I represent a very small group of people who believe “Afterschool Charisma” is the best thing since sliced bread. Maybe it’s the history nerd in me but honestly the cynical portrayal of these famous persons throughout time, representing a vast majority of nations, has me laughing almost as much as I did for Hetalia.
Afterschool Charisma is a tale of a “non-clone” student at an all clone school and his interactions with not only the clones, a vast majority of which seem to hate him, but with various faculty members all who posses their own level of bias and jealousy for the
famous figures surrounding them. This story has its moments of comedy and drama but is mostly a mystery as after the assassination of a clone John F Kennedy the students a faculty are thrown into a spiral of fear by a nameless organization bent on eliminating all clones. With a perky Einstein grabbing the crotch of our innocent main character one moment and fencing duel the next Afterschool Charisma had me gripping the edge of my seat as I made my way through it in one night.
I enjoy hot men and perky boobs as much as the next girl but I found that past staring at the beautiful bodies present in this manga I was also staring longingly at the uniforms and pool tables just as much. Every scene is drawn with such detail I want to climb into the manga and partake in the eating of delicious looking cakes with the characters. It’s one thing for a manga to provide of slew of characters you want to dry hump, it’s another thing entirely if the art makes you want to jump the awesome looking cafeteria chairs.
Einstein likes groping people and conducting freaky experiments.
Ikkyu is funny and a determined leader.
Mozart is batshit insane yet strangely arousing.
Napoleon is arrogant yet endearingly loyal.
Florence Nightingale suffocates people with her boobs.
Freud is a pervert.
THEY ARE EXACTLY AS I DREAMED THEY WOULD BE. And they cover such a wide variety of personality traits, flaws, and fetishes the likelihood that you won’t fall in love with at least one character is slim to none. I want to attend this school.
Through the characters and plot I was able to get a real feel for how the clones felt being thrust into a world that was on the fence about their existence and the feelings of jealousy and admiration from the few non-clone members of the cast. But the main thing about this manga that captured my soul is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The author was able to make fun of her sadistic perverts and overly attractive characters (despite in reality the characters are far from dream boats) with a smile, and accepted all criticism with a funny closing comic to explain her own inconsistencies. The mixing of genres created something great that I know I will be addicted to for years to come.