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
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)!