Fujimura is a loner delinquent at his school. Feared by his classmates since the first day of high school, he's had no friends and usually ditches class. But even his standoffish nature can't hold up when a class president with a few screws loose comes after him! And two more class presidents. They're a few cards short of a full deck too. (Actually, he's more like the tsukkomi in a world of boke.)
'Fujimura-kun Mates' is a comedic manga in a high school life setting. Where the main character gets caught up in a crazy harem situation.
The joke timings in the manga are perfectly placed. And unlike school life humor such as 'Nichijou', or 'Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou' where after a joke has ended it cuts and begins another joke, in 'Fujimura-kun Mates' manage to fluidly link chapters together either through time progression (day to night to next to) or the conclusion of a joke begins another.
Conclusion: Its been a long time since I've hard such a fun time reading a manga.
If all the attractive women in our world were boke, I would probably die single. But our young hero made the sacrifice I wouldn't. He became... a tsukkomi.
Fujimura-mates has a story, but that really isn't the focus of the manga. For the most part the story is just used to transition one joke to another. The amount of story it does have is actually pretty good. It is the weakest part of the manga however. So if you are looking for manzai characters in a strong story look elsewhere. If you are looking for a manzai comedy that actually has a sort decent plot,
this manga is perfect for you.
The art is average. The girls are cute, and there really isn't much to complain about on the art style. But there weren't any moments that make you stop and think "Oh this looks cool". For a comedy of this sort, art isn't the primary focus anyways.
To be honest, most of the characters grew annoying when they were all together. However I am not a fan of manzai style comedy and this manga still made the characters generally likable. The characters are really what sells the manga and they did a good job keeping me entertained. If you are not a fan of manzai but still want to read this, I recommend reading it in bursts rather than all at once, because the characters remain likable that way. If you are a fan you should have no problems.
As mentioned earlier I am not a fan of manzai, but I still had a great time with this manga. The boke when in a group annoyed me and just made me feel bad for the MC. But when they are in smaller groups or by themselves I enjoyed myself immensely. At times the humour drifts away from manzai, and I caught myself laughing. Although I gave it a 5, which is usually an average on my scale, it is anything but average. It just had equal shares of highs and lows.
I can highly recommend this to anyone who likes the tsukkomi and boke relationship. If you don't I would still recommend reading the first few chapters and seeing how you handle it.
[This review (not really, just my thoughts), should only be read by people who finished Fukimura-kun Meitsu or people who don't mind getting spoiled.
It should be read thoughtfully, as it follows a linear line of thinking; you'll get lost if you try to skim. (I have some personal thoughts mixed inside)]
Funny, although it was sometimes repetitive. The love teasing was way, way too much.
The only things that made up for it was Eri hugging Fukimura in a bed somewhere in the middle of the manga (non-romantically) and her kissing him, for 1 panel, in the last chapter.
It really hurts to think that
it is over, since I wasted quite some time (in 2 sittings: one at night, (about 2-3 hours), 1 the following day, from 12-16 (it was during exam session)).
This type of reaction and feeling of emptiness is felt by any man who witnesses a manga end with a character they really like in it, never to be seen again (except by non-canon fan made content).
But, even as I say that, my estimate is that my feelings for the manga will greatly deminish in 2-3 days, or even 1.
As it happens, this manga is not really unique, at least for the harem part and two of the girls (Shizuru and Surabe). The first one has a "tsundere girl who slowly realizes she loves the MC" vibe to her, the second one is better, but a little too affectionate and not serious enough. However, they are likeable and aren't piece by piece scripted architypes of female characters in manga/anime/LN.
Speaking of MC, he is a nice guy, yeah. However, I do believe he wasn't serious enough with his relashionships. In my opinion, he should have cleared things up a bit faster. (The damn, way too long, love triangle (more of quadrilateral))
The ending sequence started in the second to last chapter. It was good, in the sense that it didn't stretch itself, but was also bad, because it was toooo quick.
As I remind (or inform) you, the time-skip was in the last chapter, the only chapter where some (the) real affection starts, the kiss.
This, like what happens in many other romance manga, hurt me, but, I do feel relieved, in the sense that there was a serious sense of closure. There isn't a feeling of if their situation will be recked by life since it is (or at least I think that it is) implied that they'll live together and the girls married to the guy.
Obviously, this glosses over some serious problems, like stuff in the bedroom, so it still makes me a bit worried for their relashionship.
But, I think the author was right to end it here, since I probably would've started believing the fantasy world presented to me from the manga.
The art was correct, in the sense that it didn't make me think it was super hard to make nor did it impede my enjoyment. Not too worked, not too shabby; I like this the best, since, at least for now, I read quite quickly romance manga, since, at the moment I'm writing this, I'm a sucker for fuzziness of the heart and escapism of a reality that is disorganized (aka life (maybe like some of you)).
You should read the manga, but at the same time, not. I'm going to say this because I'm feeling this myself. There are conditions in which you should definitely, in my opinion, not read the manga.
[Slight disclaimer, some of you are maybe going to feel "who are you to judge in what condition and when I read manga".]
If you have stuff to do, please don't read this. This applies to a lot. If an imposed or self made deadline is close and you haven't prepared for it yet, and if it weren't for reading manga, you would work on it, you shouldn't definitely shouldn't read the manga.
If you have goals or fantasies that cannot be really fulfilled by reading the manga, don't.
If you crave for romantic stories and passion and don't have a girlfriend, don't read this. Two reasons, it's a serious teaser (you'll die of the suspense), and reading the manga will fake fulfill your desires,
the saddest feeling in the world...
post-separation emptyness disorder.
This feeling, when the manga is finished, is amplified if you try to fulfill something that you don't have by read this manga. You'll feel empty.
For me personally, because of my current situation, the separation from the likable characters and 2d girls hurts.
Stop reading this and get out of the building. Take a walk or something, I don't know; just don't bet your happiness on it. You are going to be happy, but when the inevitable end comes, you'll drown, in the feeling of remorse caused by parting with the world and/or the characters.
I'm saying all this because I am a survivor of many instances and periods of PSED (post-separation emptyness disorder, as mentioned earlier).
The pain hurts, and can only be avoided if there are people/friends/lover in real life, that you care for, love, encounter frequently, who have the same feelings toward you and whom you can trust in that they are with you for no ulterior motive, just because they like being with you.
Long preaching over, in the case that you're well off, you should read this manga, it's very good, that's all I have to say.
PS: My self-imposed unwanted advice is applicable to anything that you'll care too much for, be it manga, anime, book series or people. Have something to live for, and don't waste this manga by making it your shallow escape from your non-fulfilled life. It's funny and makes you feel fuzzy inside.
Meet the main character Fujimura, who is probably the only sane person in this manga. He is a deliquent and uninterested student who has not been showing up to school.Hilarity ensues when Eri Usumi, who has a crush on Fujimura, comes to convince him to come to school as well as confessing her love for him. That really scares him off, but he hasn't even seen the beginning yet, until he enters school the second day. Classmates consisting of a guy who dresses like a roman gladiator, a girl who can't speak proper japenese (thus giving way to many opportunities for jokes),absent minded and delusional
student council president, the school idol (the moe character) and finally the vice president who is the second close sane character. Hilarity ensues with Fujimura's encounters with each of the (crazy) characters, mostly because he's always trying to clear up/explain/resolve misunderstanding of his words and actions. Look for many references to classic shounen works in some of the gags as well as parodies of shoujo cliches that make the story even funnier.
Story 8- Like most gag mangas, it's mostly situational comedy, there's no real plot.The story is about Fujimura trying to adjust to the crazies around him while trying to stay sane and the girls trying to get Fujimura to go out with them (even if it means forming a harem on their own).Still it flows well and moves at a reasonble pace (though not for the poor Fujimura).
Art 8- Art is pretty and I can actually tell the characters apart pretty well. The girls not only have different hair styles and colors, their chest sizes and accessories also help distinguish them.
Characters 9- Each and every character is equally important to the story. They all add their own zaniness to it, also because some of them are parodies of character types (like tsundre, yandere, moe,stoic, etc..). In terms of their personalities and absurdities, I have my personal favs. I liked the first girl introduced, Eri Usumi (stalker girl) and the vice president Harumi, the stoic who is really uninterested in most matters and in Fujimura.
Enjoyment 10- This is the second manga to make me laugh out loud (after WA!) and needless to say that is enough for enjoyment. In between waiting for chapters, I re read the manga from beginning, because it's just as funny no matter how many times you read it. Even the chapter titles are funny, as well as the side notes. Don't skip a word, no matter where it is placed in the panel, because I assure you you'll miss some funiness.
Overall 9- Because of two characters that were introduced in the beginning, r not focused on as much (and they r very funny). I am referring the gladiator wearing classmate and the girl who can't speak proper japanese. So anyways, I am deducting one point from the overall rating because of it.
When I picked this title, I didn't expect it to be such a funny gag/parody manga. Mostly because they're really hard to pull. There are very few mangas, except for some 4koma ones, that r this funny. I highly recommend anyone who's new to parody/gag genre manga to read this. Or even if you are having a bad day and want to laugh, I gurantee that this will make you laugh out loud.