Maeda Hachibei is peculiar, because, when most males lusting after gorgeous females, he instead lusts after discrete parts. When he relocates to Tokyo to attend school, he finds himself living in a dormitory with five females, each possessing a distinct ideal physical trait he desires: gorgeous blue eyes, bullet-train breasts, a deep dulcet voice, and straight "anime-esque" legs. Can he manage to keep his wits when these women surround him? Although you would not be completely incorrect if you believe this is like Love Hina… Hachibei is no Keitaro.
The beloved is the ultimate fetish. (Mason Cooley)
This series focuses around the daily life of Maeda Hachibei, a pervert who idolizes ‘Parts Love’.
There’s a big misconception among anime/manga fans that a pervert is someone with extreme sexual desire or fantasies. In truth being a pervert means to think, act and follow the paths which are opposite to the normal standards set the world. Having weird/abnormal sexual tastes and desires indeed comes in that but it is not only limited to that.
In a sense ‘Parts Love’ is a perverted thing and in another sense it is not.
Parts Love is a common norm among teenagers. The
times of our lives when we’re fooling around and haven’t set our goals (in terms of romance), ‘Parts Love’ is a blessing for us. We often see teenagers admiring, fantasizing on models, idols, actors, celebs etc not because of their work but because of something else. I mean it is not rare that we hear sentences like ‘I don’t like her acting but her boobs are hot” :P
Going by above explanation, ‘Parts Love’ is not exactly a perversion but a teenage habit that fades away with time. We all grow up and chose partners and those choice are hardly effected by things like ‘Parts’ but by ‘Personalities and mutual understanding’.
However, a key part of perversion is that it takes things at an extreme level. And Hachibei does that time and time again in this series. He takes his love for parts to such an extreme peak that it becomes a fetish. Normally that is plain madness, but here it is something very interesting to see.
This series also throws lights on interesting topics like types of parts fetishes, thinking habits of a fetishist, real love v/s parts love etc. This series has very little (almost none) nudity in it, but despite that it is regarded as one of the greatest ecchi series out there.
The ending has been left on the reader to decide and hence the reactions might be change from reader to reader. None the less it is an exciting and insane comedy which will grab the hearts of the readers.
A great series can’t be completed without its cast and the characterization in Ai Kora is great indeed.
The lead character appears to be a hype active teenager who doesn’t love parts but worships them. But that’s not all there’s to his personality. He’s strong and caring person and his moto “If you love the parts, you must also love the owners of those parts”, differentiates him from normal perverts and fetishists and makes him a hero who is willing to help and protect his loved ones at any time.
The overall cast is also great. There’s a vast and exciting range of characters to look out for, especially the types and habits of perverts that appear in this series.
The art of this series is very cool and easy to catch. The sketches and expressions increase the beauty of the characters and make this manga even more hilarious.
Ai Kora has insanely hilarious jokes and situations in it (something that is plus point of Inoue’s work). These things take the series to greater heights and make it one of the best perverted comedies out there.
TARGET AUDIENCE: -
Teenagers who like insane and whacky comedy will love this one.
Don’t read this series in one go. Reading it slowly will increase its effectiveness and epicness.
What is nice about Manga is that one can choose something to read whatever his mood is. Be it deep, intelligent, kickass or even stupid, there is a genre for every taste. Ai Kora is pretty much a manga one would read to pass time, and it’s actually a good one at it aswell. A typical story where a boy lives in a girl dormitory, this seems like a recreation of Love Hina isn’t? I’ll have to say that you should never jump to conclusions.
The story of Ai Kora resolves around our main protagonist Hachibei and the relation he has with the girls of
the dormitory. By relation, it is understood that Hachibei is someone who will go after his love parts and protect them at all costs. This insures lots of jokes and slapstick comedy. The story itself can be considered more of a collection of short stories rather than a story itself just like any manga of its genre. However, there are still connections between the chapters and thus still holds room for character development during the series.In term of originality, Ai Kora delivers quite well actually. Even though the story is predictable by miles, the characters are cliché and the setting was done lots of times before, Ai Kora is still very original. What strikes me is how the manga actually makes fun of a lot of fetishes during the manga and this at any degree. Whether it is a breast fetish, a doll fetish or even a hand fetish, there`s room for any kind of fetishes and jokes around it which is actually quite well done. Sadly, Ai Kora never developed itself during the years it was published and the jokes get repetitive and ineffective after a while. Step aside the comedy, Ai Kora also delivers drama. As expected from a series of its genre, the drama is quite forgettable. They`re either badly placed in the manga or simply leaves not interest for the reader. All in all, the story is enjoyable but lacks a bit of initiative.
Hachibei is not doubt of the star of the show and the only character which I would consider good. Contrary to other harem where the main is a sore loser with sexual insecurities, Hachibei is a mad man and self-assumed pervert who never stop to amaze me. For the girls, it was quite a letdown for most of them. Having single personalities, they were only interesting for the relation they had with Hachibei. Alone, they don`t stand out as characters and are pretty much bland. Plus, one can actually draw a parallel between the girls of Ai Kora and the girls of Love Hina and it doesn`t leave a good impression.
The art of Ai Kora is not a superb one, but not a bad one either. The characters are uniquely drawn and are easy to tell them apart and the art is what you would expect for a manga of its genre. Sure it’s not a beauty, but it is not disgusting as well. This being said, there`s very few aspects to say about the art.
In the end, I have to admit that I did enjoy Ai Kora for its sense of originality that it offered. Once in a while I feel like reading something that I wouldn`t need to be serious about it and Ai Kora is pretty much a perfect example. It is not perfect like all the manga of the same genre and get quite repetitive, but it`s still a good manga to pass time.
Ai Kora is a story of a boy living in a dorm with the girls with his dream parts. At first I was quite hesitant to read since I was against reading ANY ecchi manga, but it turned out to be something i never expected. Although it's a shonen manga, the balance of comedy, romance and drama can make girls hooked too. the characters are also quite remarkable because there's a tsundere, the quiet and girly type, the "small but terrible type" etc. You will also find it's romatic parts qite different from most romantic comedy manga. The art is cute, although the hairstyle are
kind of repeating if you read other mangas by Ai Kora's mangaka. Well, if you are into romantic comedy, read this!
Ok, my friend from Thailand was reading this waaayy back then like 3 years ago when I was 12, 13. At that time only the first few volumes came out I think. I saw him reading it and I read the first few chapters from him and thought it was pretty. However I couldn't remember the name so I spent like a whole hour trying to find it like a few days ago hahaha. Anyways this story was really good and I liked it. Every single chapter was worth it to a certain extent, though some just seem off-plot, but overall it was good. So
I am telling you just give it a try, even if it seem like "what..." just go on. Don't just dropped it because the first chapter seem bad, read a few first then decide what you want to do.
Yeah it may seem crazy to say "whoa 10?!" But honestly the build up of the plot was good. It starts off with a part loving boy who go search for his lovely parts. Things build off from there quite nicely. He spent his days protecting and trying to make all the girls with his favorite parts all happy, until one day he realizes that parts isn't everything, which changes him. And the ending, you'll have to find out for yourself.
The artwork was really good, the characters did not have the generic anime styles. Each looked quite original, and there is a lot of funny seens.
Each character definitely had their own "development" chapter. Which is kind of what all harem type scenario chapters are, but this one has more, and the characters interact with each other pretty evenly. Unlike most harem like mangas where one can almost easily tell who the main guy will end up with.
Yes, 10 10 10. Well overall this manga was really fun and great. I loved it and every moment of it. I kind of like the sense of innocence it had to it which was really good. The comedy part was actually amusing, though there might be a dull chapter like 1 in 4 volumes, but overall its really entertaining. Took me 5 days to finish it, which was quite annoying because I had other things to do that got in my manga reading time.