I've got to say that this manga is probably one of the best ones I've ever read. You know when you feel like trying the manga your friend suggested for weeks? You don't look very forward to do so, but you still think of giving it a chance, even tough you probably think that will be a waste of time. However, after a few pages you're starting to get addicted to it without knowing. Does this situation ring some bells? Well, this is exactly what happened to me with Yankee kun to Megane chan. Such a humorous and fantastic story, I just had to rate
this as a masterpiece because it's definitely worth it.
The summary is quite simple. A very powerful, ex-delinquent called Adachi Hana, wants to forget the past and finally be what she desired for a long time: To be the class rep obviously! In order to do so, she wants to stop using any kind of violence so that she can become a responsible and caring class rep.
Unlike many class reps, Adachi Hana really cares about everyone's problems and tries to solve them. Therefore, she starts following the school's No1 delinquent: Shinagawa Daichi. Don't get, however fooled, Shinigawa is not an ordinary delinquent since he actually has a good heart which will be shown more and more as Adachi makes him help different people in the school that are facing suspension etc.
As you go further through the manga, you can notice that Adachi's ambitions are getting stronger because she wants to also be the student council president apart from being class rep. And guess who is she making candidate for the place of vice president? Who any other than Shinigawa?
There are of course other characters that become closer to our Adachi and Shinigawa and they all end up being in the student council. You will see how much effort they will all put in order to makes things right in the school!!
I actually found it amazing. The characters were very nicely drawn, not like in most mangas where you cannot even distinguish who is who.
However, their facial expressions during certain moments were epic. I'm not exaggerating, I had tears in my eyes from laughter. Their expressions were way too hilarious and crazily comic.
Each character in the manga is very unique. It's actually the first time when I don't hate any character, they all have an important role in the story and they will make you laugh till you fall off your chair.
It is the manga that I mostly enjoyed so far. Every single chapter was amazing and as I was reading further I just felt disappointed that I'm getting closer to the last chapter.
This manga really helped me to get in a good mood. Therefore guys, if you feel like forgetting about your worries for a while and have a good laugh, this manga is definitely for you.
PS: I RARELY give a 10 or 9 or even an 8, however this manga really impressed me and it deserved an outstanding!!!!
From a summary, one would assume that this is a stereotypical high-school romance where opposites attract, but this reviewer assures you, it is far from that. Absolutely ridiculous, yet that's what makes it so enjoyable. We've no average character tropes here; Hana is the total antithesis to the banal class representatives previously seen. She's violent, completely lacks common sense, isn't all too clever. She usually scores lower than Shinagawa, leading to amusing score face offs. Whenever she decides to pull an all niter with regards to study, she ends up falling asleep during the study, and can't be woken the next day, for the
Daichi Shinagawa is known throughout the school as a 'yankee'. He's foul-mouthed, bad tempered, skips classes on a regular basis, and is failing the majority of the classes. He finds school incredibly boring, until the class representative, Adachi Hana, happens to peer down at him when he's in the bathroom, and attempts to get him to come on a school trip. From this point on, Shinagawa is constantly roped into Hana's schemes, whether he wants to be, or not.
One of the more amusing points of this manga is Shinagawa under the impression that Adachi has feelings for him, hence why he thinks she is always roping him into everything. In one chapter, Daichi even writes, 'there's this girl who clearly likes me, what should I do?' to a suggestion box made by Adachi herself, and she remarks that the guy is 'clearly delusional'.
Although the two main characters are the story's strength, there's an amusing range of side characters, too. We are first introduced to the one time hikikomori Seiya Chiba, where Hana thinks that he won't come to school over Shinagawa being too fearsome. It turns out that Chiba is far more fearsome looking himself. We've Hana's underling from middle school, Rinka Himeji, who goes so far to be at Hana's side that she transfers from her own school to where our heroine is. And there's Gaku Izumi, an exceptionally clever student who's forever locking heads with Shinagawa.
The artwork is rather pretty, and has a certain flair to it. Yoshikawa excels at facial expressions, especially the 'yankee' facial expressions. Whenever a character tends to make a, 'yankee face', one would almost heAR the stereotypical yankee accent resounding in their head.
At time of this review, there are eleven volumes out in Japan, and four have been translated. If you're getting annoyed with the generic high-school romances that adorn manga, I'd advise you to give this a go. Certainly different, and thoroughly enjoyable. Hopefully you'll adore it as much as this reviewer currently is.
Note: This is my first review. I have read quite a few mangas, but never before had I felt the need to write one.
The problem with most of the other reviews is: They are outdated - written before the end of the manga. And let me tell you, untill the ending, the manga is really good. However, I was mainly in it for the romance between the two main characters - although the development was really slow, I don't think it's necessarily a problem in a slice of life story like this.
So, let me tell you this very cleary: The ending is the
worst one I have ever read. Because it doesn't make sense. Like, it REALLY doesn't. It simply destroys the complete manga and the whole backstory, which is beyond sad. This messed up ending is also the reason why I will stop reading the author's other manga (Yamada-kun and the 7 witches) out of fear that the author will do a similar mess-up.
So, if you want to avoid a HUGE (!) disappointment after 200+ chapters, you'd better just skip this manga, because it leaves a VERY sour feeling.
Overall: 8/10 before the ending, 0/10 afterwards. I know I am ranting here, but posts in other forums (after having read the ending) will tell you the same.
This manga's storyline/plot is very entertaining and amusing. I first started reading it, and I couldn't stop! The characters are created so nicely that you just can't help but laugh at even the most stupid jokes that are made. I think that is you enjoy stories where characters get together throughout the story, then yuo'll like this because Hana Adachi is someone who goes out and makes friends, and you enjoy seeing how she does things.
I can sympathize with author Miki Yoshikawa's dilemma. She was a lowly 23 year-old assistant on "Fairy Tail" when she got a chance to write a one-shot in 2005. Yoshikawa knocked it out of the park, coming up with a creative, funny scenario involving two oddball, likable characters in Shinigawa, the "Yankee-kun" of the title, and Adachi, the "Megane-chan". The bespectacled heroine tries to convince the school delinquent, camping out in the bathroom, to go on a class field trip.
After this initial success, Yoshikawa was offered her own series based on the one-shot in a popular magazine at only 24.
And what do you know; the duo went on more funny adventures, and new, amusing characters were introduced to the cast. The manga was well-received and its sales were excellent.
Eventually, however, she had run out of ideas for humorous adventures. And yet, every week, there was that brutal deadline for 20 fresh new pages. What to do? Canceling a popular series, especially the first hit for a young writer, was unthinkable. So she soldiered on.
Storylines were repeated. New scenarios were nonsensical pap that led nowhere. In an effort to break up the monotony, many new characters, including underclassmen, were introduced as the main cast aged.
They all invariably sucked, with each being an increasingly paler imitation of the main five introduced early in the series. But they weren't the only lousy ones. Instead of developing more personality and complexity, the central characters all became increasingly trite and one-note. For instance, Izumi by volume 14 was a bland, irrelevant character despite having been an amusing, colorful scene stealer when first introduced.
I noticed this very clearly. A manga that I would look forward to and laugh at gradually became dull when its plot holes and non-existent motivations weren't making it annoying. And as it continued to degrade further, it became outright torture to complete a chapter.
While many readers noticed this huge drop in quality beginning with volume 8 or so, many others continued to enjoy it.
However, it all come to a head with the manga's conclusion, one so dire, lazy, and insultingly stupid that even the most ardent defenders of the series cried foul. Personally, I could almost feel the author's hatred of the characters and desire to be rid of them. Having them all die in a tragic mercury poisoning accident after eating at the same sushi restaurant would have been more merciful than their actual fates.
If nothing else, the last 16 volumes of this manga indicate the flip side of any series attaining success. Namely, the unrelenting pressure to keep going. Yoshikawa should have never let it get to that point, but as a first-time writer, one can empathize with her plight.
My advice? Read the first 7 volumes, enjoy them, and pretend that's where the series ended.
If you humor some aspects and forgo some minor inconsistencies, you'll most likely enjoy this manga.
The art is top notch. Great when serious, adorable and funny when not.
The idea is interesting, way more than the title suggests. This mangaka is more than competent when throwing twists or developing characters.
However, they've invested so much of the story into developing interest in the female protagonist. A lovable character, with a seemingly dark background. The writer had laid out several hooks and cliff hangers early on in the story and even more intense ones near the end. Not one was used. So what potentially could've been the
biggest arc in the manga, was strangely abandoned in the last few chapters. As if nothing ever happened.
This manga is a real page turner. It's been entertaining from beginning to... well, near the end. The ending was so unsatisfying, that I had to reconsider this manga as a whole. The mystery was not only left unsolved, it was ignored.
I would give this manga an 8/10 all the way to the ~200th chapter. I'd give the last ~10 chapters a 3/10. And that's being generous.
Definitely avoid it if you're in it for the ending.
Story: A high school life of 2 retards haha...a guy and a girl, the guy is a yankee whos rough,skips classes and stuff like that..the girl is the class president with glasses .A common scene is when the yankee is in the toilet at school doing his business and the girl(megane-chan) will peek from the top of the stall and blurt out something that she wants or needs. Megane(the girl with glasses) turns out to be something i did not expect at all..expect the unexpected haha ..its a high school life of yankees and gangsters and more :D
Art: the art is pretty good i
have to say..quite detailed..good looking characters and the expressions they make are hilarious
Character : the characters are pretty much lovable ..they just make u laugh especially "yankee-kun" he makes funny expressions ..hilarious :D and "megane_chan" can just be really retarded at times haha
I skipped it at first, thinking, yeah another one of those bad guy x class rep girl scenarios. BOY, WAS I WRONG TO JUDGE MANGA BY IT'S NAME :)
- Great, rough art style, the facial expressions can be murderously funny
- Lots of random, school inspired humor
- Very Dynamic, but still maintaining a balanced pace of action
+ Yankee-kun's damns, fucks and go to hell's are an enriching value :")
The Megane, Adachi is more than the megane suggest, she's like a Haruhi Suzumiya, without the supernatural factor, but still an unconventional DeusxMachina in itself. Warning: she can be unbelievably stupid (in a good way),
thus generating even more funny situations. Adachi's actions usually have additional, unexpected consequences. The Yankee, Shinigawa is an egocentric, short tempered delinquent with, watch out, RULEZ ( however contradictory they may be).
Besides them, there is a whole set of great characters, that really work good together for the hilarious effect!
Before I start, I would like to mention that my opinion of this manga is not always a 8/10. It would be like "Wow interesting and fun manga!" to "Kinda a typical school life and school council manga" to "Finally some character history and reeeaaall development!!" then finally to chapter 199, looking at the whole package, I give a 8/10.
The story is the main focus of every manga. And the story of this manga seemed to range in quality in huge ways. The focus was often blurred due to new concepts, events and characters thrown in and abandoned in a few chapters (The
twins, some love issues). However, it still has great progression (although some of the issues were later on addressed, it seems too late and too little - The history of Adachi for example).
Personally, I felt that the story was more towards the making of Yankee-Kun into a slapstick, school life and slice-of-life manga. There were some inconsistencies that bewildered me, (e.g. identity when fighting).
But overall, the story was captivating, very fitting of a shounen manga and is fun overall. The manga seems to have many small events, or rather "arcs" that were interesting and show how the many characters interact with each other.
The art was very shounen-esque, like what you would see in Fairy Tail, One Piece etc. It bears very high resemblance to Fairy tail character designs though, and has great detail in some places.
Reason why the Art was not 9/10 or 10/10 is that it is not remarkably amazing with backgrounds or detail, unlike a few mangas I have read before (e.g. King of Hell, which features a lot of action).
Also, due to the many "regular" characters that are present in Yankee-kun, I assume that there was a problem with differentiating the characters. For example, some characters were practically the same, just that they have different hairstyles =.=. So sometimes, it is quite hard differentiating who is who, although some hair accessories would have helped greatly (For example Himeji with her black beads).
Character is the backbone of the story, so it is extremely important in every manga.
There are many characters in Yankee-kun so character development and design is quite an issue.
Firstly, a lot of characters, after they were introduced, were not developed well. For example, the history of main characters were often not explored for many chapters, so for character-wise I was thinking of a 6/10 until recent chapters up to 199. It is quite ironic that the characters we do not know much about the history and the factors affecting the main characters and yet read about them for so many chapters. Thus, we can mostly infer from the way they act and think.
However, they way the characters act seem to have changed a lot over chapters and events. Sometimes a few characters seem very enthusiastic and take the main lead in events, and sometimes it is other characters. Well, honestly up to here I cannot comprehend how some characters' behaviours changed so quickly as there was little mention of their past. Luckily there was clarification of some characters in recent chapters. Focus on events over character development is a flaw in Yankee-kun.
For character design, other than the character art, another issue is the personality and behavioural design of the characters. Some characters behave too similarly to each other, due to the large number of characters. This dilutes the distinct traits of characters and thus most characters are not so distinct. Especially for the main characters, since some of them rarely have 'screen time' for many chapters, it is hard to tell whether some characters are still main characters.
Another issue with character design is that after the introduction of new characters, some characters will have radically different personalities or behaviours which are largely unexpected. Take Kagawa for example...
Despite all the critique for character development and design, as at chapter 199 a lot of character issues have been straightened out and the mangaka seems to have found a focus over the main characters, which is great.
Slapstick comedy and slice-of-life from Yankee-kun reminds me of Gintama, although it is more focused on student council, school life and events.
This is a very enjoyable manga, despite at some points, it seems a bit duuuuhhh..... so persist until the end to enjoy it fully!
A very good shounen manga based on school and student council. O yea, there are also a little romance and quite a lot of harem elements in this light manga. :D
P.S. This seems to be an underrated manga==, seeing how the manga was completed in May 2011 but there is still no anime for this manga.... WHYYYYY?!?!? D:
One thing I can DEFINITELY say about this awesome manga is Adachi and Shinagawa PWNS ALL!!!! If you're considering to read this manga, be ready 'cause you're in for a sweet surprise! The first few chapters seemed a little pointless to read because it was about getting Shinagawa to go on these school trips and vacations, but as it introduces fun and kwirky characters into the story, it gets better because of the supposed mystery girl Shinagawa likes, and Adachi's past. And if you're also one of the people who likes characters who change over time, keep a look-out on Adachi! This manga's character
development is just splendid, and it's even better when there are more than a few times in the chapter where you spurt out your drink laughing. Another bonus is the action. The characters are all so lively! It makes you feel like you want to live in the story... *sighs dreamily*
To everyone who's hesitating whether should read this series or shouldn't, I highly recommend you guys to read this.
Yankee-kun to Megane-chan isn't any of those stereotypical mangas about romances being included in school life and such, it's different in an unique way. You'll see a really funky opening of the story-- believe me, it IS funky-- and the more you continue to read the series, the more you enjoy it. The characters are all well-made, even though Adachi Hana could get on your nerves sometimes, but she's one of the most hilarious character ever appeared on a series. Her idiocy is so entertaining in some
or other ways. And meet Shinagawa Daichi, your extraordinary yankee. I love every bits of his character, especially. Then the art... hmm it kinda looks funny sometimes, but it has the author's characteristics (even though kinda looks like Hiro Mashima's art, dontcha think). I don't mind it. The best part of this series is one simple word: development.
Yes-- I feel it. At first, this story was no more than a stupid comedy that could make you laugh your ass off (seriously) and the story just goes wherever the author wanted it to be. But as the story goes on, you could definitely see the developments: it's still as hilarious as ever, but slowly the story is forming into a more solid, dense one. It's starting to have its own 'core' as time passes by. And not just a comedy, the stories themselves started to have their own meanings. And you can also enjoy the character developments, especially Shinagawa's. He changed a lot in the story. And that is really enjoyable.
Indeed, one of the best comedy-school life ever, I guess.
To be perfectly honest, I had no idea what to expect before reading this, but I figured it should be great seeing as it had my favorite manga of Fairy Tail. I was very disappointed when I read it. It was very confusing, and I struggled to find out what was going on. This short story was funny, but it did not seem very well done in my perspective. I did not like the fact that a school came over to the guild Fairy Tail to try out for a job there (I may be wrong, I was quite confused). I gave it a 7
overall for I did not enjoy it very much.
However, feel free to try this chapter out, do not just rely on just this review. The characters were great and funny as always, and like always, the drawings were great!!
i wanna say thank for the mangaka of this great manga, it stabbed me right to my most painful wound...
well review :
story about the main girl , Hana Adachi : a real idiot, however, she has a huge guts to dare to do any things, she is the strongest being in her universe and she has a good heart.
the series is pretty enjoyable to a point , the point that hurt me deeply: when a good person abandoned by their friends.
i rated the story and character 10, an outstanding work of showing how real life friendship work :
moral of the story :people alway
near you when you enjoy your life but suddenly busy with their life when you need someone to save.
you can help someone but don't even think about they giving their all to help you
Okay... This is my first review. My deepest apologize if i have some mistakes in english. So, yankee-kun to megane-chan, first time i decided to read this manga just because i really interest in school life's story. When i saw the art (honestly, i'm the kind of person who see the cover first and then decided to read) i was sure that it would be comedy. And then i begun to read it. What a surprise. It isn't comedy at all. I mean it's true that japanese manga art never contains a single genre of story. But in this manga we can also learn about
how the delinquent's life is.
I also don't mention it's non-mainstream manga because we already know that there're a lot of other delinquent story. Nevertheless one thing that makes me really enjoy to read it is the collaboration of past life story, love and idiocy.
Haha... I'm so exited about the last three points here.
Then, here some synopsis of the story
The story begun with the appearance of the famous Mon Shiro's local delinquent named Shinagawa Daichi. He's a super delinquent who's never care about other people and his entire school environment. His hobby was just sitting down in toilet, smoking, watching a porn and doing other useless things. He was a great shirker. Fortunately his life was changed when someday he met with a glasses worn girl called Adachi Hana.
Adachi was just like a clumsy girl with idiot thinking. She's appearances was really old-fashioned. She had a thick glasses, braided hair style and a sheet of "ahoge". Once a glare Adachi looks like a smart girl but in fact is totally opposite of that. She had a terrible exam scores even Shinagawa can totally beat her in math. Shinagawa just seems like a dumbass but actually he's genius in math.
Somehow Adachi started to drag Shinagawa into several social activity at school such as extra class, school festival, sport, etc. And little by little Shinagawa's mind was opened to a society.
One of the biggest break through in Shinagawa's life is when Adachi asked him to be student council vice-president at the election. That's unbelievable. How could an anti-social person like him have a favor to participate at student council's election? But in fact that's happened. After several miracles Adachi won the election and Shinagawa become the vice-president. During election Shinagawa met another strong ex-delinquent named Gakku Izumi. He is good looking boy and smart. Shinagawa ever had a some battle with him and the result was draw. Instead be an enemy he decided to join student council member as Shinagawa's teammate.
When Shinagawa did his job as vice-president of student council he learnt a lot about sociality. He often dragged into other student problem and unbelievably he could solve their case. Of course he solved it with his own ways. The delinquent ways. He gained many friends because of that. He realizes that he isn't lonely anymore. He starts to concern about the other persons. But Shinagawa is still a blockhead person that wanna do something egoistically. She is just delinquent after all.
If i'm not wrong in volume 6 of this manga was revealed Shinagawa's love story. Actually Shinagawa and Adachi had met before when he took an entrance exam in Mon Shiro High School. Shinagawa just fall in love with Adachi at the first glance. But that day Adachi really had a different appearance. She didn't wear glasses and her hair style wasn't braided. She obviously looked cute that time. Unfortunately Shinagawa hadn't asked her name when he met her at entrance exam. So Shinagawa spent his entire time in high school to search her. Too bad. He didn't realize the person who's he looking for is just really close to him at the whole time
Yankee-kun to Megane-chan is one the best stories I have ever seen. I am so genuinely in awe at how well the story made me care about the characters. I was just itching to know how these kids were going to grow, and what new adventure they were going to get in next, but the greatest thing about the story is how their adventures were grounded in reality, (mostly). Although there were cracks of things that just would not happen in real life, they served as storytelling elements to help push a greater message. The value of this story is that it does not
offer an escape from reality, but forces you to gaze at it. It doesn't deal with any really depressing Oyasumi Punpun stuff, but it takes a good hard look on delinquency, bullying, young love, and most importantly, friendship. That sounds corny, I know, but this is a story about people who never had friends before making friends, and grow as people because of it. The true wonder of the story comes from watching them grow, and growing yourself because of it. I read this in my junior year of school, and when I finished it, I finally took a good hard look at myself and what I planned on doing. This story is a life-changing experience, and you will not be the same person you were before after you finish this.
11/10 Holy Shit Award
Yankee-kun to Megane-chan is an extremely cliche manga yet still very enjoyable with a lovable cast.
It starts out with a typical delinquent who's scared by everyone, then forced by class Rep to do stuff. There's every cliche in the book, delinquent fights, student council is involved, helping out others, college, etc. etc. Despite the somewhat lackluster story-line, Yankee-kun to Megane-chan has an enjoyable cast of characters with hilarious interactions and decent amount of character development.
the art style really shines for hilarious moments but is still mediocre.
Overall, characters are great, amazing humor, but the story-line is too cliche.
Props to the story for actually
ending, though I didn't really enjoy it.
This is my first review for anything. I'll make it short. Basically, if you want a good, satisfying ending, this isn't for you. Granted, it isn't that bad either.
I got into this series without knowing anything about it, author and plot, and overall it was a very enjoyable read with a very slow paced romance(if any). There were many loose ends that were completely ignored but it wasn't a big deal until that ending.
If you are going to read this manga, please note, you are going to read a series that throws away the suspension it built for 200 chapter on the last
few chapters with a very 'makes no sense' ending.