Taki is the cool yet strange guy in Mio's class. She bumps into him at the subway station after school and saves him after he almost gets pushed onto the tracks. The next day, he returns the favor by saving her from an incoming car. This marks the start of Mio's love.
Minami Touko’s “360 Degrees Material” presents an interesting concept in shoujo manga, where a seemingly slow and isolated, yet cool and attractive male lead, Taki, suddenly blossoms into a far more interesting character when he meets Otaka Mio, when they share a moment by the subway, staring at clouds together.
As a school life manga, it is difficult to break out of the usual molds where the female lead almost stalks the male of interest until they magically meet each other. Instead, “360 Degrees Material” Otaka Mio regards Taka as a weird person at first, falling for him only after the two spend some time together. As such, it was both refreshing and interesting to watch the two grow closer and overcome all the common miscommunications and conflicts within their relationship. Additionally, the organization in this manga was very well done. I enjoyed focusing on one distinctive event each chapter, often situated in new environments outside of school. As for the pacing, on rare occasions I lost interest in the chapter as certain events, such as studying for tests, was stretched out. For the most part though, I found that the pacing was enough to keep me reading on, especially since from very early on, the two leads establish a romantic relationship, thus we are able to focus on what happens afterwards, instead of the typical slow and suspenseful manga that ends as soon as the characters discover their mutual feelings. Overall, the story was well done, but was missing a touch of drama or emotion, however this can be expected to be seen in later chapters.
Firstly, the character appeal in “360 Degrees Material” was outstanding. Taka was an interesting type of male lead, who was neither the typical nice, cheerful, and outgoing guy, nor the cool, level-headed, yet sweet and faithful type of guy, both of which usually attract a lot of attention. Though he would later lean towards the latter, Taka lived in his own world, thus Otaka Mio did not encounter many problems approaching him, or even dealing with other girls until later. Otaka Mio on the other hand, was a typical unintelligent girl who is consistently unable to perform well in school. Despite this, she is not overemotional, nor is she constantly crying or worrying about her relationship with Taka, and hence is not as annoying as some female leads tend to be in shoujo manga. The supporting characters are also likable for the most part. The second male interest, who helps Otaka Mio, then falls for her later, is a nice, confident, and respectable rival to Taka, while Taka’s childhood friend is understandable and someone who the reader can sympathize for. As for development, Taka grows into a more confident, involved character, especially as we learn more about his past and former relationships. In general, the characters were appealing, even slightly original, and show decent development.
For the most part, both Taka and his male rival were drawn in an attractive manner, which is an important component of shoujo manga, whereas Otaka Mio and the other characters lacked some detail. The clothing was pretty plain for the most part, and a little more creativity in regards to casual clothing would have been appreciated. The general atmosphere created by Minami Touko was enough to satisfy the story, and as a certain feeling of gloominess due to the lack of smiles that were depicted on the characters. On top of this, the art was a little heavy and could have been cleaner for my taste, but this is depends on the reader’s preferences. The art was nevertheless enjoyable, although I do believe it lacked several minor components in order to make it outstanding.
For the most part reading this manga was very entertaining I will continue to follow this manga as new releases come out. Reading about Taka is probably the most interesting aspect for me, though it will also be interesting to watch as the male rival develops his feelings and how Otaka Mio will deal with this. The parts that took away from my enjoyment were mostly school related, parts that emphasized Otaka’s lack of intelligence and made her more stereotypical of shoujo manga girls.
To be honest, at first I thought this manga deserved a 10/10 just because I was able to enjoy it so much, however upon closer inspection, I feel there are minor flaws that restrict “360 Degrees Material” from becoming an outstanding manga. While there was an interesting introduction to the characters and story with decent art, I would have liked to see a more genuine interest for Otaka Mio from Taka, although I have hope for this in the future. If you have a true passion for shoujo manga, I would definitely recommend “360 Degrees Material”, however, for the average reader, it may be just something to pass the time.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the other two reviews for this manga- I am not a hater, I honestly judge manga. And when I added this manga to my manga list I gave it a one upon completion. It is bad. I read this manga over a long period of time so I can't remember some details too clearly, but overall it wasn't good, not at all.
The art is mediocre, the main character, Mio, looks like any other main heroine picked up off the street. She isn't cute. Taki looks a bit refreshing but other than that he is average with his generic black hair. It is almost always like that in shoujo manga, the main male lead has slightly messy black hair and the main female lead has average light colored hair. The art wasn't bad but it wasn't great either.
Main female lead who can never seem to tell the guy she likes what she's thinking about, your generic every day heroine in every aspect. I cannot remember any defining features about her at all.
Main male lead is kind of cooler than the female lead, but for once he isn't a jerk. He isn't that ignorant either. But he does jump to conclusions sometimes to create drama. I can't remember anything remarkable about him either.
There are the two sidekicks of the female lead, they have their own live but the story rarely concentrates on them, they are just there for moral support. The other side male characters are there for comedy or to bring the two leads together.
There is an annoying (spoiler I guess) rival. I don't think that spoils much it happens in every shoujo known to man. He acts like every other rival.
Such a generic story. I thought at first it was going to be different, but no, I was wrong. Drama is created over and over again without purpose. There is rarely a happy moment and if there is one it seems fake and I cannot even feel happy for them. There are also all of the signs that something is going to go wrong by the next page. Most of the drama is caused by the male love rival and for a bit a female love rival. Typical. I never grew to love the characters. It was all very boring, it was a pain to read.
Don't waste your time reading this manga. You will get nothing out of it. You could read another shoujo manga and it'd be like you already read this one. It is full of tropes and uninteresting characters. Stay away from this manga.read more
This manga was very good when it came to drama content. I miss it(it was that good), but i don't miss Mio at all. She was so self centered and didn't even think about how Taki felt when she was all friendly and cute with Marui, and when she watched him with an intense longing.
I hated Mio, but i guess that was what made the drama so strong...she felt jealous and insecure, angry and envious about the Hatano or math girl ..but when it came to her and her similar actions with a guy she dismissed them until the very end when she finally realized her stupid mistakes.
This was a manga were i'd have been more happier to see the girl getting the stick from both of them and leaving her on the curve for a bigger sucker to take her on. She deserved nothing for the way she acted but her guy Taki was a perfect gentleman to her and stayed true to his feelings.
As for Marui, i wouldn't want to have a guy like that as my friend or in my circle of acquaintances, his hypocrisy levels were off the charts and made him a slimy character that wanted what others have by any means possible(stealing).
This is a great manga if you want to hate some of the characters for begin selfish and duplicitous to damn right hurtful to the ones close to them.read more
In my honest opinion there wasn't really anything special about this manga. I was basically your average shoujo manga.
(tiny spoiler in the story review section)
The story was like any other cliche shoujo manga. There wasn't really anything necessarily different about it that made it stand out. Basically, a girl falls in love with a guy, there are male and female love rivals and [SPOILER ALERT] they end up dating. What a surprise.
Again, totally normal. The only thing I can say that stands out is that at the beginning of the story, Taki, the main male character, isn't depicted as super popular and a playboy like most shoujo manga. The heroine, Mio, isn't particularly different and is actually irritating in some ways.
My main issue with this manga is the ending. It seemed to be very rushed and, although I don't want to say anything without knowing the mangaka's situation, it could probably be expanded into at least 3 more chapters. This manga left me with the feeling of "Wait... oh was that the ending?".
So, honestly, I wouldn't really recommend 360* material to anyone looking for something unique. read more