Grand Blue is a diving manga.
It is about college freshmen confused with what club they want to join and how to spend their college lives. They get invited by their incredibly nice senpai and join the diving club. This review will focus on how this manga portrays diving and how people discover love for an activity they were completely new to.
The story of Grand Blue is quite simple yet very satisfying to read. It follows the generic new students don't know what they want to do with their lives and end up joining a club out of curiosity but Grand Blue executes this very
well. They outline diving in a very simplistic yet intriguing way. You do not need any knowledge on diving beforehand as they explain most of the basics as well as different stages of diving as you start to get more comfortable with the water. They outline how easy it may look on the surface but how difficult an essentially dangerous this activity can get, which leads to some really gut wrenching scenes in the manga. We don't have much stories that go in depth on diving so this feels refreshing to read, definitely on the unique side in that aspect.
The art is best described as simplistic yet beautiful. The diving scenes are drawn with so much detail, it really tries to put the reader in the position the characters are in. The character's faces are beautifully and realistically drawn in almost every panel. You can tell the mangaka put time and research into figuring out the minute details of a human body. Since it's a diving manga, the character's take their clothes off almost all the time and the author did an amazing job showing male and female aesthetics.
The cast of Grand Blue seems a bit generic at first glance, but really grow on you as the series goes on. We have our MC, Kitahara Iori, a college freshmen who is confused on how to spend his college life and ends up discovering a passion for something he previously had no interest in. Grand Blue isn't just all diving though, the characters interact with one another outside of diving in multiple ways developing their relationships with one another, especially the members of the diving club. We have Imamura Kouhei, an outgoing handsome man who doesn't care what other people think of him. He likes to truly express what he has a passion for even if other people may label him in a negative way. He is the first friend Iori makes and the story mainly focuses on their friendship, the struggles that come from it, and their new found love for diving.
If you want a unique manga that outlines the beauty of diving, give Grand Blue a shot.
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