With a smirk, the mischievous middle school boy Nishikata glances over at Takagi, the girl seated next to him in class. He has just devised a master plan to finally get back at her for all the merciless teasing inflicted upon him. As he is about to set his plan into motion, Takagi intervenes with a single comment that halts Nishikata right in his tracks. She had turned the tables on him yet again.
"If you blush, you lose." That has been the unwritten rule set between the two ever since they encountered one another in middle school. Day after day, loss after loss, Nishikata strives to see Takagi red with embarrassment, but his futile attempts are only met by further ridicule. Beyond this vicious cycle of trying to outwit one another, will their relationship ever evolve?
Ah, youth. What a confusing time it was. We all experienced it differently, but I think there are painfully embarrassing moments for everyone when it comes to interactions with the opposite sex. You know, those that popped up into your mind years later and made you bury your face in the pillow, made you want to scream to drive the shame and acknowledgement of stupidity away. Why did I say that, why didn't I realize, why was I so dense, so stupid, so immature? *sudden urge to shoot thyself in the leg to make the feelings go away*
Putting those aside, Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san
picks the best of the punch when it comes to interactions between male/female puberterians (just made that word up). The girl is more mature for her age, as girls tend to develop faster, and she uses this advantage to tease her classmate, who uses all his proteins and what-nots to grow taller (nope) and hairier (hardly), not smarter, and therefore is doomed to loose to his classmate every. single. time.
Nishikata finds himself troubled on daily basis by the girl who sits next to him, and tries to outsmart her, only to find himself even more humiliated. Takagi is a tough cookie and a devilish prankster, master in reading the simple Nishikata and always being one step ahead. It is somewhat obvious why all this bully-ish interaction is happening, which only makes it more lovable, as we also see some sincere moments between the two young ones. Nishikata might not be as smart as his counterpart, but his density isn't as high as mine was when it comes to girls, which makes the manga much more enjoyable. Thankfully no MC-Harem style obliviousness here.
15 chapters is not enough to see any huge progress, but it is enough to establish what this manga is about, and for you to decide if you like it or not. For some it is still too painful to read, bringing up unwanted memories, for some it is more nostalgic and therefore enjoyable.
I smiled, laughed a bit, sighed, chuckled and felt the urge to write a review to get this manga more reads, as it deserves them. Like life it self, it is different for everyone, but I do recommend to give it a read and feel the wave of youth once again. You know, the good kind, not the ones that pierce your heart upon remembering.
Mai waifu: "What are you looking at?"
Mai waifu: "You were just looking at my boobs, weren't you?"
Mai waifu: "It's ok, you can look at them."
Me: *blushing intensifies*
That about sums up Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san. This manga is basically vanilla romance porn for us folk out there who just want to chill, relax and not care about who's the better bishounen or which waifu has better ... khm ... "plot". In a nutshell, it's a rather episodic manga, with our main girl teasing our main guy, and our main guy trying to tease her back, but can't 'cause he sucks, and girl is
a master troll.
There isn't much to a story here so it's pointless to grade it anyway, but I don't mind honestly. Its episodic nature has its own charms, and chapter after chapter, it never fails to put a grin on my face. I think this is the first time in my life of reading manga that I didn't lose my shit over the lack of progress or ... khm ... "plot". It simply manages to charm you with everyday actions, and those 'kyaaaaaaaaaaaaah mothafucka' moments are truly, outrageously fabulous.
Art is crisp and clean if you're worried about that, and girl, while lacking ... khm ... "plot", is quite a cutie (pedo alert, pedo alert).
There are only two characters, and the point of them is basically mutual growth and understanding as well as individual developments. MC may seem dense, but he's never actually annoying, which I like about him. The manga, at the start at least, gives off 'Seki-kun' vibe (just in reverse), but it matures beyond it to be honest, and has some fantastic troll moments (damn you mangaka!).
All in all, it's not spectacular, it's not flashy, it won't have you bowling your eyes out like 7y old when your nurse pulls your wee-wee too hard, but it's general simplicity and charm (as well as those troll moments) makes it a wonderful read that you can simply dive into to forget all the troubles of the world (or the fact that your waifu wasn't chosen).
Skilled teaser Takagi-San. From the title alone, you would know what this manga would serve you. Yes, lots and lots of teasing. The story revolves around Takagi, the female protagonist, teasing Nishikata, the male protagonist, in many different ways. Usually what happens would be playing mind games with Nishikata by subtly showing signs that she likes him, resulting in Nishikata confused and thinking that Takagi is just teasing him. In short this manga is about typical Puppy Love. Or is it?
Art is very distinct, and when I mean distinct I meant just one look at the characters, I instantly know that the artist
is Souichirou Yamamoto. The smug smile of the characters, the big cute forehead, and the character hairstyles. Backgrounds are very clean too, and the art also has a hint of the word "comical" for me, and I love it.
Characters in this manga are top-notch. Much like Tonari no Seki-kun where there are only 2 main characters in the story, it provides a seemingly endless plot, filled with endless possibilities, that leaves readers wanting more and not worrying about asking for something new.
Hey, I'm smiling in every minute that I'm reading this manga. If that doesn't mean I enjoy it, then I don't know what is. The feeling of seeing a new released chapter in a manga streaming site, or seeing a discussion about the latest chapter in an online message board makes me smile because in just a few clicks away, I would feel butterflies in my tummy.
To wrap things up, Skilled Teaser Takagi-san, is a manga that I highly recommend. If you think that you enjoy reading this manga because Takagi is teasing Nishikata, you're dead wrong. You enjoy reading this manga because YOU are the one being teased by this manga. You like being teased. Yes, you, the one reading this review. It really takes one to know one. lol.
Soo this is my first review, so I don't really know how to write one but meh this'll be live practice or something.
All I can say is this manga is amazing. I picked it up awhile back since it was recommended after I finished like Koe no Katachi or something I forgot xd but I glad I did, because after every chapter I felt good for some reason. Like it has everything I need basically to keep on living (dw not litera-). Even though it kind of repeats the same plot, Nishikata super sure he can prank Takagi that day but always fails like no
matter what and at the same time Takagi's way of beating him hits the heart spot. The uh, heart strings I think that's what it is welp off topic ;3. Even though these events mostly occur in each chapter, it's still entertaining and heartwarming since the entire time your always thinking 'ok these 2wo better get married or I'm gonna come over to the writer and wan paaaaaawnch.' Just, idk why I love this so much but if you haven't read it yet PLEASE DO!!!
Nishikata, having planned something: "let's play a game, you can choose! Hehe"
Takagi: "hmm... Fine, if you can kiss me, you win!"
Nishikata, flustered: "wha..?! ...T-that's not fair!"
Takagi grins: "mm, ok then if I can kiss you, then I, win."
N-nishikata: h-huh?!!? >//w//<