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reason or another (it's never really explained), awakens one morning to find that his infamous "Devil's Right Hand" has been replaced by a miniature version of Midori, the girl who has secretly been in love with him.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
It's about a boy who everyone labels as a delinquent. What nobody knows is the fact that all he really wants is a girlfriend. He wakes up one day and gets exactly what he wants, except for some reason she's attached to his arm ?!
I have never heard of anything like this, so of course I had to give it a 9.
It's a very unique story.
I would say its much more of a comedy than anything, but i won't deny the fact that there's romance. It's just that there's something that will make you laugh in every chapter, so the comedy is always there.
The romance only pops up once in awhile, but the times that it does is what makes this story complete. The love in this story develops a little slow, so if you don't mind a bit of a wait you will not be disappointed at all ;D
It had closure, which is great because I think every story should have that at least. The reason why I only gave it a 9 was because it was too long.
There were quite a few chapters that weren't really necessary. They were hilarious of course, but they were also what made me feel like this story is mainly a comedy.
For this type of story it was good.
What stood out to me the most was Sawamura's "thug" face, and I believe the last girl version of Kouta ? lol
Out of everyone in Midori no Hibi, only four characters developed. Everyone else just stayed the same. I would have given it a lower score for this section, but the four characters that did develop changed a lot.
I enjoyed Midori no Hibi, and it's actually one of my favorites now.
Overall I think its something that everyone would enjoy reading.
The chapter I liked the most was the last because I loved how it ended.
I wont spoil it for you,
so you gotta go read it yourself ! :D