This 4-koma style manga features Yoshiko, a genuinely stupid girl (she can even manage to get all 0's on multiple choice tests). She hangs out at school with her childhood friend, who she claims to like, and he has to put up with all her ridiculous behavior!
Like a lot of 4-koma, Aho Girl takes a little while to get going but once all the major characters are established, it is relentlessly funny. It's a very simple story about an idiot and the people around her who have to deal with her antics. It's really just dumb fun but the jokes land pretty consistently. This is mostly because of the great characters, who are all hilarious in their own way. The best part about it is how unsympathetically things are portrayed. Yoshiko is a proud idiot has no concern for the people she causes problems for. The main male character Akutsu seems
to actually (justifiably) hate her. She would be infuriating to be around in real life but reading about her is hysterical. The art is pretty simple but works well with the comedy.
Both Japanese and western comedy have a tradition of duos composed of an idiot and a straight man. It is very rare to see the role of the idiot taken by a woman, and when it is, the woman typically has the persona of a bimbo or airhead.
In Aho Girl we have the role of the idiot portrayed by a character who is not a passive bimbo or moe airhead, but the aggressively stupid Yoshiko. In an novel way this breaks with the traditional portrayal of stupid girls in manga because there is little to no effort made to portray Yoshiko as moe
or even sympathetic. She is an idiot, a burden to those around her, and any redeeming qualities she may have are overshadowed by the chaos she creates. Even in situations that would normally be fanservice when her skirt is flipped or she is sleeping in her underwear, the reactions of the other characters are disgust and disdain as opposed to nose-bleeding ecchi. The audience is treated to equal opportunity idiocy as Yoshiko's antics don't rely on her being a girl, but rather her being a moron who just so happens to be a girl.
As a foil to Yoshiko, we have Akutsu (usually just A-kun) who plays the straight man. When we first meet A-kun it seems like his treatment of Yoshiko is rather harsh, but as the story progresses, we can empathize with his frustration over his neighbor's antics. But, at the same time, he is not an overly empathetic character. In his interactions with other characters he is a bit of an asshole and not entirely an innocent victim of Yoshiko's stupidity. He's not an utter villain that we enjoy seeing suffer either, and because he is neither a complete devil or saint, what could be a one-note character takes on some depth.
Other characters orbit around the main duo drawn in by the gravity of Yoshiko's stupidity and unable to escape. Its a common theme for Yoshiko to burst into someone else's life and create chaos with the iron-clad assurance that she has a solution to a problem, even when there is no problem in the first place.
The art can be surprisingly dynamic without too much complexity. Communicating complex actions via expressions and non-verbal poses is really well done and aids the comedic beats and character portrayals. You can practically hear the wet smacking noises as Yoshiko chews with her mouth open and sprays bits of bananas as she talks. The 4-koma format is utilized well and provides beats between scenes or gags, though some jokes or story elements need multiple columns to get to one punchline.
Overall, there is no greater story or romance, making this a gag manga in the purest sense. This makes the manga easy to pick up anywhere and reading chapters in order isn't especially necessary. This simplicity is a bit of a rarity as so many comedic manga (even 4-koma types) insert serious arcs to varying effect.
If you are looking for a simple laugh, then Aho Girl is a good choice.
I saw that there wasn't a review on this manga so i thought why not make one.
anyway the book is AMAZING, I've never laughed so much while reading a manga. Almost every page is stuffed with comedy and the characters are people you just cant help but like. The art was decent but not mind blowing but that didn't really bother me at all. The one major downfall when it comes to this anime is the extreme lack of story. over all this is a great anime and defiantly something worth reading.
...i would have rated things much higher in my opinion but i want to
make this review a fair one for those reading it
Aho girl is the first manga I started to read and I'm glad I did. Aho girl is witty, surprising and motivating and really focused on comedy. It's not a typical type of dumb girl I've seen in anime's, being all shy and cute. The surprising elements of the reaction of Yoshiko's (main character) friends ( or rather victims) is just what any normal teen would do(excluding 2 characters), but the art here is how the have put it. I totally like this manga and would recommend it for people who would like to laugh.
The story line is slow and doesn't
have a clear goal to work to and is more like slice of life. Because it's so dynamic in the environment it's never boring to anticipate what will happen next. Pantsu's will be shown, but this is more part for the story and wit than for fan service, also dealt with a load of humor.
As for the art, it's simple. The drawings aren't much in detail and sometimes the text balloons takes halve of a panel. But the face Yoshiko sometimes make is priceless in combination with the situation.
The side characters also have a lot of humor but are more well-rounded and they show some emotions. In contrast to the main story line, the side characters do have a clear goal which they desperately want to reach. This gives the characters a bit more dept and empathy. However, each side character is slowly introduced as the story takes time to properly introduce them. At some point I began to emphasize with them as they are struck with the immense stupidity of Yoshiko.
The goal of aho girl is to entertain and it definitely does. As i slowly progressed trough the chapters I'm amazed by the slapstick humor and sometimes burst out in lauther. It's just simple effective humor but not superficial.
For now I'm addicted to this witty and surprising manga.