Wakabayashi Toshiya shows us a series of 4-koma manga depicting various scenarios of young love. These short stories range from a boy, crippled by his absolute lack of confidence in himself, cannot even accept the fact that the girl of his dreams actually asked him out on a date, to the near-psychotic girl that pours her own blood into her homemade chocolate in order to win his heart.
Honestly I came across this manga by accident while I was searching for a good comedy romance manga to read and this is exactly what the doctor ordered.
The story is basically snippets here and there about various students attending a certain highschool and how they are infatuated with eachother. Varying from a guy who has self self confidence issues in love with a girl who takes the same bus to school as him to the captain of the karate club finding her male kouhai cute.
I honestly got hooked from the start. The art was good which is what initially drew me to the manga (no
pun intended) and even though the manga is conveyed in small panels the quality of the drawing in each panel is significantly good (which is not so often the case).
The characters are basically what drive the story, having the narrative of talking about a different character in each chapter and how they are developing with their love interest. I have to say its fun how they connect characters from different story lines with each other, I personally feel like it really adds to the humor when a certain two resort to asking advice from other couples who have similar problems. I would also add points for diversity in relationships, because the manga switches so fast that I personally had no time to feel bored with a certain couple which was awesome.
I would say a possible flaw for this manga is that its hard to acquire it. because I haven't found a website that has the complete manga and those who have a significant amount of chapters are usually not organized in the order of chapters. I tried buying it but I haven't found the English translated version. This might not seem like a big issue but this makes it a lot harder to recommend this manga to people which is disappointing because the material in the manga is quite good.
Overall I enjoyed this manga a lot and enjoyed the laughs I let out in the overnighter that I spent reading it. Definitely a 10/10 and I would recommend it to someone looking for a funny comedy romance manga.
Unrelentingly charming, Tsurezure Children focuses on the sweet yet awkward first steps of falling in love.
When I think of romance in manga and anime, I imagine all of the horrible tropes plaguing the medium: from the pretty boy vs. bad boy dilemma of shojo to the oblivious male leads of shonen, manga and anime are filled with unrealistic and uninteresting approaches to depicting romance. While these archetypes might inspire waifus and husbandos among fans, there isn't much emphasis on the relationship itself.
Tsurezure Children takes a different path - by focusing on the act of confessing love, and the subsequent first steps of the
relationship, for a large variety of couples with radically different approaches to their relationships. There's the manzai duo of Chiaki and Kana who have trouble transitioning from a comedy act to a romantic couple, the two otakus who can't help but see themselves as unattractive despite their growing relationships, the lovey-dovey Kamine and the cooler Kouda trying to understand each others' feelings, and the ultra-cold pair of Toda and Sunagawa who never show emotion at all. All of these individual stories are interesting by themselves, but it is the combination of all of the different ways that the couples approach their relationships that paints a complete impression of "first love."
Reading Tsurezure Children makes me feel giddy with excitement, like I want to slap my legs on my bed like a schoolgirl texting her crush. It is a gentle approach to a genre (romance) that usually gets its fuel from tragedy, action, or something else. At the same time, it is unrelenting in its charm: confession after confession, then a brief tease before coming back harder with something like a beach trip.
This is my favorite manga series, and I think it has something that everybody can enjoy.
The whole content of the plot depicts the different situation that couples encounters during highschool days. The romantic comedy gets interest to the attention of the readers and nothing can stop reading it without any single laugh.
There are different couples who always ended up funny and never mention that some of them are unique and cannot be find in any romantic comedy characters created by other authors. There are lovemaster who will give advice despite the fact he is always ended up beaten. A tsundere and yandere are here all along to make the story more amazing and interesting.
There is an event where you
never knew that the ugliest people gets the best girlfriend in their lives. This manga seems burst to let the other Otaku people that life has full of happiness and if you ever tried to do your best no matter what the risk, you'll ended happy and with a smile on your face.
I ended up giving this an overall 10 due to its uniqueness and amazing plot twist.
I might redo this review or simply update it after the final volume coming out sometime around Summer '18. But chances are, not too much of my opinion will change.
Okay, so there's pretty much no story. And even the author admits he doesn't really have any in mind and normally just has the cast do whatever. He even has his wife proofread the series, which is possibly why it manages to not come across less well-done despite this (as everyone knows merely relying on an editor for feedback can turn it lackluster).
But basically, the story follows a bunch of high schoolers
across the grades. The primary theme is "romcom" and given how it was originally a pixiv series, it's only reasonable for the series to be kinda flat in this regard. However, the series has a large and truly diverse cast. So in the typical 4-koma manner, it doesn't feel quite so limited. Especially if the cast "clicks" for you.
The art very much improves over the years. And that's good. Lately he's started to copy-paste panels some - likely to lessen the workload while remaining consistent - so I took a point off. It's not that it's awful or painfully obvious, but it limits the change in angles and appears less fluid to me. Especially since it wasn't his style (much) before. But yeah, the only reason it's not higher is personal preference lol
For the most-part, this is a nice story where the cast interacts across the couples while they're in their high school years. The characters themselves might not be too far beyond cliches, but they still manage to be written consistently without everyone repeating rehashed lines.
But what makes things work so well is that, despite there being a heavy focus on the romantic couples, there's still plenty of moments between friends. And whenever a new character joins the crew, it doesn't feel completely unnatural or forced - it just happens, whether it's romantic or platonic.
Pretty much what lets some of the "focus on love" slide is because we don't focus on any single couple for too long. We're really only following their love lives, which coincides with their interactions between classmates and friends. So that, and the fact THESE ARE HIGH SCHOOLERS whose primary job is attend school, take exams, prep for college, take exams to get into a college, and maybe be part of a club... yeah, things that'd never work in a series focused around adults simply works here.
I'm pretty much always entertained by this series. And right now I'm still beating myself over wtf happens between Ubukata/Shibasaki because only yesterday did I decide to catch up with the series after putting it on hold. And that's my fave ship.
And so far, Mr English teacher has proven himself to be an actual adult. So I'm glad, but still scared 'cause the typical student/teacher cliche in Japan tends to do something similar and then I'm repulsed by an otherwise good series.
Pretty sure everything I blabbed about was more-or-less an overall description, but yeah - looking forward to the final volume. Like the author, I'm hoping for happy endings. Some bittersweet too, but otherwise the ships I'm more excited for I really hope they end well. And, again, these are a bunch of highschoolers with a lot less responsibility (whose families also seem to lack any financial concerns). So it's really only written with romcom in mind - if you don't like simple stuff like this, then you probably won't enjoy it.
TL:DR: I admit I'm a TAD biased, but very rarely does a series manage to do so well for me without having a solid story in plan.