As a child, Masamune Makabe once suffered greatly at the hands of a wealthy and beautiful girl named Aki Adagaki, who nicknamed him "Piggy" due to his chubby appearance. Seeking revenge against his tormentor, Masamune works hard to improve himself and returns as an incredibly handsome, albeit narcissistic, high school student. When he encounters Aki once again, he is prepared to exact vengeance.
With the aid of the rich girl's maid, Yoshino Koiwai, Masamune slowly begins to build his relationship with Aki, intending to break her heart when the time is right. However, as his friendship with Aki begins to grow, Masamune starts to question the objectives of his devious plans, and if bringing them to fruition is what his heart truly desires.
Masamune-kun suffers from an interesting phenomenon, something I like to call the "Guilty Crown Effect". At the beginning, we start with a very unique plot with tons of potential, and several different characters with what looks like room for development. However, after a short feeling of general oddness it takes an absolute dive into the abyss.
In the beginning, there are several very interesting characters. Our hero is very handsome, but also extremely narcissistic. Our heroine is beautiful, but a terrible tsundere. As they draw closer together, we see that there is some depth to these characters that is making their interactions more interesting. The side
characters are slowly introduced, most of them contributing an interesting and unique something to the plot.
The first few chapters are quite good, and set it up for an excellent story. As the manga continues, there begins to be a slight air of indecision, as if the author doesn't know where to go from the beginning. Characters will have important dialogue or realizations, that will then be completely forgotten by the next chapter. In spite of this I foolishly kept reading.
There was an important reveal about one of the characters, and the manga looked like within a few chapters it would reach a very satisfactory ending. And that is where everything went to absolute hell. For absolutely NO reason, new characters and a terrible plot began to be introduced. The only possible reason for this that I can think of is that the author realized he wasn't quite ready to butcher this cash milking machine.
I, being young and naive, continued to read, still holding on to that desperate hope that somehow this would all fix itself. Alas, I just got to watch my heart be broken further as the story continued to sink into the dregs of manga that exists as some sort of capitalistic, never-ending hell. Like someone in an abusive relationship, I just kept thinking that maybe next time it will be different. Spoilers: it wasn't. I eventually dropped it.
I rated this a 2. Some people may think that this is harsh, but stories like this are far worse to me than any "Mars of Destruction" catastrophe. I can easily detect poor writing, but I can't detect good writing that becomes terrible. Maybe some lucky souls are capable of sensing this sort of thing before it comes to pass, but this review is for everyone else. I implore you, in the name of good stories everywhere, do not read this manga. If you're so desperate to read something, read the first five chapters or so and then make up your own ending. Literally anything would be better.
The boy-against-girl showdown in this manga makes it much more interesting than your average boy-meets-girl stories. Through the course of the story, there is good development between the protagonist and the lead female.
The factor that had drawn me in to reading this manga was obviously the art. It is perfectly drawn, not too flashy, and the way how each character is drawn to make them look extremely attractive is so appealing to the eyes.
I liked the characters of the story. I find the female lead as one of the most adorable tsunderes I've ever encountered. There is a significant level of Aki being dere and
flustered in contrast to other tsunderes who come off as rude and uncute for most of the anime. I like MC-kun and admire how he was able to change from his past form to his current one all for the purpose of getting revenge. I wished that they had made his background more worthy of having him get revenge for, because personally I thought his reason was a bit shallow (or maybe I'm just a complete sadist). But anyways, one can overlook that.
I liked the supporting characters as well. The assistant to the nemesis stands out very well, and I like how her presence is bringing about a sort of mystery factor in this story. The trap best friend of the MC and the other characters are all so adorable as well.
The only negative comment I can really give for this anime is that it updates too slowly. It takes about a month at average for a new chapter to come out, which is bad news for the many who look forward to the new chapter. But nevertheless, Masamune-kun No Revenge is one of the very few manga series I look forward to reading whenever a new update comes out and I would definitely recommend one to read it.
I stumbled across this manga quite by accident a while ago, but I found the premise rather interesting. So I decided to give it a go, and I was quite happy that I did. At the time of writing, only 5 chapters of this manga have been released, but I think this is sufficient to produce a fairly decent evaluation of it.
1. Story: 8
I like the premise of getting back at your childhood bully, but having read the specific bullying scenes, I did not think the MC had to be as fixated on his past as he is. Regardless, the story picks up after that
and delivers the tales of Masamune-kun in his quest for retribution. Its proceeds at a good pace and the events are both interesting and funny. I am quite eager to read on and find out what happens to the relationship between the male and female MC. As it is, it has progresses quite radically from what it was at the beginning. I especially like the ending of chapter 5 (the most recent chapter at the time of this review), as it hints at a change in the male MC's outlook on the proceedings.
2. Art: 9
I understand this is quite a subjective category. Personally, I like this style and I think the characters and the setting is very well drawn. Both Masamune and Adagaki look great. The supporting characters are also drawn well. I particularly like how appearances can be deceiving. Adagaki's helper looks angelic, but turns out to be quite the trickster.
3. Characters: 8
As stated, I liked the main characters of this manga. I like their way of interacting with each other and think they give this manga a lot of potential. There is room for a lot of growth for the characters and this makes things very interesting. I hope for there to be more interesting characters cropping up in the future.
4. Enjoyment: 9
Without a doubt, I have enjoyed reading each chapter. It truly is a shame that it is released so slowly. It is mainly because I enjoy this manga, that I wanted to write a review for it. If you are looking for a high school love story with an interesting plot and some great artwork, this will be great. Don't expect this to be something to evaluate and analyze.
5. Overall: 8
Since there are so few chapters of this manga and as I don't see this fact changing to a considerable degree for the foreseeable future, I would recommend picking it up. It may just turn out that you will be waiting impatiently for new chapters to come out too.
Masamune-kun No Revenge is about the main protagonist, Makabe Masamune, who wants to take revenge on his childhood ... enemy? Friend? called Akagami Aki. No one shall ever know. Anyway, this Masamune stayed with his grandpa to train for his revenge, and became a handsome narcissist, ready to take revenge on Aki.
The story has a low score as it is extremely generic. Handsome guy says, I'm going to make you fall in love with me" and blah blah blah. I feel like his reason to get back at Aki, the enemy/love interest, was crappy. Move ON, please. However, the author realised that the reason
was not giving the MC the 'good guy' look and progressed. And it was much more enjoyable once they were past the drama. Just don't feel compiled to drop this at the 2nd chapter. The first few chapters did not show its full potential.
I could rave on about the art in this for at least 48 hours. Trust me, it is that fantastic. What makes the art in this manga different from the usual is that the eyes are beautifully drawn, the shading and highlights are done perfectly, and the colours are bright and unique. If you like consistent, perfect artwork, this manga is for you.
The MC, Makabe Masamune. He was a plump, chubby boy who would get bullied by the neighbourhood boys. After running into little Aki's mansion's gates, he fell in love (i assume?) with her, only to be broken hearted when she gave him the nickname "Piggy". He sought out to take his revenge. The sight twist to this is that he is now handsome and popular. The love interest, Akagami Aki, is my favourite character, as she has a great character design and her tsundere personality does not go overboard, with no love-interest-toss-into-the-air-and-dissapears-into-the-horizon scene.
For my personal enjoyment, I would say it was quite a change from the usual art and character design of manga. Besides that, there are cliffhangers and exiting parts, but you are better off watching/reading Sakurasou if you want (REALLY GOOD) serious drama, or Kaichou maid sama, for a (once again REALLY GOOD) romance manga. Another downside is that it takes centuries to update. Besides that, if you are just looking for some good romance, so-so plotline, and good art, this manga is for you.