Shirasaki is incredibly bored by his unchanging daily school life and he ends up falling in with his weird classmate Kamimura Yuuka, who rants about changing the world to his uninterested classmates. However, when she reveals the truth about the nature of their world to him, everything will quickly become stranger than he would ever have expected!
This manga is so damn confusing. Not only from a plot standpoint.
First, let's talk about the plot (5): it's confusing. Honestly, you won't fully get the answers you want from the manga, but at least they didn't completely abandon it, and did try to explain themselves a little.
Art (9): Great, nothing bad to say here, there are some moments when it's outstanding at showing the characters' emotions.
Characters (5): This is also confusing. The reason why the characters are confusing is both because of the plot, and because of the awkward direction they are taken in. After they bring in more characters into the "light", eko,
take and the class rep, everything is so damn confusing. The manga suddenly becomes an ecchi for about 5 chapters and a shitty harem for another 2. It's so weird and out of the blue, it will severely damage your enjoyment of the story. Plus, those characters are pretty pointless. They don't really bring anything significant to the table, and they are all super incoherent and chaotic. The show would've been much better if they had just kept it to the 2 main characters.
Enjoyment (6): can't say I ever enjoyed the series a lot, but the beginning was definitely the best part. And by beginning I mean the first 10-15 chapters. To be fair, I was intrigued so i can't say I didn't enjoy it in the slightest, but it did left quite a bit to be desired.
Overall, I have no idea what they were thinking. They had this very intriguing outline, that had so much potential, but instead of exploring the depths of the world we are presented with, they very superficially explore romance in the worst way possible: by turning it into a harem.
First we have Kamimura, which likes MC because of obvious, logical reasons, being the first (and for a long while the only) person to acknowledge her existence and believe in her.
Then we have the class rep, which becomes "sentient" for some unknown reason and likes Shiro because reasons (probably MC magic).
Then we have Eko, aka fanservice girl, that was added mostly because none of the current characters had a big enough chest. Her story is interesting and she doesn't just randomly fall in love with Shiro which is nice, but all the ecchi scenes really forcibly pulled me away from the story, which was supposed to be serious and deep.
Finally, we have Take, aka comic relief best friend character. If you haven't noticed these last three characters are almost directly taken from a shitty slice of life harem manga. But this isn't what this manga was supposed to be. They took it so far: the MC has such harem powers that he made his best friend gay. I like ecchi, and sometimes I can even enjoy a harem, but this series shouldn't have had these things.
In a nutshell, I'm very disappointed, but I can't grade it lower than this because the reason i'm so disappointed was because the manga was interesting in the first place.
Hey, what would you do if your life felt uneventful every day?
The repetition of doing the same things time after time again, the places you go to, the food you eat, the friends and conversations you have with them – would you find anything strange about it? No, right? I mean, aren’t peaceful days the norm? Shouldn’t we be happy with living such easy, straight-forward lives...?
But what if there comes a point in your life when you think your everyday actions appear too automated – too linear – as if everyone, including you, were just machines? In fact, how would you react if you were
told that you were just a robot? That the world you live in is just a fabrication?
If you find such questions interesting, it’s time to explore the perplexing world inside “Classmate, Kamimura Yuuka wa Kou Itta.”
Classmate, Kamimura Yuuka wa Kou Itta (CKYKI) is quite the interesting read. The story is typical but it has been done very well so far. There are times when CKYKI throws in details up for philosophical interpretation, but in hindsight there are logical and technical aspects about them as well. When you first read CKYKI, you will probably think it's just another school-based SOL manga but if you keep reading you'll know that it is not the case. Trust me, without trying to spoil, I would like to say CKYKI makes you wonder – even if ever so slightly – that what you call reality, may not be reality at all.
Shuushi Shirasaki, a male student of an unnamed school, is bored and constantly fed up with his peaceful life. He wants change, but he hasn’t taken initiative to do so. On the other hand, his classmate Yuuka Kamimura is energetic and irregular in her behaviors to the point that classmates label her weird and do not approach her. Not even Shuushi pays any attention to her – that is until she says the very same thing he always thought: “Today, again, the world is peaceful. It’s boring.”
The interactions between the two main characters are enjoyable mainly because they have totally different personalities yet both share similar beliefs regarding the world around them. Shuushi’s archetype is nothing new: a regular guy who’s somewhat hard-headed but dependable when the time calls for it. Yuuka’s archetype is something else though. She is usually very charismatic and spontaneous but there are times when events bring her down a bit. She can also be seen attempting to do or say humorous things which are, for the most part, pretty lame yet so cute at the same time. I just can’t get enough of her. In general, the emotions of the characters are realistic. It just makes sense the way they act and the way they display their emotions. You gotta love it.
The artwork is very pleasing to the eyes. A bit typical, yes, but it works. I like Yuuka’s character design a lot. She looks like a bit like Yuuko from Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (if you know what that is). You’ll appreciate it a lot more when you get to see full-page shots of Yuuka. Not much else to comment about artwork.
Overall, I’m really liking Classmate, Kamimura Yuuka wa Kou Itta. I give it a solid 8/10. You can’t go wrong with a story that attempts to look at uneventful life in a different way. If such a story interests you and/or you enjoy seeing interesting characters, then this manga is for you!
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If you saw someone who was completely different than all other "humans", would you think they were the weird one, or is everyone else the weird ones?
The conflicting though process of trying to figure out what is a "human", Shirasaki is just an average boy with some average friends when a weird girl Kamimura Yuuka pops up in his life. The summary is quite misleading although the boy does not really have any affections for her in the beginning it starts to grow but as far as the english scanlations are concerned he is definitely not in "love" with her yet. Nevertheless there is a
refreshing light romance in this manga with a weird physiological twist.
All in all the art is very nice, and portrays the mood nicely, and the personalities are very well though out.
Anyone who is interested for a cool sci-fi or fantasy read with a touch of romance will probably like this and the story keeps on getting better