A story between a young boy in grade school who often goes to this Niichan's place to play video games after school. However, the Niichan has ulterior motives and asks for sexual favours... Will the boy give in to his persuasion or will he put a stop to it before it all goes wrong...?
As a huge BL fan, I have to admit that many BL mangas either fetishize gay men or portray an abusive/unhealthy relationship between men and make things like pedophilia seem cute when in reality, it isn't. However we should keep in mind that even though many authors create these things, these are all just fiction and a fantasy for their readers in the end.
This is one of the most original stories I've read in a BL manga. I would give this a 10 for sure, because it explores the true reality of pedophilia and shows how it affects each of the characters in
this story. In this manga, we're given a realistic perspective of how society doesn't accept homosexuality or pedophilia. This is different from most mangas I've read because often, the discrimination that gay people face in society is literally non-existent and they often don't represent gay people and the issues they face more realistically. Most shotacon mangas are also not that different because they focus more on the fantasy part to please the viewer, and less on what really happens to the pedophile.
Not much to say about the art because it's really well done. I think it expresses the characters emotions well and helps set the mood of the story. The proportions are well drawn and the art is aesthetically pleasing.
Many of the characters in this manga are interesting. You'll probably hate some of them but change your mind when you learn about their past. They are very realistic and also aren't one-dimensional or cliche. Their personalities are unique and I like how they're flawed. There was also a lot of character development in this manga, and that's a great thing because we can see how some of these characters change for the best.
Overall I really enjoyed this manga and I would give it a 10. This manga was very memorable, and focused on a topic that's out of the norm and very different from other mangas. Every chapter was full of suspense, in fact it was really interesting and horrifying to read that I just reread the entire book a few times until the final chapter was finally released on the internet. Although so many things happened, I'm glad it had a good satisfying ending. I have never ever read any of Harada's works before and this is my very first time reading their manga, but I would definitely recommend this manga if you're looking for something interesting to read ( as long as the pedophilia doesn't affect you ).
There are some mangas with debatable stories and dubious topics...and then there's Niichan. I'm writing this review as a sort of a vent for myself and a warning to people planning to read this abomination of a story.
So last night, I was reading some yaoi manga, as usual and I thought of giving this a try since Harada is a pretty good mangaka, the art looks stunning and ...then I saw the summary. "..a young boy in grade school who often goes to this Niichan's place" made me go "Hah! Surely, they wouldn't draw a sex scene with a grade schooler! That's freaking disgusting!
SURELY they wouldn't, right?" I read the other reviews and thought that it really can't be that bad. I mean, I've read Killing Stalking. Can't be much worse than that...
I was already a bit tired when I started reading it and completely unprepared for what I was about to witness. The first two chapters made me feel so disgusted and uncomfortable. We are introduced to the main character, Yui who feels lonely because his parents work all day and don't spend time with him. He doesn't get along with his classmates because his parents don't allow him to play video games. He meets a stranger who offers him both of these things seemingly out of goodwill. Yui, of course as an undoubting innocent child, accepts his offer and starts visiting him after school. Unfortunately, Niichan has ulterior motives which will lead to an unraveling of some very unfortunate events.
As uncomfortable as this story made me feel, the characters are written very well and precisely for that reason the reader is able to feel their emotions and understand their way of thinking. The ways Yui reacts to Niichan's advances, are things a child would say to someone like that. He is so innocent and obedient and has the naivety and the blind faith in adults that only such young kids could have. And the way Niichan uses those emotions makes me sick to my stomach.
What I appreciated is that the characters were not made to be likeable even though they do bad things, like some other BL works make them out to be for the sake of fetishizing criminals/bad people. This story manages to realistically portray the way a pedophile would persuade a child to do things they want them to do, which not many works manage to do well in my opinion. Niichan isn't made to look like some kind of an ultimate demon who feasts on the flesh of innocent shotas just for the sake of it. And despite readers wanting to blame everything on him - he isn't the only one at fault. He is given a background and the reason why he became such a despicable person. Sow hate and you will reap violence. It's a vicious cycle. This is something majority of works covering this topic overlook or don't explain.
Both main characters develop quite a lot during this short story, but I do think it could have been done a bit better if only it wasn't 6 chapters long. We can see how the events from first two chapters affect Yui later in life and how the older Niichan gets the more he doubts himself and his actions as opposed to when he was younger. There's really only one supporting character whom you will probably not like very much at the beginning, but with the background and development she gets, you might end up liking her and relating with her the most in the end.
Overall, would I recommend this manga? It's a very debatable thing. I liked how the psychological part of it was done, but I sure as hell would prefer to have stayed untarnished by this sinful story. If you are able to read about something like this and stay unfazed or if you generally don't sympathize with fictional characters, I envy you and by all means, I recommend reading this when you get a chance. Otherwise, I would rather stay away. Go read something that won't make you stay up until 6am thinking about how disgusting humans truly are.
It's a very vile manga about child predators and grooming. It's a fairly good portayal of it, so it gets a good score.
It IS disgusting though. Don't expect a cute romance with a minor or ''uwu softness'' like you fujo weebs say. It is a tale of abus. And the abused not growing out of his love for his abuser.
Not sure if the author glamorizes it, but she kinda seem to. ''It's not disgusting, it's a different type of love'' or something like that is written in and said by another character. So I'm not sure,, but it's very likely.
Regardless, it is gross, disgusting and
(If it isn't the author's intent for the story, then I would give this a 4)
you're looking for a cute BL to read, Nii-chan is NOT for you. Nii-chan is a hard read, a brain food kind of manga, not a cute romance. The author, Harada, gives you a character from one of, if not the worst demographic of people you can imagine, pedophiles, and essentially explains why he is the way he is and how he is still a human being. Harada shows us all the emotions this character goes through, mostly guilt, loneliness and disgust at himself. The themes in Nii-chan are, to name the ones I caught on to:
*How everyone is human and does things for
*How people, specifically gays in this case, being often written off as disgusting and feel isolated from society can affect their psyche
*How people react to pressure to be a normal functioning citizen instead of getting encouragement to be themselves
*The question of whether children can be in love
If any of these themes interest you, and really even if they don't, check it out. The book is just generally very well written, and as usual with Harada we're given impeccable art and page layouts that far exceed the bar of most manga, especially BL. That in itself might make it a good read for you.
There is sex in the book, but it's not really porn. The sex scenes are used to further the plot. And no, there aren't any sex scenes with children. Trigger warning for general pedophilia though. It's definitely a jarring experience, especially for the first third or so of the book, but the real art of this manga hits you about a third of the way through when things start to take a path away from setting the scene to the main character acting on his situation and us learning more about the background of the pedophile character and what he's going through in his life.