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The story of Ciguatera follows Ogino, who is bullied in high school along with his friend Takai. The two rely on their passion towards motorcycles and desire to get one to add some hope and vigor to their otherwise bleak lives.

The two are learning to drive in secret at a driving school, and it is there that Ogino's life begins to change forever. The manga follows a variety of characters through their high school and working lives, through their struggles, their triumphs, their dreams, their futures, their love, life and loss.


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Associated Names
Ciguatera - 17 Fuga of Youth

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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.65-69 (end) by Mangascreener (1643d ago)
v.6 c.61-64 by Mangascreener (1690d ago)
v.6 c.58-60 by Mangascreener (1690d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (325 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.81 / 10.0
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June 28th 2014, 5:00pm PST

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Young Magazine (Kodansha)

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Very Good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nail80
September 23rd, 2014, 6:05am
I've finished Ciguatera not too long ago and it left a deep impression on me. It felt like real life.
Ogino, the main character, looks miserable at first, but his development is rather nice. Sure he continues to be a bit of a wimp and doesn't have any self-confidence at all, but it was very interesting to know about his thought process. The rest of the cast was small but each served his/her purpose, just the way I like it.
The world in ciguatera is raw, bleak and real. Some parts didn't need to happen and served no purpose whatsoever other than to leave a bad taste in the reader's mouth. (Rape is a big no-no, and the culprit got away. I was seriously pissed off.)
Despite that I think it was very good overall. I've read comments saying that Ogino's girlfriend is not developed, but I think she was the perfect girl for Ogino in the sense that she provided him with the emotional support he needed, any other and Ogino wouldn't have made as far as he did. And he acknowledges that, that for me was pretty huge. She was needed to allow Ogino to think about things and not to allow him to overthink or make a big deal of a situation.
As far as the ending goes... After a while I think it's good. Yeah it wasn't what I was expecting, nobody saw that one coming I think, but we were treated to a couple of years in the life of this guy and got to see him mature and evolve. Were things supposed to stay like that forever? Life is never fair. And yet you see it at that time too, Ogino recognizes his life, and what could change.
Because of that super realistic ending and what it left to interpretation, I just have to give this a 10. I know that it has its flaws, but it's a 10 for me.

... Last updated on September 23rd, 2014, 6:06am
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the life and time of a pushover   
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
by whitespade
August 30th, 2014, 4:51pm
this manga is basically a story of growing up, a story of how a young boy with wild delusion change. he met a lot of incredible people in his path. some do him harm, some do him good, most make him uneasy. however, he manage to get past them one way or another. usual narrative will demand perfect resolution for every thing that had ever happen, however this is as slice as life as possible, thus, like real life, a lot of things dont have real conclusion that readers will be content to. readers must accept some good guy get bad luck, and some bad guy will never have to pay for their transgression.

i find this manga thoroughly funny, especially toward the end where the mc is bathed in happiness. the last chapter is like a cold water dousing me with reality. however, i do accept it. nothing last forever - i think this is the message the mangaka try to tell us.
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don't read   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by modnar
March 11th, 2014, 2:27am
i will vote 0 because hopefully less people will waste their time with this manga. it's fun at times, and yea i saw the argument about it being seinen manga, but it's too "real" (although often fucked up) and sad to be a manga. unless you like to feel horrible, don't read it.
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Not great, not too bad either.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Verix
March 8th, 2012, 11:22am
Another manga that tries to be very realistic, but kind of fails at being so. It definitely has some good moments but there's lots of weird mixed up in it. Lots of loose ends remain when the manga ends, too. All in all not too much of a satisfying expierence.
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It was Great . . was   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Revangale
October 1st, 2011, 3:51pm
The story was really good, to see how the prota. change from the beginning to towards the end. However, around volume 3 and 4, the chapters don't !@$%ing connect, make sense, or contribute to character development. Some are really irrelevant.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The chapter "2 cm" where the lead female was basically raped! Nobody finds out, no consequence or drama from it. No point

Similarly, when the female lead cheats on the prota. She lets some creepy old guy touch her breast and she says they "almost went all the way" What the heck is "almst all the way"? Did she
perform fellatio only and there was no vaginal intercourse? It's so vague! The same thing, nobody knows, no consequence, no drama, so no point -.-

Sure, its "slice of life" so it might portray how shit happens that people don't know, but no, I don't think that's the case.
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Not a bad manga, but absolutely horrid ending   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by KonoHentai
June 8th, 2011, 11:25pm
I kinda enjoyed this manga, right up until the last chapter, which completely ruined the entire experience. Bad aftertaste indeed.

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So Ogino and Nagumo split, which is kind of a big surprise as it is seeing just how much in love the two were supposed to be, but we get ABSOLUTELY NO EXPLANATION as to what happened and why exactly they split. I get the feeling that the manga was axed so the mangaka decided spit in the face of the publisher and fans, seriously.

I don't mind the breakup at all, but at least give us some sort of explanation as to why exactly they broke up.
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Ogino's got no spine   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by merlockmagus
April 27th, 2011, 6:21pm
Very peaceful manga, but...

I wish Ogino grew more of a backbone. This manga is a pretty good read and for the most part pretty realistic, but Ogino does nothing the entire time. He's just had everything fortunate and unfortunate just land on him. He doesn't really take a step in any particular direction. I think he's pretty lucky that anything interesting happens to him. The only thing about Ogino I can admire is his passion for motorbikes. He's easier to relate to when motorbikes come up -- more full of life.

Otherwise, he's just your average Japanese high school perverted chump who gets bullied on and gets the 'hot' girl. And he's kind of lacking in the friend department.

Are there no other protagonist archetypes to choose from?

... Last updated on April 27th, 2011, 6:26pm
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Rating: N/A
by cebshark
April 6th, 2011, 4:50pm
alright manga but at times the chapters seem irrelevant and some chapters left me wondering what the point was in drawing certain scenes. anyways theres some interesting themes about the realities of life
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Rating: N/A
by channel_49
November 11th, 2010, 2:50pm
Although this series was interesting, it has a major flaw through and that is the main female character really feels like a stump of wood... really does not convince me as a real person. The male character on the other hand is very lively and believable.

I'm sure tons of people are concerned with the ending, as I am. I felt that this type of ending is not something I look for in a manga, meaning that although it makes sense from a story sense, I can find this type of endings in books very often. I'm sure the mangaka just thought the obvious ending would be somehow unrealistic or typical, so he chose the opposite. Well if stories didn't give hope, what else is there to look forward to? I feel that by choosing this ending, the mangaka is the type of person that gave up the hopes of a teenager and regretted it.

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I also don't believe the expected typical ending is so unreal, my best friend is still dating his girlfriend from high school and I feel that its my responsibility to help them pull through and stay together, just to prove authors such as these wrong. Not all of adulthood is about realism and a future that is sad and boring. If you believe that, then you've lost hope. Without hope a person really has no reason to live on.

... Last updated on November 15th, 2010, 9:15pm
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It's good but eeek!   
Rating: N/A
by Laclongquan
July 12th, 2010, 5:46am
68 chapters you can read just fine. Good, enjoyable, full of quirky personality, and very funny situations.

Bam! Chapter 69 slap you in the face with a dose of reality. Awkward as hell in term of storyline and character development. In my opinion anyway.

We actually know to the bone what reality is. We dont need to be reminded about that.

Tsk! talk about bad aftertaste.

EDIT: some may say I just read too much into the story, that mangaka want to end it quick. Well okay, but still. I do wish can unread chapter 69.

... Last updated on July 12th, 2010, 6:25am
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