Sighing, leaning on his elbows, sleepy eyes. Tanaka-kun is a boy that basically doesn't try but isn't disliked. This is a laid-back youth comedy about Tanaka-kun and the quiet Oota who can't leave him alone.
It's kind of disappointing that there's currently only one review for this manga (ha, no it's not, it means that I'll be the one laughing in everyone's faces after it gets popular as an anime since I read it beforeee it was popular so SUCK IT) because I really do consider this manga worth all of the 10 stars I've just given it - it's hilarious, the characters are fun, the art is really pretty, etc. Keep in mind, though, that Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge is just a gag manga and so it's full of nothing but light-hearted humour. It has no real plotline. It's
even less focused on the plot than Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is; it's not a romcom and barely even classifies as a slice of life. So I'm judging this manga based solely on what it's about; dumb humour. If you wanted something more substantial, then...I would still recommend reading this manga because hey, everybody likes laughing (hopefully).
First, the characters - Tanaka-kun is an almost scarily lazy person who will go to any lengths to do the least amount of work possible. For me, he was also one of the most lovable and relatable characters I've read about, and I've read and watched quite a lot of manga and anime. Then there's Oota - also a very lovable character. He's the opposite of Tanaka in the sense that he is a really hard-working and trustworthy guy that everyone relies on. Watching those two characters interact was where a lot of the humour and enjoyment came from, and although this is a gag manga and doesn't have much character development involved in it, the friendship (or if you're not only anime trash but also fujoshi trash like me, the romantic kimochi~~~ *´∀`* ) that Tanaka and Oota form over time is a pretty good subsitute.
Besides the two main characters, there are also three side characters who appear very frequently (technically five, but I can't write much about the other two since the scanning team on Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge is around 40 chapters behind) and these characters, despite some aspects of them being very typical anime stereotypes, are very fun to read about. This is probably because of the ways they interact with more eccentric characters like Tanaka-kun rather than because of their personal characteristics, but all the same, I think Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge still has a very colourful cast of characters.
(That and, one of them goes through character development that is actually surprisingly deep for a gag manga like this one.)
Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge's art isn't really anything special, especially since the standards for art are really high now, but at the same time there was something about the way this manga was drawn that was very attractive. The art style suits the characters and the story, especially the main character, Tanaka, who always looks just as bored and lazy as he's described to be, and fits the laid-back, casual mood of the manga itself.
The only thing I might point out about the art is that it's pretty clear that this mangaka can't really do backgrounds, or is too lazy to do them. For me this didn't affect the aesthetics that much, but if you're looking for detailed and meticulously drawn manga, then you might see this manga as being kind of disappointing.
As for my enjoyment - well, as you can probably tell from the multiple sentences in this review saying that I really liked this manga and that you should read it too, I also really enjoyed this manga. I honestly did laugh out loud numerous times while reading this and I'm very sure that you will as well, upon reading it. Although I suppose my enjoyment may have been enhanced by the fact that I'm a huge fujoshi, as I mentioned above (so ideyo!, all of you fujoshi filth, come read this~).
I'm aware that I've been praising this manga a lot throughout this review - maybe I'm being a little to lenient on its weak points, and maybe you're still very doubtful of the true quality of this manga, but just try it out. I promise you that all yaoi aside, this manga is still amazing, hilarious, and very worth your time.
A manga about a guy who has reached the apex of listlessness (Tanaka) and another tall guy (Oota) accompanying him on his, well, i was about to say adventures but no way that he's got enough energy for an adventure. Basically Oota just goes with whatever Tanaka does, which, lucky for Oota, isn't really all that much.
Since it is a review i'll talk about Story and all that.
Story: It's pretty much a slice of life manga, so basically it doesn't have a story, but a setting. A good setting though. I'll give it a 7 but it's not really possible to rate it.
Solid art. Good drawings, character designs that really fit the character (Tanaka's lazy eyes almost make me tired) and overall nothing to complain about. 8/10.
Character: The quality of a slice of life manga/anime pretty much depends on the characters, and this manga has 2 great main characters already described at the start of this review and various other characters coming and going. I've liked all the supporting characters so far even though they were slightly cliché at times. So i'd give the main characters a 9/10 and the supporting characters a 7/10, which makes the overall for characters 8/10.
Enjoyment: I don't have to say much here except for this: I am really enjoying it so far. It makes me giggle a lot and has even made me laugh out loud a couple of times. I feel like it really should have more than just 136 members, which is also the reason why i am writing this review.. There aren't many chapters out yet, so if you feel like having a quick laugh, just read this manga. Enjoyment, and with that also overall: 9/10.
This was my first review and i don't plan on writing more, but if you feel like there is something you absolutely must say of course you may.
When i first found this manga in a bookstore when i was in Japan, i thought it was probably a normal slice of life yon-koma, seeing how the main character looked so generic, but i still bought the first volume and enjoyed it greatly.
The manga has no real story, just typical events happening, but it works, because of the character acts in a way that no other manga or anime has reacted before, with extreme laziness and a "can't be bothered" attitude.
The art is well done, helping with the presentation of the plot, and it was actually much detailed than i thought it
would be. There isn't much other stuff to it though, but it was pretty good.
This is the part that makes Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge a unique twist to your average slice of life comedy manga, having a main character that is not overpowered or gets a harem, but with a maintained calm and relaxed and sleepy attitude. (Kind of like me.) Also, the friend that looks like a delinquent that is actually a helpful and kind person.
I enjoyed this series greatly as a manga, being a unique twist. I also enjoyed the anime, it being one of my favorites this year. Interesting character engagement, and a lighthearted manga.