This manga is a story of a nerdy bookworm girl on her way to school, and yes, that's the entire premise, as she's not getting to school any time soon. Taking her "usual" route to school, it becomes an increasingly unusual adventure, and all the more ridiculous as it carries on. It takes an unpleasant sentiment many can empathize with, the feeling of tardiness, and brings humor to it—making it a hilarious situation to look back upon.
I find that this manga deserve a review then I will write one but I'm not confidente in my writing skill in english... sorry if there is spelling mistakes or sentence not really understandable.
Chio-chan is about a shy otaku hight-school girl that just has one wish: Do not stand out! Unfortunately, on hers way to school, she will be drive each time in a situation which will put in danger that wish.
All the story is about how she will manage to deal with this situation that sometime she make herself.
What this manga is:
Chio-chan is a really funny manga with a lot of totally crazy situation
and joke that, most of the time, hit the mark. There is also a lot of reference to games that are funny to find.
What it's not:
Classic hight-school manga about friend-ship or love. In this manga you will not see the MC at school taking class or having a "study party" at home for the exam. You will only see her on her way to school (or her way back) dealing with event each as funny than the other.
What I like about it:
- How this manga can make you accept a totally stupid situation. I mean, the event that happen in this manga would never happen in the real life but it match perfectly the characters so it make me think "Hum... Well... why not ^^"
- How this manga make me laugh, sometime to tears, when most of the time when I read a manga I only smirk.
I hope this review will convince you to, at least give it a try because it really desserve it.
The concept of walking to school couldn't get any better than this. From fighting with friends to getting yourself into the worst scenarios possible, sometimes due to video game influence.
The concept of walking to school is a simple one and is seen in many animes and mangas, there isn't much going on besides walking and maybe talking. Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro's best trait are the characters, with some relate-able moments here and there sprinkled in. Chapters include various characters from her class mates, best friend, a homeless guy, and a bike gang member to name a few. All the characters feel fleshed out and work alongside
each other for such a simple manga. Each chapter should give a you a smile and chuckle from the comedic writing or the great art style.
As I mentioned in the beginning this manga has a decent amount of video game references in it, so if you enjoy a variety of video games maybe you'll relate to Chio-chan such as myself. If you aren't into video games DO NOT let that stop you from reading as most references are accompanied by small bits where Chio-chan explains them, they're short and insightful and don't break the pacing of the manga. She goes from parkour-ing thanks to Assassins Creed, trying to stealth and talk her way out of things due to Hitman, and even using tactics she learned from Payday and Counter Strike. If you've ever walked to school as kid you can understand that adventure it can be, especially when video games influence you.
It's a fun manga with lovable characters that'll make you smile from the comedy and even the occasional touching friend-to-friend moments. You won't regret reading this manga, I'm sure of it.
Chio-chan is a great read that makes me laugh hard every few pages.
The stories are mostly about Chio-chan going (walking / running / parkouring) to school, but the setting doesn't really feel like that usual high-schooly thing. There are rarely any pages where the characters are actually in school.
Sometimes the humour comes from strange situations the characters get into, sometimes it's the conversations they are having, but it's usually great. Its nature is intelligent, and often a bit absurd, but nothing close to Excel Saga, for example.
Sometimes you also get ... lewd vibes from some pages, but it's not the point of the manga, and
it's done in a tasteful way.
I can't wait to see the anime version. Hopefully it will bring attention to this great manga, which you should read, if you like the pure comedy genre.