Our protagonist, Ichimura Tamito, is a criminal magnet. Ever since he could remember he had attracted criminals from kidnappers kidnapping him when he was just a newborn, to robbers stealing his toys. He is determined to start a new life and make new friends after moving into a new city but at the start of the day he was bombarded by all sorts of crime. After encountering a knife wielding killer in broad daylight he saves a young girl that coincidentally belongs to the same class as he does. But something seems off about this girl and his new class too. It seems like our protagonist's magnetic pull on crime and criminals is getting stronger as he find out that he belongs to a class of criminals and suspects.
Criminale! is a manga that is based around comedy and gives off slice of life feeling, the manga is all about the characters that are interesting and fun in their own way. We follow Ichimura Tamito as he meets new people, makes friends for the first time in his life and tries to lead an ordinary life while getting mixed up in different criminal activities such as kidnapping, pick pocketing, arson, robbery, molestation, and more such fun activities.
The comedy is achieved by pulling off something bizarre in the middle of nowhere, catching you off guard. The comedy doesn't repeat itself and new ideas
are thrown around each chapter, you won't get bored by anything repetitive and should enjoy the interactions between the characters. The reason the comedy works so well is because of the characters and how they deal with these bizarre situations.
The concept itself is interesting, from reading the synopsis you should get the gist of it. There is no real story development going on, it is the characters that lead the manga. You shouldn't expect anything too serious, it doesn't have things like drama or hard emotions. It is pretty easy going and fun till the end, there are few emotional stuff thrown there and here but those only last for 2-3 chapters. It has quite a few one-sided love going on but I won't be telling how those end, you should enjoy finding that out yourself and the ending of these romance doesn't have any impact on the overall manga itself anyway so it shouldn't be the deciding factor on if you wish to read it or not. That doesn't mean that there is no romance, some chapters are spent only about the characters that are in love trying to get attention of their crush and spending more time with them. It definitely has its cute moments but the romance should only be treated as a side bonus and not the main thing that is going on.
The character themselves, as I have told before, are the main selling point here. They are all "Criminal" or suspected of being "Criminal" in the future. What type of "criminal" they are will have a huge impact on what kind of character they are. Each character is a different type of criminal, and the reasons for them being criminal are all interesting. The author did a good job of giving life to the characters, by giving emotion and reason. Of course since this is mainly a comedy manga they don't have too deep emotions or anything similar, but for a manga that aims to be funny, it did a good job.
You should be looking to read this manga if you wish to read something funny, it also gives off a slice of life feeling so it isn't like there is only comedy, there is more to that. It is like peeking to the life of a group of friends and their mishaps, how they got together and what they are going to to in future.
I may be a bit biased towards this manga, as it seems I have completely fallen in love with it. So much so that I download the pages, print them out, then cook them and eat them over rice.
Okay, so I may not actually do that last bit, but I really am in love with this manga.
For the Story- 10
I love the concept, which is a nice and refreshing thought compared to a lot of the stuff I've read. The story resolves around our young MC, who unfortunately attracts all kinds of criminals and generally bad guys. As the story goes on, although
I am at the time of writing this at chapter 20, each chapter draws you in and keeps you reading it. Infact, I only started reading it about 2 or 3 hours before this review and Im already at chapter 20 because I can't put it down (or in my case close the tab).
For the Art- 7
The art style reminds me of boku no hero academia, where each character is flushed out and nicely drawn, however the background scenery seems a bit lacking at times though. Although it is alright, as I am way more focused on the characters in this master piece.
For the Characters- 9
Each character is incredibly well done, both in the artistic sense and the character sense. In the last 20 chapters Ive read, I watched our little MC grow from a scared victim to a less scared victim. Its wonderful!! Makes me want to take the pages of this manga and roll them into sushi ro-WHOOPS FORGET THAT. I don't want to spoil any of the characters, as each one is a plot point and each one you will want to read more about as you read more of this manga.
I actually laughed out loud at one of the scenes, which can be a rather rare thing for me. Rarely have I fallen this hard for a manga, and I pray to sweet baby yeezus that this gets an anime adaptation as soon as it can. I can NOT wait for it.
Heres a summary of what I've said: I love the story and the main concept, the characters are absolutely amazingly done, the art feels a bit lacking at times but over all its pretty good, and Ive fallen really hard for this amazing manga. Hard enough to go into ULTRA YANDERE MODE
Okay so this manga has been finished, and it has a axed type ending. Is there any sort of conclusion to this manga? Nope. Do I feel bad about it? Yeah, I wanted to see our hero of misfortune get with one of our lovely psycho ladies. Does that mean my rating will go down? Nope, I feel that even though it was an axed like ending, it was still an amazing ride from start to finish. So I'll ride on blue 9
This manga has been gaining some popularity recently now that it's being translated. And I believe that it's justified, as it has alot of potential, with funny gags and a few jiggles, a cast with diverse personalities and good development between them.
Here we follow Ichimura Tamito, suffering from several criminal cases in which he is a victim of, to the point where he even considers himself a magnet of those. He gets sent to a class only to find out that it's also made out of criminals and suspects and that it was made to correct their behaviour. This is an interesting premise I
must say, and currently I am liking the direction it is taking, with much of the story still left in the dark and it slowly unfolds it's true colours.
As for the art I don't really have much to say, it's ok it has its moments, but this is something that could get more improvements overtime as the author gets more experience and my score could very well increase. I could also add that I do like the character designs and whatever it is that the author tries to portrait, It's shown clearly with little room for complaints.
A strong and solid point of the manga. As I've mentioned before, the cast, in this case, the criminals's class, has a diversity of interesting personalities. As of this point they are still showing all the characters that will be relevant to the story and there has yet to be one that I hate or dislike in any way. Even the main character, despite some denseness towards the girls which I don't find that bothering, is no pussy and usually reacts to the situation in a proactive way which I very much enjoy.
I'm quite liking this manga and I think that at this point, after finishing the introduction of the remaining characters, it can go from 2 directions: the first is keeping it's somewhat goofy and comedic style which is ok as long as the author manages to keep it interesting and funny as he does right now and the second one, which I doubt it'll be the case, is for it to get serious, to show story arcs with lots of character development about their past lives as criminals and what could've possibly gotten them into that class. This is the direction I'd love to see, but that doesn't mean that the current one isn't good either.
Give it a try, it has alot of potential to become something great. The crazy characters are worth it and just dedicating 2-3 hours of your time you'll have read what's currently in stock and then be able make a decision on your own.