No Bra: Please note this manga is somewhat Yaoi (Guy on guy). Just to warn u guys first :)
Story: No Bra follow the story of Tokyo high schooler Masato. In the begining, Masato was noticed that a childhood friend is going to live at his house. Like any harem, that childhood friend is a cute girl. However...
Nomura Yuuki is a male cross-dresser (and possibly gay)
I guess everyone can see where this is going ;)
The Story of No Bra is original. While it may be odd for some, it is an alright comedy and an intersting but eerie eechi vibe.
Art: Your normal shounen harem kinda
art ( see ichigo 100%, IO and MxO). Nothing particular fancy and nothing too odd about it.
Characters: Seeing that you have a gay cross-dresser. The characters surrounding him(/her!?) is original. The indecisive male lead takes on a whole new challenge (about his gender prefrence), which is pretty interesting to read. Not much to say about the others characters though...
Enjoyment: While I have been positive here, it does have its faults. While it does have originality and is quite funny, the concept of the "struggling gender preference" may be overused and does take up massive manga squares. But that shouldn't be too much of a problem :).
This manga is recommended to older audiences. The sensitive theme of this manga may leave yound readers with a disgusting aftertaste.
Please take into consideration that this series was not my style and this review is simply to explain why. Many others seem to enjoy it; unfortunately, I did not.
So it's about a boy who winds up having a cute girl for a roommate...except the girl is really a boy. What I expected to find was a romance coupled with a bit of difficulty and lots complex emotions. What I got was a very basic plot with shallow and flat characters.
Contrary to what the synopsis says, Yuki is not a crossdressing boy who enjoys wearing womens' clothing. He is a biological male who self-identifies as
a female. He doesn't simply dress like one, he lives the lifestyle of a female and wishes to be accepted as a female. This alone should be enough to build a spectacular story around, but there's simply not enough substance and it only plays a surface part in the overall storyline.
Masato has to cope with his emotions while he lusts after two girls he likes (and any character who will show him their panties). He is constantly wavering between whichever character is currently showing him attention. The relationships aren't very fleshed out and contrived. Ultimately, it was a light/quick read from start to finish.
If you are wanting to read about the complexities of teen romance, the social difficulties of being genderqueer and the search for understanding and acceptance, look elsewhere. If you want to read a typical school life ecchi comedy that's almost-sorta-not-really yaoi, then you'll probably like this.
This manga is pretty good all-around. Great story-line, amazing art, creative characters, and the plot twists will have you at the edge of your seat. Yuki's secret turns Masato's world around. He doesn't know whats right and what's wrong. He has to make an extremely important decision, whether he loves someone for who they are, or for what they are.
No Bra has a marevolus story that puts the characters into very interesting situations It has the ever lovable Childhood friend relationship that just sets this manga up for great stories. the Characters are very well developed and the art is good. However the story can be a bit weak at times and depend on awkward situations a bit too much. In the end I highly recommend this manga
This manga was garbage on all counts. Unrealistic and unlikeable characters aside, even the art was amateurish. Mainly due to the title, I didn't go in with high expectations, but even then it managed to fall far short. The reason I picked this up is that I was looking for series' with a prominent transgender storyline. The way Yuki's character was handled makes it abundantly clear that the mangaka's knowledge on the subject is shallow at best; her identity and feelings regarding her gender are never addressed. Her being transgender seems purely to serve the purpose of causing drama and making her... sexually exotic, I
guess you could call it.
The main character is insufferable; I think every chapter made me want to wring the slimy creep's neck a little more. Why any female character in the series wanted to come near him, let alone talk to him, is beyond me.
[Finally read all: Now updated.]
Man... one of the 2 guys "in love" has 90% resemblance to a female?
Mainly "panties"... what else can I say?
Well, mostly it is about 2 girls who fall in love with a guy who has little attributes, flirtatious, horrible etc. mainly because of reasons the guy did not deserve (aka misunderstandings the guy did not clear but instead let them continue)
For a first, this is the first review I've doen that I will separate into 2 parts, 1-18 and 19-27. Reason being, these 2 portions seem to be totally different.
Amazing storyline, I was so surprised at the twists to
the story, although there were some irrelevant parts. 1 great point was the teacher staying with the main character... but it was strange that the teacher did not discover anything amiss.
A lot of effort in drawing the stuff, even with many characters, and it was clear.
Some were a bit blur... their personalities. The main male character was not expressed very well, although the main female characters were better expressed. Side characters played their roles well too.
The plot was exciting, some jokes were made and it is quite an enjoyable gender-bender series compared to some others (especially with harem). Originality made this a whole lot enjoyable.
2 words: Harem. Fillers.
The main male character became very horny and went out with the 2 main female characters at the same time, more female characters came into the picture and arouse him. Chapter 27 was a detective story (a lot of mangas have that==), which ended with what they sort of started (thus no plot).
Some had a personality change i believe, and the main male character became downright horrible... dating both a male and a female lols. Not much character development.
The word "panties" came out much more in 19-27. Yeah... and it was too much a harem story without a plot that I am kind of thinking to put a hold on this series, I thought the plot would deepen from chapter 18 D: .
28 is like the start of an ending arc. It seems to flow back to the original story, starting with some school probs then to some personal probs. But seriously, it was too rushed and too easily resolved, not much value added at the end. But it was concluded, definitely. Not exactly good, but still an acceptable one.
[As a whole]
Maybe read 1- 20 then skip to 28 or something?:D
This manga is a storm of offensive cliches and an awful protagonist that is vastly worse than the creator thinks he is.
Even for 2002, the treatment of the trans woman character is complete garbage. The story takes the extremely offensive "...but it is gay to want to romance her," a protagonist who should be the villain, one dimensional characters, and various other standard crossdressing/trans manga written by cis people cliches and blends them into a disgusting slurry.
Even by the standards of a lot of similar manga, the manga quickly wears out the scenes where the protagonist ogles women like a sex offender.
These types of stories
are nearly always problematic, but I cannot recommend this manga even for those who like such problematic stories.
Nobra focus on a lonely guy who wasnt gud with girls.one morning he found what u would say a girl sleeping besides him.The funny part is that she's an otoko!
Also i want 2 respond dis,in my opinion dis is not yaoi.Some people call ya gay cos you like genderbender,which is not true.I hope in the future they make alot like no bra not always female who crossdresses as a guy.Well no bra remains on top for me.Hope you would agree with me~desu^^
I came across this Manga when looking for series with Transgendered characters, and was not sure about what to expect. As I started reading I soon found myself easily drawn into the story, as its well written and the characters are very natural in both illustration and portrail.
Its a wonderful story of love and life thats a must read no matter your gender, but if you're Trans I recommend it more as you will find Yuki is alot like you, just a normal person trying to find love and her place in a world that accepts Yuki as Yuki.
Story 7/10 - The story was good, but if you are looking for a "Tale of Two Cities" or "Brothers Karamazov" then you have picked the wrong genre. It's a about a guy, Masato, whose not at all very charismatic and kind of socially clumsy and a trans-gender(not transexual, huge difference) guy, Yuki, who falls in love with him when they were kids. The story can be flat at times and rely on not very 'intelligent' subject matter, but it was part of what made it so funny.
Art 7/10 - Not going to lie, don't know much about the art side of anime, it
wasn't extremely detailed, but it wasn't messy and cluttery. The text was pretty well organized and it made for easy readability. And that is how I'm going to do write ups on the art aspect.
Character 8/10 - The main characters Masato and Yuki were dynamic, they change through out the series and keep things interesting. Masato progressively becomes more mature and starts taking other peoples feeling into consideration and Yuki's conflict of gender identity slowly becomes more apparent and unraveled. But the supporting characters were very flat and plain, one dimensional as MTV's "Undergrads" Jess' friends.
Enjoyment 10/10 - I really enjoyed this manga a lot, it made me laugh and question what may happen next, considering their are so many different plot twists through out the chapters.
Overall 9/10 - I loved this manga, it was cute and funny and it had some pretty good romance scenes. If you can stand through awkward humor about sexuality and like a good comedy-romance then I highly recommend it.
God dammit. -bangs head on wall every time the ---- scene is shown between the mc and the freeloader-
NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE...
(few days later, i woke up in a hospital after banging my head so much, also there were many holes in the wall in my room while reading this)
At least it has a plot (kinda)
Yet another Manga I have no clue how I found randomly but I remember reading the scans of way back when I was in high school as they were being translated for the first time and since my last cram session made me want to revisit something to see what I thought in retrospect I figured I'd go back and give this a re-read and well here I am a few hours later and all i can say is eh.
The plot simply put is a dude living alone has a cute girl move into his apartment who claims to be a long lost childhood friend
looking for a fresh start who while appearing to be the perfect woman is actually a dude and from there you get a fairly underwhelming but interesting harem with a host of characters that are semi bland and one dimensional but overall still not entirely unlikable and as for the lewdness it's fairly tame when you really think about it with the only real nudity being shown via a woman that's very legal and everything else just being more situational humor or pantie shots which is aright I guess.
The concept was there but it didn't really expand much beyond a surface level be yourself and don't lie kind of slice of life story with some fairly underwhelming artwork and character designs, but like the last manga I reviewed this was still an amusing read that left me wanting to finish it and see if it ever took off but judging by the fact that the majority of reviews on here are pretty old and all over the place I'd say that there's a reason there's never been an animated take on this 5 volume series nor any attempts to seemingly translate it for western audiences.
I'd say if you want a short trashy romance novel kind of love story that won't make you think too hard then you could do much worse but overall this was a fairly rushed piece of literature that I'm not sure how in the hell I ever was interested to read it in the first place let alone actually finish it twice but even with that in mind I still did finish it twice and being that I normally never delve into the subject matter of dude on dude awkward romance situational comedy things I'd say this deserves a bit higher on it's overall score for that.
First of all, before I start my never ending rant about this one weird piece of work, I must warn you. Review starts in the next paragraph.
This manga has some (a lot?) of Yaoi content.
This manga has lots of Ecchi moments (some of them are going overboard imo).
I dislike the MC (Main character) so i'll be chewing on him throughout the review (just to warn you that my opinions are mixed just because I developed a pretty solid hate-hate feelings towards this specific MC and I'm not sure if it is justified. Oh well just see for yourself).
I will try my best to avoid
IMO: Story's pretty original. Nothing innovative of some sort, but the bizarre setting that the story evolves around is pretty amusing and kept me going even when the rest of the manga's aspects lacked.
The story starts to change pretty drastically after the first volume. More depth is added and as a result I couldn't stop reading until I finished it. More problems and complications appear and the MC doesn't seem to keep up with most of them. keeps you more interested in the plot itself.
The art is FINE imo. The first dozen of chapters might look and feel a bit lacking and Brute, but It does get better as the time goes by, whether if you get used to the old style or stay long enough to see the style blossom into a less awkward product.
The design of the characters is pretty consistent but you may see some improvements with the details and body physics which made me very happy at the time.
I'll say this now and I wont repeat myself again in this review.
- I personally hate the MC so much that my mind is automatically avoiding the "better" qualities that he possesses and is focusing on his WAY more obvious ugly qualities, which, as a result I ended up giving this section a 6. -
But! I will do my best to keep everything subjective.
So first of all the characters are very interesting, Everyone has a good and deep back story and pretty defined qualities.
Almost every new important character that is presented into the story will get a good background-informative chapter/s and some fanservice derived content. Everything is pretty solid in this aspect.
Main character....:I'll just get straight to it. The Decisions he makes throughout the story are just so unfitting for my style that sometimes I just wanted to give up on reading the rest of the chapters out of frustration. His personality is very unbiased and boring and his artistic design could make you feel disgusted when you read the romantic and sexy moments (Remember these are only opinions and thoughts that I adopted by reading the manga). But the obsession I developed towards Yuki made me stay, in addition to the weird interesting plot ofc.
Ending and MC related events Killed me. Rest is gold'ish.
Enjoyable manga all in all.
It has some awesome and funny characters that I will probably remember even after finishing it and some characters that I'll do my best to forget about.
Finishing it left me with a bad taste so I would suggest preparing some sort of a comforting material to wipe the excess bitterness.
Can't say I recommend reading this manga, but just from checking out the first few chapters will probably be enough for anyone to decide whether to keep reading or stay away.