This will be the first time I've written a review for a manga. Normally I don't tend to write reviews for anime or manga. Anime because I haven't seen anything outstanding I want to write about and manga, because I read most of them far too quickly for me to write a proper review. That and the fact that most the stuff I read is ongoing which makes it kinda difficult to write a review. And anyway that is what MAL is for. :)
Okay, LJ is being a retard today and I can't seem to format any of this entry at all so I'll fix it up later.
Well I finished this manga just recently(last week probably) and I enjoyed it on so many levels that I felt like it deserved a mini-review from me.
"The series follows the relationship between Haruna Nagashima, an enthusiastic former softball star, and Yoh Komiyama, the cool boy she convinces to coach her in romance."
For starters, it's shoujo. YAY! You know what this means? It means romance, and cuteness. In this case we also get COMEDY. Lord knows, there's a huge amount of comedy in this but that's what left it's impression on me.
What I found the most interesting and relieving about this manga was the heroine was not a complete idiot. I've seen too many of those characters who lack originality or depth and it's really starting to grate my nerves when I see one. You know the type who gets down at everything and misunderstands everything that goes on around her, generally making herself look weak and stuff so the guy can come and rescue her(so sweet! Not.)
Nono, Haruna is probably the most cheerful and craziest girl you will ever meet. It's funny how most shoujos begin with the heroine bagging herself a hot dude WITHOUT trying to be cute or anything at all. Haruna is completely different. She devoted her whole middle school life to softball and now she's in highschool, her only goal is to find a boyfriend.
We go on a journey to see Haruna's attempts to get "picked up". Mind I also mention "fail" attempts? Yes she never once managed to succeed in getting picked up and when she was in her most despair moment, prince charming Yoh appears to save the damsel and becomes her coach in getting a boyfriend! With the condition that she will never fall in love with him. Little did he know that he would be the one who falls in love first. Ah the joys of shoujo, making our dreams and fantasies come true. LOL.
Things don't always go smoothly for them. They're both beginners in love and while most shoujos have a hell load of kissing going on, Koukou Debut focuses mainly on relationship development and highschool life. There's the occasional kissing and other intimate stuff but they don't get far......XDDDD
To be honest, the manga is like every other highschool manga. The plot isn't exactly new or original or what since it follows...well..highschool. You can't exactly get very original with highschool stuff. I mean all they do is...go to school. LOL. Study, have fun etc etc. So what made me give this manga a really high score were the characters.
Oh yes, this manga had a whole bag full of strange characters. But while they were strange they were unique and interesting. I was a little disappointed they didn't elaborate on one of the characters but other than that small nitpick, they were good. Haruna especially. There were parts that really made me smile, made me sympathize, made me laugh and in general, made me happy to be reading such a great manga. There isn't much of that sorrowful heart clenching in this but more of the lighthearted cheerfulness. There were many times I actually said out loud, "Haruna, you are seriously fucking crazy." but bear in mind. It's a "good" crazy. :)
It's a relatively short manga. Especially when you compare with other shoujos. There's only 52 chapters but I felt like that was enough. It had a very nice round ending and to be honest I think the mangaka has sucked all of the concept dry enough,so yep it ends on a happy note.My rating: