A manga like Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou can really mess you up. It can destroy your libido for weeks, make getting out of bed hard and going to work/school/neet-activities even harder. Overall just suck the will to live out of you. Why? We'll get into that later.
The story is not anything spectacular, in fact, in five years when I've read more this and that, I'll come back and call it slightly generic. But in a industry that thrives on re-using scenarios and ideas, you always have to have something special to succeed. Some cases it's a twist that has never been seen before (for example
the first usage of tentacles). Some cases it's as simple as a well written story and characters. I'll let you figure out which one applies to this series.
Lets chew on the story a bit.
Like implied, cliches do occur. But what makes Bokura wa Minna different in my eyes, is that it does not dwell on these matters. There is no need to rip your hair out out of frustration, no need for unnecessary screaming at the monitor for not giving us what we want, because the progress is smooth and natural. Yes, the story has a slow pace, but that comes as a given when one of the tags is Slice of Life and not Hentai. The clothes are not supposed to come off at page 2. As long as they come off before the series ends. Author, take notes!
Driver on the story is romance, seen mainly from the focus point of Usa Kazunari, the male lead. The struggle for the attention of Kawai Ritsu is full of embarrassment, hardship and heartwarming moments. I'd call it basic moe-shit, if not for the realistic way it is presented. Not once did I roll my eyes when the characters blushed up bright red, because it felt natural. And when someone makes it hard on Usa because f*ck youth, I did not pause my reading for a cigarette and curse the author to the core of the planet, because it isn't used a break for the story when handy, but as a source of comedy from the very beginning.
And if romance is on the drivers seat, comedy is riding shotgun, and in charge of the dialogue. And hentai, who was left out, would be shocked to see what this guy is writing.
The series does give you a scent of comedy from the very beginning, but you'll be surprised just like I was. It gets dirty, specific and shameless. I mean, how many times have you heard/read the words dick and cheese together? For me, it was a first, but I might be just a inexperienced virgin, who knows. The comedy goes deep, and for many beyond the borders of their comfort-zone.
Naturally, the comedy comes mainly from the characters and their interactions. The small community of the Kawai complex includes two males and four females. And in my eyes, every single one of them deserve the title of a main character.
The dirty adult trio that is tasked with the dirty jokes and being a nuisance to Usa, the lovely but surprisingly scary grandma, and our main character couple that are in charge of the awww-moments. They all play a significant role in making this manga what is is, and their chemistry is either freakishly good luck or work of a genius author.
Usa Kazunari is not a main character who would be in the finals when MC-world championships are held, but he is a likeable and not in any way a bland boy, who's job is to be the foundation of the romance and a gear in the comedymachine, and I'd say he's earned his paycheck.
Kawai Ritsu / senpai / Rit-chan is a female lead that can be described with one word: absolutelyf*ckingadorable. She is the quiet type with character, in other words a bookworm with balls. She's a valid reason for an adult man to say "I prefer 2D women" and give a cold shoulder to the smelly 3D ladies, and after reading this manga, the women can only shrug their shoulders in defeat.
Now, for the last point, the art. I do not emphasize art when comes to anime/manga, but this one did manage to send shivers done my spine from time to time. The overall quality is high, and when the artist goes for the close-ups on characters showing various emotions, I froze and stared at the screen for a moment in awe.
Overall, asks the rating system, and I declare awesome, touching and hilarious. I encourage you to pick it up, and witness the joys and horrors of living in the Kawai complex.
Oh, right! Why is it so depressing? Right, right. Well, simply put, after reading this and comparing it's environment and overall life to your own, don't you just feel empty and unfulfilled? It painstakingly oblivious to the real world and it's ways, and that just a f*cking bummer. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll go re-watch the anime and sigh oh. so. deeply. between episodes.
Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou is the kind of manga that will catch a reader's attention in the first few chapters itself. It manages to live up to the expectations of people who have seen the anime adaptation and come to the manga looking for more. It's a Slice of Life so the main plot progresses at its own pace, but you'll never find yourself getting bored of it. There's always something entertaining going on at the Kawai complex.
The story itself isn't something extraordinary. It's a tale of 6 people - 4 adults and 2 students, each having their own eccentric personalities - living in the
same housing complex. What makes the manga special is the way the chemistry between the characters works. Their daily interactions make your heart flutter and make you chuckle, also managing to make you laugh out loud at times. The tone of the manga is consistent throughout - you'll often find yourself smiling as you read the chapters - and it's hard to stop reading once you get attached to the characters, which is bound to happen sooner than later.
The romance between the main couple is the driving aspect of the story, and the fact that it gets proper closure is something to look forward to. No one wants to be left hanging when it comes to ships, right? Every character has a role to play, and the way their personalities have been written is what causes the comedy to work very well. They all compliment and play off each other, making it an amusing read.
Being a character-driven story, it's interesting to see how each characters' quirks, habits and back-stories are revealed as the story progresses, adding newer comedic elements for the readers to look forward to. There are several running gags in the manga, like Shiro's masochism, Sayaka's phobias and how her bare-face is always covered in mosaic, Chinatsu's pseudo-sadism, Usa's makeup phobia and Mayumi's hate for innocent, pure romance.
The lead couple - Ritsu and Usa - form an adorable pair. While Usa's character doesn't change all that much, watching Ritsu's character develop and open up to Usa is a heart-fluttering experience which leaves you wanting for more. It happens very naturally and realistically, one of the reasons I consider the romance to be great. There are no accidental panty shots or boob grabs which would cause the characters to blush uncontrollably - no, had that been the case, I wouldn't be here writing this review. It is simple and innocent, without much drama involved. The side characters are like a cherry on top of the cake and their appearances are something to look forward to - they play a major role in furthering the romance.
The art is very clean and appealing. Panels featuring a single character look especially great, since the mangaka goes all out with the details. My favorite panels are the ones featuring Ritsu blushing. The mangaka did an incredible job at making her look enchanting in those panels, and I often found myself coming back to look at particular panels to admire the artwork. (#TopTierWaifuMaterial)
Overall, I think it's a great read. It's oblivious to reality however, so don't go about comparing the manga to your real life since that could possibly send you spiraling into several days of melancholy.
This is the most recent review of this Manga, as the other 2014 one is not what one would describe this manga.
Who am I kidding? It's still adorably amazing.
I'm assuming you read the synopsis, by the way.
Manga in short: Underrated SoL romcom that is legitimately funny and actually progresses in romance.
Art: Decent, above average at best. Sometimes scenery in the manga is good, since they live in the mountains sort of.
Characters: They're not unique on their own, but if together they make up a hilarious bunch: Your regular kind-hearted MC, a cute, anti-social bookworm whom MC is in love with, a masochist novelist, a beauty
who only dates jerks, and a cakey.
Comedy: It's funny for a SoL--interpret that anyway you want.
+/- of Manga:
+ Good romance that goes somewhere (especially chapter 78)
+ Likable characters
+ Meets your SoL fix
-- Updates monthly (slow, if you didn't get it)
Good read if you like SoLs, romcoms (that are good), plot progression, and a kind of hard-to-get/tough nut to crack girl.
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is a high school rom-com series aimed for mature audience. However, essentially the manga is a story about Ritsu Kawai, the love interest of our main character.
The entire story heavily relies on Ritsu's character and character development -- taking things like love and romance as nothing but part of ones life. This approach is already interesting as to most romance writers, there don't seem to be all that much else to romance stories than narrative driving cliches and the romantic feelings.
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou goes in-depth with the love interests personal life, thoughts and overall personality there where so
many others follow the philosophy "do you even need a reason to love someone?" This time, our author shows that even if you do not need such things, those things exist in great numbers.
Simply liking someone is not enough in this story. Rather, it shows how much it takes to fully understand other person, who they are and how to be with them. Just to quote Damien Rice: "It takes a lot to give, to ask for help. To be yourself, to know and love what you live with." A thought that is very relevant and accurate in this manga.
Overall, while this series relies somewhat to the typical on off thing where characters ponder and try to accept their feelings. To give their confession and hook together and conclude the story with what is expected of it, the route is not superficial nor shallow, but the trip creates a strong belief to its reader that this romance will last.
It has been more than two years that I watched the anime and started reading the manga. Every time a new chapter would come out and one would usually come out after three months or so I would stop everything and read it.
This manga is really special to me and I don't know why. It just is. The jokes were awesome, the characters were awesome, the romance was awesome, the art was awesome.
There probably won't be another manga just like this for quite a while atleast for me. If you are thinking about starting it, then just start it. Watch the anime first. Believe me,
it is very beautiful. After that start reading the manga where the anime left off. Don't binge it. Take your time. Slowly.
If there was a physical release, I would have bought it. This was a good one.
I'll tell you the truth, I enjoyed reading it. But it was not interesting enough for me to actually want to read it outside of the dead hours at work.
The manga is not exactly bad, it's just very very boring. It's hard to stay focused on it unless you're really bored with nothing else to do (and for some reason I wanted to stick until the end, well, I heard it had a good ending that's worth sticking for).
The story is very poor. Nothing happens. NOTHING. I wish I could tell you what happened in the manga but I just don't remember. There weren't many
eventful situations that gave a boost to the progress of the story. Everything progressed as slowly as One Piece's anime on 0.5x speed.
That was until a few chapters before the end, where all the cards were revealed on the table.
Even after all the struggle, the ending wasn't... as good as people made it out to be. It closed some corners but...
Who the hell brings a very side character at the very end of the manga and focuses on her instead of our main characters Usa and Ricchan? Geez.
The characters themselves were pathetic, but since they at least were diverse in shticks I kinda liked it... It dragged on for way too long though.
The masochist, the woman with no luck in men and curses everything related to love, the one who likes messing with people and ruining them...
And then there's Usa the pervert who likes senpai, video games and books (93 chapters and that's all I can tell about him).
Ritsu was quite developed, she has come a long way, and luckily she got quite a lot of time in the manga to see her truly shine. She was still a pain in the ass many times though, it made me want to tear some hairs.
The art was beautiful though, drawn well and represented the best scenes super well.
The starting point of this manga was very good. It’s a shame that it didn’t follow what can be considered the “best path” for its plot.
This is the main reason for my overall rating.
Quick foreword: I admit that I had some expectations for a manga that was considered seinen, the only seinen elements were dirty jokes. Even the themes of the manga didn’t really match it’s categorisation: it's "only" a typical romance, slice of life, entry-level shounen.
Unfortunately the plot is quite trivial, but the characters and the comedy somehow save the manga.
Point of merit for the drawings, really beautiful, some expressions really stand
out and give this fresh feeling to the manga.
Again, the real shame is the plot which develops really slowly and doesn't reach a "satisfying" ending.
Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou is a Manga that is very appealing to someone who is searching for a Rom-Com Manga without too much Drama thrown in.
The story is somewhere between fair and good most of the time. It´s nothing too special, and nothing you have never read before. It´s presentation though is pretty decent and the balance between romance and comedy but also between school and slice of life is really well done overall.
To see Usa sometimes pushing too hard to get closer to his love interest, sometimes pushing not hard enough, and sometimes exactly right, and the interfering of the rest of
the cast is really interesting. The relationship between the Protagonist and his love interest is just adorable.
The art is good and there is not much for me to say about it.
Characters such as Sayaka, Usa or Shiro are nothing new. The Characters overall are decent, stereotypical characters. The dynamic between them though is really, really well made, and the way how the interact with each other is always an amusement. Overall a fair set of well presented but average characters.
To sum it all up, the story the art and the characters are all not bad, but also nothing amazing. The way how they interact with each other, the way how relationships are presented, how the story grabs you always exactly at the right time makes this Manga an amusing enjoyment, that is nothing too special but really well made and nicely presented. The relationship and the interactions of the characters is just adorable all in all.
As an overall score for this review, I give it a 7.
I am apologizing for my English, I am German and my English is not my native language.
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Another great and absolutely sweet vanilla romance story. The development of romance was slow, silly, emotional, but most importantly, absolutely adorable and cute.
What else you need to know about the story of romcom? Well, the only minus I can think of that I would wanted to see how their relationships grew and some sweet moments of that after the story ended.
The setting is rather nice as well. Inn of plenty of odd characters. Fateful love encounter and the blooming of that.
was simply superb. There were so many beautiful, sweet, cute and simply captivating panels. I loved it a lot.
All sorts of rather quirky characters with their own set of social issues and issues with themselves. But storytelling offered a lot to see them slowly change a bit, grow and most importantly, bond with each other.
Main girl is probably one the most adorable girls I've see in the romance genre. Plus there were plenty of other adorable girls whilst some were rather obnoxious and wearing annoying facade with rather loose morals and doing stupid crap. But, the contrast of vanilla characters and those background obnoxious characters made the whole set rather joyful.
✦Enjoyment & Overall
Vanilla love....adore it, long for it, suffer from lack of it. But vanilla romance genre in Anime is something I've always adored and can never get enough it it. In a sense it warms a bit my otherwise rather bleak life. And such romance is also what I thrive for, but finding a counterpart that thinks the similar way, has proved rather impossible so far.
Anyhow, I adored this Manga. Overflowing amount of cuteness, sweetness and beauty. But it won't go into my "favorites" as I felt some story elements rather lousy/slow/pointless/annoying and the lack of satisfaction around the end are reasons enough to not get into my favorites.
Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou was the first manga I ever read . The content in itself is pretty hilarious. I wouldn't recommend it for the romance as it is very slow and quite generic in nature. The enjoyment comes from the fact how the 6 people (2m 4f) sharing a complex along with the various side characters bring forward a story that makes you laugh through the smaller moments that we generally forget to cherish . Although I have read the manga so many times that I can recount all incidents perfectly in chronological order ,it is really so good that I wouldn't refuse reading
Story:the story is pretty good. While the romance is pretty slow and is quite generic in nature the other aspects of the story more than makes up for it.I personally feel that compared to the rest of the manga the ending was pretty rushed and could have been much better.The sub plots were quite well written and makes use of the quirky character to its fullest.
Art: normal art ,not bad,have seen better.
Character:much of the enjoyment in the story comes from the way the characters are presented .It wouldn't be improper to say that the story itself stand on the framework built by the characters.A quick introduction and a no non sense character description makes sure that each gag and subplot can be related to their personality.Though on reflection i must also say that it would have been better if the same could be done foe the side characters as well.
Enjoyment:I have personally never seen such comedy being pulled off without any sexual reference( sexual references are not absent ...just few in number) .In terms of comedy there is only on other manga that was able to make me laugh more than this(Grand Blue).
All in all I would say that this is the perfect thing to read if you want to relax and enjoy some good comedy . Definitely worth the time.