Kinjiro Sakamachi is a "normal" seventeen-year-old boy who happens to suffer from an abnormal fear of women, otherwise known as gynophobia. His phobia, which surfaces as an occasional nosebleed, has been kept more or less under control...until now.
A fateful visit to the school bathroom turns Kinjiro's world upside down, as he discovers the dashing and popular Konoe Subaru is actually a girl?! What's worse, the principal's cruel and domineering daughter, Kanade Suzutsuki, has every reason to keep this secret from leaking out, and makes it her life's work to torment Kinjiro, while attempting to cure his gynophobia.
Is Kanade simply sadistic or does she really want to help Kinjiro overcome his fears? It makes no difference to poor Kinjiro, because his life has just become a living hell.
Mayo Chiki features many great things like comedy, romance, and storyline. You could say it is like a high school romance except with a lot of strange situations. Although the romance evolves from perverted situations it is what makes this a great manga to read. Especially how the main character can't touch a girl, but is forced to by other characters.
(10) Storyline- The storyline is done really well in this manga because it starts off by the protagonist, Jiro discovering the most loved butler by girls is actually a girl. Getting knocked out by Subaru the butler Jiro is forced to cooperate with Suzutsuki to
keep Subaru's secret, but then develops into a romance because of Jiro being Subaru's first friend and characters trying to cure his gynophobia.
(10) Art- The art is done really well with the character emotions when something dramatic will happen during the awkward romantic moments. Especially how the characters would respond by their faces and think wrong. There are also great details added to convey the romantic comedy moments.
(10) Character- Each character has a unique type of personality that is fun to figure out.
Jiro - One of the main characters the story focuses on and is the character that struggles to cure his gynophobia. Jiro is the first character introduced in the manga when it begins. He keeps away from girls to make sure he doesn’t pass out from a nosebleed. Once he is forced to be cured by Suzutsuki he suffers from going through a lot of treatments. The thing in Jiro's character that is interesting to look at is how he responds to Suzutsuki's treatments and what happens to him just to cure his problem.
Suzutsuki- Another main character in Mayo Chiki, who tries to cure Jiro of his gynophobia in exchange Jiro has to keep Subaru's secret. She doesn't really care what happens to Jirou while he goes through his treatment. She has a mysterious type of personality so you don't know how she really is like. Her personality is interesting because sometimes she does want to help Jiro, but most of the time she tortures him.
Subaru- A main character in Mayo Chiki who is discovered to be a girl by Jiro and stays by him to make sure he doesn't say her secret. She obeys her master command no matter what it is, which makes her a very interesting character. When she is with Jiro she reacts awkwardly to him causing them to be in strange situations. She usually thinks the wrong way to something that isn't.
(10) Overall- Everything was done pretty well and I give this manga a 10 because of the great content it has. You just don't know whats going to happen next in the dramatic parts of the story. If you are looking for a book that features both comedy and romance then Mayo Chiki would be a great book to read.
What do you get when you put a gynophobe, a cross-dressing butler and an assorted bunch of other wacky characters in a highschool drama? A rom-com. No surprise there. I mean, we are talking about anime, right? But does this series, Mayo-Chiki, make a good case for its own blend of crazy love-sick comedy? Let's find out.
The story of Mayo-Chiki opens with the resident MC/ gynophobic extraordinaire, Sakamachi Kinjiro, walking in on his highschool's number one pretty boy butler Konoe Subaru using the commode...while wearing girls underwear. From there, Konoe, along with her master Suzutsuki Kanade, embarks on a journey to rid Kinjiro
of his disorder, all while keeping her gender a secret. The premise, while not as ground breaking as the series wants you to believe, is better than the tried-tested-and-tired "random girl falls from the sky" opening. It may not be much more realistic, but the premise adds to the initial upbeat mood of the series. Its comedy, especially in the early chapters, is the focus of the action. Situations like a staged kidnapping at a water park and an "elopement" vacation, combined with Kinjiro's "gynophobia treatment" let the series start strong in the comedy department.
However, when the romance aspect begins to enter focus, the quality of the storytelling becomes somewhat rocky. Kinjiro begins to jump from one situation to the next, each punctuated by a girl's "I love you" at the end of the chapter. This line is said at least once a chapter when the 3/4's mark comes around and the situations surrounding it almost seemed forced. In one case, a girl self-hypnotizes herself to deliver her feelings, while another rejects Kinjiro with a "friendzone confession". I commend the series for not having the MC constantly chase after all the girls and instead try to set his priorities straight, but the cost is that some characters, like the cat-eared Nakuru, get left out of the action. That being said, near the end, Kinjiro is able to pick his girl, get approval from the proper authorities and bring back the comedy that was falling a little flat for a grande finale.
The art meets expectations and maybe even surpasses them a little. Each character has their own feel and theme, from the seductive mistress Suzutsuki to the kooky Kureha. The panels are organized nicely, guiding the viewer's eyes from one thought/picture to the next and the fan service is actually rather pleasant. Even though it is more or less in every chapter, it almost never feels like a punch in the gut (*coughsekireicough*).
The majority of the characters of M-C have stereotypical influences. There's the tsundere Usami, the loli elder Schrodinger, and the little sister Kureha to name a few. There are also some characters that don't quite fit into a stereotype, such as Konoe and Suzutsuki, due to their more dynamic characters. Sakamachi Kinjiro has the unique distinct of being the only rom-com protagonist who I didn't forget the name of half way through the work. His gynophobia makes him much more polite than his other genre counterparts, yet he is able to keep up with all the crazy situations he finds himself in with relative ease. Overall, the cast is quite solid indeed.
I hate rom-coms. I loathe harems. Both of these aspects of anime largely feel like souless commercial panderings whenever I encounter them. I'm being brutally honest here. However, despite my predisposition, I can't help but smile whenever I see Sakamachi get a nose bleed from one of the dozen hugs he gets from the females of the series. The characters are full of life and unlike other series, they have lives and worries outside the protagonist that aren't just back drops. They grow with the audience and while the 3rd quarter of the series is a bit of a dip in quality, this series knows when to call it quits and how to wrap up a story with friendships intact. I would recommend this series to both rom-com fans and to those who want to give the genre another shot.
Overall grade: 7/10
Mayo-Chiki doesn't blow minds, but what it does do is make a world full of solid characters, great comedy set ups and steady romantic subplots. It might have its dips in quality, but with a nice premise, tasteful art and a whole-lotta heart, this series shows there's hope for the rom-com genre yet!
So what are you waiting for? Don't be a chicken! Read Mayo-Chiki today!
Stop me if you've seen this before: a nice boy, who is surrounded by girls who are in love with him, but he remains stubbornly immune to their advances. Sounds like every other harem shounen romance right?
Mayo Chiki, however, is the one that breaks the mold.
Story (9) and Characters (10): See, it turns out that there is a good reason for Jirou's immunity to sexual advances: his body has been trained--through daily beatings--to react to a woman's touch with nosebleeds and fainting. And yes, he's a nice guy, but he's no push-over; perfectly capable of defending himself and striking back when needed.
Moreover, he has his priorities and he sticks to them: he decides at the beginning to protect Subaru's smile, and he never waivers from that decision.
As for the other characters: Subaru is a great female lead, working hard to protect her secret and serve her slightly sadistic master, while trying to get closer to Jirou. Kanade, the slightly sadistic master, alternates between torturing Jirou and Subaru and rooting for them, until even she comes to be confused over what she really wants and why she wants it. Usami serves as the tsundere and primary romantic foil, but like Taiga of ToraDora there are reasons for her acting like she does, and she really does want to be more honest with herself.
The rest of the characters exist mostly to push the comedy forward, and they do so remarkably well. This is a truly funny manga.
Enjoyment (9): Mayo Chiki is consistently funny, with lovable characters that grow and change over the course of the manga, and with a solid and satisfying romance at it's core. By the end of the run, I was laughing and cheering in equal measure.
Art (7): My only real (small) complaint is that the artwork isn't as good as it should be. The girls are all cute and they style is solidly shounen--which is good. The real problem is Subaru; her look shifts wildly over the course of the manga (hairstyle, clothes, even breast size), and while it all is explained by the plot, she can look so different from one chapter to another that you don't always realize it's her until she is introduced.
Overall (9): But that's a small complaint. The characters, the story, and the humor combine to make Mayo Chiki one of the best ecchi romantic comedies that I've read.
i just finished reading the manga and it was great, amazing even, from the first time i read it i was right away bought by the concept (with it being centered of gynophobia and all) and from that alone i knew they can make tons of scenario happen weather its romantic or comedic (because the first impression/ first episode is really crucial for some readers),
but overall i think the story was nice too, comedy and romance is the two factors that they nailed amazingly they know when to get serious and know when to joke around so its a little bit of both and
not only that but its also a resemblance of friendship and loneliness of someone F.E. usami's story
i really enjoyed reading the manga and also i've watched the anime as well (some parts were cut off of course) the reason why i watched them was mainly because i wanted to know how they look like in general because the manga doesen't have colours :P