Seiji Sawamura is the toughest seventeen-year-old in town, feared by all for his fighting prowess and his deadly "Devil's Right Hand." But at heart, Seiji is a softy, and all he wants is an end to his seventeen-year history of being a lonely single guy. Unfortunately, his tough-guy reputation only serves to decrease his popularity with the ladies, until one day he wakes up to find a girl named Midori has replaced his right hand, and admits she has had a crush on him since middle school.
I have to admit to having a soft spot for good romantic comedies, in particular those that try to be creative in their approach (as opposed to the standard boy-meets-girl affairs that are rife in manga and anime), and in this sense, Midori no Hibi hit almost all the right notes for me.
Midori no Hibi (or Midori Days), is the most well known work of Inoue Kazurou, who is also responsible for Ai Kora and Aoi Destruction. He trained under Fujita Kazuhiro (Ushio and Tora, Karakuri Circus, etc), after winning the 40th Rookie Comic Awards, and the influence of Fujita is readily apparent in Inoue's work's so far.
The story is about 17 year old Sawamura Seiji, the strongest high school delinquent in the area, and his seemingly endless quest to find a girlfriend. Because of his notorious reputation, and his fearsome "Devil's Right Hand", the girls he meets tend to be afraid of him, and because of this, he longs to meet a girl who won't be afraid of him. In short, he's much maligned and misunderstood, and thus, rather lonely.
This seems like a pretty run-of-the-mill set up for a romantic series, but Inoue added a twist in Midori no Hibi. Sawamura does have a girl who's liked him for a long time, although he doesn't know it as she has always been too shy to talk to him. This girl is Kasugano Midori, and it's the meeting of the two which is where the twist in the story is. Seiji, for one reason or another (it's never really explained), awakens one morning to find that his infamous "Devil's Right Hand" has been replaced by a miniature version of Midori, the girl who has secretly been in love with him. Where his wrist ends, her waist begins.
I have to admit that I like the idea of Midori no Hibi as it seems like Inoue suddenly thought "What if your right hand really was you girlfriend - and was actually a girl as well?" It's a simple concept, but it's a great premise for some hilarious gags from basic toilet usage to house cleaning and making food.
The artwork in the manga isn't anything to really write home about. There's some great parody images of delinquents scattered throughout the series, but on the whole the series is drawn in a very simple, and somewhat basic, manner. What gives the series part of it's charm though, is the fact that Inoue has tried to alter the specific stereotypes of some of the characters, something that more mangaka should try (something which he continued in Aoi Destruction).
Characters are a plus for Midori no Hibi, as they're almost overblown enough to be satirical. Seiji is a good lead character, and it was nice to see how his character changed through the course of the manga. Likewise, Midori also changed during the course of the series, but not to the same extent as Seiji. None of the other characters received the same amount of development as Seiji either, but the series doesn't really suffer from this as each of the characters do develop in some way.
Inoue isn't afraid to play with his characters either, and because of this, the series is a lot more fun to read than most. Part of the appeal of the characters stems from Inoue's ability to alter stereotypes, and more importantly, switch gender roles. This becomes more and more apparent as the series progresses, and actually improves the story on the whole.
I enjoyed Midori no Hibi as it was fun to read, and didn't really require me to engage in any deep thought about the story. The only real question I had at the end of the series wasregarding how Midori ended up on the end of Seiji's arm in the first place.
This is a nice series though, and it's enjoyable enough so one or two questions can be overlooked. There are some great characters in the manga, and some great jokes too. I would readily recommend this to any fan of romantic comedies, or anyone who likes to see old jokes done in unusual ways.
It's nice to see that there are mangakas out there who are willing to let their imagination run wild :)read more
If your a fan of romance comedies with a touch of drama you will love this one. This manga can leave you laughing in almost every chapter and near the end it can even make you cry. The artwork is fantastic, plot-line is great to. I loved this manga for its romance and because it wasn't serious the entire time nor was it way to comedic. But,you don't take my word for it, try it out yourself, you will surely agree(or at least love it).
The story starts off about Sawamura Seij, a high school delinquent, also known as "Mad Dog Sawamura" because he is undefeated and the most feared delinquent in the whole entire city. However, in all of his glory, he has a weakness, a desperate need for a girlfriend, and sadly he has a huge rejection streak for the pass 17 years. Until one day his "devil's fist" is replaced by a girl named Kasugano Midori, who has a crush on him for 3 years straight! With Midori on his hand his life immediately starts to change as now he is handicapped.
Story: This is probably one of the most unique romantic comedy you could find out there. A lot of romantic comedies usually has a girl madly in love with a guy and somehow they slowly start going out, etc. Most of them are pretty basic, but Midori no Hibi differs greatly from the group in the way it is portrayed. The plot itself is quite simple, but it is able to be delivered in a pretty funny, but not too complex way. The amount of fillers is probably similar to many other romantic comedies, but they do one way or another relate to the plot. Even though there are plenty of laughing moments, there are many moments too, that is just so sweet and touching as each character develops.
Art: Well the artwork is pretty simple in my opinion. Simple BUT nice. The author is able to portray the feelings of the characters pretty well. The main characters or the ones close to the main characters looks pretty nice and decent. But I really do like the simplicity of the art, but it can become quite complex and amazing during those important scenes.
Character: This series has a pretty decent amount of character development. The only downside I would say it that only the main character develops, but the supporting characters do make important contributions to Midori and Sawamura development. Though the Midori and Sawamura have a lot of carefree spirit most of the times there will be times where they do get serious or sweet.
Enjoyment: I will for sure read this manga again. It was absolutely delightful in my opinion. I loved the carefree nature it had and the amount of funny moments. Also there was also a lot of sweet and cute times, but it also incorporated some sad moments. (That I actually shed a tear, hey don't judge!) I really enjoyed it, even though I felt like this manga was really similar to many other romantic comedy series, the really big difference is the way it is packaged. I have to admit the way it is packaged is completely unique, and Sawamura doesn't really get so many girls like many other romantic comedies so this does make the series quite unique. Overall I really loved it and I hope you will give this manga a chance and hopefully enjoy it!read more
Imagine yourself in this kind of situation: You're a 17-year old male high school student who is infamous in schools all around the city as the toughest delinquent. A bad ass. You and your "Devil's Right Hand" get maximum respect by everyone due to fear. But because of the same reason, you've been rejected by all the girls you've asked to be your girlfriend (20 rejections and counting). But one day, your wish was granted. There, a cute girl has confessed her feelings about you. Problem is: she's your right hand. No metaphors, no double meanings. A freaking legit, flesh-and-blood girl has become your right hand. The very hand that sets your reputation (But I guess you've already seen this from the manga's cover and the introduction this site gives.)
If you're a logical man, you'll probably think that the premise of this manga is broken. Like, HOW THE HELL DOES YOUR RIGHT HAND TRANSFORM INTO A GIRL?
But that's why I like it. The introduction is so intriguing that you'd want to know how it works (even though in the end, you don't get much).
The story is full of fillers. Like, seriously, in some of the volumes, all, but the last, of the chapters are fillers. Does that mean they're bad? No, they're hilarious. And also, Kazurou Inoue was smart to make these fillers feel essential for building the relationship between the 2 main protagonists.
The art is good. And that's something impressive on your first ever manga. You can say that the author has a "great right hand" (It's a joke. Okay, I'll stop.). But even though it's an Ecchi, it's got low amounts of it if you consider how long the series is. Personally, I'm thankful but for the Ecchi fans, you'll be saying "That's it?"
All in all, Midori Days is a very interesting story, full of interesting characters. It's not something full of mind blowing plot twist. There're just some and some of them are not really for story, rather, for comedy.
The ending is also very good. It's one of the first times I got "real world"-ed by a manga. It didn't go far away to the story and it didn't have any cliffhangers.read more