Jan 24, 2018
NichijouShmo21 (All reviews)
Abnormal-kei Joshi isn't a terribly good manga. It's a somewhat interesting take on the harem genre, and it might be worth the hour or two it takes to read it, but there isn't much else to appreciate - which is unfortunate, given that the series is indefinitely suspended.

Chapters 1 and 2 introduce the girls - the stalker, the serial killer, the 'Sleeping Beauty,' etc. One girl is nearly a copy-and-paste of Ochibana from Denpa-teki na Kanojo, down to her short stature and long dark hair. Following these introductions, the first story arc more or less begins with some grisly cannibalistic murders. This is a world, like Denpa-teki na Kanojo, where serial killings are the norm, and the focal point is the edgy, unflappable lead characters. As for setting - well, this is just your typical high school harem manga setting. Nothing to see here, folks.

It's a bit interesting how Abnormal-kei Joshi tries to implement its cast of girls into the plot. Each girl has a role to play, however contrived or convoluted. They each get their moment. Dialogue reads like discount Nisioisin in its directness, but the girls look nice enough in the style they're drawn, and the manga lacks the unjustified fan service of other, weaker harem manga. The girls are able to stand on their own merits (or lack thereof).

The message of sorts to this manga is that apathy is attractive. The harem is drawn to the main character, Shinya, on the basis that he's unfazed by their strange and often harmful quirks (it's his EYES, man! His cold, cold eyes!). Though I say apathetic, he's also somewhat of an enabler to their tendencies - despite his internal monologues that show antipathy towards girls in the first place. He's somewhat inconsistent that way.

Anyway, this is my first review on this site, so I can at least say that Abnormal-kei Joshi got me to WRITE about it. It's fairly mediocre, but you can read it quickly and maybe get some enjoyment out of it. It has potential, but I can't grade it too highly on potential. 5/10 for me.