Yuma and Hotaru are childhood friends and neighbors, although both have boyfriends, Hotaru kissing and seducing Yuma often passing it through a joke. While having to keep what happens between them in secret, Yuma will be confused by her feelings.
Let's be straight: this series has "NTR" in the title. How much more straightforward can one get? NTR is the animanga community's most controversial genre for a reason. If you hate NTR, the only thing that might make this worth a chance for you is the fact that the "alternate partner" is a girl: our thickheaded protagonist Yuma is seduced by her childhood best friend and neighbor Hotaru. The catch is that they both have boyfriends. I stumbled upon this and decided to read it exclusively because I was interested in how an NTR series would play out when the partner in adultery is of the same sex as the silly degenerate.
Well, unfortunately, Netsuzou Trap has yet to explore the elements unique to such a relationship. Honestly, Hotaru could have been a male instead and the plot development wouldn't have changed much. The only part of the same-sex aspect of Yuma and Hotaru's illicit relationship this series has so far taken advantage of is using the gender excuse for Yuma to be either ignorant, delusional, or both; Yuma convinces herself Hotaru's actions are within the realm of comfort because they're both girls, insisting that Hotaru is being "weird" but there's nothing explicitly corrupt about their relationship. Aside from that, nothing. This could be due to the age of the characters; this is, after all, a high school series, and it is a common attitude within Japanese culture that females having a same-sex attraction is simply a "phase," they'll grow out of it, and it's nothing to think much about.
Netsuzou Trap does narrowly avoid the most glaring pitfall one would associate with a series that has such a premise in that it has thus far steered away from the otaku pandering route. While it could have easily settled into being a basic yuri series with the sole purpose of seeing girls making out, throwing the NTR element in just to make it feel "fresh" (and strangely appease the minority of people who have this fetish), and consequently lacking anything in the form of substance, it has instead played out more like a "daytime soap opera" (as the mangaka herself compares it to) with an emphasis on drama and character relations. That said, there's still plenty dashes of ecchi to satisfy the perverted crowd, while Yuma and Hotaru get "intimate" enough to please the traditional yuri lovers who might check out this series for that reason alone. Okay, maybe this is simple otaku pandering after all, but at the very least it does a fine job of portraying itself as something respectable.
The characters are rudimentary thus far and essentially fill out the mandatory roles for the story. Yuma is a dunce, and Yuma's boyfriend is innocent, gentle, and being played for a fool by Hotaru, who is manipulative, detached, and has a boyfriend as suspicious as she is. Nonetheless, they maintain the potential for growth and developing into a standout cast depending on how they are handled. They all have a number of problems and complicated relationships sure to influence how they develop here on out.
The art is standard for a school series. The backgrounds are mostly of basic school environments, and, in typical fashion, there are numerous panels that feature characters on pure white backgrounds. It is well drawn, clear, and defined, but in this state of the industry it would be much more unusual if the art couldn't be attached with these descriptors. The characters, both male and female, also look like basic school manga characters, but they are quite attractive. Yuma and Hotaru are especially attractive, which is essentially a prerequisite considering the nature of this story and the fact one of its selling points is the intimate interactions between the two girls. On that note, the more amatory scenes are quite... alluring. A couple moments succeeded in exciting even someone like me who is quite apathetic towards yuri. There is most certainly nothing to complain about there.
All in all, Netsuzou Trap is exactly as it promises: a cross between a yuri and an NTR, and it plays to the benefits of both (despite failing to play to the benefits of crossing the two). The drama is gripping, there has already been a couple of intense moments, the sensual scenes are attractive, and girls kiss. So why only a six, then? Mostly because the series is still more-or-less in its introductory phase. The story is barely starting to develop, the characters haven't really developed at all, and, in short, there just isn't yet much to it. The pieces are there for a fantastic psychological drama about depravity and sensuality, but it has a little while to go before it reaches that level. I certainly anticipate seeing how this develops.read more
unfortunately this is my first review this is more my thoughts than a review so im am going to cut it short and just get into I dont read alot of manga but i can tell good ones from bad ones
But first things first (PLEASE TAKE NOTE NTR GENRE is known to make people hate or fill people with anger read at ur own discretion it means to steal someones lover)
if u just want my overall of what i gotta say about this show then just look at the last paragraph and save yourself the trouble
the story starts off in a karaoke place with the two main characters and their boyfriends while one of the main characters gets touchy touchy while its safe to say the protag. at the start seems straight she gets use to her friend being the way she is thats my summary of the first chapter
the story is ur typical NTR but with a twist its reverse NTR girl steals girl from boy and their daily lives so far with a little drama thats basically not needed
(so far im in chapter 11 and no progress was ever made thats made me think its been a good story)
one thing i do like from this manga is the art characters look amazing and alot of detail in the yuri-ness
this ties up from story I feel nothing for these characters so far nothing has brought me to feel for them sympathy or their persona or i should say character theres nothing special about them we dont know much about them nothing
I gotta say if your a fan of the NTR then this might be for you
but if you dont like cheating girlfriends this is not for you
I took a try at this Manga because I thought that since this is a Yuri NTR i would probably like it but I cant and I couldnt get into this
the NTR genre fills most people with hate and anger and i fall into this cata.
for a more detailed review check out Zadion read more
Take note that NTR is a genre about cheating, so Netsuzou Trap might not be for everyone. But this manga is also a yuri, so if you like at least one of these genres, it could be worth a try.
The story is what you'd expect for an NTR about high school students.
The art, however, is great. The backgrounds aren't special, often minimal or blank, but the characters are always drawn well, and character close-ups in particular look amazing. The sensual scenes always look on point. The author also does well in emphasizing the artwork and storyboard for intense moments.
The characters fulfill everything needed in an NTR. You've got MC Yuma, who's never really sure if manipulative, childhood-best-friend, yuri-love-interest Hotaru is actually romantically interested in her. Yuma is taken by Takeda, a stupidly innocent boy. And Hotaru is taken by Fujiwara, who is just as manipulative as she is.
The drama in this story is captivating, especially the intense moments. It might be a yuri NTR, but it hasn't really explored the differences that a yuri relationship could bring compared to a hetero NTR. There's much more eye-candy than emotional building. But anyway, all the characters have enough space for interesting development, so let's just see where this manga goes.