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Two boys, Mitsuhashi Takashi and Itou Shinji, meet each other at a salon. It turns out both boys are transferring to a new school and decide to take the opportunity to reinvent themselves. No longer will they be run of the mill high school students, they will become the biggest delinquents Japan has ever seen!
今日から俺は!! 我是大哥大 คู่ซ่าฮาคูณสอง 오늘부터 우리는 Cặp bài trùng Kyou Kara Ore Wa Today, It's My Turn!!
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A very fun and entertaining read that offers more than meets the eye
This series is a real anomaly. This one is extremely heavy on the gags. Very funny gags surrounding a main character who is almost too narcissistic to be real, the sort of character that's really hard to involve in a serious story or engaging character arc without becoming 100% comedic. Yet it manages to pull it off with surprising finesse.
One of the real strengths of this series, compared to other shounens, is how much it manages to ground itself into a relatively believable real-world scenario of actual delinquent life while also being entertainingly larger than life. Real-life depictions of violence often undercut the comedic tone in equally grim situations. As a delinquent series, it does not shy away from subject matter such as sex trafficking, drug smuggling, senseless acts of brutal violence against bystanders and attempted murder--along with the expected ruthlessness of turf wars and intra-gang violence. Conversely, the series wrings out some very entertaining stories by merely presenting the deliquents real-world problems punks like them would face, such as finding worth with the reputation as a brawler, attempting to fit in in more domestic setting, or just doing a good deed without a suspicious bystander calling the police or getting the wrong idea.
While the main characters are extremely skilled brawlers, they also have believable limitations which also helps ground the series. The presence of Yakuza swords, knives, scares the shit out of them more often than not and they frequently resort to running away from large groups of thugs or naturally unwinnable situations such as when those same weapons are used. The frequent use of dirty tactics, including attacking from behind and groin kicking are often shown as necessity in tight spots, subverting and often questioning the typical notion of "fair fights." Characters rarely make it out of situations unscathed, and they are usually forced to use their wits and street smarts to win rather than brawl head-on.
Another highly atypical trait is that this series is very satirical and self-aware in terms of shounen cliches and taking itself too seriously too much of the time, to the point where the sometimes even break the fourth wall. This is especially apparent in the first 30 volumes in which very serious character and story arcs will very often subvert "victories" by having reality or cruel turns of fate send them back down to earth, or even worse off than before. Even in the middle of serious fight, Mitsuhashi or Imai will deflate the situation with some very welcome wisecrack or action that can turn a dramatic moment into complete farce.
Of course, the main appeal is Mitsuhashi himself. The manga tread a very fine line in making the character a completely self-centered and pitiless bastard, yet also giving him enough of a likeable, cute, and impish personality. His pranks are often hilariously cruel and relenting, yet I very rarely felt it went too far. He has so much comic potential, that he could be thrown in almost any situation or setting and still find a way to make it memorably funny. Mitsuhashi's unique way of fucking with people with often unpredictable consequences is a rare gift that the series is not a bit shy in making heavy use of, both in major and minor story arcs. Most shocking of all is that he gets a decent amount of character growth and depth later on while still not losing his chaotic nature. His partnership with the more virtuous Itou actually enriches both characters as the series increasingly probes into what makes each character tick and their friendship/partnership
That's not to say other characters get reduced to window dressing. This series has some very good characters and character growth. What begins as a mere set-up for comic and action vignettes in v1, the series gradually increases in cast, and what initially seem like throwaway characters initially get quite a bit of fleshing out. Imai and Tenegawa particularly stand out in this regard. Little more than comic foils or generic thugs early on, they both get an enormous amount of panel space in later volumes and entire character arcs are devoted to them and their exploits along with their inner passions and dreams. Past "villains" also get additional panel time and we get to see how they adjust in Japanese society and whether they become better or worse people over time.
While somewhat more secondary, I was also quite impressed with how the female characters were handled. Sure, there were a few damsels, but much of the girls possessed a refreshing amount of piss and vinegar, either getting involved in brawls themselves or keeping many of the male characters in check. Outside of Riko's habit of shoving Mitsuhashi in a flirty sort of way, most of KKOW's females use more bleievably catty or outspoken ways of showing their displeasure with the male characters. Ecchi style humor is very rare, and the females will more often shoot down opposing male egos or romances outright in several occasions. That's not to say they're man-hating bitches either, just they their not often easily swayed by the frequently displays of street fighting and bragging or willing to fall into a man's arms at the drop of a hat, unless exaggerated for comic affect.
Art starts out crude in the first volume or two, but it's very appropriate for the gag-heavy nature of the early stories. It naturally improves over the course of the 30+ volumes, becoming much more assured after the first few volumes. Yet the early volumes display a chaotic, more freehand style that parallels Mitsubishi's anarchy and cockiness--an anything goes approach that I found appealing. The more action-oriented scenes improve over each volume, eventually becoming very well staged and shifting gears between gag comedy and serious drama with absolute ease, with some equally appealing chibi artwork.
I personally found the manga art much more appealing than art used in the anime. While the anime attempted a more generic early 90s character design and beefing them up to the point where they resemble DBZ characters rather than high school students, the manga had much more appropriate proportions, reserving their more tall and intimidating presentations for key scenes and fights. Itou in particuar looks almost nothing like his anime counterpart, who looks like Vegeta with 3x as much hair. "Urchin-kun" had tall spiky hair, but it certainly didn't tower over him like a chef's hat. In short, read the manga, then the anime and the difference will be night and day.
... Last updated on December 10th, 2013, 11:15pm
A great manga everyone should read, especially fans of Delinquent mangas.
WARNING: This comment may have spoilers.
Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! is the story of two boys, Mitsuhashi and Itou. They have both decided to switch schools and that from that day onward, they would be delinquents.
In the first few volumes, we get an idea of the characters we will get to know in the manga. The first main character, Mitsuhashi, is a conceited guy who will use any means necessary to win. This includes using tricks, pranks, weapons, and even using other people. However, he's no pushover, he has incredible speed and is quite intelligent and uses these things to his advantage. Our second Main Character is Itou, a complete opposite of Mitsuhashi. He's a nice guy who only fights for justice, protecting the weak and to help others, however he is quite naive. In fights, Itou fights fairly and because of this he loses most of his fights due to the opponent using unfair means to win. Itou lacks speed, but makes up for it with brute strength, being able to take a beating but still keep going. Our side characters grow but there are only four important side characters to the whole story: Imai, Tanigawa, Riko and Nakano. Imai and Tanigawa are from beni high, Imai is like a gorilla in terms of strength and is quite tall, however he's an idiot. Tanigawa is the opposite, small and weak like a monkey but is intelligent. Riko is a girl Mitsuhashi meets and later befriends, she runs a dojo with her father and later begins to fall for Mitsuhashi. Nakano is best described in a few words: the strong silent type.
Now then, the plot is kinda everywhere in this manga, but it does have one. In the first few volumes, it comes off as episodic and gag filled, but eventually starts to have storylines and arcs of sorts. The manga mostly follows the format of doing a few episodic gag chapters, major story arc, flashback of sorts and then closure for the arc. Then the cycle repeats. Most of the story arcs are about rivals from other schools trying to give Mitsuhashi and Itou trouble, or one of the side characters being in trouble and needing help.
Character development does happen, the best example being Imai and Tanigawa. Imai in the beginning was nothing but an idiot who fought for the sake of fighting. However near the end he has a goal for what he wants to do in life and why he's fighting. Tanigawa was known as just a weakling who followed Imai and at one point admits that he was weak and nothing would change that. But due to certain events, Tanigawa mans up and eventually proves to everyone he is just as strong as even Itou or Mitsuhashi.
Overall, I felt Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! was great, it had everything you want in a comedy action manga about delinquents. It had gags, story and development and I would gladly recommend this to anyone.
... Last updated on May 7th, 2011, 2:05am
366 chapters wasnt enough
This series could have stretched over 2k chapters and I still would have loved it. The comedy was perfect, and while supremely out of focus the romance was rather sweet/cute. Though none of those reasons compare to the shear magnitude of the character lord mitsuhashi. It is impossible to get bored of a series with him in it, every situation would turn to gold with the introduction of that single char. Unique characters seem to be nishimori's strong point, and this is a golden example. I would absolutely love to see a sequel pop up to let us no how mitsuhashi turned out as an adult xD.
Also, although I agree the ending didn't do the series justice, over all it wasn't too bad. In could have been a lot better, but it also could have been waaaay worse.
... Last updated on May 5th, 2012, 12:48am
Don't get fooled by the look...
...because otherwise you might overlook a great classic shounen manga! This is definitely recommended for those who enjoy the japanese daily school life with a certain kind of extra flavor...called delinquency! The art might look unappealing at first (keep in mind that this manga was created 2 decades ago), but it gradually improves over time. The overall plot seems lacking, considering it's the typical "beating the baddies" kind of plot, but it excels above other mangas of the same genre simply because of the VERY interesting character design of the main protagonists.
plus: REALLY enjoyable reading experience, comedy, realistic action scenes, character development minus: old school art style, lack of plot development at the beginning
... Last updated on June 1st, 2011, 6:31am
The most under rated manga i have ever read
The comedy is one of the funniest i have read so far the fighting is amazing. the art puts you off for a few chapters, but then you realize its perfect for the comedy aspect of this manga and now i wouldn't have it any other way. the series succeeds in two things: its an amazing delinquent manga,and an amazing comedy. overall all the characters are great, but one of the main characters mitsuhashi is by far one of the best characters ever drawn. i cant believe i put off this series for as long as i did. highly recommended.
It is a very funny manga, the main character may remind you of hiruma from ES21 if you've read that, but obviously this came before then so...
Quite surprised to see there's 38 volumes and yet only 2 or so have been scanned, i would have hoped a series like this would have had more interest... terrible shame
This is one of the funniest mangas i have ever read. I reread the couple of chapters that have been released every once in a while just for a good laugh!
... Last updated on May 6th, 2009, 2:16pm
My bring-one-and-only-one-manga-to-an-island choice
Even though all of the jokes are essentially the same, they never ever get old. I'm ALWAYS laughing after every chapter. KKOW was my cure to a bad day. Beautiful and enjoyable comedy/action mix with both longer arcs and shorter one chapter stories. Wish there was more to this series (yes, even after 350+ chapters I still want more)
Don't let the art steer you away from this manga!
... Last updated on February 24th, 2013, 9:40am
I'll admit it, I put this manga off for a long time just because it didn't seem to appeal to my eye. However, after reading 366 chapters of this, I can say that this is among the best manga I've ever read. It has great characters and great jokes that will never fail to leave you laughing on the floor. Totally recommended to everybody out there.
Now, this is ...
This manga is fuckin' hilarious and way more amusing than anything I have read so far! And the most important thing, there are no cliche situations. You shouldn't skip this piece of work