This manga is the perfect example of what happens when the author runs out of ideas and begins experimenting with useless plot twists, destroying the character development and the whole story in the process. I am disappointed, the ending rambles and feels forced. Also, it will give you the impression it was incorrectly planned and misplaced. Perhaps Prison School lost the main essence in the middle of the manga, and the editor wanted to conclude it as quickly as possible. A shame because the story in the first arc is marvelous, creative, exciting, and amusing. The mangaka created a diamond,
and we finished with a piece of coal burning in the sunset.
When I started reading this manga, I was amazed by the characters and the plot idea. The story setting is perfect. Furthermore, the author combined many smart concepts such as school life, girls, boys, jokes, mixed them in jail and make a hilarious and fantastic ecchi comedy with adult content that isn’t repulsive for the average mature readers. Immediately, I found myself identified with Meiko, yes Meiko (I am a bit like her in several ways). The other characters such as the boys are great. Seeing these poor guys falling into a deeper hole after every chapter without exit was enjoyable. Each new situation/plan added a new climax with lots of humoristic turns, unexpected developments, and original theme. Prison School was unique doing that.
However, as the manga advances (middle of the manga), the characters went down the cliff from heaven to hell and died in the process. This disjuncture destroyed Kyoshi personality, and all his background is flushed out. What is left is a story without a sense that starts being repulsive and incoherent if we compare Kyoshi’s reasons from the first chapters. Sadly, the writer builds a weird plot repeatedly. In the end, we are tired of the same events that begin in the half of the story. In addition, the manga introduces some useless threads such as Mari’s dad or the science fiction ending of the cavalry arch to name some.
For some readers and I can include myself, the manga has some disgusting parts but after all Prison School is an ecchi manga. However, the writing level of the first half cannot be compared to the stupid concept of the other half. Thus, leads me to question if the author decided to follow a different perspective where the background of all the characters was burned in the magazine’s annual BBQ without any explanation. The manga should be balanced and focus on the boys, but in some chapter, you will feel they became puppets and stopped being the main characters. One example, the part where you cannot figure where Shingo is because he disappears for some chapters and better not to talk about Andre and Joh. The other characters such as Hana lost their shine. Furthermore, Hana’s incoherent behavior at the end is unexplained. Please, do not come to say that it is implicit (jealous) and it is a psychological mind game because it is not. It is the perfect example of how all the unnecessary plot additions destroyed a character, and it leads to nonsense where you cannot appreciate her traits anymore (check: frog chapter). About Meiko, although I liked her story, I am biased because I feel very related to her. All the mess exaggerated the character’s personality to the point that we cannot understand them anymore and their decisions are very awkward and do not fit with their attributes or the main plot itself.
On the other hand, the biggest mistake was saturating the story with additional events and not following the basic “jail idea” of the first half. Leaving the boys as secondary characters is disastrous, and at the end, we will feel some of their actions forced and silly. Lucky for us, they just animated the first chapters and those are the best ones. The manga in some point broke from being an interesting ecchi comedy to a yayoi experiment then turned to porn and ended as trash. Hey, I know it is ecchi. However, there is a difference between ecchi and porn. The author forces the boundary several times.
Lastly, the ending. It is vulgar, unacceptable. It is idiotic and lacks imagination; it is not coherent. Maybe the storyteller wanted to test something untypical, but a mangaka shouldn’t be mocking the readers with an absurd finale. I don’t need spoiling anyone so I will save all the comments about it.
The art and the dynamics of each panel are excellent. You can feel the story in all the panels, and it leads you to keep reading. The first volumes will hook the reader because the art is very detailed and the structure of the page. Sadly, the main plot died in the mid part of the manga, and the art became irrelevant in the end. Honestly, I read it because I wanted to know the ending but I feel empty and angry after finishing the manga a masterpiece ended as a piece of trash because the manga imploded with a story that lost the real Prison School meaning.
This manga is extremely funny. Several times I have busted a gut laughing. The reason I find Kangoku Gakuen so good is because of the characters. The main guys are all unique. The story becomes rather serious dealing with things such as betrayal, and humiliation; sometimes this is funny but at other times it is sad. The comedy is over the top, it's just hilarious. Another good thing about this manga is that you can feel the emotions certain characters are feeling. These characters (at least to me) can be something people can relate to; I have pooped my pants once (never in school). To
sum this up give School Prison a chance. It's amazing, it's something you have to see with your own eyes. The art is amazing as well.
Final Score as of chapter 46 - 10/10
This is my first review, so sorry if it sucked and it probably did. And for those who say "how can this guy even review this, Kangoku Gakuen is not even done" - well, I know Kangoku Gakuen can only get better. It's like the snowball effect, just epic.
This is one of the funniest thing i've ever seen, read or even experienced. Period.
First of all the art is stunning, it's actually what lead me to read this. It doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl, the manga is just visually appealing from beginning to end (of course if you happen to like women this is, well some sort of pervy heaven xD); every single detail, every single action, everything is perfect. Then the characters: oh the characters. There's no such thing as a dull character here, they all have their thing that makes them unique and great in their own way,
you won't forget anyone, and you'll miss them if they're not around. And last but not least is the story, the plot is let's say "simple" but that doesn't mean is boring, or bad, actually everything that happens is completely unexpected and unpredictable. They manage to disguise serious issues like bullying, betrayal, jealousy and many others with such hilarity and cleaverness that you will overlook the fact that actually pretty ugly stuff happens in this series main storyline. God this is just so fun and so refreshing to read, the kind of humor presented in this series is so so so basic yet so so so damn good... I sincerely hope this ends as good as it started, or at least as silly. Ah I sound like a teenage girl in love, do i?. I really really really love this manga and I hope everybody else does too.
Don't listen to guys, who tell you this manga is only for those who like perverted stuff.
I really dislike hentai, and I avoid ecchi whenever possible. This manga stayed on my "plan to watch" list for a while, before I finally picked in up and finished 144 chapter in one day (actually, two days, because I finished long after midnight).
Is there a lot of ecchi in Kangoku Gakuen? Yes, unfortunately. BUT! Bigger half of it is made into a joke or something funny, and so it doesn't feel like straight fanservice.
The second half of ecchi is so overboard and unrealistic that I make a typical
"WTF?!"-face and quickly forget about it. Example: [spoiler] a girl, who sweats all over her body, so much she creates a puddle of sweat under her.[/spoiler]
You laugh 80% of the time, so what's more to say? There seems to be a plot, but that's in the backgorund. Comedy is a priority in this manga (along with ecchi).
I have a rule, anyone who draws better than me is good. I give 9/10, because I prefer some censorship. As I said before, I don't like ecchi. If ecchi was less visible and more up-to-your-imagination, this manga would be getting 10/10 from me.
Each character is unique. Each one is different. Some are more "normal" and some are really not "normal". They learn, experience life, change with time and screw up a lot, or maybe it's just that life is hard and usually against you.
Me reading this manga looks like this:
Hahahahahahahahahahahah, ew ecchi, hahahahahahahahahahah.
So is it worth reading? If you cannot find anything truly funny, and you really want to laugh, yes.
So what about ecchi? You cannot get rid of it, but you can try to develop a magical eye, called "ecchi-no-mushi-gan", also knows as "ecchi-ignore eye".
DO NOT, (let me repeat:) DO NOT read this, if someone else may accidentally see the screen. This manga can be very easily identified as PORN, so the best is to have a wall behind you, if you're planning to read this. Also, make sure there's no window on that wall.
Prison School is the funniest manga I've ever read. It has great comedic buildup, serious characters getting into ridiculous situations, and stupid humor matched with realistic art. The characters are likable and the ships are good but I think its the art style that really set this series apart
It was quality entertainment up until around 200 chapters in when it got sidetracked and started to drag. It went downhill after that. The series just wasn't the same as the early chapters. They brought the romance up front and set the comedy aside.
The last half of the series have been nothing but a drag, I
dont know, the author was probably milking it out for as long as he can. Binge-reading it helped, but the readers have been suffering for a long time, the ending came as a great relief.
Now, the ending, I thought it was a very fitting way to end the series. The last chapter really felt the most Prison School-like the series has ever been, but the buildup was just unnecessarily long. Even with the very satisfying twist, it still felt incomplete. The upcoming epilogue will probably help, but tbh I'm not expecting much.
Prison School deserves a read, despite the quality drop, there is still nothing like it. Just expect a much slower pace starting the cavalry battle arc
It sucks - 9/10
This is a perfect review of the series.
Manga is pretty much on point until it passes roughly ~80% of work. Most of the read is extremely enjoyable, fun, exciting, intense, erotic, feel-good experience that I had pleasure of familiarizing myself with for (almost) three days, before the work started showing signs of injury on better part of last day. Crazy adventures, situations, troubles, laughs and disasters our cast goes through in their lives is pretty much the definition of youth everyone would like to experience, maybe, to their own risk. Then, sadly, two things happen.
2) Bad ending
First, it draws out,
for a while, then, as many already said, worst ending happens, essentially enraging everyone and justly so. Why? Because it's not a proper ending, you can't even call it one. To be frank, it's so silly (in a bad way) I'm not even taking it as a genuine conclusion. It's just not believable whatsoever and it should be disregarded as such. That is not to say I'm attempting to delude myself into not accepting Akira Hiramoto's decision-making. It's there, yes, yet it can always be altered, buuuuuuuuuuut, that's the writer's duty, not mine.
Anyway, the ending itself is completely irrelevant in my eyes and I'd like to mention that if there was a reconstruction of aforementioned remaining 20% (to the better, of course), more precisely when the story started dragging, it would be 11/10 in a heart beat, that's how amazing the manga was. I shall mention several concise spoilers at the bottom of this text for few who wish to understand exactly why people dislike it so much without indulging into reading it all.
Now, I shall briefly display all volumes' ratings:
So, overall, we can conclude it's a great series, though, when ending is included, it ruins all work invested, and severely cripples established impression and rightly so.
Lastly, I shall now mention what I was dying to mention this whole time, and my overall perception on the whole thing. Those of you who do not wish to be spoiled and wish to read/continue reading the manga, which I still firmly believe it's worthy of such an action, please cease to feast your eyes on this god given gift of a content, and derail your attention elsewhere.
Basically, while digesting from vol. 26 ahead there were so many errors it's not even worth hairsplitting every detail. I'll just mention 'no-no' moments which pop into my mind as I'm writing.
Mari vanishes without explanation and she's essentially never touched upon again, even though she's one of the main characters. Mari mentions she's dropping from school around end. No explanation. She was my favorite character and for some of you as well. Let that sink in.
None of the boys or girls are confirmed to end up together, it's simply left vague and unclear. Only pair that is successful out of all people is with Risa and that disgusting slob Andre.
No epic last scene wet t-shirt event or no full cast happily hanging around some sort of barbeque, beach or whatever.
Oh and the whole Chairman arc was unnecessary filler, if you just had him appear towards the climax of cavalry battle, it would take nothing from the experience.
Most importantly, who does Kiyoshi end up with? It's what everyone wonders, right? When it comes to Mari, it's just discontinued like it never existed. Kiyoshi rejects Hana at very end and successfully confesses love to and is accepted by Chiyo but in such a repulsive, rushed and forced fashion it feels crappy, like a punch to the gut. To be honest, it was clear whoever Kiyoshi ends up with wasn't gonna satisfy anyone because the writer himself couldn't decide, nor care. Obviously, he would end up with someone and whoever shipped one of the other two would be left, at least, pouting at the result, which is an okay, acceptable solution. Hell, I'd even be okay with harem ending. But even after that, KiyoshixChiyo also failed because he wore Hana's panties, and that was too much for Chiyo. And then Chiyo becomes man-hater - the end. This, this was just sacrilege. After delaying this finale for two volumes just to not deliver it properly at all, it's better to scrap the whole thing and wish for a better end. Manga felt like it needed two-three more volumes at the very least though preferably, say, five volumes and a better, not forced, but smooth and satisfying finish which it failed to deliver.
kiyoshi x mari - no ending
kiyoshi x hana - no, at last moment (awfully unveiled)
kiyoshi x chiyo - yes, at last moment (awfully unveiled), and then no, wtf
gakuto x mitsuko - no ending
shingo x anzu - no ending
joe x satou - no ending
andre x risa - yay, who cares
This review WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS. It will be discussing the very big drop-off of humor and story that happened towards the end, as well as the horrendous ending that the readers received. I will, even with that being said, try and not spoil much. Just don't read the overall score, but honestly, I think I'd save your time if you do read it.
So I was going to just talk about the story, but I wrote too much about it. I'll use the format the reviewer gives me and try and make it as compact as possible.
Art: Really good. I mean,
duh. That's kind of the appeal of the entire story. Just lots of nudity; well drawn nudity. I'll be giving that a 9. Not only that, but it manages to always capture the scenes perfectly, which in this absurd manga, you have to give credit where it's due; it does the job, and it does it right.
Character: The characters are great... except they're not, really. They're odd. Kiyoshi, for example; he's a good kid, but he's also extremely contradictory in the actions he takes. I get that everything is exaggerated, but it doesn't work sometimes. The exaggerations are taken too far occasionally, and it ends up messing up with the character and what they REALLY would've done in specific situations. I'll be giving it a 7.
Story: Bad. Oh man it's bad. Well, it's good til about halfway through. We have the comedy we wanted and the jokes aren't used over and over again at this point. Hana's pissing thing was funny until the whole "under-the-infirmary-bed" thing, then it started running dry, no pun intended. It was bland, dull humor; the jokes were all re-used by the end of the story, and the only "haha, what comedy!" moments we had was the ending. It wasn't even funny, either. I'm all for shock humor but that ending was actually just a punch in the gut. It's as if the author didn't give a singular shit about the story they spent 4 years writing and drawing. Why Hiramoto? Just why? That ending was the equivalent of being dragged through shit for a month, waiting in agony to see what doomed future Chiyo and Kiyoshi will have, and then you just pull that stupid shit? Not only that, but you get rid of literally every character in the meanwhile as well. You should've just killed everyone, that would've actually been somewhat funny. I'm giving it a 4. If I had to rate only half the story, I would give it an 8. It was actually hilarious until the half-way point.
Enjoyment: 8. Yes, as much as I hated the ending to the story, I can't deny that the story itself was full of comedy, for at least most of it. Did I wish I never even read this cursed story? Yeah, kinda, honestly. Did I anyways? Yep. Did I laugh my ass off, for at LEAST the majority of the time I spent reading it? Guilty as charged. Therefor I can't bring it in me to give this anything lower than an 8.
Overall: 6. The story is the main shit-factor of this manga. "Oh, but it's a comedy ecchi/basically hentai story! How can you expect there to be actual story?"
Here's a tip, Hiramoto. I'm just a starting writer so maybe I'm being real cocky, or maybe I'm just plain wrong, but the number one thing you DON'T do in a story is lie to the reader. Don't make us think that there's a reward at the end if you're just going to leave some image of you laughing in the face of every single idiot who read the book til the end.
That ending was an insult, honestly. It's like the readers-enjoyment equivalent of being blue-balled, then subsequently punched in the balls, then being mocked for not being able to take the hit. And I hate that I can't give the story a lower score, because it was actually REALLY GOOD for the first half; in the end, however, it just turned into a story that ran completely out of steam and had to be "ended" because... well, who the hell knows. Maybe Hiramoto got sick of what he was writing? Maybe he hates all men, and wanted to prove some type of point in the sick world he made? Man, who the actual hell knows.
This is becoming too ranty, so I'm going to stop it here. Overall rating 6. Be careful with your expectations of the ending. Maybe April 2018 will give us something.
First of all let me tell you English isn't my mother language so this review will probably suck.
The story focuses on a strict female high school where boys starts to be welcome and on the five boys who get in this high school: The typical well-intentioned protagonist Kiyoshi, who he gets into trouble because of misunderstandings, his childhood friend, Shingo, a Japanese history freak and the one who will figure out most of the plans (And also my favorite character) Gakuto, a masochist fat boy whose face is very small compared with his head, Andrei, and the most mysterious one, Jô, who is always covered
by a hood and always when he attempts to talk starts coughing blood. These five boys will be in a situation where many of us would love to be: living in a high school with over 1000 girls and being the only males. However this is not as easy for them, since their shyness prevents them from talking to girls and end up being totally marginalized. And to make matters worse, on his first night there, they have brilliant idea of going to peep the girls while showering (how could it be otherwise), which triggers that they end up catching them and locking in a prison is in school. From here begins their new life as prisoners, making plans to survive all kinds of new misunderstandings and accidents and even to escape from it.
Despite this plot, Prison School is above all a comedy with a very Japanese, eschatological, adult and sometimes strange humor, but above all very very porn humor. But is not the kind of topic ecchi that is extremely cliche and many of us dislike, it is a kind of ecchi that -despite some scenes of vice prez- in my opinion is very well run, which does not seem pure fanservice, and which shows openly naked girls but also knows how to suggest perfectly by showing very little, all of this being really helped by the excellent and realistic drawing of Akira Hiramoto (although as I said, in some scenes you can see the influence of hentai in the vice prez, you know, with these absurdly large and sweaty breasts and hips...). I personally do not like neither ecchi stories nor fanservice in general, although, as an heterosexual guy, if I see a (reallistically drawn) naked girl it wont displease me.
Another strength of Prison School is how addictive results its reading. Its beginning is really strong and gives a very favorable first impression, and left a great intrigue for what will happen. Furthermore that feeling is maintained for the rest of the manga. Almost all chapters end with a new extreme situation that you want to see how the protagonists settle with. And as they are always very original occurrences, each more amazing, this makes your expectations grow as the series progresses, but it never disappoint. In fact there is truly epic scenes, for example in one scene the protagonist Kiyoshi, is forced to answer correctly the question that the director asked him "Which do you prefer? Tits or ass? Why ? ". The answer given by Kiyoshi and the whole scene itself will endure forever in my memory as one of the best scenes I've ever read in a manga.
In general, is a good manga Prison School? My final note is 8 / 10. It is clearly a very fun and interesting manga, which you will undoubtedly enjoy so much unless you hate any ecchi or you unfortunately have a very closed mind on these issues. Whatever, I recommend that at least bear it a chance and do not listen to those which say that this manga is only for perverts. As I said, Prison School's ecchi is not like other fanservices. Besides the ecchi in Prison School is not the best of it. Mental duels where characters map out strategies and this kind of things, the realistic drawing and the humor is in my oppinion the best of it. And although it is too early to judge it, I am convinced that it won't disappoint me, this manga is like a snowball, I know it will only get better.
That may be a hasty thing to say considering that it is not completed yet. It could turn mediocre at one point in time, or the already high levels of fan-service could skyrocket to the point of no plot... It won't though.
Prison school is ecchi manga with a awesome plot on the side.
Our plot starts with Kiyoshi, a fun loving guy who wants to have a sweet girlfriend, and four other boys (with similar interests) going to an all-girls school that just recently became co-ed. During the opening ceremony they realize that they are the only boys in a school
which has over a thousand female students.
This situation causes to boys to naturally form a strong bond with each other as men.
One night they decide to go peeping on the girls bath.
After a great deal of shenanigans, which includes Kiyoshi going directly into the bath, they are caught by the student council and are sentenced to stay in an old prison on school grounds for a month.
Stuck behind bars, and being subjected to all kinds of "'inhumane" treatment, these boys must stick together in order to withstand their hellish school life.
the story never disappoints with its twists and turns as you watch these boys grow into men.
And by men I mean perverted masochistic bastards who do nothing but piss off all the women around them.
The author is always throwing new, interesting, and downright hardcore things for the characters to do. There is never a dull moment.
Speaking of characters, There are five male protagonists:
Kiyoshi, the star of the series who never ceases to shine. He is nice guy who just wants to have a normal romance filled school life. Out of all the guys he is the most "normal."
Morokuzu, the glasses wearing otaku who is willing to anything to help out his friends. He is the backbone of the group. Even while being subjected to all forms of abuse he still keeps a cool head and takes the hits for his friends.
Shingo, the slick ladies man, who keeps his hair slicked back and resolve in his pocket. His only wish is freedom. He will do anything to be on the outside world.
Andou, the big man with a small face. He is quiet, unless he is talking of his darkest desires. Strong, silent, and enjoys a good beating. He is the brawn of the crew.
Jouji Nezo, The mysterious hooded man of few words. He is cursed with a disease that causes him to cough blood involuntarily. Because of the pain, he uses expletives in nearly every sentence, whether he needs them or not. He is caring, forgiving, intelligent, and can handle himself in a fight. He is the jack of all trades.
Jouji is my favorite character. He grows as a person much faster than all the other characters.
His lines while short, are hilarious.
His constant suffering is reflected in his personality, but he never dicks around like the rest of the crew.
His high pain tolerance, caused by years of grief, make him the most mentally strong character in the cast
I never fail to have a good time if Jouji is on the page.
The art is amazing.
The author draws quality art quickly. The scenery, designs, and expressions are some of the best on the market.
I am really enjoying Prison School.
The typical twenty page chapters never disappoint.
I cannot wait to see the direction which this story goes and the paths the characters take.
In some way, Prison School is a unique manga. Since the very first chapters it can be noticed that this story is pretty different from most of the typical japanese stories about sexually obsessed teenagers.
The school, where everything is happening, has more than a thousand female and only FIVE male students. Nevertheless, the story almost lacks any references to harem or any stereotypes that are often present in such kind of stories. After facing some plot twists, it's most likely that you want to keep on reading it with interest. And after facing some awkward situations, it's most likely that you laugh your head off.
fanservice is more than 50% percent of the whole manga, the relationship between characters is described rather seriously. You will face the themes of friendship, love, betrayal and humiliation. You will see the characters from different sides and start feeling with them, even if you were ready to punch them recently.
Finally, the brightest pearl of the manga is its outstanding art. It expresses the characters' emotions as perfectly as it is possible. And it is so impressive that you can even disconnect from the reality sometimes.
While being very entertaining, this manga will kill your bad mood as brutally as you can imagine. If you are not an ardent fanservice hater, you are sure to love it!
This manga is very entertaining, I think anyone who is a looking for a good laugh should pick it up. It contains extremely ecchi situations, but most of it is intended to add to the humorous, over-the-top atmosphere of it.
Another big plus of this manga is the artwork, the artist's talent is apparent from chapter 1. There is great attention to detail, and the characters are all very distinguishable from one another.
Speaking of characters, this is another area where this manga shines. The characters are all very unique with their various quirks. Although some of their habits and fetishes are somewhat strange, it almost
makes them more realistic because let's be honest, human beings are very strange creatures.
The story would probably be the weakest part of this manga, there's a lot that needs to be explained. The idea is interesting, but you really have to just accept some of the things going on because its hard to make sense of it realistically.
I highly recommend this to any guy, although I suppose girls could enjoy it if they want a view into how teenage guys think.
This is not for everyone, but with what this story does it's incredible how great this series is.
The art is great, and some times it looks almost Gantz realistic. But, what's really surprising is while this is a super uncensored ecchi series it has great characters, they're all interesting and they all have good development. The story is so ridiculous that it's hard not to like this. I have to stop reading multiple times because I'm just laughing my butt off so much, or because I actually hold my arms up and cheer whenever a character pulls off their goal.
Something that is very rare
in manga, is super intense suspense. The greats can pull it off like Naoki Urasawa, but Prison School is nail bitingly good. It brings in wall after wall of trouble that the characters have to go through and I swear my heart was racing multiple times reading this.
If you can handle nudity, and sexual themes that accompany Ecchi series, then I'd strongly recommend you to check this out.
This ... thing, that manga is just so so epic. You can't find look alikes mangas any better than this one. Well of course, I'm hasty that's for sure, it could still turn mediocre later, but in my opinion I guess not. Its fan-service, its art, characters and storyline are so unique that I think keeping up like that, on those high-levels would certainly come to a brilliant succes. Akira-sensei is back with this manga so he'll surely make his possible to not let it down.
Anyway, for now at least (chapter 76 at this moment) I laughed my ass off, it's mind-blowingly awesome
Seriously, I don't regret it.
P.S : It's my first review so, I don't know if this helps, but I promise that until now, it's really worth it.
General: Kangoku Gakuen takes the perspective from 5 male's point of view's in which they attend an all girls private high school. The mangaka does a well enough job of trying to immerse you into this world of the characters by showing how much emotion and pain is shown from being in prison. As well as how cruel and unusual this school really is and is all captured by how detailed the artwork is. The artwork is most likely the defining part of the manga because it is not only done in great detail but also great style, giving off that somewhat realistic approach to
manga. The story itself could be in a better place, I mean it all takes place in a prison punishment because the boys peeped. That's about it really. I mean they try to escape and come up with elaborate plans and show intense emotions which also gives off a certain authenticity which is greatly appreciated but the whole background story of it all isn't all that interesting or atleast appealing. The characters are given large background stories or to say the least large rolls into showing character development between their interactions with each other which is a good thing for those who like deep character interaction. The appealing level for humor and such for enjoyment varies between viewers as it depends on the viewer's outlook on things, but it shows a lot of ecchi moments that show how the male character's are appealed by the female characters which gives a bit of realism but more perversion than anything. But I'll admit the humor did get me once or twice.
How I Felt: For me the story seems a bit lackluster, I mean there are plenty of stories that involve a male character being in an all girls school but by putting 5 it made it slightly more interesting but the fact that the story is more or less about their imprisonment for the first 70-80 chapters because they peeped just made it a bit disappointing. It's still interesting and definitely portrays the story in a good way, but just to me it wasn't super intriguing. -The Artwork is definitely the best part about this manga because it has great detail and shows how much the creator put his/her heart into it. The only thing I disliked about it though is that I felt that some of the characters were underdone or just not cared for example Andou, he's fat but unrealistically fat with a giant head a small face and giant ear lobes, he felt the most underdone character just for comedy sake. Also Shingo was alright but can we seriously not get anymore characters that look like their from Grease with their hair slicked back with the one hair going down the middle? -As said before the manga goes deeply into how the character's interact with each other but for me I honestly didn't give a Rat Tooth about most of them. All of the other male character's didn't really matter to me no matter how hard I wanted to try and care for them, they just seemed uninteresting to me and were there to support Kiyoshi even though the story constantly tries to show their own side stories as well to make you care for them but it just didn't do the trick for me. -As for how interesting or joyful this manga is, it was very low for me personally. Mostly because the majority of the story took place in the prison and how badly the guys were being treated by a woman who kinda isn't a woman. The most interesting part of this entire story for me was the kiss encounter between Kiyoshi and Hana, that was interesting and definitely got me intrigued.
Major Grips: I'll just say it now but the unrealism is unbelievable in some cases. I know its a manga and its not supposed to be realistic but considering the art and how they grasp the concept I can't help but feel a bit annoyed. 1. The whole prison school thing is probably the most unrealistic thing I ever heard, I know some private schools make you sign a waiver saying you allow them to punish you but being put into a prison is Illegal. Unless its Juvy. Just saying. 2. Is there seriously not a single piece of fabric that confines Meiko's body? I know shes really there for sex appeal and all but she just shows it off too much to the point where I feel more annoyed than anything. Plus it bugs me that she gets all hot around the president... 3. The whole relationship thing between Kiyoshi and Chiyo is about as interesting as a rice cake. I can honestly say I don't feel it between them, it just feels stale because her character just doesn't go out there. Chiyo just seems average to me so the whole thing between the two is just boring. So the love factor in this manga really doesn't get me intrigued. If there is possibly more stuff between Kiyoshi and Hana than that would would definitely make things a lot more interesting. Just Saying.
Overall this is a good manga for those who want to get into it, just be warned that there isn't a whole lot of romance even though it says there is. But I'm sure a lot of people can get into it because of the humor and attention to detail. In fact there already are. But just note that this is just how I felt about the manga, but in general its good. General: 7-8/10 Personal: 5/10
Before reading this manga, I saw the anime and it really make me laught, the jokes were decent, and the whole plot was good. I wanted to read the manga to see if that crazy humour improved in some way. It does for some time, but then gets worse.
The ammount of Ecchi it's overwhelming, of course, this is an ECCHI manga, but exaggerates its use, sometimes up to entire chapters like, the circunstances doesn't matter anymore "lets just put some ecchi here". It gets really anoying and give me the feel that the manga got stucked. On the last volumes the story got really slow
and with a lot of unnecesary talking.
The characters are as idiot and ridiculous as in the anime, most of the time i dont mind that because this is comedy, that's the point. But sometimes the stupidity it's just too much, making the characters unlikable.
The ending i guess must be taken as a joke but instead i got really mad and got an incredible unsatisfaction feeling. This is probably one of the most mediocre ending in manga.
So to start this manga can get fairly ecchi and so if that kind of thing bothers you then don't read this. If you can look past that then this manga can be very enjoyable. It is incredibly funny and when I was reading through it I found myself laughing so much that it hurt. The characters, the scenes, the stupidity its all funny. However another great thing about this manga is the character development and how each character develops into a better, or weirder, person. It's quite a good tale of brotherhood and humor.
For me this mangá is like Brazilian funk of mangás, is heavy sexual have too much fan service which spoils the story. But this is bearable compare to the stupidity of the male characters.
Story - 7
I like the story, is solid is some aspects and even uses the famous Stanford Prision Experiment as a sort of base for the hole anime, focusing on comedy instead in true human nature.
Art - 10
Art is where the mangá excedes, it's extremely well, sometimes makes me remember of Bleach a little in some face shoots. The only character that I didn't like the visual was the Fat
Masochist (Andou Reiji), well, I find him completely ridiculous. Even in a comedy like MM! we have a better M.
Character - 2
All male characters are ridiculous and make stupid decisions, you will find it funny or annoying, for me was annoying, the only characters that I like was the female ones because they at least makes some sense while the males are totally consume with the power of boners to care for anything.
Enjoyment and Overall - 5
It's like I said it before, you'll find it funny and like a lot with this manga or you will not like at all and find it annoying.
I didn't know where I was going into when I started Kangoku Gakuen, I was just hormone-driven by the few pictures I saw scattered through the web and I took my courage to finally go into a reverse google images search to find the source of all this lewdness and achieve what my mind ruined by the internet told me to.
Alas, what awaited me at the end of this journey wasn't the pleasure of seeing scantily clad high school girls having fun in daily school activities but a fantastic adventure into the depths of male friendship and honor through the hardships of female domination
to find a way through the key of their hearts, all of this for one thing : True love.
What we see here is an odyssey. Through all the incredible comedy that is packed into this scatological work and left me no other choices but to burst into laughter countless times, there is also this unbreakable bond that lies between those five incredible boys, so different yet united against the enemy and ready to shatter the wall that lies between men and women.
And it made me a better man.
The amount of lewdness that is packed in this work of art will render you impervious to all urges whatsoever, becoming as strong-willed as a shaolin monk. It will satisfy all of your fetishes one by one without fail to the point that the only thing will be left in your mind is pure thoughts, as if you're floating in the middle of a river with only the sound of the water gently chirping your ears. It will allow you to use this pure moment to think about what you really need in your life and to take another look at what you really cherish on this earth.
At the end, you have to ask this to yourself : is a woman really the solution to everything ? Maybe we men should think and focus about our personal responsibilities first, just like these five boys did and managed to succeed in the high school life to become grown-up men that will be ready to face everything. This is what we really need and Kangoku Gakuen addresses this issue perfectly.
Prison School is a nonsensical, lewd, fever dream-esque comedy. Its unique sense of humor and Machiavellian plot twists keep you wondering what will happen next.
The writing is sublime. The intricate plot dovetails beautifully with the downright ludicrous, self-aware comedy. The characters are lovingly written and you'll find yourself surprisingly invested in their (admittedly nonsensical) arcs.
The illustrations are wonderful. I love the over-the-top expressions the characters have. It's lovingly drawn and all of it is pleasant on the eyes.
My one gripe is that the story kind of awkwardly ends.
The superintendent ends up in jail, Mari ends up just leaving everyone without so much as a goodbye,
and Kiyoshi's romantic arc ends ambiguously. Perhaps Kiyoshi and the superintendent could be ignored, but it bothered me to see Mari, one of the pivotal characters in this story, have such a weak finale.
It would have only taken 1 or 2 more chapters to finish the story properly... Kind of bummed me out that it ended like that.
All in all, despite my complaint about the finale, I think this is still a fantastic manga with cunning writing, ludicrously funny comedy, beautiful illustration and a certain charm that makes you want more and more. I tip my hat to Hiramoto, only his deranged mind could come up with something this genius. I give it a solid 9 out of 10.