It's not often that a Manga makes me literally laughing out loud.
Most comedy Manga were either totally unfunny and boring or just managed to make me blow the air slightly more forceful through my nostrils.
Grand Blue isn't one of those Manga.
The story isn't very special. The art is good but nothing outstanding. Except when one of the characters goes bonkers. Most of the time you'll probably laugh because of the ridiculous over the top depiction of certain emotions.
If you just want to lean back, have a good laugh and not worry about your (shitty) life, then this is the Manga for you.
you look for anything deeper than just stupid, but very funny, comedy, then don't even bother.
We don't like you anyway.
EDIT: I initially rated this manga an 8 because i only read 6 chapters or so and thought that it would get stale over the time. Turns out, i still laugh my ass of and look forward to every new chapter. Shit's a solid 9, bois.
It is about college freshmen confused with what club they want to join and how to spend their college lives. They get invited by their incredibly nice senpai and join the diving club. This review will focus on how this manga portrays diving and how people discover love for an activity they were completely new to.
The story of Grand Blue is quite simple yet very satisfying to read. It follows the generic new students don't know what they want to do with their lives and end up joining a club out of curiosity but Grand Blue executes this very
well. They outline diving in a very simplistic yet intriguing way. You do not need any knowledge on diving beforehand as they explain most of the basics as well as different stages of diving as you start to get more comfortable with the water. They outline how easy it may look on the surface but how difficult an essentially dangerous this activity can get, which leads to some really gut wrenching scenes in the manga. We don't have much stories that go in depth on diving so this feels refreshing to read, definitely on the unique side in that aspect.
The art is best described as simplistic yet beautiful. The diving scenes are drawn with so much detail, it really tries to put the reader in the position the characters are in. The character's faces are beautifully and realistically drawn in almost every panel. You can tell the mangaka put time and research into figuring out the minute details of a human body. Since it's a diving manga, the character's take their clothes off almost all the time and the author did an amazing job showing male and female aesthetics.
The cast of Grand Blue seems a bit generic at first glance, but really grow on you as the series goes on. We have our MC, Kitahara Iori, a college freshmen who is confused on how to spend his college life and ends up discovering a passion for something he previously had no interest in. Grand Blue isn't just all diving though, the characters interact with one another outside of diving in multiple ways developing their relationships with one another, especially the members of the diving club. We have Imamura Kouhei, an outgoing handsome man who doesn't care what other people think of him. He likes to truly express what he has a passion for even if other people may label him in a negative way. He is the first friend Iori makes and the story mainly focuses on their friendship, the struggles that come from it, and their new found love for diving.
If you want a unique manga that outlines the beauty of diving, give Grand Blue a shot.
Grand Blue is a masterclass work of slapstick and gag humor.
Although the series is about "diving", the setting and premise serve primarily as guidelines for the plot to direct its comedy. In other words, characters can derail into basically any subplot and then realign itself at the end of each arc to ensure the series doesn't go too far off on a tangent and overwhelm the reader with too much absurdity.
The setting itself provides a reasonable justification for the kind of humor you see. Drinking naturally comes with college parties and nudity "naturally" comes with drinking. Diving also offers a unique focal point to
branch humor from with things such as diving signal gags, and of course, nudity.
In comedic manga, characters are essential to driving a joke home. Although every character is the complete opposite of normal, what they do makes sense because it’s part of their character and that allows the humor to flow. In Drifters, comedy can become awkward at times because malicious and serious characters would suddenly turn goofy for no reason and it messed with the image the characters were supposed to maintain. Every character in Grand Blue has a unique personality and together they can turn any normal scenario into a circus.
Most of what has been said can be said for many other series, but what makes this series stand above the rest? The Art. In Fullmetal Alchemist and Onepunch Man, gags are made by lowering the quality of art to portray the lighthearted or casual attitude of the characters in a high stake scenario, but in Grand Blue, the art quality goes up at the punchline to portray the high tension in the characters despite their situation being nothing serious. This drastic imbalance in what we see versus what we feel serves almost like another joke making it so that each punchline is two jokes rather than one . The flow of text is also superb as it feeds you puns and gags at a precise rate. In Gintama, the comedy is goes by the same formula as Grand Blue, but if you read the manga, the pages are covered in text and content within each chapter is way too condensed. Seeing the emotion and expressions of the characters is harder to visualize compared to Grand Blue, where each facial expression perfectly expresses the absurdity and emotional peak of the characters.
So that’s basically why I think Grand Blue is a comedy gold mine. Hopefully this review makes sense and if it doesn’t, there are plenty of other excellent review that give you an idea how amazing this series is.
There are very few anime/manga which actually make me laugh and this is definitely one of them! The humor is absolutely amazing and the artwork compliments it perfectly. I really hope this manga gets more attention and becomes popular because I've enjoyed this much more than the more popular comedy manga at the moment like prison school. This is a fresh breather from all the high school comedies since this takes place in college so it has a bit more freedom with comedy involving alcohol, which happens to be where most of the comedy is based on. The misunderstandings are what make this manga one
of the funniest around and if you are looking for a hilarious manga it would be a waste to pass this one up!
TLDR;Grand Blues anime adaption is what drove me to reading this manga in the first place. And its manga is what opened me to world of manga. I originally thought that it would be impossible for me to find a manga that makes me laugh as much as its animated counterpart, I was wrong. I am very proud to say this is my first manga and it was one of my favorite reads of all time. I felt it was a masterpiece in the idea of a comedy with a story. It had perfectly incorporated a story in all of its jokes
and is not jokes for the sake of being jokes. The characters had stayed true to their nature and hilarious quirks. Although I cannot say this manga provides an insight on human nature as other anime/manga do, I can say for certain they never get boring or act in a way you would not expect them to. I enjoyed this read so much so I would stay up till 4 just laughing and having fun. I would highly recommend anyone trying to find anything funny to this manga.
Alright. Please view this as a review from a regular person, not as someone who specializes in the whole anime and manga scene. While I have watched anime and read some manga this manga is by far the best story(?) I have ever experienced. Not because the MC has grown strong enough to defeat a thousand mecha-Hitlers, but because the entire premise of this manga is outstanding. I have never LAUGHED out loud while watching a show or reading a story but this manga has made me do so. If any of you are like me and cringe super hard(like almost enough for you to
just shut your computer and stop watching for the entirety) when the MC does something cringey, this manga does everything right to make you laugh at these situations rather than turn you away. I don't know why I am writing this review since I have never does so in the past whether it be an anime or manga. I guess this is the first time I have ever felt like something needs more viewers to bless with its existence. Also if you are looking at my scores and are saying, "well they made to story rating a 7, I'm not so sure about this one". Well let me tell you that the story may not be the best(because they stray from the plot often), it is by far the MOST fun I have ever had while engrossing myself in anything manga or anime.
Grand Blue is one of those rare manga that will make you laugh till you cry without animation or sounds. Yup, that's how funny it is.
Story is very simple actually. Iori start his college life near the ocean in Izu city with his cousins then suddenly his uncle introduces him to a store called Grand Blue, where it teaches diving. Later, they finally convinced Iori to join the diving club. There’s no serious plot; it’s just the daily lives of Iori in Grand Blue, and his goal to become a licensed diver.
The artwork of this manga is outstanding. Detail of the ocean or
background is well made. Character designs are also good. Details of their face are great, and also each strand of their hair is good. Artwork of this manga, is no doubt one of the best as of now.
Iori is one of the funniest main characters I’ve ever seen in an anime/manga. Their crazy antics with Kouhei will leave you laughing till your sides get hurt. Chisa, Azusa, and other supporting cast also did well to make this manga awesome.
This is one of the funniest manga/anime I’ve ever seen. Reading this will make your dull day into a bright day I guarantee you.
Thanks for reading the review and start reading Grand Blue right now!
There is a beauty that lies within Grand Blue. I never thought that I'd be using that word to describe a manga like this, but it's honestly so true.
I'm going to skim over all the stuff that everyone else has already said and would recognize from the first few chapters: Grand Blue is a great comedy that has over-the-top reactions and comedy that somehow doesn't get old.
The reason for all that is definitely because the characters are fleshed out well and are all quirky enough to allow for a multitude of different scenarios and crazy things to happen. All that is great and all, but
how does that make it differ from other comedy manga?
I think the big thing that sets it apart is it's unwavering focus on passion and acceptance.
Now most characters in Grand Blue are pretty unique: they all have their own interests and personalities that make them fun to read about. Yet each one also has a deep passion for something they love, whether it be diving, partying, love interests, younger sisters, etc, and they all love these things to an extreme level. People tend to avoid these types of people and call them weird, which is pretty reasonable if you think about it. But this is where the main character, Iori, differs from most people. He recognizes that it's not strange to be so passionate about something that you love, and he embraces his friends for it. He doesn't love them despite how weird they are, he loves them because they are being true to themselves.
This is the heart and soul of Grand Blue. The comedy never gets boring because it's just the characters being themselves, and that's the beauty of it all.
This is my review for Grand Blue. I’ll be referring to the characters by what they are most commonly called in the manga. Please note that this review is structured around how I personally felt about the manga: objectively, it deserves an overall rating of 9. (individual ratings of 6/9/10 for story, art, and character, respectively), and subjectively, I give it a 9 as well.
Before we start things off, I'd like to say that there is little to no story in Grand Blue. Sure, the beginning few chapters set up the basic storyline, but that's about it. To sum things up, the main character,
Iori, joins a diving club, and proceeds to have all sorts of wacky interactions and adventures with the other characters. However, Grand Blue does deserve credit in the sense that it doesn't completely devolve into comedy, as most events take place in a ocean setting, staying true to the foundation that it lay down. The chapters are also loosely tied together, meaning that there is some degree of continuation. As the characters are in college, there is the presence of drinking, although it's most played for laughs.
Just like any seinen manga, the artwork is very crisp and sharply drawn. The main attraction here are the way the characters are presented, specifically their facial expressions. Grand Blue utilizes what I describe as a face shadow very often, which often indicates that said character is about to suggest a totally ridiculous idea or have a complete misunderstanding of the situation. The great thing about the artwork is that in my opinion, you can get a general understanding of what a chapter is about even without a translation just by reading the faces of the characters and any supporting details provided. It's also worth mentioning that during scenes where the characters are actually diving, the scenery is very pleasing to gaze over, although the same can be said about all the background.
Despite having quite a large cast of characters, the individual quirks of each one make them all unique from each other. Iori, the main character, forms somewhat of an idiot duo tandem along with Kouhei, but can actually be surprisingly caring when it really matters, unlike the latter. Speaking of Kouhei, he is the other half of the idiot duo, and loves anime and little sisters. Iori and Kouhei are actually close friends as they often suffer the same fate, but both refuse to acknowledge this. On the flip side, the female main character, Chisa is a mirror of her male counterparts, as she is usually no nonsense and lives for diving. Her older sister, Nanaka, has a huge sister complex and is probably the scariest character whenever she finds out that something unpleasant has happened to Chisa. Aina, aka Cakey, is another first year member of the diving club, although her backstory in explaining how she eventually joins it is very interesting and engaging. Kotobuki, Tokita, and Azusa are the senior figures, and are often seen together, and these three are probably the most shameless out of the whole cast. Also lumped together are Naomi and Busujima, who are Iori's admirer and enemy, respectively. The last notable character is Iori's little sister Shiori, and she's one of those characters who puts up a front making them seem almost incompetent, but is actually extremely cunning and skilled. Did I mention that the characters, paired along with overly exaggerated facial expressions is Grand Blue's selling point?
Although I have read many comedy manga, Grand Blue has cemented itself as my favourite out of the bunch. Some people might think that there are only so many jokes that can be made before it gets boring, but this is not the case. With the exception of a handful of serious chapters, I wouldn't be surprised if the reader laughs their head off, because I sure did. The endless amount of comedy that seems to come from this manga ensures that there never is a dull moment.
I am reading the series of Grand Blue now. And I must explain that this serie is very extremely funny because jokes.The main character and his best friend's life is also a big joke too. It has a different style than other series for me. Also I am learning about scuba diving too.I think I found scuba diving interesting after I started this manga serie too. So if you interested about my entry I think you will love this manga serie. I hope it will be turned in an anime serie too.
Thanks for reading my first entry...
I hope you will enjoy :)
This is by far the funniest manga I've ever read . All the characters , the scenarios (not all of them), story, everything is so relatable. I think this manga showcases everything that a student aspires for in his college/university life , everything he wants to be and everything he couldn't be . This manga somehow spoke to me at a spiritual level. Every chapter is so good , and all of them made me laugh like crazy. The most important thing about comedy is that the reader has to understand and relate to the joke or the punchline to be able to get the
complete feel and this manga does a wonderful job there . I've never laughed like this in years and partially I owe this manga and it's creator for helping me realiaze that those years as a student probably comprise the most cherishable phase of my life and you should make the most of that time .
THIS is a manga about diving.
Never have I read a manga that made me laugh so much as Grand Blue, every chapter this manga has, made me laugh like no other.
The story is nothing special however the execution of it combined with the jokes makes the story infinitely more enjoyable and before long you'll start caring for these characters and enjoying the way they interact with each other.
The art is another part that makes this manga special, at first you may think the faces are too simple and that its just your regular anime art style however its not, Grand blue has one of the
most expressive art styles I've seen in a while, not only does it help to know how the characters are feeling at times but it also makes their reactions funnier.
Without a doubt I've enjoyed every single chapter this manga has to offer.
A must read for those who love comedy.
Grand Blue has so perfected the art of comedic timing, that I recommend it to anyone writing comedy to study it.
Initially skimming the panels and pages, I thought... mehh, it's so so... and it wasn't until my second try actually digesting the panels, was I enlightened. Grand Blue is hands down, first class in the genre of comedy. Admittedly though, there is a little of an adjustment period for people who are introverted because part of the comedy revolves around partying hard with alcohol, chasing after dates, and stereotypical college student goals, which as someone who prefers staying home and playing vidya games, is meh.
makes Grand Blue hilarious is how it plays with our characters expectations of an ideal reality they want to obtain, and building upon them slowly giving it up. Our main character Iori was expecting his new life to be playing with girls, but finds himself being dragged into partying in the NUDE with buff guys also in the nude (this is not a yaoi). This becomes a common occurrence, eventually slowly turning into his new baseline for "normal", and we see his reaction of "oh my god, why did you guys talk me into this?" turn into "what's wrong with this? going nude is what I always do", with the general public's reaction in dismay, reflecting and contrasting where they once were, to what have they become. This misalignment of what "normal" is to our characters, and what "normal" is to the general public, is the punchline! Reoccurring gags like testing if the water is alcohol (because they play pranks on each other), getting so used to loosening up that you wind up partially nude in public, Grand Blue manages to pack a ton of these "inside jokes" and interweave them well with the story.
At heart, the story is about college students trying to live their lives to the fullest, slowly discovering what is important by way of being sucked into the diving clubs insane kinks and habits.
A problem with "inside jokes" is that you have to be the ones inside to get it, otherwise its just nonsense to the general public, so let go and dive into the club!
Note: The anime fails in capturing the timing and atmosphere of the jokes....
Grand Blue is a Japanese manga series written by Inoue Kenji and illustrated by Yoshioka Kimitake. It centers on the budding youthful drama of Iori Kitahara as he begins his university life living in his uncle's diving store "Grand Blue" near the coastal city of Izu.
Grand Blue is beautifull, A light story with a very funny comedy. My stomach got sick when reading this. Your feelings will be good when reading this manga. I swear you will laugh as fuck. This is a masterpiece.
Dont try iori's lifestyle in your college life, he's life is very sucks
I think this manga will be very popular
in the future.
Overall, i pretty love this manga.
p.s : i cant write a long review lol,my english is so bad
(Might contain mild spoilers) Most certain 10/10 I can think of. Also, this review kinda includes the anime as well, since they have the same vibe and not many changes. While it's not actually perfect, it nails every aspect it has to. Starting with the the simpler things to explain, the art is really good, especially in the scenarios and character comical faces. Where it looses points to me is only in the fish and sea animals in general, witch might seem like not enough to take 2 points, but since it's supposed to be a scuba diving manga I think they should have gone
all out and drawn some insanely good looking fish. About character, while trough most of the manga there's not much development, that happens later on and is not really necessary, what really matters is that every single character is incredibly funny and really likable, some from the start, and other as the story progresses.
What really gives the 10 to Grand Blue is how they nail college life. Of course, there are many exaggerations, but there are 3 easy counter-arguments for that. First: most anime/manga exaggerates a lot about its main theme anyway. Second: it is a comedy, so it's kinda necessary. Third: It's not nearly as exaggerated as you might think if you haven't been to college or had a quiet students life. This guys really nailed the spirit of college students. The suicidal drinking, the proportion of what they show between classes and partying (like one in every 20 chapters is actually related to studies). Later on, when things get serious and the seniors have to actually start studying and doing projects that take all of their time, and start spending less time with the younger students, bringing both sadness over the brutal abyss in their reality and terror since this seemingly infernal life is only a couple years away. Not that it is that difficult, but they really represented the entire essence of college life, while delivering some of the best comedy I've ever seen.
Since I like to rate stuff based on how well the authors managed to deliver what they propose, how well its artistically made and how much I personally like it, there is no real argument to not give this a 10.
It's not very common I find myself bursting out in laughter as I read page after page non stop. Love the terrifyingly goofy funny faces, heck even remembering it makes me laugh so much like rn. Art style is amazing & characters; enjoyment is bound. My only gripe is that the story is slow in terms of the romantic aspect. A while ago they announced the love ark and to my surprise there has been no development in relationships (apart from realising which female feels what towards whoever) which was a huge let down. Personally i really wanna see Lori and Chisa but so far,
after the manga being published. Something just changed in Chisa in how she sees Lori.. that took 7 years. Yoshioka sensei needs to chnage that. Otherwise the manga is totally addictive