I’s Pure is a Shounen, Ecchi, Romance about a boy named Seto Ichitaka, who has had huge crush on a cute girl in his class, Yoshizuki Iori. This may be the setting for a typical Romantic Comedy but I’s Pure is able to do great things with this plot.
The story starts of normally enough with us getting to know the characters and their typical personalities, but even with these typical personalities the characters are pretty amazingly developed in their own way, through so many situations. But due to its shounen traits, the romantic progression is rather slow (indecisive male protagonist) but the various developments that
arise do help spice things up a bit (love triangle). Eventually the story finds the right pace of a romance manga however this only occurs after the first couple lacklustre volumes. Once I’s reaches a certain point in the story it becomes truly amazing, in both the romance and comedy areas. There’s also quite a bit of drama but it feels really strange as the manga went from a lot of laughs to plenty of angst. In the end it did go well with the overall story, where everything was able to resolve nicely.
The artwork at the beginning was great, with a lot of detail being put into character designs, especially during the close-ups but it lacked detail in every other aspect. Nonetheless it didn’t take long before the artwork of this manga reached perfection and it becomes difficult to find any faults, especially with the ecchi scenes.
Overall this turns out to be a truly in-depth Rom/Com manga that’s so captivating you’ll find it hard to stop, once you reach the latter half. It is really enjoyable to read but there are times in the story that may seem kind of dull, with plenty of clichés but at least some cliché moments spiced things up (hot springs). The characters also play a huge role in bringing the story to life and it's interesting to see how some of them developed, nevertheless there were some characters that were only there for one purpose, like Ichitaka’s perverted friend.
Well this manga is definitely recommended for anyone who enjoys a good ecchi romance, or feels like giving one a try.
STORY : I can say that the story may be a bit unappealing just because it's a very normal,ordinary story.It's just about a boy that falls in love with a girl,they're school life,the way their relationship develops.Nothing out of the ordinary.However that doesn't mean the story isn't good!Not at all!There are even some scene that are so well made that they make your heart race XD I can't give more details,but you'll realize what I'm talking about when you read the manga.During the whole "reading process"(^_^) I realized one thing for sure : the author has true tallent when it comes to describing people's feelings
and the whole atmosphere that it's created between two people that are in love.I really loved this part of the manga.Maybe that's why I strongly recommend it XD
ART: The rating I gave it shows it all.It really is outstanding!The characters are beatiful!The sceneries are mostly urban of course,but they are oh-so realistic!The ecchi stuff (XD) are extraordinarily well drawn.I really can't say anything but one word : masterpiece!
CHARACTERS : The thing I most loved about this manga is the characters,especially the main character.Seto- kun is the kind of person that never has confidence in himself.He's shy and never says what's on his mind;he worries a lot and he's very responsible.However,he's also a dependable friend and a kind-hearted person.
I also liked Itsuki a lot.A very confident and daring girl,but deep inside very sensitive and delicate.
There are a lot of characters worth describing,but I think I shouldn't do it,because readers always tend to percieve the characters in their own way.I don't want to describe the charcaters the way I saw them.However,I have to say how I felt about Iori's character,since she's the main character here,besides Seto.I think - and I want to emphasize that this is just my opinion - that Iori's character was shallow.This is maybe because during 90 % of the story,readers see her through Seto-kun's eyes.It's like she barely has any personality of her own.I couldn't see her features,her personality traits,anything...The only thing we know about her it's that she loves acting,but that alone isn't sufficient.i repeat,this is only my opinion,but I didn't like Iori's character very much...
ENJOYMENT : As I have already mentioned,I loved how the author described the characters' feelings.There are also a lot of funny or thrilling moments you will definitely like.I particularily liked the ou-sama game chapers.They were so funny and suspenseful at the same time XD I can't say more though cause I'll ruin the surprise XD All in all,I really enjoyed reading this manga.I'm sure all of you will definitely enjoy it!
OVERALL : I strongly recommend this manga.Whether you like shounen romances or not,I'm positive about the fact that there will be noone who,after reading this, will say "This was a waste of time".I can guarantee that this manga will surely be captivating and enjoyable and you'll definitely like it no matter what genre you prefer!
I"s is everything wrong with shonen romance manga. Everything.
The pacing is nothing short of brutal. Really, after a while, you get the feeling you're on a treadmill and not really moving forward at all. And that feeling holds for well over a hundred chapters.
Seto is a loser. Okay, it's shonen romance, that's to be expected. You can pull out of that. The problem is that it never really does. He spends the vast majority of the series being an indecisive twat to drag this series out to 143 chapters. In the end, he never really progressed at all. He's the same loser from the very
freaking who never should have got the girl. Hell, he ends the series still having never gotten a job. Stupid NEET.
Almost everything Yoshizuki does is basically centered around Seto. About 20 chapters in, everybody with the ability to see (except Seto) knows where this is going to end up. You'd think some actual development would be coming. But no! We've got to slag through fake love triangle after fake love triangle until we get to exactly where anybody with eyes could have told you I"s was going from chapter one. (Seriously! There's like four of them!)
The only thing that salvaged the character score was Itsuki, simply because she actually acted somewhat like a human being, and for the way she left the picture.
If you wanted to read this, I'd highly recommend reading something good instead, like B-Shock or The Hating Girl. Read Love Hina if you must. Just stay the hell away from this.
It takes a while for the story to pick up but after i while it get very good it has everything i think when it come to a romance manga. The story is the type of life i think any guy would be happy to have. I found the ending to be spectacular and it almost brought me to tears this should mean something coming for a guy. I''s a must read..........
I”s is the generic shounen romcom experience. A generic loser of a protagonist, a gorgeous girl who likes him for no reason, a childhood love interest and a perverted friend. It does almost nothing original until the second half, which ended up being the worst parts of the manga. It surprises me why it’s so high on MAL and has such positive reviews.
It starts off as it should. Seto is the bland protagonist for boys to identify with. He likes a girl out of her league named Iori and their relationship develops. Except it doesn’t for almost one hundred chapters. Every end of volume
our protagonist is back to square one, indecisive about wanting either Iori or Itsuki/Izumi. The structure usually starts with a misunderstanding as an excuse for Seto to meet with one of the girls, they chat and then may or may not have a romantic moment, until something else happens with the other girl. Needless to say it gets repetitive, predictable and boring as hell.
The characters are as bland as they could be. Iori is uninteresting and has no personality, her only character trait being she is kinda shy(?) I guess. And has big breasts, of course. Her actions revolve around extending the plot, so Seto can solve her problems for her. Itsuki is the energetic type and says what she thinks. She’s an OK character and her main arc is the best one in the entire manga. Izumi is a copy of Itsuki, except she is in the same school as Seto, and is more obnoxious and cringy than the original. The rest of the cast is irrelevant.
The art is OK though I should say it isn’t used to its full potential considering the story is set on the same place, making backgrounds stale. Character designs are generic and boring, much like the manga itself. The ecchi scenes are well done but the fact that they aren’t happening and are usually the MC’s imagination makes it lose points in my book. Also, those scenes are usually absurd and contain cringe-worthy dialogue.
The comedy is a complete failure. It reuses the same jokes over and over again. Usually starting with one of the girls saying something with a perverted edge, Seto imagines it generating ecchi material, then the girl saying something like: “You actually imagined it you perverted bakka”. Also the “I was just joking lol xD” cliché is all over the place, which makes me want to cut my head off. Didn’t laugh once reading this, despite being tagged as a “Comedy”.
Now, there are severe issues with the pacing and tone in this manga. Not only does it have a never-moving plot, but also it tries to do drama, comedy and romance on the same volume, and sometimes even same chapter. Each part doesn't have the impact they should. Also, the rushed ending feels forced. It has no build up, is very dumb and even childish to a certain degree.
In conclusion, I"s is very bad. Sure, it's entertaining, but if that's your ultimate goal you're better off reading something else. The manga has almost nothing original going for it and should be only read for discussion purpose or writing a review.
What in the beginning might look kind of typical or foreseeable comes in the end to be the ultimate shonen romance story.
If we were to talk more in detail:
The story is a clear 10.
As i have said before, it might be overlooked at the beginning but rapidly gains strength thanks to the right balance of comedy and drama.
The author uses almost every cliché of the genre but thanks to superb execution you dont get tired. When i say that i mean that it feels more like an epic adventure than the average slice-of-life romance you might
be expecting when the story goes through all the topical happenings and situations, so where a mild laughter should go on there is great tension and sense of resolution, as if of a combat scenario in a battle manga were talking about.
Special mention to the conclusion, one of the most moving i have yet read.
All the characters are well-written and feel unique and different from each other. Again, even if they might initially look topical they all eventually get to show what they got. It is difficult not to feel related to most of them one time or another, specially the main protagonist.
The art is as good as it can get. Character design, movement, backgrounds, etc. an S-rank work.
I cant stop metioning all the ecchi scenes, magistrally executed without leaving any feeling of being just bait.
One should not judge a book by its cover, and I"s might be a clear case of that statement.
You get far more the you could expect, if you are looking for a light-hearted romance with some spicy moments you will get that, but you will also get an incredibly relatable humane story with great characterization that without a doubt will get a special place in your memories.
This is my first review so, please, forgive my naivety. I hope it will result useful for all of you
It's hard to describe how awesome, and in how many ways its awesome, this manga is. In one word, its perfect.
I hate romance mangas/animes where you go through dozens of episodes or volumes and a couple only gets together by the last episode, or not even that. I"s thankfully isn't one of those.
We watch how the protagonist ( a male tsundere, as rare as it can be ) tries to convey his feelings for his so unreachable crush, and we see how their relationship goes through high school and into early adult life. Being a man, its amazing how the mangaka inscribed all the doubts
and insecurities a teenager boy has towards love; I can't imagine a better portrait of a 16 years old boy. The best part is, all characters are extremely "real" - nothing against fantasy-based romances like Love Hina -, just like their dramas and most situations in this manga. It's totally a history that could be your own, or your neighbor's of a friend's
We get a lovey dovey romance, crying rivers of tears drama, some extremely funny moments and even some discreet fan service here and there. And to top it off, a not wrists-cutting ending, but rather an enjoyable one.
You will laugh, cheer up for the protagonists and even eventually cry. I can't recommend a better manga for those who enjoy a deep and beautiful romance.
I once saw this pictures of this Manga in a gaming magazine and thought "Wow does that girl look real.." Indeed I enjoyed the artwork most about this manga. So much so that if you showed a picture of the female lead (Iori)) i am sure you will be suprised at how many people have seen her around in different publications and yet don't know her name or what manga she is from. To me this manga embodies the the romance genre, without being too campy. It has the main character (somewhat goofy yet shy and introverted) very much in same style as many male
leads in the genre, which I found starts to become unorginal. Unlike a lot of other romance/harems it doesn't try to be overtly funny, it has its moments but I found it's main strength lies in its story and the emotions of the characters. As a love story it follows the formula well and in some of the scenes you can really feel the sense of emotional connection between the two main characters. Overall as a romance harem manga its nothing truly unique in terms of all girl dormitories, magic girls and such, but in terms of an enjoyable love story it does deliver.
This manga revolves around a male protagonist who is indecisive, self-defeating, with a hero syndrome, prone to daydreaming and boundless prattle, with shallow romantic sentiment driven by lust and a female protagonist who plays dumb and has little self-awareness in 2/3’s of the manga.
Art was consistently good, details and background drawn well although some female characters shared the same face. Chapters continued off from a different viewpoint and didn’t feel too redundant. Dialogue, majority of the plot and pacing of the story were forced, overdramatic, not believable, and just kept dragging endlessly in circles and nowhere in particular. There’s a lot of fan service
and ecchi scenes that eventually fails to be entertaining. Thinking or even believing that this manga is filled with romance is a misconception. Comedy was nowhere to be found, I haven’t laughed once.
Side characters were treated with indifference and degrades its subject. The way some of the female characters were portrayed in this manga was crude and creepy. Such as a 16 year old who was made to pose seductively in a magazine to promote a school drama club that was barely shown in the entirety of the manga and art was used twice as an excuse for nudity of 16 year olds. On the other hand, some of the male students in the beginning were portrayed as predatory made evident by them creating a fake pageant to record female students changing infront of a hidden camera then later on a fake photoshoot to target the school’s idol. New characters were introduced here and there for no apparent reason and just as quickly retired from the story. The beginnings of the male portagonist’s definite character development only showed up at chapter 77 then proceeded undetected.
I’s is an exercise in telling a shallow story in a complicated way. The author seems unwilling to tell a story in a straightforward manner and drowns the relationship in a series of uninspired disturbances dragging the story like a dead body. It was overall an unrewarding read.
For everyone who are interested to read this manga, here's a short review for all of you.
Story: the story is great, it started with a weak MC called ichitaka who's unable to confess his love for iori which is the main heroine of this story. it's a shounen type manga so i think its pretty normal to have a weak MC from the start and have that MC matured as the story progress however this is different from normal shounen manga why? because the MC on this manga is very indecisive and his growth is too slow to the point that will make you think
twice or more, why am i reading this manga? well the answer is simple because it has romance,comedy, and drama genre on it.(7/10)
Art: The art is good, sometimes whenever i look at the characters it felt so realistic to some point.(8/10)
Characters: Sometimes the character's are kind of annoying and so indecisive but trust me there's a reason behind it.. you'll see it once you finish this manga and realize. oh did i forgot to mention they are also lovable at the same time.(7/10)
Enjoyment: well for me i think it's enjoyable specially if you want to test your patient,but seriously i really enjoy the story since its a little bit realistic and its really happening to real life. (7/10)
Overall: I did enjoy this manga, so do i recommend it? yes. (7.5 or 8/10)
Last reminder: As i'm saying earlier prepare a lot of patient if your planning to read this manga specially if this your first time reading a romance, shounen manga then good luck. As for others who already have read some manga like Ichigo100% then congratulations you lucky to found this manga since both MC of respective manga have the same attribute.. well then that's, Have a good reading.
I have to say that I''s is my favorite shounen romance series, after finished reading all the chapters. Theres the anime too, but I recommend you watch the JDrama adaptation.
The story introduced you to Seto Ichitaka (a weak high school MC) trying to win the love of his crush, Yoshizuki Iori.
The next thing you know, three other girls gradually appear in his life:
Itsuki (a girl from his childhood),
Izumi (a school mate) and
Aiko (a girl from his neighbor when he moved out from his parent's house at some point along the series)
At this point you will have
to embrace the mix feelings the MC will have 😁
But what really stands out is despite the ups and downs, you will realize in the end that Ichitaka's friends are the best friends he could ever have because the amount of the support they gave to him to be together with Iori, is just priceless 😭 (Aaaah Im not gonna spoil 😋)
At some point, you will feel frustrated and even cry (mendoukusai ne). Nevertheless, don't drop this manga because the story is worth the pain till the end (maybe just it's me 😋)
There's no covering and defending this series for using standard tropes and plot devices as it is what we expect, a simple romance story. In some ways it's quite fitting as your main male and female characters are very simple-minded in their way of thinking when approaching any obstacle. However, this will cause (as we expect) situations for these characters to get overblown and fall into the standard trap of misunderstandings. What helps the characters (and ultimately the series), is Iori herself. Despite Seto's lack of finesse and over-the-top clumsiness in any situation he finds himself in, she remains amazingly steadfast in her belief in
him minus a couple incidents. While other manga series like to expound on each problem by making the main love-interest as upset as the supporting cast is, the mangaka Katsura Masakazu prefers to maintain loyalty as a constant throughout a good portion of the series. Of course, however, even that is casted in doubt in the latter half of the series where Iori is finally fleshed out more as a co-main character.
Yoshizuki Iori doesn't really play any major role in the series until the second half due to her need to be an 'out-of-reach' goal for Seto to strive for and improve himself on. Unfortunately, this is a major disservice not just to Iori as a character, but to the story itself. Without knowing struggles that Iori tackles herself both internally and outwardly, she appears as a very one-dimensional character for half of the series. It makes constantly dealing with Seto's ineptitude hard to swallow at times. This proceeds to cause a snowball affect to the story, as the story itself doesn't try to present a variety of plots and stories to the readers. All we are left with is Seto constantly weaving in and out of plots, like spotting girls naked in the bath or once again him stumbling over himself during one of the main chances to confess. These narratives become grating overtime and causes the feeling of 'been there, done that'. The series really hits this feeling hard when the Izumi character reappears after she parts ways in friendly manner with Seto at the beach. We are led to believe from that point, with continuing progress with Iori in the previous series of chapters along with some epiphanies of his own, he has managed to jump the mental hurdles that were holding him back. Yet, Izumi continues to show back up like weeds and consistently causing Seto to fall back into the same cycles that he had supposedly surpassed.
It's hard to reprimand a series that follows traditional romance story-telling for a couple reasons. The fact that this style of story-telling has allowed for other series to succeed (looking at you Ichigo 100%) and for the fact that these types of series are in-fact character driven. Character driven stories generally don't have the 'blow-your-mind' worlds and stories, but the characters that accompany it keep you intrigued. The want to find out how a character achieves his or her goal can be inspiring, especially for readers who find themselves or had been in similar situations. Confessing love to someone is a difficult task and it takes much courage to accomplish for many, which is one of many reasons these types of stories are still told today.
Overall, the series doesn't push any envelopes and the characters themselves are pretty generic, between the clumsy main character to the sometimes thought-provoking-yet-still-a-pervert best friend, the series still manages to tell some realistic stories in the latter half of the series. It's no surprise that this is the point in the series when Iori starts being fleshed out more as a character. While some plots and a couple supporting and minor characters are forgettable, the main characters along with re-occurring support characters around them, provide some charm to act as a strong foundation to keep this series from being less than slightly above average.
The artistic-style for the manga is what caught my eye to it back in 2005. It uses a semi-realistic drawing of Yoshizuki Iori for each volume cover which also acts as an example for the character's dream to be an actress. Each cover art is drawn as though they were pictures taken during a photo shoot by Iori herself. With the way the cover pictures are however, I was unable to determine or find information stating if the covers were actually based on a real person at a real photo shoot. That is just how realistic looking it appears.
When you open up into the pages themselves, you'll find the characters are impressively drawn and the backgrounds are extremely detailed when necessary for the scene itself. Personally, I've found recently, in some mangas of the same genre, are missing some of the finer details that older mangas such as I''s has. Ranging from the character designs and clothes to the backgrounds when the characters are walking through prefectures in Tokyo. The lines are solid and the tones are used with great precision on where it should be applied.
A note about this manga, Viz Media did attempt to censor some of the art due to nudity for this series when it was being released for North America in the mid-2000s. Volumes 1-12 had some content changed to make the manga for available to all ages, however from what I've researched, Viz stopped the censorship starting with volume 13 through the final 15th volume.
The artistic details and the character designs are definitely the highlight for this series and shows off the improvements the mangaka has made since the beginning of Video Girl Ai (his first major serialization) and fortunately, while it appears he has no manga in the works since 2010, he is still drawing characters (see Tiger & Bunny anime).
Through the 15-volume series, we come to understand what a person may wind up doing for the sake of reaching a dream. For me, I almost take away from the series the inspiration to want to further my education to reach a financial plateau that I know I may not get to until I'm 80-years old in my real line of work. For Seto, his dream was to overcome his personal doubts and personality short-comings to reach the woman he has only dared to look at from afar. Through each volume of the series we are consistently bombarded with failure, then success in an almost rhythmic manner. However through this pacing we are at least rewarded with achievements even though we are only the bystanders to this journey. It provides a reason for the readers to keep going, just like Seto always needs that reassurance that what he is doing isn't for naught.
Dreams are achieved through hard-work and perseverance, which in some ways is what I had to maintain in order to finish this manga. The beginning and the end are the most enjoyable parts, but the middle falters with questionable plots and characters that continue to force Seto to take two steps back after taking three steps forward. To counter-balance this, the manga tries to keep the mood of failure from dragging the readers down by presenting us with funny, cliched, and almost absurd situations. Some of the humor works, but most of it is expected from this type of manga.
Just like with anything, there will be some who like this type of manga and some who don't. For me, the enjoyment came out of reading about the other characters and how they influence Seto's actions more so than Seto's internal mutterings (minus Izumi...sigh). Combine the charming cast with the superb artwork and you had huge potential for greatness that just falls short to the one-and-done dimension.