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Ore x Yome: Himekawa is 26 years old and has a beautiful girlfriend who wants to remain a virgin until she's married. He's lied to her and told her that he has a career with a company when in fact he works at the local convenience store. Ashamed, and wishing to power up his career so he has a shot at actually marrying his girlfriend (and her virginity), Himekawa replies to a want ad and is surprised to get an immediate response.
Gyakushu no Ore x Yome: Kou's very good with computer science and robotics, but not very skilled with the opposite sex. He has a crush on his coworker, Moe, but he hardly even speaks to her. Then one day, his 99 year old self from the future sends him back a present; an android of Moe that only wants to make him happy. His future self comes along for the ride, in the form of a little phallic robot. His new penis-bot and android girlfriend are definitely going to make his life a lot more complicated.
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I'm an old man who started enjoying manga several years ago with "Strawberry 100%." That was a harem manga with unusual depth of feeling, unusually good art, unusually serious characters, and a surprising ending. I didn't realize how unusual it was. Now it's clear too me that there's really not much scanlated manga to appeal to mature adults. However, every once in a while there is one. This manga does the job. It gets right down to the nitty gritty about forming relationships and the particular issues around that difficult process that now exist in Japan. It's very good and pretty sexy in a grown-up way. It's also cleverly plotted and well-drawn. I wish there were more scanlated manga like this....
(This is only a review of the first story. I remember reading the second story in this manga years ago and finding it kind of sad.)
... Last updated on December 8th, 2015, 6:10pm
Little Rough (set-up wise)
In my family I have two working parents, but I read something about how the Japanese system is based on overworking, making it harder to find time to spend with your kids and take care of basic things(then again my parents are workaholics that didn't do those things anyway and relied on the kids to help).
I actually like this story but it has rough edges that could easily have been avoid story wise. Art wise it's good and sexy. Storywise, I don't have a problem with househusbands but it is forced and manipulative on the man here. I do have a problem with the mentality that fetishes... no that's not the right word. The mentality that really wants to push for it for no other reason than out of meanness(is the best way I can put it). This story has some of that. Fact is the guy could have kept his part time job, and the premise could have been to simply live together and have him just be a natural at housework(or do it cause he has the spare time), and then her merely asking him if they start a family if he would do that full time. Still, I like that she tried to find love, and she's basically the protagonist, it somewhat switches but it's really obvious this was written by a woman and the woman in the story is the character whose story this feels like and I'd say the audience relates to. But the way the other girl is turned down doesn't really make sense. If it was merely that he fell hard for the one he likes it'd be fine but they tried to rationalize it too much. Especially since you could say the same thing she's accused of about either woman, I'm not saying you'd be right in either case, which is the problem.
Like I said though, I imagine the audience will feel for the woman the most, and I'm glad its a story about her trying to find love since I feel in the U.S people would give her crap advice to make a statement instead of trying to figure out what would make her happy(or what she stated she wanted to achieve).
Also I've read two works by this author and she seems to like an older woman and a younger guy. I like age gaps either way with either gender. But like I mention, sometimes the gender stereotype flip can have a meanness mentality. Optimistically you'd hope that the system didn't take age into account too much(most dating sites have wide gaps in groups), and that they were just the most suited. But it could be a take that at guys going for younger women FROM A WOMAN'S POINT OF VIEW. And that's important because most women don't seem to get that guys don't do that on purpose(for one it's hard to tell age by sight to some degree) or out of fetishism most of the time. Guys feel women force it. With High school girls it feels like girls go with guys with licenses and cars(something a 14 year old couldn't get). One of my friends was the favoured race/shade of his country(yeah it's a shame that happens), with a college degree, and a good job, and he got dumped because the girl wanted someone older that would have things he'd have, but just couldn't at the age and time he was no matter how accomplished he was, true story.
Personally I think saying people are alpha or beta is insulting and used this way, it assigns roles that don't even make sense. A beta wolf is still a wolf, it is still dangerous, and it still does the things a wolf does. It's a concept that almost negates love for me. I think its fine for partners to decide to have a homemaker if that's how they decide to work together for whatever good reasons.
The second story isn't as good but it isn't bad. It reminds me of something... that I can't remember. It's more comedic, I think it's less sexy but some might consider it more lascivious. Well, most of it's clean except for a scene that seems inserted just for the ecchi(and it is that). I like it but something about the story seems like it's been done often enough that it felt familiar. I can tell why the first story got to be the title but it's fine.
Ore x Yoma (First Story) is interesting.
The first story is excellent both in terms of the story and humour presented. Author can suerly make a series on that. Its really a good read (try it if you havent) and worthy for rating of 10/10. ----- I really didnt liked the second story (the one about the robotic guy). It was average.... 5/10.
After completely reading it:
Gyakushu no Ore x Yome is a 10, funny original and interesting. Ore x Yome looks more likely to a mexican tv series than a manga, and didn't like it as much as Gyakushu no Ore x Yome. I hope that the two prequels get translated soon
This manga has some funny moments and overall the story is interesting. The man ending up as "housewife" is quite rare. There is only one thing bothering me. I think he ends it too soon and abrupt with
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his girlfriend. Did he not want to marry her in the beginning?
But given the manga is only three chapters, I guess it could not be helped.
... Last updated on May 23rd, 2011, 3:58pm
After 3 chapters
It was hilarious. A 26yo guy whose company went bankrupt works at supermarket (so he's not your usual failure at life other mangakas love so much) and gets together with very successful 32yo business woman. He's told he will play wife's role since he doesn't earn anything, which is hard to argue with. So they live together, fight over toilet paper and stuff. It was also very sweet.
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