Onani Master Kurosawa is something entirely different than what you see at first glance. If you are expecting something erotic or funny, you are looking in the wrong place. Those that can get past the synopsis and exposition will be rewarded, as when you reach the real bulk of the story you will realize just what it has to offer.
It is no secret that this manga deals with mature themes. The problem lies within the fact that it paints the wrong picture for potential readers. The focus is not to be sexually explicit. Rather, it is presented to us in a way that is very conservative. It shows nothing more than what is necessary to get the point across. In the big picture, this is not a perverted manga in any sense. It is sweet, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
The story quickly lays the foundation for a school-life setting with a character who has a secret "daily routine". Our main protagonist, Kurosawa, is a guy who cares nothing for interaction with others. He has no friends and has never fallen in love. He converses the minimal amount to simply maintain relations. What he doesn't know is that his seemingly harmless ritual is about to become something that weighs more heavily on him than he could imagine. This story shows us just what can happen when you get in over your head, the consequences of your actions, realizing what you want in life, and much more. Once the plot picks up, you will find yourself always wanting to know what will happen next. The contents are never predictable, and every bit of it is believable. It controls your emotions like a puppet on strings. It will make you feel.
The art is sketched, fitting in perfectly with the mood of the manga. It does a great job of showing character's expressions, using many close-ups and careful shading. Much of the emphasis is on the characters, so the backgrounds are usually simple or non-existent. Overall it is very clean and should bear no complaints.
Characterization is simply amazing. No matter how perverted Kurosawa is portrayed, the fact still remains that he is an incredibly well-rounded, believable, and likable character. The manga has the ability to create Kurosawa as if he were a character born from your own thoughts. While I am not referring to perverted thoughts, his reactions to a given situation are so real that you often think and feel the same way. I felt his anger when he was betrayed, I felt his hopelessness during his hard times, and I felt his happiness when something warmed his heart. Over the course of the plot, Kurosawa changes slowly into an entirely different person. He begins as an introverted kid who violates people in his thoughts with masturbation, yet in the end he becomes undeniably mature. He battles with self-realization, learns of consequences, finds the good in people, and comes to understand what he wants in life. Without a doubt, he is a character that will fill you with emotion.
If any manga is capable of changing my view on a character, it is this one. It does not just tell you how someone feels, it places you in the shoes of a person and allows you to understand it from their point of view. Even if you think a character will play a generally small part, they always end up coming back and influencing Kurosawa in some way. We are allowed to see every character's true thoughts, whether it be directly shown to us or revealed through Kurosawa's deductions. However, you will never feel as though you can predict a character's actions. While they surprise you, every bit of it is believable. This is what depth is all about.
Overall, Onani Master Kurosawa is definitely something you will appreciate reading to the end. It brings us a small introduction and builds off of itself, constantly raising the bar. It gives us a surprisingly large impact that can be found in few other places. To sum it up, it is simply a work of art.read more
"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.". How true is this statement by Arnold Bennett? Before that, can people truly change? Someone who is evil today can really turn into a good person tomorrow? And if it's possible, just how much pain and suffering do we have to go through in order to set things right, in order to change? This manga offers us possible answers for these questions in a rather amazing and unique way.
Onani Master Kurosawa is basically a story about redemption. It is one of my favourite mangas even though it is a doujinshi and I've read it twice before writing this review. It is impossible not to give out this one big spoiler that it has, in fact you can probably figure it out just from its synopsis and its ranking. That spoiler is obviously that the story is not a simple parody, but, in fact, gets pretty serious later on. Now with that out of the way, let's begin.
[Story]- 9 - The story is not complex at all. In fact it's rather simple. If you look at it from a shallow perspective it is a simple school life story with a couple of twists thrown in there. So what could it have done to deserve a 9? That is explained by those very twists. One of the best things Onani manages to achieve is the surprise and the impact that the very drastic change from comedy to drama delivers upon the reader. What starts out as a parody of Death Note soon becomes a story that reaches far and wide into the realm of drama, with very interesting and compelling scenes that make it heavy and highly emotional. The first part runs around Kurosawa's peculiar habit and the "deals" he's forced into. That in itself was very amusing, I should say. It manages to make you laugh hard if you knew Death Note and builds a weirdly friendly setting with a perverted version of Raito going around. Then the second part dawns upon us with a weird mix of romance and drama. Themes such as bullying, disappointment and redemption are thrown in there in a storm of intensity that you just can't see coming from the light-hearted mood of the early chapters. The drama is also exceptionally well achieved and suddenly it becomes extremely realistic with an amazing portrayal of suffering while doing the right thing.
To sum it up, it is an excellent school story which is amplified by the sudden turn in the mood. It manages to accomplish good comedy in the first part and great drama in the second.
[Art] - 7 - If I was asked to point out Onani's weakest point it would have to be the art. In my opinion there are several ways to evaluate the art of a manga. You can do it objectively, judging the art alone without any other factors. You can do it subjectively, considering how the art mixes with the story and any other factors besides that. Or like, I think, most people do it, you mix a bit of both approaches, and that's what I'm going to do here. Objectively it is not a very good art in my opinion. But I can't forget that this is a doujinshi, meaning it wasn't made by a professional but by an amateur. Yes, you could argue that there are doujinshis that have art that rivals that of professionals and you'd be right, but I feel like I shouldn't judge the art of a professional and the art of an amateur with the same standards. Then, I should say that after some chapters, you get used to it and it somehow fits the manga itself giving it another unique aspect and reflecting the emotions of its characters.
To sum it up, the art is not very good, but it doesn't seem very out of place considering the type of story, besides that, the artist is not a professional so that's excusable to some extent.
[Characters] - 10 - There are many types of "awesome" characters. Most people wouldn't hesitate to say that an awesome character is a character that is cool, is able to do anything well and stylishly, is stronger than anyone else, gives out cliched speeches about never giving up or manipulates everyone while standing on the borderline between good and evil. I, on the other hand, don't usually pick that type of characters as my favorites. Sure they're a lot of fun and they're essential to some types of mangas, but I'm not a big fan to be honest. I prefer the characters who are weak. The characters whose flaws and inadequacies are clear right at the start. But as the story develops those characters go through some events that serve a double purpose: they make it possible that the character realizes who he is, what he wants and what he'll change and it allows us [readers] a unique perspective about those characters, making them believable and thus closer to our flawed self. Onani Master has that type of characters. The main character starts out as a weak copy of Yagami Raito, with plenty of flaws and "evil" ideals, but evolves into so much more - and this evolution is actually believable as you can see his feelings maturing. What he goes through defines his actions and choices. His living experience determines his view of the world. This outstanding character development left me slightly speechless. You can clearly see and point out the evolution of the main character and match it with every event that is contained in this short manga.
The secondary characters are also pretty interesting. But in this case they don't evolve as much comparing to the main character. It is our thoughts of them that change as we see their actions. It is their attitude that turns an annoying comic relief guy into a gentle, extremely loyal and great friend, to point out an example. Well I say they don't evolve as much but the most important of the secondary characters are not forgotten, on the contrary you see some of them change throughout the story as well.
To sum it up, Onani Master Kurosawa has one of the best character development I've ever read, especially when it comes to its main character.
[Enjoyment] - 9.5 - It was a lot of fun. The pace was very good, which made it a thoroughly entertaining ride. You laugh in the first part and cringe in the second. It is so well done that you can actually feel the events of the story.
[Overall] - 9.4 - It is amazingly good. I really wish the guys who worked on this had become professionals because i'd be dying to read their pieces. I don't have a whole lot to add since I've gone through this manga's good points already. It is, as I said before, one of my favorites, even though I didn't give it a 10. I rarely give out 10s (only gave it to 2 mangas), and this is a very high 9. So I highly recommend it to anyone. It isn't very big, which makes it a great short read.
Hope I managed to convince anyone to give this a try and sorry it turned out so long. read more
“I pray that I can finish this day without dirtying my hands.”
Some elements in anime and manga have been used by so many writers that they are at risk of becoming hackneyed. The use of school settings in particular has become rather common, and finding fresh content is increasingly becoming more difficult. Fortunately, there are still a few titles that manage to surpass expectations. This manga happens to be one of those.
Affectionately referred to as “Fap Note” by some fans, Onani Master Kurosawa is the brainchild of Ise Katsura (author) and Yoko (artist). The story deals with an adolescent's coming of age and, as it's official and unofficial titles suggest, heavy emphasis is placed on the “coming” part.
Surprisingly, I found none of the scenes distasteful despite having much of the story centered on Kurosawa's sexual tensions. Of course, some chapters are hardly safe for reading in public spaces since they involve the fantasies of our healthy male protagonist. However, the author never resorts to cheap incidents normally associated with fanservice (accidental upskirts, peeping, unreasonably skimpy clothing, etc.), and none of the illustrations show anything explicit enough to warrant the dreaded censorship bars either. The circumstances are strange but neither impossible nor unthinkable by real world standards. To clarify: this manga is more about (A) a guy who jacks off, than (B) offering something for readers to jack off to.
Much of the appeal in the earlier chapters lies in the comedy presented. Kurosawa's method of dealing with problems in school is anything but orthodox, and readers keeping track of other popular series would undoubtedly recognize a number of parodies which are seamlessly integrated into the rest of the narrative.
However, the later volumes also stand well on their own with the intriguing and suspenseful story. As the plot starts to pick up, the events in each chapter leave you wanting for more. Onani Master Kurosawa covers themes that are regularly found in other manga about school life but presents them in a non-cliché manner, offering a surprising amount of drama and character development as well.
The art of the manga is also worth noting. The earlier volumes had several attempts at digital coloring and shading but I found these subpar even by doujinshi standards. Thankfully, these are few and far in between, and the quality does improve over the chapters.
Even more peculiar is the artist's sketchy drawing style which seems to make use of traditional media. The copious application of hatching might seem unusual for the lighthearted scenes but the dark shades enhance the mood of the more dramatic moments.
Also commendable is Yoko's ability to emulate the styles of other artists; this is crucial since the parodies would not play out well if the reader is unable to recognize which series is being referred to.
Onani Master Kurosawa is not your usual content-free comedy. At only 4 volumes, there's hardly any filler material to stretch the series to unnecessary lengths. The result is a short but exhilarating roller coaster ride of emotions and hijinks. read more
This manga is much deeper than your average comedy, school-life manga. In fact, it delves deeper into the psychological change that is occurring within the main character. I don't want to give away too much since it will ruin it, but I believe that its a story about rite of passage, a story describing a change taking place in the main character.
I believe that the set up of the story is awesome. The art is really really nice, I really like the style of the artist. The character layout is decent from time to time i feel the growth of the characters are a bit too fast but... still good nonetheless. I enjoyed reading this manga, ( i couldn't stop and before i noticed, I've finished it.) Overall... I love it :P read more
I'm not going to mince words here: Onani Master Kurosawa was disappointing. In comparison to other works of its kind like Oyasumi Punpun and Persepolis, Kurosawa fails to deliver a memorable experience that'll surely mark its place down as a coming-of-age story that must be read by all. In that regard, I suppose it's only fitting to liken this manga to an impotent man trying to pleasure his sexually frustrated wife. Onani Master Kurosawa might very well be an entertaining manga for some, and others might have found some depth to it that I was otherwise unable to find. At the same time, this review is written primarily from the perspective of someone who went into this manga expecting something great and came out of it grossly unsatisfied. Allow me to explain why.
First and foremost, Kurosawa started off as a parody of Death Note. Personally, I quite liked the manga when it was mocking Light Yagami's pursuit of justice by likening him to a disturbed 14-year-old who has something of an exhibitionist streak. Once the farcical parody stuff had time to settle, Kurosawa wanted to explore the possibilities of what would happen if our eponymous protagonist's masturbatory endeavours would backfire on him. With that in mind, the latter half of the manga focuses on Kurosawa's growth as an individual. All of that is fine and dandy, but there's one critical flaw that Kurosawa has: we didn't have enough time to actually see Kurosawa grow as an individual. Ultimately, my biggest gripe with Kurosawa at large is the fact that it's so bloody short. This is only further exacerbated by the fact that within its 31 chapters, the manga failed to address how Kurosawa's masturbatory endeavours would affect his life later on. I mean, what if a prospective employer were to find out about that shit? It's always something to think about, right?
Second: Kurosawa himself is a rather meh protagonist. I personally couldn't find myself caring about him one way or the other. Outside of his rather explicit rape fantasies, there really isn't much to this guy outside of the fact that he's supposed to be a parody of Light from Death Note. Oh look, he's an introvert who likes to read. Oh look, he got swerved by his crush! Oh look, he has trouble making friends! Yeah... I've already seen all this shit before. If you're going to do something like that, at least have the decency to give your character a personality that doesn't feel like it was fundamentally designed to appeal to the introverted loner. Say what you will about Kasuga from Aku no Hana, but at least Kasuga felt trapped in the town that he lived in and wanted to find a way out.
Lastly, there's the matter of how Kurosawa completely and totally tests the limits of my own suspension of disbelief. How so? Well...
Kurosawa confesses to his masturbatory sins and after enduring no shortage of harassment from the other students, manages to get a happy ending without any form of law enforcement involved whatsoever. I don't care how hard you try to convince me otherwise, there is NO conceivable way possible that a 14-year-old kid could get off scot-free (legally, anyway) after confessing to multiple cases of sexual harassment. Oh boo-hoo, he gets bullied by the other kids. So fucking what?! That's like a slap on the wrists compared to actually having something on your criminal record when you're THAT young! Come on!
Would I say that I enjoyed reading Kurosawa? Yeah... when it was mocking Death Note. All that coming-of-age stuff just felt like a half-assed waste of time. For the record, I know this manga was entirely self-published and I applaud the author for actually doing so. At the same time, that sort of dedication does NOT abdicate this manga of the vitriol that I have built up toward it. If Kurosawa was anywhere between 60-80 chapters long and actually went in-depth with all the shit it brought up, I certainly would like this manga. Unfortunately, it's yet another example of a manga with squandered potential that gets way more praise than it actually deserves. Oh well, at least it's the perfect manga to make "deez nuts" jokes with. Anyway, that's all for now. Feedback's always welcome and with that, I'm out. Peace :)read more
Below is a review for Wank Master Kurosawa; that, or a confession, depending on how you view it. I’d like to preemptively state that I am not an anime wizard, like so many on here, and thusly have yet to partake in the trial by fire that is writing my own review. Consequently, I haven’t a clue how to smoothly transition into the review, so I’ll just meander into it with the typical format.
Story: Fap Master Kurosawa starts off as a humorous tale that gradually grows into a coming of age story, with subtle character development all throughout. On the surface, it’s a story about an introverted student, Kurosawa, and his daily habit of masturbating in the girls’ bathroom. Of course, as all good things must come to an end, he is inevitably caught by the meek, withdrawn, and often bullied
Kitahara and, as the logic of such stories dictates, she forms a pact with him via the threat of blackmail. [As a side note, I had already achieved a sense of empathy with the main character by this point, as his routine was frighteningly similar to my own]
Now, though it may seem like a shallow beginning, the manga actually delves into numerous meaningful themes; with subtlety and a self-aware sense of humor, no less. In fact, each stage of the story is accompanied by at least one theme or another: in the beginning, it handles the sense of helplessness felt when being targeted by others and using sexual expression [wanking, basically] as an emotional conduit. Around the middle, it broaches the topics of being ostracized from the social hierarchy and growth through hardship. Near the end, it handles people’s yearning to change and the dangers of walling yourself away from the outside world, and it does all this and more in a way that is both heartwarming and impactful. I loved the story and everyone in it.
Art: Pretty good, not really important, keep reading.
Characters: Kurosawa’s story in particular really resonated with me, and not just because I too like masturbating in women’s stalls. There is a genuine depth of character with Kurosawa, and his metamorphosis from asocial, egotistical slacker to someone who is more open to the people and possibilities around him is conveyed in a natural, down to earth way. He is realistic and relatable, and not once did he say anything that struck me as implausible. In fact, the whole cast of characters [barring the teacher, he was a little too awesome] were realistic and, impressively, most get some form of character development or another. They were also astoundingly likable. At any rate, while I found myself especially drawn to the main character, I also found that Kitahara’s development near the end, which occurred as a subsequent result of Kurosawa’s influence, was likewise compelling and emotional. Between her and others I won’t mention for fear of spoilers, it becomes quite clear that the driving theme of this story is change. Sweet, gooey, heartwarming change.
All in all, by the time that I was finished reading I found myself well endeared to each and every character [except the sweaty fat one and some of the bullies, but they weren’t important], and found myself quite moved as well; for a time, I genuinely considered what my life would be like if I stopped masturbating on school grounds.
To summarize: Though it may not look it, at least in the beginning, Sap Master Kurosawa is an ultimately hopeful story about self-realization, struggle, and people’s inherent ability to change, if they do so desire. To be honest, I haven’t read much manga as of yet, but woe to those that follow this one, as it’s a high bar to reach. read more
Onanie Master kurosawa is a story about about a boy named Kurosawa Kakeru who is in Middle school and therefore is going trough puberty, he is somewhat of a loner who thinks of himself as an elitist (a person who thinks is superior to others in status) this will lead him to commit mistakes, and later on he will be challanged to confront them.
When I first started reading kurosawa, I got a feeling of familiarity which drove me back to my early days of middle school. If we described this story in a more slang-ish way, Id say this is sort of a "Edgy teen meets 1st world problems", but hold on because its much more than that.
As we delve into the world its settled who kurosawa is, what he is doing, his occupation, the world building and the characters surrounding him, and then its presented to us the dillema.
So far so good for kurosawa with a dirty yet interesting story, being able to grasp such morality issues like our personality, honesty, social activity and mainly every teen problem ever. Normally when people are faced with such a thing as Teen problems they expect something incredibly cheesy and simple minded, with overflowing melodrama, however not in this case.
Kurosawa manages to have a clear and realistic view on what is puberty and what it makes us do, it doesnt need much drama, half of the time Kurosawa is making subtle comedic references to for eg. Code Geass, Case Closed.. etc. and its really clever when showing us the plans kurosawa comes up with, to the point you actually get ingrossed in it no matter how silly it is, you are allways left with a thrilling feeling that even if you think kurosawa is going to succeed, you´ll allways doubt the outcoming. For the first half of the story you are left with a michievous and sharp kurosawa, and dark and evil kitahara, a sweet takigawa whom kurosawa found interest in, a nice and soft nagaoka, and the rest are yet to be explored at all, which is fine because they will adress it later.
One of the greatest things about kurosawa is how the writter portrays the characters who normally would be stereotyped as the evil doers, and belive me theres enough twists here to make you dizzy, at some point you´ll be left caring for everyone simply because they become a part of you, egs. going from Sugawa to others,.
I remember that as a kid I liked to create fantasies, worlds, and much other stuff, I was rather creative person, when I reached middle school I had that thing you call the "edgy syndrome", this meaning that I liked to be the misterious guy and closed myself from the world around, I thought of myself as a superior, but I was clearly wrong.. This is what kurosawa shows us, you cant live alone, theres nothing good about it, when you open yourself there will be pain, there will incidents, but thats a part of life.
Normally when you watch those shounens where the MC is normally this really special kid that is like super strong and misterious, well kurosawa contradicts it, if anything it criticizes it, in really well executed way, without having to directly bash it, not only it criticizes shounen like it criticizes teenagers in general.
You are human, you love, you care, you feel atracted for, and mainly you want to remain in constant contact with other humans and beings in general, everything feels much more natural, and youll find yourself smiling most of the time.
The only problem I could see with Kurosawa is how kitahara seemingly recovered way too fast from a depressin, well even then the mangaka did it well, still time skip is time skip and it fucking sucks..
Other than that Kurosawa is a great Doujin who has great characters, realistic overview on puberty, bullying and other teen problems, and a solid ending, give this one a try romance lovers! read more
"The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times." - Patti Smith
It's never too late for redemption. Onani Master Kurosawa is a slightly disturbed, funny, heart-wrenching, heartwarming, beautiful story that seems like a perverted or erotic story at first. Although these appearances are often, they serve the purpose of characterizing Kurosawa as the soft spoken yet shrewd person that he is.
This manga will make you cringe, it will make you disgusted, and it will make you angry. But it will teach you a lesson that life often tries to make across, but few really accept: people change. Let's get to the story.
When you first meet Kurosawa, it is doubtless that he appears to be a despicable and perverted boy under the guise of a quiet student. His "habit" in the girls bathroom shows his true nature, and continues for some while until he is discovered by Aya Kitahara, an equally reserved student who is consistently picked on. Chaos ensues. Every action that Kurosawa makes, every step that he takes, brings him ever closer to shame and heartbreak. The plot twists will pull you out of your seat and leave you full of anger and despair.
Art is good overall, and the artist has improved considerably since his previous works (including Molester Man) but still keeps the habit of leaving poorly developed backgrounds compared to characters. This plays well into the manga though as backgrounds pull forward when they are needed in certain scenes.
The character development is outstanding and is the best I have seen of almost any manga I have read. Watching Kurosawa, Kitahara, Takigawa, and even the supporting characters change and react to the story really puts the plot and characters on the same plane. Kurosawa's development through the story (although initially this may seem impossible to the reader) is brave, uplifting, and heartwarming, especially as you watch him learn empathy and sympathy. As the reader, you can really relate to Kurosawa even in his strange circumstances. The author builds you up to break you down, and back up again, all the while you can fully feel his happiness and his pain. The author can make characters make 180's or reveal their true nature at unpredictable angles.
This manga is one of my favorites and was an extremely enjoyable ride, something no one who enjoys manga should ever pass over. Words cannot do the beauty of this story justice.read more
Onanie Master Kurosawa. I wasn't very interested in it at first, as I wasn't particularly interested in a guy jerking off. Anyway, glad that I did pick it up, it was a good read.
This type of art was pretty refreshing to see, and for me it felt as it really fitted for the story. It gave a more realistic feeling to it, making the characters more realistic. You may also review it on art alone, which obviously wouldn't be too great, however I thought this type of art was very fitting for it.
I liked the fact that the behaviour of the character were pretty realistic: it was supported by the art style, as well as the reactions/actions of the characters.
The story was actually good. I liked the fact that his "path of redemption" began to be slightly visible halfway through the story, with a progressive buildup. Which in turn, I think, gives it a more realistic feeling to the story (comparing to other manga's I have read, where they changed almost immediately, giving it a less realistic feeling. Most people can't change drastically their behaviour without making small steps to achieve it).
I enjoyed this manga, definitely worth reading it. read more
I find it kind of funny this is the first manga I've ever finished. I saw someone in the forums mention it and I thought why not? I didn't look at the synopsis, all I looked at was the genres and it seemed interesting, so I didn't know anything about it. I honestly had no idea what a doujinshi was (I swear) so when I started reading the first few chapters I was like wtf is happening? But For some reason I continued (idk what that says about me) because I found it pretty unique.
I finished this manga in basically a day, that's how much I loved it. All the characters and their actions seemed so realistic to me. While the main character's "hobby" is quite strange I don't think it should prevent someone from reading this, if you're able to look past it I think you'll be quite satisfied (pun intended).
The way this manga presents how an actual school setting is like is something I really enjoyed. It was something I could relate to which is something not many anime I've seen have done. Most people in school come across the nerd, the bully, the popular girls or boys, and the annoying classmates, all of which are presented in Onani Master Kurosawa.
The characters are probably what I enjoyed most throughout. The character progression from start to finish, for all the characters was extraordinary. The way the MC thought compared to how he acted was unique, it reminded me of Death Note.
Whether you're a fan of Anime and/or Manga you should give this a read. The story provokes deep thought into how you would feel/act if you were in these characters shoes. I know I did, and that's one of the reasons I loved it.
Onani Master Kurosawa, a manga that seems ridiculous at first but it is more than meets the eye. It is a reading experience that showed me that a rotten person to the core can change and redeem himself.
When you’ve read the synopsis of the manga, it’s so easy to misunderstand its nature at first. The premise is perverted, making it look like a comedic ecchi story, and the narrative is parody-infused. You would have the impression that the main protagonist Kurosawa is inspired by the character of Light from Death Note. The way the manga tries to characterize him is done in such manner and style that there is seemingly no hope for the story to become serious and go all-out with its parody aspect. Each chapter could have been just Kurosawa preying on a new target for his “meals” and repeat the cycle. The manga could have even just gone all-out in shamelessly abusing the premise for the sake of comedy. However, I was wrong.
As the story progresses, it starts to depart from its parody nature and direct itself towards a more serious route. It does involve issues such as romance, bullying, and friendship. We get to know more other characters such as the timid yet resentful Kitahara, the bitch bully Sugawa, the happy-go-lucky otaku Nagaoka, the approachable and friendly Takigawa, and the list goes on. They are key characters involved in the progression of the story and Kurosawa’s transformation. They are also characterized well-enough that they don’t feel insignificant to the story while not trying to compensate their personalities. With this change of pace and nature, the readers can be divided into two groups: those who liked the non-serious style more and those who embraced the change and actually think it’s a great thing. I belong to the latter. Unexpected rollercoaster of feelings arise while unfolding the conflict and resolution of Kurosawa’s tale. In a way, it’s a coming of age story about how a person tries to deal with his comfort zone symbolized by the cramped stall that he regularly goes into where he can be truly himself. Onto the theme of the manga which is redemption, it succeeds in its attempt to transform a character beyond hope and forgiveness into a changed person that have properly reflected on his deeds.
While it has developed Kurosawa’s character well, I was hoping that Kitahara got the same treatment too. Little was known about her character background despite being a very significant character in Kurosawa's tale. Not that we are not shown much about her actions and thought process, but its lacking in a way that we don't know much why she acts that way aside from being a victim of bullying. As much as she tries to deny it, she is the same as Kurosawa. When she discovered the existence of Kurosawa’s comfort zone, she tries to use it to her advantage in order for her to let out the inner demons she is struggling with. I’m not going to dive deeper into the issue as its already borderline spoiler territory, but I wished she had more spotlight as a character suffering the same predicament as Kurosawa and not merely a victim on the verge of breaking apart.
Part of the charm of the manga is that the reader will always find something relatable in it. We’ve all experienced the social experience called “school” at a time of our life. Whether you were studying hard to achieve optimum results, goofing around with your friends, excelling in sports or extra-curricular activities, being the victim or the loser in class, experiencing the bliss known as love, or being the all-around aloof guy who doesn’t care about his surroundings, the setting of the manga perfectly encapsulates that atmosphere. While it’s filled with conventional tropes and stereotypes, it cannot be denied that they have a degree of truth and realism in it.
Overall, if you desire an eccentric yet insightful coming-of-age story then this manga is for you. It tackles on several issues well enough that it might catch you off-guard with its initial parody type of a perverted story. It’s consistent despite the changes of the tone of the story midway and it offers you so much more than just your average weird comedic story. read more
After reading multiple comments and reviews about how much of a masterpiece this is, I just had to give it a try for myself... and I am extremely disappointed. I feel like I wasted my a good few hours of my life.
Here's my disclaimer: I'm not saying this story is bad in any way. The art is decent, the plot is better than most manga, and so are the characters. But it is not a masterpiece. It is not some kind of "Catcher in the Rye". It's a cliche story that happens to dwell a little bit deeper.
As for the theme and lesson in the manga, I learned nothing. It shed no light on me. I felt nothing but anger, rage, and fucking annoyance towards the main male lead and various characters. All I got out of it was the overused cliche that being a good Samaritan will bring joy, that being a loner is the worst thing ever and friends are the best thing in the world, and that everyone can be redeemed, but those themes are used so many times and repeatedly told by so many people that the depth in its meaning has worn away.
One of the problems I have with it is that the characters talk like they're writing a fucking essay to please a teacher by trying to sound intelligent. Here's some direct quotes: "In my deduction, there's no solid evidence linking you... the foundations for..." (bits are left out to avoid minor spoilers) When was the last time you heard someone begin with, "In my deduction..." or use the words "the foundations for..." outside of speeches and essays?
Furthermore, the main lead shows no sign of intelligence whatsoever (despite him supposedly being very much above average in smarts), other than the fact that he can carry out plots perfectly without a single ounce of suspicion and use his Light Yagami deductive reasoning. (which by the way, does not work in the real world) His taste for books has nothing to do with the story whatsoever, and the book discussions he had were pointless and empty. The only way one can argue for him being above average in intelligence is admitting that everyone else in the story are DUMB AS FUCK. After all the shit he pulls, which, if I may add, are harassment-- SEXUAL HARASSMENT, he's not in fucking juvenile hall and the school took little measures to look into them.
Because his actions and personality are controversial, it's easy to perceive them as depth, but they're not. A good character is a character that is realistic and three dimensional. Having a few quirks does not create three dimensions, and actually, if the quirks are misused, it can backfire. With this in mind, I can argue that Kurosawa is not a 3-D, realistic character because his former character flaws are completely overwritten with his redemption (which was fueled by the most stupid, random plot device ever) and his actions that negatively affected himself and others all become resolved.
Every part of this story was all for a single point: the main lead's character development(which was terrible and crashed his entire character). His flaws served no other purpose and the same goes for the other characters; they exist only to fuel the lead. His development was pure wish fulfillment.
Then there's the ending. That's what did this story in for me. The god shitting ending. I can't go into details though, because I don't want to spoil it.
This story is NOT controversial. It's deeper only by an inch from the usual. Again, I'm not that saying you shouldn't read it, and not saying it's bad per se, just not... brilliant and definitely not a masterpiece as all those mangahere comments claim.
Let me begin this review by stating that Onanie Master Kurosawa is my single most favorite manga ever. How often do you see a story with a rather vulgar and unattractive title like, "Masturbation Master Kurosawa"? No I am not some perverted weirdo, and no this manga is not some porn magazine. In fact, if you are thinking about reading this manga for it's erotic aspect, then I suggest you not read the manga, because there's almost nothing ecchi about it (well actually...). With that said, yes, this story does revolve around a teenager, Kurosawa who is, who would have guessed, a master at masturbating. Now that concept sounds all ridiculous and dumb, but after reading this review, I hope that your opinion changes and you end up giving this manga a go.
Onani Master Kurosawa isn't a manga simply about a guy who likes to masturbate (a lot), that's only the outline of the story. This manga is truly about a guy whose going through puberty, growing up, and using his particular habit to literally deal out justice in this disgusting world. Yes, sounds an awful lot like Light Yagami from Death Note right? But instead of there being a Death Note that can kill people, our protagonist, Kurosawa Kakeru does what he calls his "daily duties"; he goes to the girls' bathroom in the old school building every day after school, and masturbates to fantasies of him screwing other girls in his class. Oh yes, sounds completely fascinating doesn't it? But didn't I say that he did this to serve justice? Well, after that rather sickening base for the story, the masterful plot slowly begins to unfold when Itahara, a quiet and bullied girl catches Kurosawa masturbating and blackmails Kurosawa into helping her pass righteous judgement against the bullies. And what's the first thing that Kurosawa decides to do to serve justice? He masturbates and then flails all his white-stuff on the bully's stuff - such as cloth, textbooks, etc. Sound amazing yet? Well get ready, there's more - this erotic aspect is only a tiny part of the entirety of the story. What is this story truly about? It's about the good, the bad and the ugly of human nature. Now, if you're sitting here reading this and thinking to yourself, “Oh shut the hell up, how can masturbating tell you about human nature?” Well keep your mouth shut and continue reading, I'll explain to you. As you'd expect from someone that hides in the girls' bathroom at school and masturbates, Kurosawa despises everything about high school - from the brainless students who think they're all cool, to the teachers who can be a pain in the ass, to all the buttload of homework, projects, quizzes, and tests that are assigned: Basically sums up school life eh? At your school, there's a social hierarchy no? There are the jocks who keep to themselves and think they're all gangster-like, there are those nerds who always study in the media center during lunch and babble about their AP BC CALCULUS crap, there are those people just hanging around in the middle of nowhere like a bunch of fools, there are those handsome guys and beautiful girls who think they're always the coolest-hottest, and there are those weirdos who are weirdos. Kurosawa chooses to stay out of all groups, and stick to himself, because he is disgusted with humanity (a true misanthrope). You can call this pathetic and dumb, but you can also make an argument that it's the interesting and actually the smart path to take. But you always have to know that there's more to see than meets the eye; there's a lingering truth behind the curtains of the story that wants and dreams aren't always easy to achieve. For one to make a decision, you never know if it's the right or wrong choice until you see to it until the very end. But one must be willing to sacrifice and receive righteous judgement when it's all said and done (WHAT WHAT WHAT? Where did this all this "deep concepts" come from, are you trying to act all smart?). Yeah Yeah Yeah, now go friggin read the manga because I'm not going to basically hand you the entire story in detail in a review, might as well ask me to slaughter you where you stand...
What can I say about this brilliant story other than claiming it as my favorite manga of all time. This story is just so unique, a combination of masturbation, misanthropists, school life, growing up, and deep deep conceptions of reality? Holy moly, how do you even connect all of these? I don't even know how Onanie Master Kurosawa did it, but it did do it. The comedy in this manga is hilarious as well, I couldn't stop laughing as I was reading~
The characterization of each character is a work of beauty. Kakeru Kurosawa, is in fact awfully similar to Light Yagami from Death Note; their ideals, egos, and overall thought process' are exactly identical. Kurosawa and Light both are disgusted by humans and wish to serve out justice on those that deserve to be punished. But the one difference? Kurosawa isn't a devil like Light Yagami, probably because he was corrupted with absolute murder power, instead having the greatness of his cum... but moving on from that comparison. Kurosawa, despite his hilarious misanthrope personality, and his love of masturbating to girls in his class, purely symbolizes an average teenager who is still in the process of growing up and finding his way to communicating with society. He is the single-most unique character I have ever read about. The entire story is him raging about others and trying to do the "right" thing by punishing "bad guys", but as he reflects upon his own actions, he learns that he's not much different from the people that he sought as "bad". It was a treat to watch him truly mature~ The other characters were pretty hilarious too, especially Kitahara, but honestly no one is even close to as important as Kurosawa so I'm not going to waste time delving into each character's characterization...
Artwork, easy 10/10. Beautiful, I would masturbate to the art (no I wouldn't actually). I've seen other people claim this, and I'd have to agree with them: The art is quite similar to the art from Death Note. Each character's design is unique and very appealing, you can spot the effort that was put into each drawing. You could see the pencil linings so blatantly, it was a work of beauty~ I read this black-and-white but I heard that the manga version with color is now out? Shame, I've already bought the Black-And-White set for this manga... But, without color it's still excellent.
Enjoyment? This was where this manga did it for me. Most enjoyable manga alongside Vinland Saga. What makes me like stories? A unique plot? ✓ Intriguing main character? ✓ Deep concepts? ✓ Comedy Relief while remaining true to it's serious moments? ✓ Great ending? ✓ All in all a masterpiece that you'll regret missing out on. If you've read/seen Death Note already, then this story will appeal to you all the more, because it has lots of connections to Death Note that'll not only grasp your mind and attention, but it'll also make you laugh your ass off. read more
Who doesn't enjoy jerking off in the girls' toilet? Oh... nobody? Well, Kurosawa-san does. It is his one passion in his life. After waiting for an hour in the school, he sneaks off to the toilets to do his 'daily duty'. This is the information we have when we begin reading Onani Master Kurosawa. Doesn't sound so attractive, eh?
'Onani Master' or in English: 'Master of Masturbation'. That is one misleading title for this series and it might scare off a lot of potential readers. When I read the description, I did not feel like reading this manga, it was only when a friend recommended it to me, that I gave it a try. And damn, I'm so happy that I did read it.
The story evolves in a very natural way and goes from a comedy to a parody to a authentic drama. More than a scheme, the story feels like a river. It flows on in a very natural and beautiful way. The plot twists do not seem forced but just come in the right time to keep things interesting. Kurosawa’s view of the world changes slightly on his way and his relationships with the people around him evolve like growing flowers. They become more beautiful and more real on the way. In the beginning Kurosawa is just a sarcastic prick, but through experiences he has in this manga, everything changes for him. There is just enough humor, just enough love and just enough deepness in this manga to be enjoyable for nearly everybody. Yes, there are some gross semen-jokes (which might only be enjoyable by males) but mostly the manga is very discrete. What I liked best about the story is how the magaka makes you love the characters so quickly: in only 31 chapters I really had warm feelings for all of the people in this manga. Funny references (as to Death Note and Catcher in the Rye) keep the tone light, while on the other hand some serious matters are discussed. Such as: what are friends? How should we decide what we should do? What is 'love'? And most of all: how to encounter guilt? It is a brilliant story, with enough laughs to be entertaining and enough story to be touching.
The art is quite sketchy and fits the story well. It is not remarkably well drawn, but it is really unique, to say the least. It might be seen as a symbol for the unclear period of life that adolescence is. Just like the drawings, not everything in the life of a teenager is as clear as it seems.
As I have said before, the characters are perhaps the best bit of this series. I do not like the typical high-school romance setting, and OMK plays with the clichés of those series – as a matter of parody. It starts off as a satire but later on, it surpasses all the clichés it is making fun of and turns into a genuine and beautiful story. The characters that seem hyperbolic in the beginning, turn out to be real and caring people. This is the true beauty of the manga: they over-friendly and kind characters find their way straight into your heart.
Therefore I would recommend this manga to everybody: those who like action-manga’s as well as to those who like romance manga’s as well as to those who like psychological manga’s. It is a unique, touching and truly beautiful manga. As is suggested in this manga itself, it is the ‘Catcher of the Rye’ of the mangas and it deserve a place in everybody’s list. read more
It is a beautifully written story about a guy masturbating in the girl's toilet.
Yeah, no kidding.
It might seem weird, but it isn't, any male at least once tried masturbating in such an area like the girl's toilet, even I'VE done it. Girls do the same thing anyway, no reason to be ashamed. All of us have certain desires or fetishes. A friend of mine has a foot fetish for example.
I never knew a story about a guy masturbating would be so enticing, so thriving, so SPECTACULAR (no I am not talking about the size or awesomeness of his dick, though it is awesome if it can survive hour s of hittin da dong if you know what I mean) The story is a 10/10, it was perfectly well executed and intriguing, (NO CLICHE IN SIGHT, well maybe a couple but if you close one eye, and the other eye, you don't see anything)
Art was very nice, very nice indeed, the graphics of his.... 'white stuff' was very enticing. The characters are all very well drawn and orgasmic in nature (get it? ORGASMIC, in a manga about JERKIN DA SHIZ? HAHAH I am a legend) In any case the art was very beautiful and well done so its 9/10(can't have me givin too many 10/10's or I will be called a fanboi, even though I am)
Characters are all very well written personality wise, especially the main guy and his interesting fetish. I like how he is mean't to parody Light Yagami from DN with all his plans and whatnot. The girls are all great (except *spoiler* that little s*** who blackmails the masturbation master*spoiler*) the end pairing was something that caught me with my pants down in the toilet jerkin using left hand.... yeah very unpredictable. The girls were all not cliche or archtypal at all, which is such a rare sight nowdays..... 9/10
I really did enjoy this manga, it gave me goosebumps. It isn't even a hentai thought that's what I wanted out of it when I started reading. It did not disappoint even though there were not enough hentai moments it was very enjoyable, one of my favourite manga of all time (I don't read much manga so its not much of an achievement)
Overally, Onani Master Kurosawa is a great manga all around, there were no glaring flaws (aside from the low amount of hentai scenes :( ) So after evaluating it (it took hours, or even days because I am an idiot who can't decide about a stupid rating) I was led into the conclusion that this manga is worthy of the TEN STAR RATING, even though there is no stars on MAL, (its sad, someone should make a suggestion like really? NO STARS? No stars = no fun)
In any case its a 10 STAR ANIME ********** 10/10 Ten out of Ten STARS.
EDIT (07/06/2015) Reading this many months after writing I have to say.... drinking whilst being on the internet is a bad idea. Well the anime IS good so the review isn't wrong at least.read more
This is an interesting manga, or doujin. When you see the title you'll think it's a hentai or "mature" manga. But it's not. It's just the main character enjoys masturbating in the girl's school bathroom. It's actually very psychological, which I found quite intriguing.
I found I really enjoyed the art styke, though a little un-perfected I guess to put it, it does a really good job, of showing the grungy side of the lives of the characters, and also does a good job on the character expression.
The characters in the manga are very well done, to go along with the psychological part of the book. You may think one thing, but they are quite the other which will keep you guessing about things going on in the story, which for me is a good thing to keep you interested.
Though I have only read 10 chapters so far, this storyline in this manga is keeping me interested, it's like something I haven't ever read, and it just shows me another side to most manga I read on a normal base.
I'm really enjoying this manga so I highly suggest it, or at least giving it a try, and try to think around the fact that it has the word "masturbation" in the title. I don't think you'll be dissapointed.read more
Let me first start by saying what everyone else who has made reviews of this has said: It is not porn in any way whatsoever. In fact, the story of Onani Master Kurosawa (“Masturbation Master Kurosawa” in English) is actually very emotional and psychological with several great plot twists that make you want to keep reading it (I read the second half from chapter 16 on of this Doujin all in one sitting in the matter of two hours completely hooked and not wanting to stop at all).
Story – 10/10
The story follows Kurosawa Kakeru, a middle school boy who secludes himself from everyone, even the outgoing otaku Nagastuka Keiji who keeps trying to talk to Kurosawa despite getting turned away all the time. The only thing Kurosawa enjoys is going to the library after school to read while everyone else leaves and then going to do what he really enjoys: Masturbating in the girl’s bathroom while imagining himself with different girls (trust me it sounds strange at first but it gets better). The story begins just at the end of Kurosawa’s second year of middle school when an introverted girl, Kitahara Aya, sees him coming out of the girls bathroom. He lies about his reason for being there and leaves. The story then jumps to the beginning of his final year of middle school where Kurosawa can finally return to his “Daily Duty” in the girl’s bathroom. But things are different now. The introverted girl he met before is now in his class and his being bullied by two girls every day. Kurosawa does not get involved, but one day Kitahara shows up outside of the stall he is in in the girl’s bathroom. She says she knows his secret and she wants him to help her get revenge on the girls who are bullying her by masturbating on their gym clothes. Her personality completely changes as she talks about wanting to get revenge and Kurosawa finally agrees to help her. But things don’t stop there, since Kitahara continues being bullied by different people and wanting revenge on different girls and using Kurosawa. This coming-of-age story shows how Kurosawa and everyone around him change throughout the events of the story and it is done remarkably well.
Art – 9/10
This is a Doujin so I’m keeping that in mind while rating this. I really liked the character designs, even Kurosawa who looks a middle school version of Yagami Light from Death Note especially at the beginning. Like a good psychological manga should, it shows the darker emotions of characters well. The scenery mostly just consists of the school and is not too complex but never unfitting of the situation.
Characters – 10/10
For the record, I was almost tempted to put Kurosawa on my top 10 characters list, he’s just that great of a character. The only thing holding me back from liking him more is that I wish he would have stood up for Kitahara in class at some point instead of watching her get bullied and avoiding getting involved. He may seem like nothing more than pervert at first, but, as I mentioned before, he bears a resemblance to Yagami Light that really shows at times is something I really enjoyed seeing. The rest of the characters are well created as well and even the ones you may dislike at first become likable by the end, even Nagatsuka who I thought was just a pointless comic relief best friend character ends up likable by the end (though he’s probably my least favorite character just because he’s kind of annoying and design is strange even if it has a reason). Kitahara Aya is a shy girl who puts up with being bullied for a long time, but eventually snaps after a huge incident that eventually leads her to ask Kurosawa for help getting revenge. She has a much darker personality on the inside than she usually shows and tends to act reserved almost all of the time except when she is talking to Kurosawa through the stall door in the bathroom. Takigawa Magister is a popular girl who talks to and befriends everyone, even Kurosawa, Kitahara, and Nagatsuka. She enjoys reading books and spends time with Kurosawa in the library from time to time when it rains. Sugawa Maiko is one of the two girls who bullies Kitahara and is the first person that she has Kurosawa help her get revenge on. She’s what I mean by a character who becomes likable by the end even if you want to stab her at times earlier on.
Enjoyment – 10/10
As I mentioned before I read half of this manga in one sitting ealier today and loved it. It’s now one of my favorite manga, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes psychological, slice of life, or drama manga. It’s definitely similar to Aku no Hana in some ways, which is how I found out about this in the first place. This may seems really perverted, and I won’t lie it is marked as “Seinen” for a reason, but really this manga is much more about the drama than anything else.read more
Yes, I'm female. I hate romance. I read yaoi.
Yes, my standards are higher than the sky.
This god-damned series took my enjoyment, my laughter from the beginning of the story and crushed it into a little ball.
This story will punch you in the face if you're not careful.
A lot of good disappointment, sorrow, anxiety...
You find yourself rooting for a disgusting, two-faced boy. How could anything be worse than that?
Better yet, when you see these horrible bullies, you want him to dish out justice, pain.
You can't feel remorse for these bullies. You love it, you relish in their sorrow.
You know that karma goes around, but the feeling right now is an utter delicacy. It's delicious.
The climax of the story will have you wailing and crashing straight down a roller-coaster. It's good.
I didn't think I liked it the first time I picked it up. I was laughing at every panel, scene, supposed seriousness...
Then it got me, reeled me in. The series took off with Kurosawa as your cruel, yet inspiring pilot.
When he hurts, you hurt. When he is scared, you are as well. Whatever you feel, he is almost thinking the same way.
You feel him.
-Story: Simply fantastic. No words can describe it. Read it. Read it and experience it for yourself. The feeling is to be shared with no one, but you and the beloved Kurosawa.
-Art: Fair, easy to look at but not amazing. The characters are distinguishable, save for the girls. They all look the same. No matter!
-Character: Top-notch. The cruelest are whom you are rooting for. The good? They are equally as bad, as cruel. This series has got it all, the sickening true face of humanity. We are all bad. We are all good. The character development is divine. They realize things themselves and somehow pull themselves out of each of his or her own self-made turmoil.
-Enjoyment: IT WAS GREAT. I am not one who is crazy for romance, but I wanted Kurosawa to get with who he wanted. I wanted him to reach his goals. If you read Onani Master, you will definitely be enjoying the ride. Don't forget your seat-belts!
-Overall: 8/10 based on calculator. I'd give it a 9.
If you stop at the beginning...
If you are sensitive to the "Onani" subject...
If you have a frail heart...
First of all, if you don't like this kind of manga and are more the "shounen-type", don' read it, don't try, don't even dare. It won't be fun or intersting in the slightest for you. However, if you like works like Aku no Hana or Boku wa Mari no naka, then this is the right thing for you.
The story is about a middle school student called Kurusaw Kakeru, a boy who faps at the girl's toilette after school, thinking about the girls in his class, calling this his "daily duty". One day his classmate, Kitahara, a girl who's being bullied, notices him and asks him to make a deal. Well, I won't tell more of it, but be sure to get something incredible, that I can promise you if you are into tis kind of manga.
Throughout the entire manga, I was just stunned. I would have read all 31 chapters at a single blow if I had the time. The characters are so interesting, we've got the mc who doesn't cares about his surroudings, the bullied Kitahara and Takagawa and Nagaoka. Well, I love allt characters of this manga!
Yokota Takuma and Ise Katsura created something big. What a shame there isn't an anime adaption for this masterpiece.read more
Onani Master Kurosawa literally translates to Masturbation Master Kurosawa. As hard as it may be to believe, this manga is brilliantly written and yes, it does relate to masturbation but no, it is in no way pornographical in content, nor is it an ecchi series. It is very much a story of hope and change.
The main character in this story is Kurosawa, a 14 year old male in middle school who could be described as somewhat of an introvert. He doesn't have many friends, nor does he want them. He's never been in love, nor does he want to. He doesn't seem to have any goals or aspirations either. Each day, he goes to the third floor female toilets to do his "daily routine"; to put it crudely, he masturbates to his female classmates. A progression of events eventually leads our main character into being blackmailed into helping someone enact revenge.
Initially, the story isn't very serious - in fact, it's comedic and quite light heartened. It parodies many series (which hardcore anime fans should be able to recognise) Death Note prominent among them, complete with "just as planned faces", hence it being affectionately titled by fans "Fap Note". He uses plans much like Kira would, except he isn't a hero doing something which he believes to be beneficial to the world - instead, he's just an insignificant, powerless person who through masturbation pettily harasses and disturbs people.
At this point, you probably have an impression as to what type of person Kurosawa is and it probably isn't a very positive image. He is nowhere near perfect; he is flawed in many aspects. However, as the story further progresses, Kurosawa becomes more likeable and more human. The story becomes more compelling and suspenseful. You'll find yourself eagerly anticipating the next page, curious as to what'll happen next. The execution of the plot is simply brilliant. He still has flaws as a character, but these flaws only help define his humanity and help us as an audience relate to him.
The supporting characters of the series are also interesting, among them a twisted bitch and a guy with a cauliflower hairstyle who is always trying to warm up to Kurosawa. Though interesting as characters and integral to its plot, it is Kurosawa who is truly the star of this this manga.
The manga appears to be a doujinshi and consequently the art isn't professionally done. That's not to say it's bad - indeed, the art is very well done, with appealing, though somewhat generic character designs and well drawn backgrounds. I have no complaints art-wise and for a manga that wasn't professionally done, I feel that it was done extremely well.
I found the manga really enjoyable and I was quite surprised at how deep it was, considering I picked up this series simply to kill time. I recommend you pick up this series if you're at an age where you aren't disturbed by sperm shots (which really is as sexually explicit as this manga gets). Don't be fooled by its title or the themes it deals with! It is very worth your while.