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Danjou Yamato is a high-school student who lives in the countryside and is the boxing champion of the region. However, when his family has to move out to live in Tokyo, he is transfered to a school in Tokyo that was previously an all-girls school. Girls have a lot of power and give the guys a hard time. But Yamato will not bow down to the power of the girls, and on his way to claim power for the guys in the school, he finds out something about his past... something that he had forgotten long ago...


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v.20 c.94 (end) by Anime Waves & Tinte (1723d ago)
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20 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (540 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.46 / 10.0
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August 6th 2013, 12:37am PST



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Garbage. Avoid this manga.   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Glad-kun
February 12th, 2014, 4:30pm
As stated by other people, the manga starts out interesting. Girls oppressing boys, straightforward protagonist, animosity, mysterious past. Once the oppression issue gets resolved(it doesn't vanish, the balance adjusts, it's not like the situation was healthy anyway) the manga has nothing more to offer.
The animosity between Yamato and Maki evaporates, even though the reason for said animosity comes out much later(and makes not a lot of sense). The pattern of a new female appearing, Yamato doing something(first few times something cool, afterwards just something) and the female has a crush on him, repeats regularly and becomes annoying. Other than that it's a cliche after cliche after cliche.
Again, mysterious past thing does not deliver adequately.
The ending is predictable. Even though it comes out of nowhere(which is infuriating). What is the most cliche and lazy ending for a romance manga?
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Separation+timeskip+reunion... Freaking 8 year timeskip. Out of nowhere. With a half-assed reason.

The art is not so good. Backgrounds are nice, the characters start to feel lifeless after awhile.
If you want a manga with this kind of theme read Katsu!, Cross Game or Rough by Adachi Mitsuru, or IO(that is far from perfect but still much better than open sesame) by Koio Minato.
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Dragging too much   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by zleonlelouch
January 12th, 2013, 9:41pm
long... the romance is too long..... and yeah I see so many plot being reused again and again, like how Danjou meet a random girl falling in love with him and the girl ask for advice from Mogami, how many times again it had happened.... I thought that seeing this complete in 20 volume can give out more development and character's relationship in some volumes
And where the hell is the boxing?? It was shown only at the earlier volume and later on boxing is just used as an excuse for morning practice and for showing off to other girls, the last thing maybe when it is about Akidzuki that makes him win without any trouble....
Even the first plot about how the guys had a hard time against the girls was just being forgotten, oh well maybe the author just didn't want to drag about it again
too many rants that I actually have, but let's just leave it
I give 6 for this because at least the protagonist is not some weak male protagonist that just happened to be liked by every cute girls in the world because he is kind....
Actually I like the romance between Mogami and Danjou if only the author didn't drag it too long....
Unfortunately the chapters when they're actually going out are so little and looks a bit crappy (especially some chapters before the ending about that america thing), because actually that kind of thing is what I search for in romance manga not just how he get the girls and go out then the end....
oh well I usually give 4-5 minimum point for appreciating the author
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Don't read the last few chapters   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by zeds
February 10th, 2012, 8:52am
It's a good story, but the ending sux. Easy fix for that! Just read it to the last vol. first chapter or so.
you will know when the major crappiness begins, so just stop there and delete the rest, except the last 2 pages or so.
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Vexing. Does NOT need to be this long.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by MatrixM
September 30th, 2011, 2:19am
I read this a few months ago. My brother had up to vol 14 so I thought it stopped there [I was very confused when I reached the last couple of chapters of that volume] and when I was at volume 12 I found it entirely believable that it WOULD stop after two more volumes especially after their field trip to...Kyoto, i think it was? It did NOT need to go for 20 volumes. And the big reveal was nowhere near tragic or dramatic enough for all that build up and how everyone was keeping it a secret. I was disappointed, it didn't make sense that they made such a big fuss over it. Wow, I just realised I apparently gave it an 8 soon after I finished it. Let's just fix that.
anyways, from memory some other problems were how some characters weren't really resolved. Especially
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
. That's not really a spoiler, you can probably figure it out before you even start to read this series unless you're expecting originality from this mangaka. Don't do that. I haven't read many romance centric manga but trust me. That'd be a mistake. I was going to go on but after remembering how everyone is falling for the main's just so stupid!
I currently have this marked as "Waste of time, waste of bandwidth".

EDIT: the reason why I have this as high as a 5 is because there were a couple of good chapters

... Last updated on May 14th, 2012, 4:37pm
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I liked it...   
Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
by ninjarear
July 5th, 2011, 11:55pm
A lot of people are complaining but realistically, this was a pretty good read. Some people might not enjoy it and sometimes there's side stories that you don't really give a shit about but overall it was pretty good. Some people complain about the ending and without spoiling too much, I think it was the best ending possible with the plot direction that the author took at the end. It is unrealistic at times and sometimes the characters piss you off and as the reader you want to jump into the pages and yell at them for being so stupid, this feeling came up a lot during the three days I spent finishing this manga. It was a fun read but the manga could have been better.
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most unrealistic ending in history   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by razuraw
June 25th, 2011, 10:54am
this manga should have win award for the most unrealistic ending in history. i was like 8 years lol
Truth be told the whole thing is a bit unrealistic, everyone in this manga is the same everyone is kind and generous always helping others. there is not single selfish or bad person out there and they never make a single mistake in 20 volumes lol, also they never ever say anything bad to each other or have anything bad to say about anyone or anything lol. and oh yeh random characters seem to hooking up with other random characters for no reason at all lol.Badkarmas review sums it up pretty well but even with these problems it was quite fun at times to Read not because of the non existing plot but its funny and sweet at times, if it was not for the terrible ending i would given it 7.

... Last updated on June 25th, 2011, 11:10am
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Need spoilers   
Rating: N/A
by Nukkah
May 23rd, 2011, 12:26am
can someone break this manga down for me? i need to know wat hapns i dont really want to finish the whole thing cuuz i got bored thot the story was going nowhere i just thot the author wasnt paying attention enough sidetrack to much maybe he wrote story about guy with memory loss cuz he has memory problems too lol i wud rather read the very long wall post ppl wrote about this manga cuz they make more sense than the manga it self
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Your opinion   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by Leris
February 6th, 2011, 11:37am
is not everybody's

Panos, just because you don't like it doesn't mean that everybody have to dislike it. You are not center of the world.
Even if this manga wasn't a masterpiece, it's not that bad. And you have no right to flame people who gave 10/10 to it.

There's a reason why this manga have been serialized for a long time, but this manga isn't your type. I can see the reason why you gave this series 2.5 by seeing you gave 10 to Mx0, 9.5 to Unbalancex2, 9 to Karin and Oretama, 8.5 to Girl Saurus and Nozoki Ana, 8 to Rosario Vampire and Sekirei


@panos, normally I don't debate on comments too, but I see a question, so I answered. In fact, I normally don't even write the comment, I just rate.
The reason I don't write any comment is the same reason that I told you.
I believe that people have their own opinions, different opinions. Some may be very different, some may similar or even almost the same. But there wouldn't be the exactly same unless they share exactly same life experience. People who like this series may like it because they have similar experience in life, may like it because they like the drawings, may like it because they like the characters, may like it because they like chicken and many more, but you'll never know.
That's why there are some people who gave this series 10/10. That's why there are some people who gave this series 1/10
That's why I believe in average score than individual's opinion, that's why I believe in and like to give ratings rather than comments.

... Last updated on March 10th, 2011, 4:02pm
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Rating: N/A
by devioustrevor
January 24th, 2011, 12:14pm
Danjou is a putz.

Spoiler (highlight to view)
Mogumi totally lead Danjou on. Going on about how they were going to go to University together all the while she had already decided to go to New York for 8 years, and didn't even bother telling him. But Danjou actually decided to wait for her for those 8 years?

I actually enjoyed this Manga up until the last 2 or 3 chapters.
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Rating: 2.5 / 10.0
by panos
January 24th, 2011, 4:55am
This manga is on a contest between Ginen Shounen,I"s,Kimi no Iru Matchi and Pastel about which one is the WORST.I think Open Sesame and Ginen Shounen get the first place,because from the beginning till the end they continued being crappy.Even it's author has forgotten it's characters(where is Aoi?) and writes the story on the fly.I won't comment about the stupidity of the characters or the lack of plot because i can continue this meaningless,pointless ranting for long.Thankfully the recommendations below mine save me the time.It's a miracle that this manga was serialized for so many years.Avoid opening this sesame at all costs in case a fly gets inside, and if you have already opened it,close it as quickly as possible.

PS: one of 77 people who have given a 10 to this series can (in case you are above 10 years old) you please tell me what's so masterful about it?It's those ratings that recreate these crappy romance manga instead of making the authors think of a better romance story.

@Leris.I don't usually debate on the comment section.But since you commented on my post here is my answer:The least you can do when rating a 1 or 10 is to write a serious recommendation,especially when the manga doesn't have sky high or bottom ratings.
And i also gave 9 Hetakoi and Honeymoon Salad,8 Countrouble,Bitter Virgin and Baby leaf and good enough ratings on a lot more series similar to these and Open Sesame.So,what was this particular one lacking?

Since RexiX and Badkarma as i mentioned covered me almost completely i didn't find necessary to copy my older posts from other sites.Well here are my thoughts:
Spoiler (highlight to view)
The good:
1)Normal(not weak male lead)
2)Good start,bad continuation-execution

The bad:
1)It has become repetitive,long dragging and predictable.
2)Every romance story has a bit of clishe,but when you pass the limit the story fails miserably.Danjou moving in the same city,school,class and sitting by her.I have seen 2 or 3 times random guys trying to hit on the girls on the streets and suddenly our main hero appears to save the day.How many times has Mogami have gone shopping clothes in this series?Has she thought opening her own cloth store with all the clothes she has bought?Ok,we know she lives nearby but the times she has met her by chance is ridiculous.Also,the recreation of the tragic event on chapter 85 was way over the top.
3)The whole idea of the mascot rooster is plain idiotic and it's made only to fill in the pages or make some extra chapters.No seriously,imagine seeing someone walking on the street with a rooster on his elbow,the girls in this story say cute but if you saw in reality someone like that you would say "where this guy came from a village,or that guy is a laughingstock".The doctor is a pedophile(since he has finished medic about 6 years of school i suppose he is 24+) who not only has feelings for his sister but after failing he makes a relationship with her friend who is 15.(Ok,skip that since you will start talking about age of consent in Japan and i want to avoid the procedure about that subject).And the joke is that he says to her "let's get married after i come back from America".The manga is shounen not shoujo.The biggest joke is that we see him in cases talking about his love problems with the 15 year old Danjou.
4)If there was a poll about "which manga is the most inconsistent,Open Sesame would take first place by far in my book".I haven't come across in a manga that the author deletes his characters as easily as this one.Ok,in pastel the same phenomenon occurs,but they are side characters that served their purpose and made their appearance for 3 chapters at most.Also,on Hunter x Hunter,Hishoka the main villain hasn't appeared for 200 chapters.But no this series exceeds even that.Has anyone counted about how many chapters Aoi hadn't made an appearance.That's more than 2 years in real time.And she didn't until the end of the series!She died or sth?Badkarma comments on all of these inconsistencies on his first paragraph on a better degree.I will state the irony of all this issue by saying that someone had created a thread with the subject:"Where is Aoi?"And what about the transfer student girl who joined the boxing club?She said she liked Danjou and she was completely later forgotten.
5)Furthermore is Danjou a moron?There is no chance that either Aoi or either one of his hometown kids hasn't mentioned Mutsuki all those years.If he was a little curious he would knew from the beginning that sth was wrong,you don't have to be a god damn detective.Yeah,let's also skip that part so as to write 94 chapters.
6)Also the ending came out of the blue.I would get that if there was a notification to the author to rush it.But that's not it.It would be more reasonable not to introduce random girls like the drama actress or the photography girl and focus on the character development of the given characters.But the author didn't go down that path.He/She simply preferred making episodic chapters on a plot continuity based story,leaving that way poorly developed characters.
7)Artwork.Well,RexiX gave the better comment on this one.I will only say that if Danjou had long hair i would easily mistake him for Mogami.

Also that Maki is such an egoist and causes so much rage(one of my most hateful characters),so that fact is enough to avoid this manga.

... Last updated on February 24th, 2011, 12:32pm
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