Since her parents are a little bit slow, Matsuda Erika (or Eri for short) has taught herself to be independent and extremely reliable. Moreover, she devotes herself to taking care of those around her—even if some of her classmates find her behaviour overbearing and annoying. One day, a strange new transfer student is introduced to her class. This boy speaks in choppy sentences, has little to no facial expressions, and goes by the name Nogina Kaname. Instantly, Eri feels compelled to take care of this martian-like new boy in her class. (Source: Day of the River)
Usually for short manga, they don't fare that well in this department. Tig-Hug Planet is no different. In a nutshell? Simple, short and sweet. We are first introduced to our female protagonist/narrator, her personality and current day to day lifestyle. Then as with most school-based manga, a transfer student (male protagonist) with a "mysterious aura" comes through and veni, vidi, vici's the place. I would've appreciated some more back drop on some of the characters but the story flowed pretty well despite being only 4 chapters. As for the pacing and time-setting, it was reasonable; about one school semester/season took place from beginning to end. The mangaka did a good job in creating the typical romantic shoujo atmosphere.
The art wasn't anything amazing. I'm not sure if it was the specific scanlations that I've read, but the art seemed to have dropped after the first chapter or so. Designs went from solid and well defined to a sketchy and "everything is glowing and dreamy because love is in the air" kind of mood. I prefer the former. Character designs were still pretty decent overall, though I feel that the drawer copped out by resorting to an excessive amount of face shots. Normally that is fine, but when paired with rather simple facial expressions and panels that sometimes ran consecutively, it was a bit tiring.
I'll be honest, something about a strong female lead and an apathetic male lead makes for good chemistry. Watching the initially strong-willed female protagonist slowly develop into a reliant one was great. Likewise for the male protagonist. Seeing him start off as a carefree, energy-less and go with the flow kind of guy that evolves into a rather dependable person paired nicely with his female counterpart. As for the supporting cast, they were really just there to add to the atmosphere, fill in the gaps and sometimes serve as emotional support for the pair of mains. None of the characters stood out much regardless.
Going by MAL's scoring system of standards, this manga pretty much is a solid 6 or "fair". It wasn't anything new and unique but it wasn't so terrible that I wouldn't be able to make it past the first few pages. If you're into the shoujo genre and need a dose of romance with a pinch of comedy, then Tig-Hug Planet can do just that. Nothing more, nothing less.read more
If you're looking for a quick shoujo to read or just to pass the time you should read this.
The story is about a girl who pretty much takes care of everyone in her class at school. Helps people with homework, club meetings etc. Everyone loves her but they boys only see her as like another mom. Then a boy transferred into the school who is a complete mess and can't do much on his own.
Nothing spectacular pretty much your average shoujo type of art.
Some of the characters were a little sketchy like Nogina. He is a complete klutz but at the emotional parts of the story he seems to just say powerful things when he can barely talk. Characters needed a little bit more time to develop in my opinion
I liked this manga it had a very calm relaxed feeling to it awkward too at times but a good read.
Like I said if you're looking for a sweet quick read I recommend reading this. For 5 chapters it wasn't half bad. I think it should've been a little longer to explain the characters more. If that were the case this manga would be a little bit more popular read more