After Takashi's family moves into a new neighborhood, he decides to use the opportunity to become a delinquent. Upon meeting Itou, he finds out that he wasn't the only one who had this idea. Making friends and foes along the way, will these two take over their school or just end up as wannabes?
Delinquents aren’t something we really see much of in anime nowadays, well not in the truest sense at least. Every now and then you may come across a series which has a delinquent type character feature, such as Yu Yu Hakusho and Beelzebub to name two, but neither of these series are actually about delinquents as they are both supernatural action series that just happen to have a delinquent as the main character. I, for one, think that this is a bit of a shame since season after season we are constantly being flooded with series set in high school, some will revolve around a
club where cute girls are doing cute things and in others we will see our lead character climb aboard a giant robot in order to save the world but never do we see any series about groups of students, with a few screws loose, playing pranks on one another and getting into fights over the pettiest of things, surely it is not too much to ask for one or two new anime focused around delinquents...
But apparently it is too much to ask for, and so if you are going to find yourself some good series featuring high school delinquents then you’re going to have to turn your attention towards manga and I think I may have found the best of the bunch right here with Kyou Kara Ore Wa!!
Story - “Hmph picking on him makes me feel much better. Bullying the weak is the only meaning of life after all.”
The story of KKOW is completely and utterly aimless. It simply follows the misadventures of Mitsuhashi and Itou, two delinquents that both transferred to the same school on the same day and both of them decide that this is the perfect opportunity to change their self-image in order to stand out in their new school and gain both popularity and respect. One thing leads to another and the two form the terrifying duo of Nan High attracting other delinquents towards them and from here many shenanigans ensue.
The story more or less falls under the category of slice of life since this series just follows the day to day lives of Mitsuhashi, Itou and a handful of other delinquents that we meet along the way but that doesn’t mean that this story is lackluster at all. It is impossible to be bored when reading this manga since it is just about the most hilarious thing in all of existence, as a matter of fact, it is so funny that you will end up laughing so much that it will make the orange juice you were drinking shoot out of your nose and damage your keyboard. You should probably watch out for that.
But this series is not all comedy; there are a number of arcs where more fierce rivals appear before Mitsuhashi and Itou and the manga becomes a little more serious (Mitsuhashi often runs away at this point though) and these arcs are actually surprisingly good. They are actually well executed and can be rather dramatic and even emotional in a very manly kind of way.
When push comes to shove, this story isn’t really anything original or innovative but it will never fail to put a smile on your face.
But the reason for why you will constantly be smiling from start to finish is undoubtedly because of the wonderful characters.
Characters – “The main character never takes a shit!!”
While the two main characters are both categorised as being delinquents on account of the way they look their personalities are vastly different from each other. We have Itou with his ridiculously spiky hair which has earned him the nickname of Kappa. Despite being a delinquent, he is very noble and righteous and he is often compared to a hero of justice but all he really does is beat up other delinquents because the way they behave annoys him. Then we have the self-proclaimed Lord Mitsuhashi who is completely egotistical and self-centered and is personified by his repeated use of cheapshots to win fights because to him it doesn’t matter how a fight is won because who ever wins is the strongest. Mitsuhashi is really what makes this series so entertaining because the things he does to the other characters are hilariously evil. He simply wanders around looking for ways to make cash and one day take over the world, all the while bullying those who are in his way. In particular the one person who he probably picks on the most is Imai who is the head delinquent of one of the rival schools and is a rival of Mitsuhashi, as well as the one person that Mitsuhashi will absolutely not permit to be happier than him. Throughout this series Mitsuhashi abuses Imai time and time again and so at one point Imai, being the absolute fool that he is, decides to get his own back by playing a little practical joke on him and so what does Mitsuhashi do, he gets revenge on him Mitsuhashi-style. This entails locking Imai in an abandoned apartment for several days and laughing at all the ridiculous stuff he does in order to survive, the delight spread all across Mitsuhasi’s little face as Imai has to survive by eating a lone banana peel is one of the most hauntingly hilarious things I have ever seen. This is just one such example of the dastardly Mitsuhashi’s malevolence. Other than trying to get himself a girlfriend (because Itou has one and he’s jealous) Mitsuhashi enjoys reading manga and inventing sports to play against Itou.
This being a comedy series you wouldn’t exactly expect there to be all that much character development since that isn’t ever going to be the focus of a comedy manga. But the two main characters are rather well fleshed out and over time you will learn a lot about their personalities and their habits, which just goes to show you that characters do not need to have some sort of existential crisis every ten minutes in order to be considered a good character. The two main characters develop slightly over time, for example Itou has to confront the loss of his beloved Dio-kun and Mitsuhashi learns to have more respect for the environment when he joins the gardening club, but the surprising and more substantial development can be seen in the side characters that encounter Itou and Mitsuhashi. Usually you would expect those who lose fights to just disappear into the background but in this series that is not the case, we get to see a lot of the characters reappear frequently and it is quite interesting to see how some characters like Nakano who you wouldn’t expect to see again show up regularly and you will also see surprising amounts of developments of people like Tanigawa who would have normally been nothing more than a lackey in any other series.
Art - “Never heard of you, moron! Your ears look like Doraemon’s pockets.”
This is something like the elephant in the room since it is just about the only thing in this series that I consider to be bad. This series first started in the late 80s but still even considering the time there were series that looked better than this one. However, while the artwork may not be the most beautiful thing in the world it certainly manages to get the job done, at no point will you have trouble understanding whether a person is angry, happy, sad and so on because their faces are expressive enough and the actions scenes aren’t exactly difficult to follow either. As a matter of fact I think the art in this series sometimes just made things even funnier for me.
Enjoyment – “Do you understand now, Itou? If you’re pissed, let your fists speak. Rather than crying yourself, it’s better to make the enemy cry. Make someone else feel more unpleasant than yourself! Make the enemy repent! If he collects stress he’ll die early! This is what true victory is!”
So, did I enjoy this series? Well that would have to be a resounding yes!!! This is probably the most enjoyable manga I have ever read. It made me laugh so much that it became physically painful and the supreme Lord Mitsuhashi is a wise ruler who has many lessons to teach us commoners. This manga is funny and very endearing with lots of fun characters and plenty of fantastic memories to take away from it. I suppose it may be a tad repetitive and maybe the art isn’t so great but honestly I couldn’t care less about those things. I have probably taken a lot more from this series than most acclaimed anime and manga masterpieces which is rather funny in itself.
This series is tied with Gintama as my favourite comedy across all mediums so if you want to have some laughs just relax and read some KKOW and be careful if you plan to read this manga while eating or drinking.
It would have been a perfect 10 if not for the artwork but well that’s just a superficial thing anyways.
Over hundreds of "mangas" that I've read this is the first time I am making or writing a review out of it because i know I will regret it if I wouldn't.
I've just stumbled upon on this while searching a delinquent-comedy type of manga and I am really, really thankful that I've found this. I couldn't remember how many time I laughed, pissed and became tense while reading this manga. Everything about the story and the character from start to finish is an epic. And this is one of a kind protagonist you really wouldn't find in any manga and I love just how
he is really created.
I am really so thankful to nishimori-sensei for his brilliant mind in making this one of the best of the best manga and to all the "scanlators" who have made this available on the web. n_n
"Kyou kara Ore wa" how should i put it. If you looking for the best you get the right decision for reading this manga. You will not be disappointed from the start you read this you will nonstop laughing.
The character development is very good. With the best pair delinquent high school student, transfers in the same day, the past with no one know, make a legend. Mitsuhasi someone with evil attitude self-centered he will slaughter everyone who oppose him. Itou someone with sense of justice who will helping anybody who need help. when they together no one can
You don't need complain about my review all you need is reading this manga and fell what I fell.
Normally I don't write reviews since I'm not a native speaker but I'm gonna make an exception this time since this is my personal favorite manga. And this is coming from someone who has read a lot of good manga like One Piece, Berserk, 20th-century boys, OPM and Holyland.
A big reason why I like this manga is that it is about delinquents. nowadays you don't see many delinquents in anime/manga at all. Only as a side character or maybe as a small antagonist in a high school.
But the main protagonists and the whole setting of the story is about delinquents which makes it extra special.
As you might think the story is not something grand like saving the world or the country from evil. Rather it's about two friends trying to make a name for themselves in the city of Chiba since they got tired of their boring lives.
The manga follows a trend where there are a few comedic chapters followed by a 'serious arc' and after that arc is over you can see the aftermath of that serious arc.
For example, After the main duo, Mitushashi and Itou have defeated the main 'villain' of the arc you can actually see that their street cred is rising and other students from other schools are starting to fear them a bit more. This is a nice addition of the author and it makes it seem that the duo actually gets rewarded for beating up the big scary delinquent that has been terrorizing everybody.
This story has a fair share of everything.
Action, Comedy, Drama, and even romance.
My guess is that the story consists of around:
The art 9/10
The art looks good in my opinion. I love how the author can draw the characters in a comedic way but also draw them in a serious and intimidating art style when the situation is a bit more serious and dangerous. The only criticism I have is that because the characters are drawn in a bit more realistic way (No crazy blue hair and big yellow eyes) is that some characters tend to look the same or very similar to others. Not the main cast. Mostly side characters. For example, at the start, it was hard for me to distinguish two students Sagawa and Yuichi since they had the same hairstyle and freckles but this is a minor complaint. The main characters are very distinct from each other.
And here is the reason why I love the manga so much. The characters. I have never had a series where I actually liked everyone single character of the main cast.
We have Mitushashi: The dirty cheapskate bastard that only seems to think about himself but deep down cares about his friends.
Next, we have Itou: The best friend of Mistushashi and the complete opposite of him when it comes to personality and combat style. Itou is more of the honest and honorable type. He hates injustice and always wants to help the weak. Because of this, he tends to get hit a lot more than Mitsuhashi. This is why you can consider him the 'tank' of the group.
And of course, we have Imai: the big Idiot banchou (leader) of his school Beni High. His appearance is that of a tall intimidating delinquent but is pretty much a naive idiot from the inside. Imai and his sidekick Tanigawa are mainly there as the comic relief of the story and we mostly follow their misfortune and how they tend to get pranked by mitushashi. Despite this Imai gets his serious moments to shine in the story. In these moments you can see that he is an honest and manly person.
There are other characters that are part of the main cast like, Kyou, Riko, and Nakano. But I won't list them since I don't want to make this review too long. But trust me when I see that they are also well-developed characters and each of them gets their fair share of moments to shine in the story.
What this manga does so well is character development.
Characters that were introduced as arrogant pricks can return after like 20,50 or even 100 chapters and show you that they have changed. And it's not a sudden 180 that they make. You can see why they have changed and why they have moved on from their bad ways.
I enjoyed this series very much and reread 3 times already. It was one of this series where you didn't know what to with your life after it finished.
And for the people wondering: The story wraps up nicely and has a great ending. So don't worry about that.