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Feb 21, 2017
Abara (Manga) add (All reviews)
After reading several of Tsutomu’s stories, I have come to the conclusion that the major flaw keeping me from enjoying any of them is the way the characters are presented and developed throughout the story. Short, long, it doesn’t seem to matter; the characters are introduced all at once and in a manner that makes it impossible to remember who is who. We get the names in roundabout ways without any characterization, making it very difficult to follow the plot. Abara is no exception.

This is because Tsutomu prefers to tell his stories using visuals rather than dialogue. Despite this, he does not flesh out any read more
Dec 28, 2016
I have to write a review because I disagree with the solitary one that has been written. Warning: may contain minor spoilers.

It's a manga that tries to balance charming romance and porn--with little success. Yeah, yeah, I get it; it's a one volume yaoi, so plot/character development is going to be tricky, right? But the problem is, this manga doesn't even try.

The characters have contrived personalities--they're just cardboard cutouts of general stereotypes perpetuating several cliches. The story does not develop in any way that is unfamiliar and the bad pacing of this adult/student pairing makes the relationship come off as creepy. The art read more
Dec 24, 2016
IT’S CUTE! It’s really cute.

Doukyuusei delivers a quaint story told in several sections, each developing the central relationship. While the story is simplistic, the characters are carved out in a way that highlights the charming animation style while engaging the viewer. I was afraid that it would feel equally rushed as the manga, but the writers diminished parts of the source material that I didn’t like and brought everything that I enjoyed about the original story to life. The music blends with the emotions of the characters using soft guitar, and the animation is gorgeous. The story doesn’t try to be more than anything read more
Dec 21, 2016
I love the sports genre and played soccer for many years, so I started watching this anime as a hopeful viewer. My rating started high and kept declining as the season went on because the show lacked a few essential things:

While the show had a lot of promise, the character development was lacking. Tsukushi emulates the familiar sports trope “not very talented, but dedicated to practice every waking moment.” This was fine for me (but if you dislike that trope, run for the hills). I was interested to see how this show would set Tsukushi apart from other characters within that trope. Not only did read more