Danjou Yamato is a high school student who lives in the countryside and is the boxing champion of the region. However, when his family has to move out to live in Tokyo, he is transfered to a school in Tokyo that was previously an all-girls school. Girls have a lot of power and give the guys a hard time. But Yamato will not bow down to the power of the girls, and on his way to claim power for the guys in the school, he finds out something about his past...something that he had forgotten long ago...
Here we have a harem manga that starts off with a bit of a twist; I'm not talking about the part where Yamato, the main character, joins a school that until the year before was for just girls. We can all name several that start like that. Unlike the typical harem, Yamoto isn't a goody-two-shoes who's nice to everyone. He's a man. He has a pair. And he isn't afraid to stand up for himself.
So then, on to the review...
Story: 6 -I've already given a little bit of background, so here's the short: the freshness of the series starts to fade after chapter 10 or
so. Then it's a steady downhill until around chapter 20. After that, the plot sits, spinning in neutral. If you'll let me make an analogy: It revs up on occasion; you hear the engine (plot) getting ready for some action, but it never gets its ass in gear. No matter how much it seems like it's going to go somewhere, it never does. Just like that old woman at the stoplight.
You can literally skip ten or twenty chapters without missing anything significant. The author introduces new girls to tempt the main character, then writes them back out of the story after he gets bored of them. This would be fine, but the author seems to have an attention span of a goldfish. Really, characters are introduced then disappear two chapters later.
Art: 7 -It's pretty good. Not much to complain about, though the scans are small on One Manga. Characters are pretty but backgrounds lack the detail of series like Umi No Misaki.
Character: 7 -Yamato is by far the best one. He's a believable man you can relate to, the key word being MAN, as I said above. He's a boxer; he kicks ass and he knows it. Being a boxer myself, this adds another way I can connect to him.
As for the other characters... Meh. Most aren't too annoying, and as I said, the author writes so erratically that he'll probably make your most hated girl disappear once he's had enough of her, unless it's the main heroine, in which case you're out of luck.
Enjoyment/ Overall: 7 -My advice: read the first twenty chapters. If you like the snail's pace, keep on going. If you want something to actually develop, skip to chapter 81 or 82, where the mystery is explained. For everyone else... click on the Helpful button below. You know you want to.
Open Sesame was at best an average story with a mediocre ending. The story starts out typically with a bold boy joining a school that had recently turned coed. That's about as interesting it's going to get.
Story: 5- The story is frustrating. The author set a great tone by having the boy vs. girl theme throughout the first few chapters, but dramatically changes into them doing random things together without enough reasons.
That being said, the chapters were long, and not in a good way. Having long chapters can lead to character development, plot twists or advancements, and even more dialogue. Sadly enough
not much development or advancement occurs.
In my eyes, this manga could have been finished in a mere 20-30 chapters, and nothing would have been left out.
Art: 6- The art is fine, with the only problem being half the girl characters have literally the same hair styles, with only a few minor changes.
Character: 5- Well the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of all the characters is unrealistic. Literally everyone has a perfect personality with zero faults. You'll be hard pressed to find anyone that has any real issues, or personality problems. The author even neglects a few interesting characters by cutting them off completely from the story which was extremely disappointing. With that being said Yamato was by far the only character with any real development throughout the story.
Overall: 5- It was slow, filled with snail paced drama, and even a predictable ending. By the time I was near the end, I was trudging along trying to end this manga. If you have the time read it, but don't expect anything special.
The manga was really great and enjoyable. It's more or less just your typical harem series where the females get attracted to the main protagonist and have their closure after a while. What really was bothering me was one of the main heroine(Aoi) not having her closure at all. I mean she is one of the main characters from the beginning and having her disappear suddenly is really a big shock.
The tragic factor is not as great as I thought but that's what keeps me reading the entire manga. Too bad it was not much of a development as I have hoped it will.
hate the fact that they just keep throwing in new characters and throwing them out after that's just a bit annoying.
Well overall it was enjoyable though it's just a series that keeps repeating scenarios.
It wasn't bad but I found too many loopholes, so it's not somehting I would recommend to guys but for girls it's pretty good since the mushy stuff is involved.
Overall this is an 8,5 outta 10 - it's not bad, it's a decent rom com (romantic comedy) and it's got its tragedy and drama but that isn't emphasised upon a lot, so it's mainly comedy. About the ending, as a guy, I felt deeply bored and wished that the manga had ended with the couple going out but the story continued which led to events which loosely closed a chance for any sequel. It wasn't
what I was expecting. It was thought-out well in some points like in having an ending which encourages the readers and it was good. However, man, I wished the ending had more of a flare. Nevertheless, it's a decent manga to read without a doubt, so give it a go.