Synopsis: Anoko no, Toriko has a simple plot of three childhood friends Shizuku, Yori and Subaru who at a young age made a pact to all enter the entertainment business together. Yori, the main protagonist of the series leaves not feeling confident in himself only to return a few years later to fulfill his promise to his childhood friends and become the type of guy worthy of Shizuku. But it seems he may have some competition for Shizuku's affection.
The plot of this manga is fairly simple. Three childhood friends, a love triangle and all the cliches that come with a shoujo manga. The
author, Yuki Shiraishi has a slew of other manga of a similar genre under her belt and is competent in telling a lighthearted story to delight its target audience. Anoko No, Toriko doesn't bring anything new to the table, everything it presents has been done before but none the less an enjoyable story is given.
Art - 9/10
Simply put, the art work is nice and clean and is really beautiful. One of the selling points of the manga
This might be the lower point of this manga. Some of the characters are refreshing....others not so much. The main protagonist is Yori, a 'plain' looking boy who returns to fulfill a promise to his childhood friends of joining the entertainment business together and win the heart of Shizuku, Yori presents himself as a typical character of the shoujo genre but gives the readers a refreshing perspective by presenting the story from his perspective. The two other main characters dont really present anything new but are likable none the less.
OVERALL - 8/10
Overall, I give this series a 8/10. Personally because I'm a sucker for shoujo manga and this series presents all the elements to make it an enjoyable one.
If you like series about childhood friends, idols and love triangles then Anoko No Toriko presents a series that you, yourself may enjoy.
Maybe I'm too easy with the ratings, but I think this manga was totally my style.
You get a childhood friends love-triangle between 2 hot guys and 1 pretty girl. Basically both the male childhood friends fight over the only female childhood friend, but we have one of the male childhood friend with a slight upper-hand as we read the manga in his point-of-view. The one we read in his point-of-view is more of the quiet/innocent type and the other male childhood friend is a talkative/outgoing type. The female childhood friend is a workaholic/innocent person. They all share the dream to become great actors/actress and
we get to see the romance side develop as they work towards their goals.
The art is beautiful as the manga is filled with good-looking characters and nice scenery/backgrounds. There were even a few times where I didn't like a certain part in the manga in terms of plot/character-wise, but the art-style was so beautiful that it made me forget/careless about the plot flaws.
Every character is pretty much good-looking in this manga. No one is really "annoying" for a long period of time, so you won't even remember to hate on any character at all. This manga is quite short, so I think character development was fairly good as it didn't overly complicate or simplify the characters. The main characters obviously get the main focus of the manga, so side-characters were not necessary to have much screen-time.
At first, I was scared this manga was going to be a typical love-triangle of two guys fighting over one girl while the girl was going to delay the entire manga by finally picking the one she loves in the end. However, the pacing of this manga unexpectedly flowed quickly but perfectly at the same time. The plot and characters with the beautiful art-style made me flutter at this manga. It also helps that I am a sucker for childhood friends love stories and for good-looking characters.
If I have two 9/10 ratings and two 10/10 ratings, then I'd feel like I have to give it the best rating to show my appreciation of the manga to the manga artist as it is well deserved. :)
This manga might sound a bit typical to you at first, but don't judge a book by it's cover! If you like beautiful/cute/innocent romance mangas like me, I definitely recommend you to read it.
I heard a quote once that I think embodies Anoko no, Toriko, "The same beauty (read: talent) you see in others, others see in you. This manga tells of Yori, a quiet super actor. He's the greatest actor of our generation, but has been turned down so many times from jealousy, that his esteem is lacking. After approximately ten years he meets up with both of his childhood best friends, Shizuku and Subaru. They begin their journey as a trio to become great established actors.
Anoko no, Toriko had a simple storyline that managed to stay entertaining throughout.
I really like how Shizuku and Subaru, his so-called
rival, are so supportive of Yori. They never tear him down, but encourage him to do roles and plays.
I liked Yori. The glimpses of his past were always my favorite parts. He got a bit annoying with his love monologues. Yori is also forever oblivious to what an acting gem he really is.
Shizuku has a generic design and a mild tsundere personality, but truthfully she's just punch-happy. She is a tomboy determined to get her big break in the acting industry. Unfortunately, she's been regulated to modeling swimsuit and lingerie only so far.
Subaru literally came out of nowhere as best friend #2, and predictably has feelings for Shizuku as well. He's also a flirty playboy and the best wingman ever!
Yori thinks exactly like a shoujo girl. The bane of his existence is Shizuku's smile. The love triangle in effect was playboy vs quiet guy, which is a little different from the norm of good and bad boys duking it out for love. The relationship between Yori and Shizuku gradually grew sweeter. However, I liked learning about Yori's childhood and his friendships, more so than the romance.
The art was beyond excellent, but Shizuku's design seemed too basic in beginning. I did like Subaru and the many faces of lovable Yori. The artwork worked well to convey whatever a scene needed. Of course, little kids look adorable in this mangaka's style. I honestly started reading more of her because of how well she draws.
It's worth of a read! Maybe you will become a fan of Yori too! I have to say as the story continued I liked it more. I think it's still ongoing. Come see the rise to prominence of three young actors.