I've never written a review before, but I figure I should, because I think this manga is rather underrated.
I really love the "delinquents with heart" trope, which is why I also like Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! (made by the same author). This mangaka in general tends to write stories with rather similar character archetypes, but if you are fond of those types, then it is hard not to be charmed.
This manga has a similar feeling at times, but it is focused solely on a boy's journey to learn to what it means to be a 'good person' and to pursue that ideal.
it is nothing too deep or mind blowing, I found the characters to be incredibly likeable. I loved the main character most of all, and I enjoyed seeing such a humorous take on his struggles to learn how to empathize and do good for others around him.
The art is nothing too impressive, but it gets the job done, and a lot of the expressions are very cute. Essentially I'd say that if you like 'bad boys' who are actually pretty dorky, then it's something you shouldn't pass up. It's not overly long, and it's a light read as it is mostly comedy. I'd recommend at least reading the first few chapters to see if it's your kind of thing.
Probably the best part of the series. If you go in expecting to read a story about finding yourself and understanding what it means to be a particular person, then you won't be disappointed. In that regard, the story does well.
What it doesn't do too well, in my opinion, is its romantic aspect. It feels really forced and unnatural to the flow of the story, almost as if following some kind of strange formula.
The biggest killer of the series. Either you like it or it bothers you the whole time. The manga is old, so it's understandable, but it's
not the age that's problematic. The character design is also a bit odd, but it fits into the awkwardness of the MC, so it's acceptable (although it might turn you away). Rather, it's the apparently lack of emotions shown by the characters. The one "emotion" it seems to show well is when trying to shed a character in a menacing light, but that's about it. The blushing detail when a character is angry, sad, embarrassed, etc., none of that comes through. You end up feeling very estranged from the characters, even though they detail their thoughts to you.
Pretty distinct and memorable. They also develop well through the series, and the audience can feel that dynamism. My biggest complaint has to do with the mismatch between the character's apparent personality and their actions. It's not that they're constantly doing things out of character, but more when a critical moment arises, they sometimes act in unexpected ways. It's not exactly bad, but definitely does put a weird spin on the characters throughout the series.
I did enjoy it and at the same time, didn't. There were funny moments, but the jokes often failed to come across (maybe due to the specific translation or art). There were also heartwarming moments, but it felt lacking.
In the end, I'd rather not re-read the series, but it was an interesting ride.
Holy cow! NO ONES WRITTEN A REVIEW OF THIS?!
Okay, I'm writing a review of this because it deserves one.
Story (9): This story is inspiring to say the least. It talks about a guy who went through elementary school and middle school being the head delinquent (his nickname is devil-ma kun!) and turning a new leaf and joining a tea club. It's all in the pursuit of being kind as his life's goal. That's admirable! He goes through ups and downs to find himself. It's all hilarious no matter what the situation, but it's definitely deep. It's just a normal high school manga, but
it's unique to being fully focused on clubs. It's really cool. I'm not trying to be biased though.
I gave it one point less than ten because nothings perfect story wise.
Art (8): The artwork is super unique, no kidding. They all actually look Japanese, no one with purple hair, or blue eyes (you can tell by the shading and covers). And Devil- ma kun actually has devilish eyes, which intrigued me even more. It gets an 8 because, it may be unique but it isn't something to gawk at that long.
The characters get developed quite nicely, if I do say so myself. Even if it is fully comedy, you still learn about Ma-kun's past, and his buddies pasts. They do go back in time, And no one has a dull personality in the tea club, and their neighbors the anime club. They all have their own hilarious quirks.
I gave it a ten because nothing makes me laugh this much (rarely) except sun-ken rock. It's super enjoyable and if you like delinquents, funny situations, and stand offs this is the manga for you. There is also a tiny bit of romance in it that you can't help but love.
READ IT! IT'S WORTH IT! Sorry for all the caps, but still I want you to read it and enjoy it. I thought it deserved a 9 because it's so nice. I love this kind of manga. It's totally realistic, well at least mostly.