Koharu, tired of all the men in her life being lying, married philanderers, decides to move back home, away from the city. Once there she finds her family saddled with a huge debt and no way out, until a handsome but creepy stranger offers to pay the debt, at the same time asking her to marry him. But, as if things weren't crazy enough, he already has two wives!
This manga is so outright odd and absurd it's hilarious, impossible to take it seriously.
The "seductive but autistic" shoujo man archetype here is brought to its astounding limits.
The women are a little more vivid, which is not saying much, even if the protagonist just take decisions for the sake of the plot. No character improvement so far whatsoever (when you think Koharu finally grew up a little, BANG she does something really stupid).
The "moral clashs" the characters have in the course of the story are laughable, same thing as the occasional drama.
I guess if you like abusive relationships or hitting your
head with a rubber baseball bat while recitting Sylvia Plath in C major you will be into this manga.
though I oppose polygamy(and the opposite) act but this manga really gets me into it aside of my views.
the story is not about typical harem manga stuff, the author really describe polygamy in women perspective, and since the women who encounter this situation is the MC, whom an individual, asexual(?), tomboy girl, the story went awkward, but rather become funnier somehow lol.
another thing that catch my eyes is the CHARACTERS, OHHHHH the author were too goood for this one.
its not moes*it, its a semi-real creatures we were talk about, its a rare thing to see cute, beautiful ladies pairing with long haired cool cooling
stubborn boy(who really resemble me to a visual kei bandman lol) in a seinen manga as far as I know
Originally when I first discovered this series, I was very intrigued not only because of the mature themes (And fanservice) but also because I found the premise to be very interesting and different since it dealt with polygamy which is something I haven't seen in an anime/manga and especially one set in modern times, but sadly, my excitement slowly went to shit
Story - 3/10
As I said before, the premise really sold me because it followed the polygamist relationship of the main male character and his two wives (Yuzu and Madoka) and then later the impact of having a third girl (Koharu) entering the fray and
in the first quarter of the manga, it was doing a decent enough job of showcasing life for them as well as dealing with the concept of someone looking in from the outside in Koharu.
But alas, do to some random and nonsensical actions from certain characters as well as the hypocritical and tasteless nature of another, the story quickly went from one of family life to one revolving around forced and stupid drama that not only decreased the quality of the story, but also something that is far worse
Characters - 2/10
The main characters here are the main male MC (Ryuu) and his 3 wives (Madoka, Yuzu and Koharu) and initially the relationship that they all had with one another was pretty great and particularly with Ryuu and Madoka (His first wife and based off of their history, it's hard to deny that they belong together) and then Yuzu whom was probably the most loyal to him (Sighhhhhhhhhhh) and had the best personality to compliment his (Plus like with Madoka, she was really close to Ryuu and they too were perfect for each other).
As for Koharu, she always came across as annoying and even though she eventually came around, it was still pretty hypocritical of her to turn as quick as she did, but what truly made this character complete and utter shit is that fact that there isn't really any redeemable quality about her and that she just went from being annoying and hypocritical to being outright disgusting and just horribly written and then most of all, forced down our throats at a huge cost
Art - 8/10
The art style of this series is pretty well done and I can truthfully say that it never decreases in quality and that it truly fits the tone and writing
Overall - 4/10
This series had a lot of potential to be a personal favorite of mine but due to the author's complete disregard for his better characters, he brought the story and subsequently the characters down 10 notches and as a result, this series is rapidly heading towards becoming a huge train wreck (And I'll explain why below)
Madoka leaving/divorcing Ryuu was not only incredibly forced and random, but even though her reasoning was a bit understandable, at the end of the day, this was something that simply made her out to be a complete bitch because immediately afterwards, we are treated to a flashback of her history with Ryuu, and for her to just hang him out to dry all for the sake of her own selfish and frustrating reasons is just awful especially considering the lengths Ryuu (And to an extent Yuzu) went to just for her ever since they met....And of course to add insult to injury, Koharu makes herself to be the worst once more by pretending to care that she left
What truly turned me off from this manga though is what happens later on with my personal favorite character - Yuzu. As I said before, she proved that she was the most loyal to Ryuu and had the illusion that she was pretty much ride or die and that she truly loved him. But since the author has a huge boner for Koharu, he decided to work his random and nonsensical magic again and completely shit of Yuzu by making her out to be equally as disgusting as Koharu
I am completely and utterly PISSED that she clearly has been cheating on Ryuu multiple times (And only god knows when this started but if she did this after Madoka left then she's even worse than I thought) but now to add insult to injury, there's a 95% chance that she got pregnant for him too which was topped off by the fact that since she told Ryuu that it's his, the devastation is gonna come at an even bigger blow.....And now it makes sense why she was all for him getting another wife (Since her brother hinted that she was eventually going to leave Ryuu too)
Then the author forces this random backstory with the dude about how they were together from high school but he had a bad/criminal background and one thing led to another etc but no, author-san, all of that build up and characterization for this couple doesn't go away just because of something that happened in the past/this other dude's stupid mistakes and it fucking SUCKS that this is how he's trying to break them apart
Instead of having a mature slice of life series with Ryuu and his wives going through normal stuff with the usual hiccups that married couples have, he chose to use forced bullshit that eventually completely shit on the whole concept that this series was written upon leaving the readers with an extremely bad taste in their mouths
If by some miracle that he manages to fix all of this shit, then maybe just maybe I'll be a tad bit forgiving since I always held on to the thought that Madoka would come back and that he and the other girls will be happy and multiply, but let's be real here, the odds of that happening are non-existent and he's clearly going to destroy the polygamist values of this series by having Ryuu chose to only be with shitty Koharu in the end while Madoka is forever alone and with Yuzu having a family with her deadbeat ex
I found none of the reviews here did Hare-Kon much justice and wanted to chip in my own two cents. Hare-Kon has kept me in its grip for a long while now! **NO SPOILERS!**
At first, the reader might find out there's little to no room for identifying oneself with the world of Hare-Kon. The downright sexist setting of one-man-several-women-polygamy endorsed by the authorities, new characters with shady incentives or Koharu's unfavorable circumstances can leave any reader anticipating upcoming events with a hefty dose of disgust and disdain—but also hopefulness.
Personally I found the cause of anxiety in Hare-Kon isn't really the controversial subject of awkwardly introducing
polygamy into society, but the fact that in this manga, nobody's perfect (even when they don't admit it). That's what makes it feel quite horribly tangible and real. Just like in real life, we can't read anyone's mind, and what seems reasonable to the other, might be abusive to another. As reader might find out, all the main characters have several aspects and motives dictating their next move. Often this reasoning is obstructed from the reader however, and flashbacks occur only after the "damage" is already done, and situations won't be absolved by merely letting it slide. Thankfully, Koharu is the one who promotes idealism—in good and bad—when things get hard.
Hare-Kon is surprisingly slow-paced and will leave you squirming in your place for a bit longer, relishing in the awkward moments when you're already wishing for the next move that'd take your mind away from things that just happened. It's not really a manga that can be binged in one go, and I guess that's part of its charm.
Art is something that's definitely worth praise in Hare-Kon, although if I really wanted to nit-pick about something, it'd be some repetitive poses and angles that are recycled between characters when introducing them. It's kinda weird if you think of body-language as being something that's quite unique to each individual. At times, Ryuunosuke's creepy glances seemed so creepy I just wanted to stop reading then and there. Sure, there's fanservice too, but the ecchiness is definitely among the most tasteful ones I've ever seen. It also (almost) always occurs in places where you kind of see it coming, such as in the privacy of a bedroom, car or a spa, and made me feel like I was actually crammed into an intimate situation with the characters and their insecurities...
Despite its droning pace and hopelessness in the beginning, I think Hare-Kon is a good example of how decisions made on a bigger level might impact our lives, and what is the importance of being introspective when the world around us seems like it has lost all its sense and justice. What is good or bad? What are inherent values to us as humans and what are the ones we are merely conditioned into? How to properly treat another human being? However, in its core Hare-Kon is simply awkward characters making awkward choices in awkward situations. It's not really an exhaustive description of what is a healthy relationship or what one should think about monogamy or polygamy, or love in general... But Hare-Kon has a unique story to tell, and as a reader you're probably on your way to forming some illuminating thoughts about human relationships, what already is and what ought to be (or not)!