As a 6-year-old, Rintaro is diagnosed with Henisei Tashu Ijou Syndrome (also known as Hentai Syndrome), a disease that could kill him if he gets sexually aroused. To save him and provide a way for him to live as normal a life as possible, his father teaches him the ways to control his body and mind for ten years in the mountains, with the martial art of the Koei Sougetsu. When he's 16 he chooses to enroll into Nangokuren High School, which he assumed to be the biggest all-boys school in the country but is actually the biggest all-girls school that has just gone co-ed.
On his first day he stumbles upon a large scale battle and learns that the first rule of the school is that it "Abides the Law of Nature" which has turned the campus into a war zone-like environment. Rintaro now sees transferring out as his mission, but will it be that easy now that he's caught the eye of the 3 "Dragons," the bodacious female leaders of the three biggest factions around?
Do you hate pointless fanservice?
Well you aren't alone. Our protagonist here fights this world of panty shots, boobs and such with only his martial arts and his gut.
Secret technique of the ape! put on some pants woman...
But seriously. that's the general synopsis.
why is this great?
non perverted protagonist
many bad asses (especially our mc, understanding one should develop both brain and body)
pretty good art ( some characters are pretty, some ugly, some ugly for comedy, at least some characters will suit you)
Awesome humor ( dude fighting vs fan service. Nuff said )
raging battles combined with comedy and fan service negation
Why may one
well to fight against fan service, there must be a bit of it at least ( mostly for humor )
a wide range of characters means some may not be your favorite ( cough second and third year leaders )
may not be family friendly
battle oriented not romance oriented
One should definitely try this manga out as it has many novel aspects and is very enjoyable ( for me ). Reading a chapter can bring a smile to a gloomy day. Manly battles with humor, fan service ( negation ) and cute moments. What are you waiting for? ( maybe a gloomy day to be cheered up on:P ).
I personally recommend this to be read alone, not at a library or cafe to avoid a tinge of compunction. but hey, if you like doing stuff like that go ahead. freedom eh?
So you're probably thinking "a harem where the male protagonist has to avoid girls for his own sake?" Is such a thing even possible? Yes it is.
[TL DR at the bottom for you people who don't want to read my magnificent review in all it's glory] Before I go any further with this review I guess I should state that there is fanservice here, but you already knew that. That being said, it is not all about exposed cleavage and awkward situations for our MC. I'll shed some light in regards to the basis of the story here (feel free to skip ahead if
you know it already). Unfortunately for Rintaro (MC) he was diagnosed with a rare condition that turns fatal if he gets aroused (i.e. girls are the bane of his existence). Fast forward to the first day of high school and he's applied to an all-boys school, which of course is not the case as it was an all-girls school that just recently turned co-ed. There he sees a showdown between two 'dragons' and shenanigans ensue.
Story - 6
I should say that I'm being conservative here because it's still way too early to get a clear idea as to where this manga is going (imo). A bit of background on the school has been revealed, which is nice and gives the impression of hidden potential within the plot line (one can only hope right?). I have a feeling that the story is approaching its first major arc (the minor arc was good) at this point and that should let us extrapolate going forward.
Art - 9
To be honest I would have given an 8.5, but I'm rather partial to the art in DR. I found it to be very clean, simple when there's not much going on and very detailed when the situation calls for it. All the crazy moves Rintaro pulls off are executed nicely and often displayed in full/half panels. My only gripe is that there can be too many panels with white space. It's not as if Watanabe can't improve further down the road.
So far Rintaro really carries the story along well. One of the positives of this manga is the strong protagonist. Most readers will naturally gravitate towards him because of his stoic personality and funny moments. He's also different as he avoids girls where most MCs in a harem will do the opposite. Other than him, only two (maybe 3?) other characters have gotten significant development. Without revealing too much, the story seems to be focusing on character development at the moment so I may have scored this low depending on how well the first major arc goes.
Enjoyment - 8
There's never really a dull moment and it's not stupidly predictable as you might expect in other harems. It's not even your typical harem to be honest. Well, other than Rurina (she's such a cutie though!...ok I went on a tangent here) no one has a deep attraction to Rintaro just yet. Don't worry though, there will definitely be romance as there are signs of such already. Just depends on how our MC reacts. Good action scenes when you come across them; every chapter will make you laugh at some point and it's a relatively easy story to follow. I genuinely had a great time reading it and I'm sad that there's only a handful of chapters out, but I'm sure that it'll be well worth the wait.
Overall - 7
I really wanted to give an 8 here, but this manga needs to prove to me it has got more than what meets the eye. TL DR: Unclear about the overall story, there is potential here though. Art is clean and simple. The MC is very likeable, good development already for some supporting characters. A good manga to kick back and relax to.
"I will never, never ever touch a woman or let them touch me" - Tachibana Rintarou.
Having a disease that may cause your death when sexually aroused can be very tough, especially if you suddenly transfer to a girl's highschool that recently began admitting male students. Dragons Rioting is an action martial arts manga that incorporates genres such as ecchi and comedy. This may seem as your typical ecchi comedy manga, but in reality isn't.
The story of Dragons Rioting focuses around Tachibana Rintarou, a high schooler with a disease (Henisei Tashu Ijou Syndrome, or Hentai Syndrome) that may cause his death due to sexual excitement.
To provide him with a safe life, his father decides to train him in order to control his body and mind, making him a superb fighter. Rintarou transfers to what he believes is a boys-only high school, Nangoku High, which in fact turned out to be an all-girls high school, were fighting is prevalent.
One point to note is that this manga's focus lays mainly in fighting battles and making a parody of the ecchi/comedy genre (whether intentional or not): the ecchi/harem type of elements are secondary. Rintarou's disease and the interactions with the female fighters lead to comedic and hilarious situations. The different fighting techniques and toughness of the characters are by no means realistic: from slicing air to summoning walls of stone just with the bare hands is the norm. This may bother readers looking for realistic combats, but in fact, I find it enhances the overall enjoyment of the manga immensely.
The cast of characters in Dragons Rioting is big: a huge cast of female characters, while just a few male characters. The variety of female characters is big: there is the strong, reckless Kyouka, the emotionless ones such as Rino or Erin, loli ones, you name it. As for the male characters, the only outstanding one is the protagonist, Rintarou, which is by far one of the best characters out there. He is not the typical perverted male lead, instead, he avoids any possible erotic situation at any cost with the most ridiculous, yet amusing techniques, which is really refreshing to see.
The character development in the manga is so far not deep, it is rather lacking in fact; the reader can appreciate some insight in the past of the main female characters, which explain to certain degree why they are strong fighters. However, most of it is still a mystery and probably won't be explained; it's a given that they are strong. This is nonetheless a minor drawback, which fits the non serious tone of the story so far.
The art in Dragons Rioting is very good; clean drawings and good shading on the different panels of the drawings. There is a good amount of backgrounds to the manga, though not as detailed as some, it fulfills its purpose well. The battle scenes are well displayed, the same applies to the different techniques shown.
The character designs are done well too, basically only gorgeous females with huge busts and asses, which bothered me a bit personally as it was a bit too ridiculous.The characters facial expression doesn't really vary a lot, but this is due to the positivist nature of the manga: it is not focused on being too serious.
Dragons Rioting was overall a very refreshing read to all of the ecchi/comedy mangas out there. The battles and the parody of the ecchi genre resulting in comedic situations really led to an enjoyable reading experience. The storyline isn't defined quite yet, but nevertheless I'd recommend this manga to anyone who likes battle themed manga or just wants a change from the ecchi mangas out there.
I think after 10 chapters it's time to for a first review, keep in mind that a lot might change and I will probably edit this review in the future.
With Dragons Rioting we have somewhat of a highschool action shounen and my guess is it will turn into a harem, probably including a little bit of romance (or at least I hope so)
Well, we have a school full of beautiful girls that kick serious ass. So far as we know the school is ruled by the 3 dragons, especially strong girls who gained a huge fellowship in the school.
Our MC Rintaro appears and more
or less accidently makes a big entrance which causes one of the dragons to ask him to be his apprentice, but because of his extreme condition he is reluctant.
From there different girls show themselves, all of them incredibly fighters. Around chapter 7 there seems to be developing an interesting plot, that I won't mention here.
The art is really amazing, it's sharp, clean and every character looks great, but while the characters look awesome, the backgrounds often fall a little bit short, though this is only a minor issue which doesn't really influence my view on the manga.
The MC Rintaro seems like a mix between Kinjirou Sakamachi (Mayo Chiki!) and Yoichi Karasuma (Asu no Yoichi!), extreme gynophobia due to his medical condition and an incredible strong fighter, very likeable and room for development, which I'm looking forward to
The girls so far kind of lack depth, you have the airhead, the strategist, the kickass and a buch of other different types, all of them beautiful, although I hope they will get some more development (there were allready hints to that, so I'm sure this point will soon get raised to 8)
The only other male characters so far are in a supporting role, you have Rintaros father who trained him and his two friends from school which serve pretty much only as commic relief but do a good job at that
Switch off your brain and enjoy, the premise might seem stupid, but it's just a blast to read this manga, you have really hilarious moments, as well as great action scenes, it's simply light hearted fun and so I impatiently wait for more chapters
So for we have a very good action manga with a lot of very well drawn ecchi scenes and fan service, but hey, it's that kind of manga, so what did you expect?
It's very promising and I'm really looking forward to where the Author is going with this one.
Of course it's still early into this manga, but so far I can give an absolute recommendation if you like this sort of thing! For everyone else (except maybe hardcore shoujo only fans) it's still worth a try.