The fate of the world rests on one man's shoulders. Or, to put it more exactly, it rests on his balls.
In a freak sealing accident the Queen of Terror is sealed into Satou Kohta's balls, thus preventing her from reigning destruction on the world. However a lesser devil, Elyse, has been sent up to Earth to release the Queen at all costs. The only way to do so is to make Kohta ejaculate, and Elyse only has 30 days to do it. The battle for mankind has begun—in Kohta's pants.
Note: There are five specials: Extra Ball 1-3 and Special Ball 1 & 2 coupled with the tankoubon releases.
My Balls (Ore Tama) is a hilarious Mature, Ecchi, Romantic, Comedy with one of the most absurd plots I've come across in a non-H manga. Think 40 Days & 40 Nights through the mind of a perverted mangaka; where a being, not of this world, is accidentally sealed in a poor virgin's balls. Now the next time he ejaculates, within the current month, marks the end of the world. Can the whole of mankind be save through the abstinence of one man?
It is only by reading this manga that you'll be able to find the answer, but in the process of reading you will
discover one absurdly funny story. Comedy is what it's all about and with a title like My Balls, you can assume that it'll be full off adult humour. Adult humour that will continuously push the boat, in providing comedy that is completely unheard of in manga, but on the other hand the story certainly isn't its strongest suite. With each chapter merely following the escapades of the protagonist (Kohta) and his companion (Elyse). This mainly comprises of a bunch of random events, mostly involving some demon spawn, attempting to release their Queen and these scenarios are loosely strung along to form a coherent story. Sure in most manga, having a weak storyline could prove detrimental to the plot but with a plot as absurd as "the Queen of Hell being sealed into a virgin's spunk cavern", then one can accept the lack of any in-depth, logical, story.
The virgin in question, Kohta, is the poor sod that has to endure all the perversion being force onto him. Due to the nature of the story, most readers would expect him to be an unlikeable, generic, guy; but on the contrary. He is not useless at all, like the pathetic virgins you typically find in ecchi, rom/coms and that's what makes him so damn funny to watch. His female companions may have personalities that follow the most generic of tropes, but they do offer just a lil something special that will make even their predictable actions seem amusing. To complete the cast are a number of other-worldly beings that have very little to do with any character development and are just there to serve the plot.
The artwork is just as good in serving that plot; especially in its portrayal of ecchi scenes and near pornographic sex acts. It is simple, yet very effective. The panels are also well organised and even with a lot of them, on a single page, it never gets messy... unless it's trying to be.
Overall My Balls is one of the funniest things I've ever read and by far the funniest, perverted manga ever created... and I've read a lot of those. However, with all its unadulterated humour, some can easily be turned off by how perverted it gets. For the guys & girls who don’t mind numerous reverse rape situations; will end up rolling on the floor laughing at the adult humour and in turn, be shocked by what this manga & its characters are capable of doing. Every chapter will provide something new to laugh about. It's a shame it had somewhat of a weak ending.
One of those few ecchi manga that deserves to be read not just for its fanservice, but for its characters.
Why you may pick this up:
-Interactions between characters
-Elyse X Kohta
-Interesting setup for plot
Why you may skip this:
-Heavy Fanservice (Arguable)
Story-7: There is actually a story, and it is OK, if somewhat lacking in the ending. MC is (another) useless bum who is hopeless in life. Then, in a freak accident, the Queen of terror becomes sealed inside his... balls. To prevent the end of days, he shall not come. Yes, the story is as weird as the title makes it out. As the story
goes on, demons (who all happen to be female, for some reason, and yet this isn't a harem) attempt to seduce MC in an effort to make him release his load and finally have demonkind rule the world. No, you are not going to get an epic 'hero defeats the demon lord and saves the world' plotline from a title like 'My balls', but the story is serviceable, and gives many opportunities for ecchi scenes. Nothing special, if not creative, but it isn't bad either.
Characters-9: This is where, in my honest opinion, the manga really shines. We have the MC, Kohta Satou, the useless bum who destroys the world if he ejaculates, and one of the lesser demons sent to make him do just that, Elyse*. Kohta has a crush on his colleague, Minayo, but being the useless bum he is, he does not have the balls(?) to ask her out. As the story goes on, we see the MC try to hold it in as hordes of demon girls use an array of fetishes to get MC to blow his load and release their queen, while Elyse slowly falls in love with MC, and Kohta begins to make his move on Minayo. The chemistry between Kohta and Elyse is some of the best I have seen in ecchi romances. I genuinely felt the sparks fly between them, and I found myself rooting for Elyse even as Kohta progresses further with Minayo. Its one of the few reasons you may want to pick up this series. Well, that and maybe the ecchi.
*just going to rant about Elyse here. She is one of the most cutest, beloved, and most expressive tsundere pettanko i have seen in a long time. Every time she is with Kohta, there is never a dull moment, from scolding each other, to dates, to her crying when she sees her beloved Kohta enjoying sex with someone else and being unable to do anything about it. Ok, rant end, on with the review.
Art-8: its an ecchi series, so the art is usually good, by default. All the curves are there in the right places, and all the facial expressions complements the action going on. Characters are easily told apart, since all the different demons look like ecchi cosplayers.
Enjoyment-9: I came for the story, and stayed for the characters. I was expecting a typical harem romcom where MC is so dense it is unforgivable, and I will then default to admiring the ecchi that this manga is priding itself on. What I got was an MC that becomes more likeable and becomes aware of the girls' feelings, a lead female that is just downright enjoyable (see rant), and good fanservice in between.
Overall-8: If you want some quality fanservice with characters that are likeable, pick this up if you can get past the fanservice. The story is simple but doesn't commit any grave sins, but lets be honest, you are here for the ecchi and characters, not the story. IF you cannot handle fanservice, skip this, but only after reading through the first few chapters. It is entertaining, enjoyable and has memorable characters let down by an ending that doesn't do the romance between Elyse and Kohta enough justice.
Oretama is basically the manga version of a pretty funny joke getting run into the ground because it was repeated way too many times. This manga definitely should've been shorter, purely because of the fact that the entire series is built around one joke, and that joke got old after the 15th or so chapter. Also, there comes a point when you're reading this manga and you have to question whether or not what you're reading can be considered outright hentai. In fact, I feel like this type of story would've been better if it actually was straight-up porn. At least then, there would be
more of a purpose to it other than mind-numbingly repetitive comedy. Then again... there's always that subset of the ecchi fandom that whacks off to pretty much everything so I wouldn't be surprised if someone actually did try using this manga as masturbation material.
The characters aren't really much to speak of. We have our standard ecchi protagonist who has a masochistic streak, we have our obvious love interest that ends up getting shafted to the side for the bulk of the story whilst the main character indulges in lewd antics with the other girls, and so on and so forth. The demon queen sealed within our MC's balls was a standard villain at best, and honestly... she really wasn't that hot. Then again, that's just my own taste kicking in (what can I say? I kinda dig crazy chicks, and the demon queen was fairly rational, by ecchi comedy standards at least).
Artwork was fair enough. Girls were cute, nudity was uh... serviceable I guess? There really isn't much to talk about when it comes down to Oretama. I mean, it works as simple entertainment but I wouldn't recommend reading it. In an age where we have quality mangas readily available, I fail to see why anyone would bother reading Oretama outside of the obvious draw because of the premise. People, this is an ecchi comedy. Ecchi comedies by their very nature are inherently repetitive and don't stay funny for very long. Just do yourself a favour and either "read" some hentai or just read something that's actually funny like Love Hina. Anyway, feedback's welcome and all that guff. Peace :)
I was forced to read this manga or else spoilers for various anime would be have been dropped, but having said this... I really enjoyed this manga. It is the first one I have completed and although there is a lot of... (for lack of a better term) fan-service(??) once you get past that it really is enjoyable.
The plot at first sounds absurd but it really is funny and had me quite interested throughout - I really enjoyed the characters as all of them were extremely likeable and hilarious. Visually it is great (but have little point of reference) and I generally enjoyed this
read overall. Definitely recommend for those who enjoy a good laugh!