Being the eldest child of a large family, Yuki Machida was forced to become the responsible one of her many siblings at a very young age. Accustomed to making sacrifices for them, she is all too familiar with disappointment and the pain of suppressing her true feelings.
Though expecting nothing to become of them, Machida becomes the basketball club manager in order to be closer to her crush. But at the start of the new school year, Shou Naruse joins the team. He is extremely talented... and has taken an interest in Machida. Stoic-faced and cold, she is unfazed by his advances, despite how relentless he is when it comes to winning her love—from kissing her with no warning to asking for permission to grope her. Keeping her cool and focusing on basketball becomes a much more difficult task when Naruse makes no effort to conceal his desires.
Namaikizakari can be the favourite shoujo manga for those, who are fed up with the following elements:
- waiting 30 chapters for the first eye contact,
- annoying male/female friends with unnecessary advices,
- created comedy or drama and fillers,
- cat/dog or any other pet,
- the annual school events (cultural festival...)
The list could go on, but one thing is sure: Namaikizakari is one of the most entertaining and exciting shoujo manga, that I've ever read. And it can be all thanked to the frame given by basketball, the characters who are acting like normal people and especially to the main male character, Naruse, who is not gonna wait
30 chapters :)
Story (no spoilers): The main characters are the members of the basketball team (Naruse is a player and Yuki sempai is the manager of the team). But basketball is not just a cool background. You can see their effort, how they share their happy and sad moments connecting to sport and how they learn to support each other. During that time, not just their team and their skills are developing, but their relationship as well.
Characters: The characters are just great; their personalities seem to be simple (Naruse, the dashing guy and Yuki is the cold, tsundere type). But they are much more complex and thanks to each other they are developing and learning about themselves. There are only a few supporting characters, but there is no need: the inner monologues of Yuki are really entertaining and Naruse always says whatever he wants :)
Artwork: The artwork is really expressive and unique, the sport scenes are especially outstanding.
As an overall evaluation I can say that it is a highly recommended manga for all shoujo fans and for anyone else, who is interested in an entertaining story without any cliches.
To start off, here are the things that makes this Shoujo manga special
1. Really unique MC, not a wimp like 90% of you YES I'M TALKING TO YOU TOO RAKU ICHIJOOU
2. Senpaii, older girl which is in my opinion a kuudere?, but really likeable
3. A heartwarming story
The art is great, not the best but definitely one of the better ones.
^Story & Characters
The story is original, it makes you want to read more and more until you see that there are no chapters left and you start crying
Jokes aside, great characters, great art, rather light hearted, not so much drama
(This review may contain minor spoilers on events that happen in further chapters. Please proceed reading, with the risk that there are spoilers)
Namaikizakari took most of what would be considered a sports manga and somehow made it into a shoujo-sports manga. But I`d have to say that I loved it! It had all the concepts needed to please the readers (without being so cliché); the romance (It was sweet, the way how Yuki found herself falling in love with Shou), the sports, , and the comedy (I found myself laughing at one part, looking at the screen and laughing again).
The story of Namaikizakari starts
off with pretty rocky between the two main characters. But as the story and the characters developed, I found myself wanting the next chapter already. The real point that made the story so beautiful was that it took most clichés that happen in shoujo manga, and twisted it so it was unique in its own way.
But Namaikizakari is a sports manga, that`s for sure. This is probably one of the biggest elements that many other shoujo-sports manga fail at capturing. But as I read Namaikizakari, I knew that this was one that would not fail at capturing those moments. It showed me what it means to lose, but not to give up as well, which to me, is the true meaning of a sports manga.
Character Development. Something that not a lot of mangas succeed at, some pass barely at, and some just majorly fail at. Reading 15 chapters lead me thinking about their development, which was pretty big, thinking about how they started. Naruse Shou started off as just a perverted first year (later second year) that was good at playing basketball (but Yuki describes him as a cocky, self-indulgent, obnoxious, brazen, and younger kouhai). But after falling for Yuki, he changed. He has a sweet side, like when he attempted to cheer her up when she found out that her love interest (former love interest now) got a girlfriend.
Yuki is the manager of the basketball team. She is a person that rarely expresses her feeling and is really strong female character that's hardworking and strong willed when it comes to the basketball team. At first she was in love with the former captain of the basketball team, but Shou somewhat forced his way into her heart. The romance between her and Shou is really sweet, as Shou forcefully tries to play moves on her and her strong resistance against his actions. In the end, of course Shou gets his way. I really love how the author shaped this character to not be like the generic shoujo heroine.
The art of Namaikizakari is beautiful on all aspects- such as the romance scenes and the sports scenes. I also really loved the author's previous works, so the art really got me here.
I really enjoyed reading Namaikizakari. It had all the aspects a shoujo-sports manga should have- maybe even more! This manga really deserved the overall score I gave (which is a 9). I hope to read more of this manga in the future.
This is my first Manga to EVER read and this is my first Manga review, (DUH!). So here goes. So far, there are only 4 chapters and I have went from screaming like a 5 YO who got a new doll to going "AWWW~!!!" and to wanting to throw my laptop out of the window. I absolutely LOVE how Naruse is so open about his love and Yuki is so confused about her feelings and tries to push Naruse away but that only makes Naruse like her more. And whenever Naruse says, "Yuki-senpai" I picture him saying it like this, "Yu-ki-sen-pai." and I also like
how Yuki is a year OLDER than Naruse, but in the adult world age doesn't matter. All in All, I LOVE this Manga and I will continue to read it till the end.
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