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Onani means masturbation. And that's what this guy is good at. Every day after school, he sneaks into the mostly unused girls bathroom on the 3rd floor, and masturbates. Until one day, when he's caught by a bullied girl with a hidden agenda...
This is a story of mistakes, redemption, and the choices made in between. It contains the worst and best of the human condition.
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This is the most well-written manga I have ever read. The premise/summary might turn you away, but if it does, then you are missing out on a masterpiece.
This 4 volume manga is incredibly intense, and the story-telling is unbelievable. The buildup from the first 2 volumes explodes into all out chaos in the 3rd, and the 4th volume provides one of the most satisfying and well-written endings you will ever come across. If I had one complaint, it would be the lack of other titles by this author, because this level of story-telling is one that I have yet to see in other mangas.
The character evolution is mind-boggling, and the first person narrative really puts you into the mind of the male lead. As the description says, this manga truly shows the worst and best of the human condition. Instead of resorting to cheap acts and exaggerations to illustrate human cruelty, the author cleverly shows the cruel effect daily situational occurrences can have on the main characters. Although the story is at times soul-crushing, it is eventually able to lift the characters out of their seemingly endless spiral, and the ending could not be more heart-warming. That, in my opinion, is the best part of this awesome manga.
The art is not perfect, the premise is a turn off, but give it a chance and you will be surprised. Onani Master Kurosawa is an unbelievable story of weakness, strength and redemption that will make you think, feel and ultimately smile.
I can't believe it
Good Lord. I thought there was seriously something wrong with me to start reading this manga xD But it really was incredible! The masturbation tends toward being more of a plot device than anything else, and for something with a title like this, it's got very little to no hentai (although what is there is a little disturbing.. well, I'm a girl I guess), and... it's got a really good story. The protagonist does some serious growing up throughout. There aren't even any lame penis jokes.
Altogether, this manga took a dashedly awkward subject and turned it into a touching story about growing up. Just goes to show what good storytelling can do. I recommend it.
beautiful story, excellent story-telling
the story is great, brilliant, actually. it's very... emotional and contemplative. you really come to feel for the characters, and identify with them. the art isn't great, in the usual manga sense, since it's very much like a pencil sketch, but the art still has its own appeal, and the scenes the artist draws are totally apt, and convey the story beautifully. the character designs aren't too shabby, in fact i like a lot of them, though they're a little odd for a couple of characters, but that's the point. though the premise may seem bizarre, you have to read this for the compelling story. i would love to read more by this author.
... Last updated on January 31st, 2010, 3:32am
This is my new standard
Read it. If you need to remember any part of this comment, it should just be that first sentence.
From start to finish, as well as the light novel omake, this was the most engaging and satisfying manga that I have read in a long time. In only 31 chapters you feel disgusted at Kurosawa's "duty," laugh at Nagaoka's antics, inquire about Kitahara, feel relaxed with Takagawa's presence, cry at the plot twist, and feel totally heart-warmed at the end. There were times when my heart was beating so much that it hurt because of suspense and also because of sadness. No matter how twisted Kurosawa seems, you can't really bring yourself to hate him. He is very human, as well as (most) every other character introduced. A certain unexpected event in this manga had actually happened to me, and seeing Kurosawa deal with it makes me re-think what I should have done (not anything too drastic though, like he did...). There is a LOT of character development and multiple people find themselves in this manga. Once you read the entire thing, you really feel like you know every single character, and its a wonderful feeling. The art leaves a little to be desired, but the plot pacing and occasional anime references really kept me in.
A very good read
Like everyone else is saying don't let the synopsis or title drive you away. At first I was hesitant to read this but after reading some of the comments I went ahead with it. I must say it has one of the satisfying endings that I've come across recently. The art might take a little getting used to but it kind of suits the story and is definitely worth reading.
unexpected turn of events
whoa! i really didn't expect that the perverted facade of this manga would turn out to have a lot more sense than those shitty shoujo manga. GAWD! awesome. after i got my eyes clouded with restrained tears, i found myself smiling at the ending. believe me. and focus more on the psychological genre of the manga. it actually highlights it and not the damn masturbation stuff. I RECOMMEND you read it.
I thought I have become severely perverted when I opened this page. good thing I read the comments. It's worth reading. please get on reading you'll not regret it.
i owe it to the commenters! good thing i bothered reading. now I have another manga to remember and cherish the lessons i learned.
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WTF?!! i actually deleted my previous comment!! god i have to do this commenting thing alll over again!!
anyways...WTF?!! the ending just came out of nowhere...i was reading and looking forward to the next chapter and then BOOM!! it has ended...i think that it was one of the factors that will not make me give a perfect 10 to this one...but still i think that its a good decision that it became a cliff hanger...fufufufufu..
about the plot...it was short but the plot has lot of good twists and turns...aroud here and there...it actually made me gasp...even though this is not an action or fantasy manga...it still has those moments...
about the characters...Kurosawa...i dont know why but even though he isnt perfect, his twisted and he has a really osick habit...i like him cause he was one of a kind and the development on him was the best!! first he was living in the darkness and then in the end he became i light to others...the other side chracters are also likable like or example Nagaoko...<is it correct??> i like him and all the anime jokes that he brings with him <lolzzz..lelouch pose??>...and also Sugawa...yankee girl...
the story is pretty believable even though the plot up there is weird, dark, psychologically twisted and the title is more that enough to turn a person off...
lolzzz,,,all that said...i think that Onani Master Kurosawa...is one masterpiece that i will never forget...
I was expecting a carefree kind of dark tale about a bout and his deeds, but i wasnt expecting the amazing character development, change of pace, and dark to light in 4 chapters!!! This has to be the oddest and weirdest manga ive read, but yet it is one of the most heartwarming. Yah somehow heartwarming and masturbation arent usually in the same plot, but this managed to to a great job.
Highly recommend this for mainly guys. As for girls, the amount of masturbation that goes on is probably really disturbing. GREAT MANGA!!!
One of a kind
this manga is one of a kind, and damn da ending was a huge huge surprise, cudnt predict at all. Honestly dis manga teaches u many things, dont be misled by da title. just read it give it a chance. howeva if ur lukn for all out romance dis manga is not for u. Its a mixture of things. A truly great manga.
One of the most satisfactory endings
9.5 because the artwork is too sketchy for me.
The ending is so awesome. It's fulfilling and unexpected. You can really see the change from the beginning to the end. Nearly all the characters annoyed me in the beginning but they slowly annoyed me less and less. Finally at the end I wasn't annoyed by anything and I never suspected for the main guy to end up with that girl. :-)