Jul 22, 2015
B-shock is a romantic comedy manga about 2 college students, who meet a nutty Professor, and are suddenly forced to be extremely close to one another or else the watches on their wrist, courtesy of the Professor, will blow up, if they exceed the maximum amount of distance from each other.
As a comedy manga, it's good. Every day, due to their situation, they have to go through unique and funny situations. They have to go to the bathroom with one another, make the most ridiculous excuses as to why they can't be separated, and try to avoid scenarios that will keep them apart.
they see the professor and try to exact revenge or fix this little issue of theirs. Unfortunately for them, it never goes their way.
In short, their lives are a living hell, but for us readers, it's a funny ride.
As for their romantic aspect of the manga.... it's awful, just awful. Before she likes the main character, the main female lead has a crush on two other guys. One of whom, she was completely infatuated with. I wouldn't have a problem with all of this, if they showed some scenes that would convince me that she would love the main character the most. However, that did not happen. The main female lead's feelings do not feel genuine at all. It's like she's with the main character out of convenience and just because she couldn't get the other 2 guys, which also means he's really the only option left. I don't know about you, but I did not feel any satisfaction.
On a much more positive, I thought the art was good. The backgrounds as well as the character designs are quite nice. Also, the reactions really help with the comedy.
Last, but not least, we have the characters. Arata, our main protagonist as well as the main male lead, while nice, started off a bit too perverted for my taste. Fortunately, he goes through much needed character development. He knows how to stand up for himself and make good decisions. After the development, his perverted thoughts just make him seem like any ordinary boy. He has them, but they don't make you want to punch him. By the end, he's a likable and relatable guy. Anyone would be jealous, if they saw their crush staring at some other dude.
Hatsune is our main female lead. I didn't like her very much, but I didn't hate her. She was naive and a goody two shoes. I especially didn't like her when it came to the romance, you just couldn't help, but feel bad for Arata. On the bright side, she did genuinely care for Arata as a friend. She really was genuinely nice; she just sucked when it came to romance.
Basically, Arata is great & Hatsune is alright to the point where you're not going to drop the manga, but you certainly aren't going to continue reading it for her.
If you want a comedy manga, then this is a pretty good option. If you want a satisfying romance though, then there are way way way better choices out there. The romance portion will most likely piss you off more than it will satisfy you.
Reviewer’s Rating: 6
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