Molester Man is a perverted, socially inept otaku who spends most of his time on the textboard 2ch. One day, on the way home from his part-time job, he is mistaken for a stalker and arrested. After clearing the misunderstanding, Molester Man learns that the girl, whom he subsequently refers to as Miss Understanding, was left traumatized by her stalker, so he offers his hand in the hope of dating her. However, exceeding his own expectations, he gradually becomes closer to Miss Understanding and her friends, the cheerful Kansai and the guileless Loli Jugs.
Today if you ask a lot of manga readers what makes all these romance or slice of life manga that take a typical school or 'normal' life setting so infinitely great an answer tends to be "It's not boring like real-life." or "It's so exciting/thrilling compared to how it would happen in reality." Anyone who thinks this way now I'd like you to take a seat and read this manga. Chikan Otoko(Molester Man) is a 21 chapter manga with comedy, romance, drama and so-on. What makes this manga particularly different from
others? It is actually a real-life story that was posted on 2chan that follows the events of a college student and the ordeals he goes through going from essentially an awkward anti-social shut-in to a really dynamic evolving character that you can't help but love in the end.
Let the criticism come forth, but this is the score I stand upon. The story follows a MC named Molester Man who has a part time job and goes to school, but besides that is really just a shut-in that stays on his computer all day long, plays games, watches anime and reads manga. One day on his way home from class he somehow ends up being mistaken as a stalker and is arrested by authorities. Thus begins the story of Molester Man and the ordeals he goes through while trying to find love in the end. The story is something that cannot really be mocked. Most manga tend to be fiction so it's easy to critic the faults in a story that is really just thought up; however, Molester Man stands in its own league that cannot be easily changed as it isn't fiction at all, but something that took place in the real world. The story itself is already great as it is, but just knowing that is is based on a real story just adds that much more to it.
The art isn't all that impressive, but it does have its plus sides with the added over the top silly facial expressions for comedic scenes. Overall it's not fantastic, but it's not bad. It gets the emotion across on the characters very well which is good enough.
The characters are what really make this manga what it is. Every character we meet have an important role in the story. Especially the MC who literally goes from the most nerdiest, anti-social shut-in to a guy that just becomes a completely different person(Avoiding spoilers.) They all develop very well and not one character is just some shallow supporting character that has no influence whatsoever in the story. We see the interactions between the characters and the MC as well as the interactions between one another that just really make each character shine. Characters crying for joy, loneliness, feeling betrayed, anger, confusion and so-on you'll literally see every character go through so much and so much more. All the characters have very vibrant and fantastic personalities and it's just really hard not to like any of the characters you'll meet throughout the manga.
From cheering, laughing and almost shedding a tear, this manga made me feel it all. The pacing is almost perfect and it doesn't drag on forever(Being only 21 chapter) having the perfect length for the story keeping me interesting from the moment I picked this up to the very last chapter. I couldn't have asked for a better way to end the year by reading such a fantastic manga.
Yup, a 10/10. The story and characters all feeling so real(because they are) I just couldn't help but enjoy every last bit of this manga. Every chapter kept me excited to see what happens next and it made me really feel for all of the characters. I could have never imagined a story that came out of 2chan could be so great. This is a definite read, so I suggest you hop on it right away!
There is a common problem with character-driven stories that is often overlooked. They're supposed to engage the characters in various trials and tribulations, and by way of these occurrences, shape them into stronger individuals. It sounds simple, yet so many works fail to create memorable characters, instead relying on banal and insipid cliches to make the work seem more than it is.
Chikan Otoko is the antithesis to this trend.
It relies on the most frivolous acts and interactions between characters to naturally explicate the beauties of everyday life and characters. Moreover, Chikan Otoko never tries to be more than it is; and through its sincerity, it
is laudable. Laudable for its shameless use of memes and potty humor. Laudable for it weaving together a narrative that is so ludicrous in concept. And laudable for its ability to blend heavier elements like loneliness and depression together with comedy and mundane follies, yet in a manner so lighthearted as if to remind us to laugh at our own miseries.
Be honest. Be yourself. A hackneyed phrase it may be, but simply put, you won't be able to get through life by being anyone else. This is a creed that our protagonist, Molester Man, follows closely. He's never been a hot-shot with girls. Since elementary school, he's engrossed himself in what one would consider typical "otaku" activities. However, his life takes a one-eighty when, during his college years, he coincidentally bumps into a beautiful female of the human species and, well, ends up trying to protect her, thinking that there's a stalker chasing them.
And so originates the name: Molester Man is, in reality, mistaken by Miss Understanding (the beautiful female of the human species) to be a stalker, and there was no one following them to begin with. Long story short, he gets accused of sexual harassment. Sounds ludicrous? Sounds insipid? Good, that's just what they want you to think.
The beginning chapters are arguably the weakest part of the entire story. Molester Man looks as if he's another two-dimensional geek who spends too much time browsing 2chan. Miss Understanding is yet another immaculate angel who has transcended the holy earth to become a cutesy reincarnation of Venus. Although initially unimpressive, these personalities and tropes quickly become entertaining quirks that will grow on the reader. Once the pacing picks up, the story also builds upon these quirks, making them a cherished and integral part of the manga.
A virgin he is, but an absentminded and oblivious individual he is not. Unlike innumerable other got-it-from-the-recycling-bin harem leads, Molester Man bares honesty. He is perceptive of his actions and, as such, reflects upon their consequences; he has the upbringing of a chivalrous man gone insane. At first, Molester Man feels apathetic towards (3-D) women, but by the end, he understands the importance of human relationships. He slowly reaches the epiphany, begins to feel original, vivid emotions, and most importantly, accepts his own flaws to reach a new perception of his world. His development feels so tangible that it's almost as if the author intended to involve the reader directly. It is not a call to action, but more so an emphasis on Molester Man's inner thoughts and emotions through the entire process. He grows, he trips, he falls over, and we experience this vicariously as we see him stand up. That's life.
Accompanying Molester Man's main development are numerous side characters that contribute to the story. Eventually, as Molester Man attempts to clear his allegation of being a stalker, he reconciles his relationship with Miss Understanding, becomes friends with her, and is introduced to her circle of friends. Contrary to the depictions of trite and (literally) flat characters, these newly introduced female leads all carry realistic personalities, more so than your generic blow-up dolls. And more than being believable, they are invaluable to Molester Man's development. Although not completely free of cliches and conventional tropes, most side characters are given a substantial role within the story that literally churn the gears of the plot. They influence Molester Man to feel feel-good feelings and become a feeler of all feelings that can be felt. Molester Man truly begins to taste the feeling and feel for the sentimentalities of manhood as he cops a feel from other characters. He feels more than just feelings; he is the feeling.
The simple-looking artwork, familiar setting, and its basic paneling are all largely why Chikan Otoko's comedy works so well within the context of its mundanity: unobtrusive speech bubbles, average-looking phone texts, and standard 2chan messages; plain, white backgrounds and plain, modest looking human figures. The art does not aim to impress, but rather, aims to complement the down-to-earth tone of its character interactions and conversations. It not only enhances the naturalism of the manga, but also enriches the dynamic and cleverness of the dialogue. The comedic antics are all so diverse and unpredictable that the reader will never know what bizarre nonsensicality is coming next.
And the comedy is just that: simple, direct, and clever on the one hand; at times shrewd, dark, ironic, and immature; or in many cases, it's just downright base and coarse internet humor. These may sound inappropriate in text, but Chikan Otoko manages to make it work. Some of the most memorable scenes from the manga stem from its brilliant humor, which range from exaggerated expressions to allusions made to Kuso Miso Technique. One might laugh so hard that they would actually spit orange juice through their nostrils while reading it. Not that I'm suggesting that I did such a thing... But in any case. Bravo, bravo.
Between its zany humor and breathtaking drama, Chikan Otoko is a manga that aspires to be something simple and ultimately shines in its simplicity. It's hilarious, silly, random, and presents to us a mundane story with phenomenal characters. Chikan Otoko is more than an example of a character-driven story done correctly, it is a story that will make one feel. Feel the feels. Live the feels. And become the feels. Feels the become.
The plot is somewhat basic, but it's also unpredictable. There is a highly realistic element to it, accented by the simplicity, which adds to it's emotional impact. Even though Yokota Takuma did not actually invent the story, he does deserve some credit for its pacing and exceptional balance between comedy and drama.
Some might criticize the sketchy art style, but I thought it complimented the minimalist nature of the plot exceedingly well. It got the point across, while managing to make the characters unique and expressive. There was never a part when I was blown away by the art, but never a part when I thought
it was a problem either. It definitely feels sufficient for the story being told.
All of the main characters are unique, realistic, entertaining, and play off each other surprisingly well, given their differences. The character development is one of the best things about this manga; the main character starts off as an anti-social loner and slowly progresses as a person. He realizes that many of his initial assumptions about the girls are not true and watching his opinions of them change comprises a large aspect of the development. None of the characters are archetypes or cliches, and they all manage to hold my interest and sympathy.
It started off sort of slow, but about a fourth of the way through it gripped me and I couldn't put it down. It's funnier than most comedies and simultaneous sadder than most tragedies. It is very down-to-earth and it never becomes self-indulgent or overblown. This, combined with an unexpected amount of unpredictability, gives the manga an exceptional enjoyment score. This manga is highly recommended, seeing as it has wide appeal, and is a decent 8. It is much more of a conventional romance than Onani Master Kurosawa, this artist's previous and more renowned work, but it should not be overlooked either.
Ok so I've never written a review before, but I thought this manga deserved one sooo here I go:
Story (9.5 round it up idk) - The story is freakin hilarious ok. The manga has this slice-of-life feel, but it does have some sort of plot where Molester fumbles through his relationships with this group of girls after he gets mistaken for a molester by one of them (Miss Understanding). It's very realistic and down to earth, like I can really relate to Molester and all his awkward, otaku, nerdyness. At the same time though the story still keeps this manga like feeling that is
really enjoyable. The only drawbacks I would say are: the whole 2ch lingo that I don't really understand, and I think the translators should have explained more (or maybe they did and I'm dumb), and maybe the pacing, sometimes it feels a little weird to me like in some places, like it should be faster in some or slower in others (that might just be me being overly anal though).
Art (9) - Some might say it's a drawback, but I quite like the art, it's sketchy, comical and it's clear to understand so I don't see any problem. It's also done by the same person who did Onani Master Kurosawa (check that out too).
Characters (9) - All the characters do have development. You get to see new sides of Molester as you get to know more about him and the girls as he slowly makes friends with them. Although sometimes I find the way the characters act annoying, and usually its the girls, but it's not "shoujo" annoying it's "they're based off of real people and I find that person's personality annoying".
Enjoyment (10) - I 100% enjoy this I always look forward to whenever the new chapters come out, I 100% recommend you read this.
Overall (10) - I give this a 10 because I really do laugh and find this a fun read, and end up really relating to Molester, it feels like he's a friend, as sad as that sounds. So go out and read about Molester and all the shenanigans he gets into with all his new friends in Chikan Otoko.