I came to this manga with almost no expectation, after seeing the vampire wings, the school life tag and the harem tag (yes, I did expect Rosario Vampire: The Reboot). But lucky, it's not. It was amazing.
The art style might not suit you because the author made their eyes look like the cast of E.T. 2: Home of the Ayy Lmao. But somehow, it perfectly suits the characters.
All the characters were nicely developed with nice depth and were (kinda) relateable. Which made this one of the few rare manga that I wanted to have a harem ending. But we won't talk about that.
Ps: the anime
it not as good, but it's not that bad either.
I honestly can't do this manga justice, I really can't. If in your entire life, you could rate one thing, one manga, one anime, one anything, a 100/10, this would get my vote. Let's talk about it.
Jitsu Wa is about a boy who can't keep secrets falling in love with a girl who turns out to be a clumsy vampire. Along the way, he meets an alien, a werewolf, a demon, an angel, and so much more. From the basic concept, this story should fail, right? Right? No.
Jitsu wa is a manga that subverted my expectations.
The story is pretty simple, the end goal being to
graduate, which is way harder than you would think. The art is a bit... odd at first, and changes around chapter 30 to be still odd, but you get used to it, and it suits the story.
The characters, despite there being a lot of them, are all well developed and have an good story, they feel real despite their absurdity.
The Enjoyment is 10/10. It's funny as hell, it's more heartwarming and inspiring than anything I've ever seen, it can be badass and suspenseful when it needs to be, it's a manga that is everything, and succeeds at being everything.
They subvert tropes, parody themselves, make non badass moments badass as hell, and somehow manage to make ridiculous things happen, and still remain consistent. A chapter could happen where the characters do nothing but study, and I would still die of laughter.
Chapter 30 is the turning point. From there, the art changes, the comedy becomes sharper, and it just becomes better. Then from chapter 111 and on, it changes again, this time, more seriously. The characters start developing more than ever, stories start coming together, details start adding up, and changes start happening.
This is a story where the more you read, the better it gets. I can't recommend this enough, just go watch it.
I couldn't stand not doing a review, I goddamn love this series. And while the first chapters might give you the wrong impression, all I can do is tell you to try to see what this manga is really about. You might think it's about outrageous comedy, perverts, many girls liking the main character and... well then, it's about that, but NOT ONLY about that. Let me explain further on.
To me this manga was like living alongside the characters through all the comical to ridiculous, full of energy and passion, adventures of high school. It was so damn refreshing and unique. I could rarely
find this kind of comedy and silliness that makes you laugh out loud. What was amazing was that this wasn't all the series had to offer. The author did a great job to mix gracefully comedy, heartbreaking and heartwarming moments. It does not go stale on any of these three. It showed us the fluff of being in love, the nervousness and courage of confessing, the toughness of unrequited love and moving moments of friendship.
Also note how interesting is that even though perverts are a sub theme of the story, this is not an ecchi manga. It's just not. Arousal is not the reaction the author wanted to get from the reader, thus this was all done in a comical way. It's far from the classic fan service where the author just uses provoking scenes as a way to fill the place of important story elements.
It manages to be a harem while not being a harem ?? But more of a story of requited and unrequited love. And the main character is really set on one girl.
Art - 10
No words, the character's expressions are priceless. Evil grins, blushing, laughing, horror, disgust, crying. Everything was either damn funny or emotionally moving, it's a delight for the readers. I loved the character designs too, all in all, the art was amazing.
Character - 10
This is what this series did right. Since it tends to be surprisingly more of a slice of life manga, the series was based on their adorkable, cute, quirky characters I came to relate to. Just to note, the focus is on the girls, but the pacing and story is so well done you begin to love and understand every one of them. Even Akemi Mikan, the evil queen of the newspaper club, even Shishido Shiho the pervert. To me it felt that the characters weren't just there to forward the plot, no, they were there to express all of their emotions, their hidden feelings they were afraid of showing. Ultimately it's a story about how they grow and develop whilst facing some of the most ridiculous incidents. None of the secondary characters was left plain, the story gave each of them the spotlight.
Enjoyment - 10
I laughed so hard, I sobbed so hard, I just loved it so much
Overall - 10
If you're looking for something unique and you are not put off by some weirdness there and the... EVERYWHERE, please give this a try. You might shed tears, be it from laughter or emotion.
Normally I wouldn't recommend something that could be classified as a harem style manga (I like several but I know they aren't some people's cup of tea) but with this I am willing to make an exception.
If you like comedy in your stuff, then you owe it to yourself to check this out. As with most things the first few chapters may seem a little shaky at first but stick with it, IT'S WORTH IT!
The characters all develop very well and are highly unique and the author uses all of them hilariously. My personal favorite character in the manga is the closest thing to
a comedy antagonist I've ever seen, a candy addicted super demon principal.
Unlike many harem type manga not EVERY female character under the sun falls in love with the MC (which is kinda refreshing as those six way love battles get old) a good chunk of them settle solidly into non-romantic roles. That being said there IS some romantic competition but the notable thing is it's not the majority of the girls.
If you'd like to get a feel for what this manga is about without having to read the whole thing I would suggest you read chapter 51 "Let's Save Earth!" It's a single chapter story that involves all the characters (other than the boy MC) and more or less is a solid example of the type of craziness you can expect from this manga. However I recommend just reading the whole thing.
A serious strong point in this manga is its comedic timing and various reaction faces. The reaction faces in particular are some of the funniest things I've seen as they vary wildly from situation to situation.
The fan-service is light, usually funneled through a very specific character and even then it's usually there more for a joke than anything else. You won't find yourself being beaten half to death with it.
Overall this is a very strong comedy manga with a fairly sweet romantic story line.
This week on Jitsu wa Watashi wa, the show returns to what (and who) really makes it work best, and the results are predictably good. When it's good, this may just be the funniest comedy of the season.