevertheless, dive in to the dark world of Ibitsu, where the darkness might just swallow you and taint your mind and body. Hope is optional, and expecting the greatest from it will just make your ruin greater.
After a few chapters in, I got the feeling that the story is kinda going in the same track as Nana to Kaoru, with the similar SM elements and also male lead inferior, female lead unravelled beauty plotline.
What lured me deeper into the story was how the author tackles Kakiguchi's elevating erotic desire for Madoka as conflicts within himself. Personally I enjoy Kakiguchi's character as the weak man with a strong sense of morality.
Pacing was good for the first 40 plus chapters, but have absolutely no clue why the ending was such. Never saw THAT ending coming in a million years, and will leave
you wondering why you invested 62 chapters worth of time to read THAT.
I think it displays a perfect, umm.. Sado-mazo or, I don't really know what kind of a relationship that is exactly, but whatever it is, it's a perfect example of it. What I mean to say with that is that.. When I see this kind of stuff wherever, I could only appreciate it if I were an individual who has grown up and developed with/into such a mindset.
Here in this story, I've for the first time ever(even still somewhat) managed to enjoy the fetishism in it.
The things that would normally be "get this out of my face", or even "*blurgh* that is disgusting", were okay
to me, and in one(out of only a few instances), THE LATTER was an amazingly beautiful moment.
Perhaps I'll whenever I encounter this stuff wherever from now on always remember this story, and the end of it. I hope that it will be so.
I dislike that the character insight is low, in the sense that there is basically zero of the characters' pasts told about.
It probably makes it very hard to accept this story, to take it with full seriousness/sincerity. A friend for who I'd concluded that this manga would suit their preference, dropped it almost immediately because of exactly this issue. She thought that Madoka is the devil and couldn't take the manga seriously, she wanted to read something realistic and not niche horror stories.
The low rating is here because it's not my perfect cup of tea.
The low rating is also an act of spite for never being revealed more about the characters' pasts.
There are beautiful moments. Those moments take time to witness because to me it was hard to get a firm assesment of the characters(the thing crucial for me in order to love a story), and those moments have for me been based on growing to understand the characters more. Growing to understand how they express themself. With that said, those moments did't start ocurring within me until about early half-way through the story because the understanding has had to have developed first.
The ending vastly rose this story for me.
Up until the ending, I going to give it a 4/10.
But after the very end, it was kinda perfect.
The way this ended hurt, and I love that.
When a story makes me feel, well.. That's why I'm reading stories to begin with.
The end of this story is amazing and excruciatingly affecting.
It made for the story to be a piece that I've read, and that I'm very glad to have done so.
Oh, now that I think of this particular something, I'm getting goosebumps.
I love the "leaf-jumping".
Those two love and enjoy doing that.
It's so.. Beautiful..
Makes me recall a thing from the movie "American Beauty"(apart from that blonde actress's half-naked beauty), and I've seen the movie more than 10 years ago.
A couple in that movie recorded a plastic bag being swirled around by the wind, and then later watched that recording. It is beautiful to them.
Jumping on fallen autumn leaves.
A thing I don't really understand and I don't think I can understand so I take it for granted and see it for what it's to me presented as, something that is to another beautiful.
With the niche fetishes, perhaps, but when walking through the streets brim with autumn leaves, from now on I'll often recall the two of this story.
The two of them never hugged.
That is horrible to me. That is the worst, the saddest part of this story to me.
They never hugged.
I get the feeling of suffocation upon thoroughly remembering that fact.
It is absolutely horrible to me.
Furthermore, seeing how the story ended, the possibility for the two of them to hug each other no longer existing..... Bloody hell.
(Naturally, this is all based singulary on how much of a significant thing a hug is for me. To hug the one you love and adore..)