Gouda Takeo is a freshman in high school. (Both estimates) Weight: 120kg, Height: 2 meters. He spends his days peacefully with his super-popular-with-girls, yet insensitive childhood friend, Sunakawa. One morning, on the train to school, Takeo saves a girl, Yamato, from being molested by a pervert. Could this be the beginning of spring for Takeo?
Ore Monogatari!! placed first on the female ranking of 2013 Kono Manga ga Sugoi!, was awarded the 37th Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shoujo Manga in 2013, and the 61st Shogakukan Manga Award for the same category in 2015.
The series was published in English as My Love Story!! by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from July 1, 2014 to September 5, 2017. It has also been published in Spanish by Ivrea España since December 2015.
The manga was adapted into a Japanese live-action film directed by Hayato Kawai that was screened on October 31, 2015.
Writing a unbiased review on one of your favorite manga isn't easy but I'll give it a shot. In an industry were the definition of rom-com is condensed to self-insert black haired reserved boy meets [insert archetype here] girl, it's refreshing to see something with some actual character and charm. Ore Monogatari can be summarized as the following: Giant intimidating high-school boy falls for cutesy 4ft tall girl. Spoiler alert, they confess their love for each other by the end of the first volume. Normally this would be something I wouldn't want to spoil but this is why I have such a fondness for this
series: It's not the point of the story. Ore Monogatari is about the adventures of two pure people genuinely attracted to one another, and how they deal being in a relationship for the first time in their lives. There's no awkward tripping scenes where one gropes the other. There's no panty shots. There's no explicitness of any kind to be found in this show. In fact if I had to sum it up in one word, it would be pure.
"Now hold on" I hear you say, reclining back in your seat or bed. "Maybe I like that in my manga." Well that's fine, taste is subjective after all. But even you can't ignore deny how uncommon these type of stories are. However that being said, one could argue it's a no more accurate representation of modern relationships compared to any other lewd rom-com. But it is most definitely in my opinion at least, a more ideal goal of what one should be between people.
With that out of the way I'll now attempt to address the core story of Ore Monogatari as well as the characters. Our protagonist Takeo alongside his seemingly asexual yet ladykiller buddy Suna go to high-school together. Despite the two being so different they play very well off each other and the reason for their friendship becomes explained and developed as time goes on. Eventually Takeo meets and starts a relationship with Yamato, a girl Takeo saved on a train after finding her being felt up. Yamato's character is hard to describe, she's very friendly and goes out of her way to be liked by Takeo. She brings out a very similar attitude out of Takeo so the two have great chemistry together. It's genuinely touching seeing them get along. So you ask, "what's the story even about?". Well, it could almost be described as a coming of age. Takeo has to get a job, sit tests to get into a good college with Yamato, and even deal with his own personally insecurities (black sheep syndrome). The manga also doesn't only focus on Takeo, there are arcs that focus on Sunakawa, their friends, and family. I'm making this series sound much more complex than it is but without saying spoilers there isn't a single arc I hated.
The artist Aruko draws very expressive characters. Takeo is often drawn to have exaggerated emotions to show his passionate attitude, where as characters such as Sunakawa feel much more static. Some may find the art-style to be generic or bland and they would have some ground to argue on. But Aruko has some very nicely detailed panels in a few chapters across the series. I'm no art buff, so see for yourself.
Ore Monogatari is one of the funniest manga I've read yet. I wouldn't call myself an avid fan of shoujo but I have reason to believe that this series is an exception in the genre. I believe the series could even serve as a wholesome reminder to those who may have a bleak or depressive view on modern relationships. Though it can again be argued that this is also simply exaggerated fantasy. In short I'd recommend reading it or at least watching the anime. The seiyu's are spot on and even the English dub is gold.
"Ore monogatari!Another shoujo manga,huh?" Well,that's what I guessed you would think.
And yes, you're wrong.One monogatari isn't your typical shoujo manga where the female character falls in love with someone super-handsome,smart and so on. NO! This is a must-read for all the manga-lovers, no matter what genre you like.You'll fall in love with the story, believe me.
Story : 10
The story is told from the perspective of Takeo a boy who's complexed by his huge appearance (he's introduced as an 2m tall and 120kg weight) and unappealing figure because his best friend,Sunagawa the super-popular guy who can make any girl blush, manages to "steal"
all his previous crushes since their childhood (unintentionally). One day in train,on their way home, Takeo saves a beautiful and friendly girl named Yamada from a pervert and since then she tried her best to repay him by making sweets for him and in the end,she falls in love with him. Takeo noticed that she's nervous every time she's speaking to him but he misunderstands, thinking that she fell in love with his best friend.
Art : 9
Well, I really really like the art. Per total, it's a typical shoujo artwork but the comedy moments are very very well done, especially Takeo's ridiculous expressions.
Character : 10
Takeo : the funniest character I've ever seen in a shoujo manga.Ridiculously huge, trying his best to let a good impression but almost everytime he fails.
Yamada : beautiful,shy and clumsy girl with an unexpected taste in boys in comparison with a typical shoujo heroine
Sunagawa : typical handsome and cold guy who has no interest in girls
You would love them,I guarantee it.
Enjoyment : 10
The feeling I've had while reading this manga is pretty similar to Lovely Complex because the manga is fun to read,easy and warming.
You might already have noticed that Ore Monogatari is not your common shoujo manga, and I would like to give a more detailed review so that more people starts reading this despite the hideous face on the cover. Believe me, this manga is really something!
Ore Monogatari is a shoujo comedy that fits most people's tastes, maybe because it's not like anything else you've read. However, if you're struggling with the idea of a gorilla looking protagonist, you could need some time to consider.
That shouldn't be too much of a bother, though, because Takeo is hilarious. This manga shows that looks really doesn't matter.
Storywise Oregatari focuses
on the same thing most shoujo manga do, and that is romance and comedy. Both of them are equally good in this story, and makes it really enjoyable. As the story keeps going, you'll find yourself fall in love with it more than expected.
The drama is the exact kind of drama you'd see in most shoujo manga, however, it's a little special in this manga because of our hero. There will be many misunderstandings, but it's cute and you'll definitely enjoy it!
Takeo makes a great protagonist, being very caring yet easily misunderstood because of his looks. You might think of him as a comedy relief, but he's got lots of good points (and this comes from a girl who adores bishounen). Eventually you will fall in love with him as well, you'll want to encourage him, and comfort him when things go wrong.
However, Takeo is of course not the only reason to read Oregatari, believe it or not!
The heroine, Yamato, is a very sweet and timid girl. You've probably seen her character many times before, but she's got something special to her as well. You'll realize what after you start reading.
Suna, Takeo's best friend, sounds like a real bother when introduced to you, but he's actually a really attractive character. For some reason, he's pretty pulled-back and doesn't show much emotion towards people other than Takeo. However, when you see him laugh together with his friend, you'll fall in love with him too. These three makes a great and refreshing trio.
Other than them, there are other characters like Suna's sister or Yamato's friends who all contributes to the story. Takeo will encounter more people on the way, and in the end, everyone will enjoy his company realizing that he's not as scary as he looks.
The overall art is adorable, you'll see a lot of pretty faces besides the main characters. Oh, haha, and then there's Takeo!
Takeo is drawn pretty roughly, but you'll soon get used to it and learn to love his character. His face is quite amusing, actually. The girls are really cute, and the style fits perfectly for a shoujo manga. There's nothing to complain about, actually. It's great!
I'm enjoying this manga a lot. I started reading it just recently, but it's really fun and you can't help but like it. Take a look at Takeo's face and then start reading it!
Before going into an analysis, I've got to say right now: This has been one of the most enjoyable (if not THE most) mangas/anime that I have read in a long time. Throughout the whole thing I was laughing and grinning like an idiot and I have a tough sense of humor. Even the first episode of the anime has got me hooked and I eagerly await the next. If you enjoy light hearted, no drama/strings attatched romance, definitely try this one out.
While the story remains a straight forward boy meets girl scenario, the continued play on the characters backgrounds and personalities/appearance makes a easy
to pick up story while also remaining true to itself. I give a 9 just based on enjoyment.
Not too fancy, not too modest. Takeo's facial expressions always leave me in tears but other than that it's pretty standard art that you'd expect to see in a manga/anime like this.
My god. Takeo has got to be the most hilarious character I have ever seen. This guy makes me crack up in everything he does. His appearance and character are more something you'd see in a backdrop (a side character) so it makes an interesting choice as a main protagonist and succeeds very well in doing so. Outgoing, hyper active and dense w
Yamato. Although not too diverse in personality, she makes as an enjoyable main character and is pretty fun to watch. Her clumsiness and hard working attitude is a perfect mix and she's guaranteed to make you say "Kawaiiiii" atleast once or twice.
Suna. Typical Cold handesome guy at first glance who secretly has a heart of gold. He and Takeo are like 2 pieces of a puzzle, they fit together perfectly despite being polar opposites. Calm, collected, earnest yet laid back, his humorous remarks and Takeo's support, he lights up the situation despite looking quite glum most of the time.
By far one of the best ive read. Ore Monogatari had me laughing and inspired through out the entire thing. Relatable, fun and happy, I'm sure it could make you smile.
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