Seiho High School is a private male high school dormitory known as the Japan's Alcatraz Jail among students. Located in a remote place, it is surrounded by sea and mountains and is a 5 minute walk from the ferry and a 50 minute car ride from the closest train station. Men's Kou is about the hilarious antics of high school boys and their lives locked in with fellow classmates, with their hopes of being with women that aren't from magazines!
Volume 8: Gyakuten Guilty (Guilt Reversal)
My review might contain spoilers. Not plot revealing but character understanding wise.
I was browsing through a manga app when, by mistake, my path crossed with Men's Kou. At first, I thought it was going to be something cheerful with happy-go-lucky guys, like Danshi koukousei no Nichijou. The deeper I got into this manga I couldn't be more wrong.
I love the main character, Maki Chikara, since he has so many sides of him, when I think of him, he gives me such a bitter sweet feeling since he's type of character I like... with feelings hidden but still wears them on his sleeve. For
me, the way he was depicted was quite impressive.
While the other characters were explained a little lot more simplistic, but they had their struggles too, some bigger than others. Though what struck me on these characters was their way of dealing with their problems, some more mature ways than others, but in a different way than any other shoujo manga I've read.
The story, though it had been a lot over the place and fixating itself on Maki himself, or his friends, it had concentrated on their way of fixing their lives and coming around to peace with themselves. For me, that ending means peace to one's self. To come to understand one's soul while still bearing unresolved feelings and situations that wait to be accepted alongside age. That's my interpretation of the story.
I don't know what to say about the art since I loved all of it, especially the sky and cloud scenes, and frankly I don't know what I can say about about the art, I'm not an artist to be judging something that gave me so many emotions.
The enjoyment has been a ride with awesome funny moments and heartbreaking saddening situations. I laughed, felt nostalgia and melancholy, I pitied and understood, I face palmed and chuckled. It's been a feel trip. All I can say.
Overall, it's been one of the most unexpected rides of my life, I didn't expect lots of things, but it's been a bliss. A story like a dream that crashes and merges with the cruel reality.
I bought it on a whim during a convention when they were having a mass sale. I grabbed the complete series with no prior knowledge and fell in love.
The story does detail the cliche dorm life of a group of high school boys. You get what you expect. Sexually frustrated guys grouped together, each one with their own unique personality that fill all the troupes expected. However there is more.
This story does involve adult details, one of them being the essence of losing a loved one at an early age. Specifically the death of a crush while you're still a teenager. This
is a difficult topic in manga's, and often times is riddled with over dramatization and bad character development. Here however you can feel how the character in question feels. You understand him, even if you have not experienced the same traumatic event. You understand why he feels the way he does, and follow him along as he recovers.
That's not to say this manga isn't filled with hilarity. As much drama is placed, you'll find more smiles then tears. The characters mix well with one another, and actually FEEL like teenage boys placed in a testosterone filled environment.
My only problem would have to be with the token "gay" character. I wish that we could have received more background information on him, and was better able to dive into his character. He do get a bit on him, I just wasn't satisfied.
Pro's: Decent art with even greater character development. Adult situations that are explored in a mature way. Hilarious situations and events.
Cons: One character lacking in over all story arc. Does nothing to diminish overall experience.
I haven't read many volumes of this manga but already it has captured my attention. And so I decided that since there wasn't a review for this yet that maybe I could help someone decide to read this or not anyway. It sounds very similar to quite a few mangas out there. It's set in a high school with teen age boys. Except in Seiho the characters are more real, it shows the side of boys that I haven't seen in a lot of mangas. The boys fart, look at porn, dream of being with a women and touching her. In both meanings.
I find most
of what I've read to be humorous, but it also touches the emotions. If you're like me and sometimes you get uncomfortable reading drama then this would be something to give a try. It does have some "drama" or plot, whichever you prefer to call it, but it's not every page. And the cast is pretty colorful, there is probably at least one character that will interest you.
This manga has too few reviews, so i decided to write one to help decide whether this manga is for you or not.
First off, i love slice of life manga, and when done right, it is remarkably sweet and nostalgic.I picked up this manga after reading Seishun Kouryakuhon and having loved that.While i came to this manga expecting something similar, i am left with an odd mix of both great and extremely mediocre stories.
As given in the synopsis, this manga is about a bunch of high school boys at an all-boys high school.Having done my schooling in an almost similar situation, i am as close
as you can get to having a strong empathy towards the characters.
The main gripe i have towards this manga is that it is too 'romantic'.Of course, i am not a hater of romance, but more often than not, the 'love' in this manga is based purely on looks.
Again, they are high-school students, and i don't expect them to find the love of their life at this point in their life.But the manga will have you believe otherwise.All the love stories are portrayed to be of the till-death-do-us-part type.Most of the time, the interactions between the boy's themselves was realistic.
We all know how boys behave with their high school friends, there's an ease which is effortless and the banter simply does not stop.As i said, the romance was(is?) the weakest point in the manga, as it was too 'cheesy'.I wish the manga's focused more on friendship than on romance.Though the boy's stay at an all boys school, they are always seen with some or the other girl!And more often than not, that girl will be lusting, ahem, crushing after one of the 'hot' boys.I mean, come on, every boy in their group is supposed to be absolutely gorgeous to look at.That's just plain absurd.To top it off, there is a love affair(or just a mutual attraction?) between a student and the nurse!I am not against love in which a large age gap separate's two people, but the build up to that was just ridiculous, just a makeover was enough to transform the 'plain' nurse into the 'hot' nurse.
After my long rant, i have to admit that i loved the main characters back story, that was a warm and bittersweet love story.
This review is just my personal opinion(of course) and if you enjoy romance manga's in general, you should definitely check this out as even though i may not have enjoyed it as much as i would have liked, i have to admit that the manga get's some of the love stories right, and the interaction's between the boy's is great.