I knew what I was getting into when I opened Zannen nagara Chigaimasu, and I was not disappointed.
What you should know before reading this:
It takes about 4 minutes to read. Be prepared to laugh and/or shriek.
Story: A+++; either the epitome or the worst atrocity of the shoujo genre
Art: C-; decent at best, but the expressions of the characters are very intense (and look awkward) at moments. (That adds to the enjoyment of this series, though.)
Character: F+; flat as pancakes, but the flatness of the two protagonists makes this series even funnier.
Enjoyment: S+++; I had such a good laugh, because of this oneshot.
I rated it
a 10 overall, because I want people to give it a second look. Immediately dismiss this if you're looking for any good shoujo series. However, if you want a good laugh and appreciate the humor in poking fun at shoujo cliches, look no further than Zannen nagara Chigaimasu.
When I finished reading this short one-shot, I was laughing my guts out, not like there was any funny scenes, but I was laughing at how absolutely horrible this was. Despite only being 20 pages, there's at least four or five times in this one shot that make you go, "What the fuck?! Haha, that's crazy!" And I hope that this is a one-shot that was made as a joke and not an actual manga (I apologize for my blunt harshness but it's true.)
Story (3): I guess you could call this story a "Love at First Sight" kind of story. The boy (or man,
I should say) literally saw the girl and became lusted by her looks, then asked her to meet him on the top floor near the escalator. What's even more funny about this is that she agrees to it and willingly takes the time to walk to him even though she had never seen him before in her whole entire life. And not even knowing his name, she's seemingly in absolutely love with him. The rest of the plot escalates quickly from there and it's quite amusing to read.
The story does probably deserves something lower than a 3 since the story line is absolutely atrocious, but because of how funny the author handled the situation, I'd rate it a 3 at best.
Art (2): I honestly don't even know what to say about the art. It looks like some 2002 shoujo line art gone wrong. It's not mad cringy but you'll probably be surprised when you first see it, and not in a positive way. Though, I did fairly like the usage of the screentones.
Character (1): The characters are very plain. We know extremely little about them (though that's common for a one-shot) and both of them are pretty dense. The man sounds like an arrogant pervert who only wants the girl for her body, not to mention that he's 11 years older than her. The girl acts a little childish, though she is 18 years old and still in high school. She's naive and seems to fall in love wayyy too easily, which could be a good thing, if only they hadn't, literally, JUST met each other.
Enjoyment (4): From my personal opinion, it wasn't something that made me shiver from head to toe in absolute disgust. There were a lot of parts that I didn't like and some parts that I found myself laughing at; this whole thing just kind of felt like a crack manga. Pretty much the whole reason why I'm giving it a 4 is because it made me laugh a lot.
Overall (2.5): I'd rate this a 2.5. (MAL doesn't have decimals so I rounded the overall score to a 3.) I wouldn't really recommend reading this unless you wanna be plagued by bad art and a horrible story line, but that's up to you. The only real thing that would make this one-shot worth reading is the tiny bits of humor in it and the overall laughter of how poorly written this was. I can't even guarantee that you'd laugh to be honest. This may be an okay read if you're looking for a quick read on something light and nonsensical (while still SOMEHOW managing to retain a plot) but if you're looking for an actual GOOD shoujo, then you should look elsewhere.
Reading this was watching a really boring softcore porno. It's not entertaining, it's not hot, and as I said before, it's not entertaining. I distantly remember the male character of this says at one point, "Wow, it's so cool that we...!" Spoiler alert (not really, I'm just saying this for the LOLZ): It's not cool. It's not funny. It's just so, so flat.
I rated the story a 1 for Pathetic. There really isn't much of a story. You can pick three random pages out of this and call it the Beginning, Middle, and End.
I rated the art a 4 for decent: I could tell what
everything was supposed to be. But the guy and girl in this aren't appealing at all. I don't see what they saw in each other.
I rated the character 1 for pathetic. I think it's self-explanatory. They didn't have any funny or interesting lines. Nothing about either of them was particularly memorable.
I didn't enjoy reading this so I rated it a 1 for pathetic. I also rated it 1 for overall, because it continues to be pathetic.
Someone told me to read the worst shoujo manga on earth, and so I did. To my surprise, I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it, either. It's much too short for me to completely loathe it, and it's also too brief for me to say anything good about it.
The story is mainly a love at first sight and pretty unrealistic and strange. I would say more but it would be too easy to spoil it.
Someone mentioned to me that the characters' faces looked like balloons with the air let out of them and eyeballs attached. I really do not think they are that
bad; their eyes are smooth and a little bit too big, is all I'd say. Otherwise it's pretty normal for shoujo.
There isn't very much to say about the characters from the 20 or so pages this manga lasted. They both seem to be impulsive airheads, I guess.
Well, it's not like I gouged my eyes out reading this. (I actually have another shoujo manga that I completely hate with all my being.) It's simply a oneshot that has a very questionable plot, and the super unrealistic situation it encompasses makes it difficult to like. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, especially someone who hasn't read shoujo before, because I wouldn't want someone to get a bad first impression. Please go read something else.