A 32-year-old aspiring mangaka, Kazuya Mukai, falls off the rooftop of his old elementary school during a drunken stupor. When he wakes up, he finds himself 20 years in the past, and even his body has regressed to that of a sixth grader. Now that Kazuya has a chance redo his life that had been full of disgrace and humiliation, he hopes to win the heart of a little girl and his first crush, Anna. However, his feelings only lead a whole new tragedy. It's a puppy love that transcends the bounds of time, only to be defiled.
Story: MC lives a shitty life that was caused by his own laziness. He 'rebirths' in the worst way possible, after getting a second chance at life. Honestly, the story isn't anything new, but the way the author tackles it is fairly unique. Basically, instead of actually trying to 'remake' his life in a meaningful way, he decides that he's just going to try and sexually assault his childhood friend. He thinks about doing something actually worthwhile for a total of one whole page. The story spirals downwards from there. It's a unique story in that the MC is a piece of human garbage. Halfway in, another MC technically takes over, which lets us distances ourselves from the first MC, who basically becomes a demon.
It's all paced fairly fast, which isn't a bad thing. This manga mostly lives on shock value, and there are only so many times you can be shocked by the same thing over and over. The mangaka had good sense to make this a fairly short story. Assuming the early chapters don't turn you off too badly, it keeps you hooked in basically because you want to see the punishment that will be bestowed on the original MC.
The story receives negative points on the setting. The MC basically gets thrown back to elementary school. Why? Because... pedophilia is more shocking I guess? The characters would all make more sense if they were older. Literally nothing would be changed if the mangaka put them at least in middle school, but he sacrificed character personalities for shock value.
Art: Did the job, and I've seen much worse in big publications. The mangaka was able to pull off the big moments that matter, and there weren't any glaring anatomy errors. I find these kinds of amateur-esq styles amusing.
Characters: None acted like children, that's for sure. The series felt like it was written by someone who just assumes how children act. These kids are supposed to be in the 10-11 year old age range. One female character was obsessed with being sexy on a level that is not reasonable. The other was giving bullshit reasoning for why it was ok to be assaulted. It's one thing if an adult is coercing a child, as adults have 'auras' to children that make them nervous about speaking out. Other children have no such power. I've seen kids turn on friends for MUCH less then what the MC did to one of the female characters. It's always annoying when characters aren't consistent with the rest of the kids in their age range.
Anyway, me suspending way too much disbelief aside, the cousin character was interesting enough, and the MC was a very good level of completely batshit crazy. Certainly worth rooting against. I suppose it can be a bit refreshing to read a story with a complete piece of human trash as the main character, but he really exists as shock value. He has no real human qualities expect being a loser who was lazy, and being 'burned' by love. I hesitate to even use 'burned' because that would imply that he at least put himself out there, but no, he was just bitter that Nana didn't love him for all of his abundant flaws. That she didn't magically wake up and decide to love him one day.
Obsessing over one person basically your whole life might make you go off the deep end, but I'm pretty sure that most people would choose another if the opportunity presents itself, as it does in the manga. His 'love' for Nana is pretty thin anyway, or at least the feelings that we are shown at in the first chapter. It's less about loving someone, and more being sad for yourself that your not loved by /someone/. So his obsession with Nana felt pretty annoying.
Overall, it was a quick read that I don't regret. If you're not used to series like this, the story might come as a bit of a shock, and you might wonder what kind of sick person could write a story like that. But honestly, the story wasn't even that gruesome. I found it to be a bit over rated, honestly. Only one part made me feel actually uncomfortable. So if you're used to series like this, don't expect anything unique in terms of shock value. That said, it's still decent to read if your just looking for something quick, and if you want to see what the hype is about. After a few chapters, you just accept that this can only end poorly. read more
Umareru Kachi no Nakatta Jibun ga Anna no Tame ni Dekiru Ikutsa no Koto (holy shit that's a mouthful, let's just call it Umareru) is a pretty odd manga series. I wasn't compelled to continue reading it for beautiful art, witty humor or a compelling and original plot. I kept reading it to see how much more shocking the series would become. It has a sort of "let's go on live leak and watch fucked up videos" appeal to it. You just watch to see how much worse it can get and depending on what mood you're in, that's enough to keep it entertaining.
The story follows a fat hikikimori named Izuya who after learning his school age crush is pregnant with one of his best friends child, gets drunk, falls off a school building and dies. After being killed though, he finds that he traveled back in time to when he was 11. He then vows to get his crush and fix his life for the better. So it basically follows the same premise as Erased but the difference being that in Erased, it was about a man trying to stop a serial killer and in Umareru, the main character eventually gives up on trying to make his life better, says "fuck it" and just does whatever he wants. This gets into some real messed up territory involving murder and rape. I found myself reading just to see how much worse the main character can get. and maybe I'm an awful person but that was actually entertaining enough to me to keep reading. That isn't all there is to it though with a supernatural mystery and an antagonist get involved. The story never gets too deep or anything though. It's more or less the same kind of entertainment like reading fucked up copypastas on /b/ or something. Luckily, the manga is only about 20 or so chapters long so it's short and to the point. Something relevant is always happening, there's a consistent pace and the story doesn't overstay its welcome.
Umareru's art is extremely average. There's never really anything exciting here. There were a couple of panels that looked above average but nothing amazing. One gripe I have with the art though are the character designs. They're just too bland and generic. The only character who stood out was the main character and he just looked like a young version of L from Death Note complete with the same outfit and haircut. Everybody else's designs are just painfully average and I sometimes even got characters mixed up because they look similar. In short, the art is just mediocre.
The character designs are representative of the actual characters. There's not a whole lot there. The main protagonist and antagonist are the only real interesting ones here. The exception would be one of the MC's friends and she's only interesting because the writer uses her to demonstrate that kids aren't only aware of sex but some are even curious, something you don't see a lot in media. Back to the main character Izuya though, he's an awful person but you can't help but kind of sympathize with him at the beginning and it keeps him endearing through the story. He's not a bad person at first. He's just someone who got the shit kicked out of him from life and you actually do get the feeling he actually really does care about the people around him at first. He eventually just realizes that what he does doesn't matter and just becomes a psychopath. The antagonist is also interesting for her motivations and back story which I won't spoil here but are genuinely surprising.
I oddly enough, enjoyed this series very much and it makes me feel kind of sick saying that. As I said before, this is the shocking kind of entertainment. It's the same draw that you see for something like Elfin Lied, a series I despise. The difference here between that show is that it doesn't just start in fucked up territory, it eases you in. A hot shower is enjoyable sometimes but you can't just start off blisteringly hot, you have to start warm and turn up the heat and that's something Umareru understands. If the idea of watching someone slowly become a psychopath sounds interesting to you, give it a try. It definitely isn't for everyone though.read more