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Medaka Box  
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Kurokami Medaka, the strongest girl in Hanokiwa Gakuen (Academy), leads the school's student council. The student body can submit pleas for help, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, into the suggestion box that Medaka installed. Together with council members Zenkichi, Akune, and Kikaijima, Medaka takes on the challenges in the school that range from mundane tasks to supernatural battles.


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v.22 c.192.5 by /a/nonymous & [minus] (162d ago)
v.1 c.1 by CXC Scans (601d ago)
c.192 (end) by CXC Scans (601d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
22 Volumes (Complete)
Oneshot (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 7, Chap 55

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User Rating
Average: 7 / 10.0 (1009 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7 / 10.0
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December 4th 2014, 7:27pm PST

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Weekly Pos #729 increased(+215)
Monthly Pos #1209 increased(+135)
3 Month Pos #1504 decreased(-115)
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Medaka Box Ends This Week 597 days, 21 hours, 5 minutes ago
voiding a previous arc? *Spoilers* 612 days, 14 hours, 2 minutes ago
did medaka box just end at 185? 647 days, 16 hours, 32 minutes ago
Medaka Box Question 682 days, 12 hours, 54 minutes ago
Yeah....I still don't know 923 days, 4 hours, 31 minutes ago

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Great begining...   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Slashout
December 5th, 2009, 10:24am
The manga starts rather good, great art, great characters, good and fun story.
It was something light and fun you could read whenever you felt like it.
And I don't know what happened, as many mentioned, the manga just... transformed itself. From a light comedy, it turned into a fighting manga. The main character somehow switched from one character to another, all side characters became useless (what was the character build up from the first chapters for anyway?).
The fighting is rather disapointing, the girl that was classy and cool is now a super sayien in fighting mode.
Well... I just lost interest. I would probably have read this manga till the end if they kept going as it was previously... But now... I'll probably just forget about it.

... Last updated on June 16th, 2010, 1:08pm
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I don't even know what to think...   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Kevadu
September 12th, 2009, 4:49pm
My opinion of this manga seems to change every time I read it. Sometimes I really enjoy it and sometimes I hate it. I'm not going to rate it because I honestly don't know what to give it...

Let's make something clear: Nobody in this manga is even remotely normal. At first I thought that Medaka was the only weirdo but as the manga goes on sometimes I wonder if she's actually the most normal. I mean, she may be inhumanly perfect in every way but at least she reacts to things in a sensible way considering her abilities. Everyone else in the manga seems like a caricature.

The thing is, none of the problems they deal with in this series are actually exotic or extraordinary. They tackle normal issues that normal high school students might really encounter. But all the characters in this manga are all so exaggerated that they blow everything out of proportion until it seems extraordinary.

Case in point: The money-obsessed swim team. Sure, there are lot's of people in real life who are obsessed with money, but few of them are so jaded that they will proudly proclaim to anyone who might be listening that money is really the only thing that matters to them. But what I really can't get over is...if they are so obsessed with money why did they form a *swim* team? They don't appear to care about swimming at all. Why didn't they get jobs or start a business or something? It just doesn't make *sense* and the author never provides a good explanation.

It's all boke with no tsukkomi. Sometimes that can work but other times it just seems...surreal. Like watching some sort of weird play. It makes me wonder if this story is even set in Japan or if it's set in some alternate reality that just happens to bear some resemblence to Japan.

It doesn't help that there doesn't seem to be much in the way of story progression. The series is stuck in the same repeating pattern. And the current story arc (student council vs. enforcers) is the most surreal yet. I feel like I will drop it from my reading list soon if it doesn't go somewhere...

OK, enough with the negatives. There is a reason I have kept with it for this long: It actually can be quite funny at times. You just have to turn off the part of your brain that is worried about *why* the characters act the way that they do and go with the flow.

**Edit**: Well, that was unexpected. In my original comment I criticized this manga for (among other things) its lack of direction. I said the story didn't appear to be going anywhere...well, now it's going somewhere: straight to mediocracy. Seriously, this setup was never suitable for a shounen battle manga but that appears to be what they want to do with it. Blah, I have just lost any interest I had in this series...

... Last updated on October 23rd, 2009, 9:27am
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So far it's great!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by emperor26
May 12th, 2009, 6:20pm
This isn't quite bad, especially for a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump.

The artwork is simply good, with different characters for a change, a nice plot and some pacing in addition to some good scenes.

I really hope this has a fighting chance with the rest of the mangas serialized in WSJ. It'll be a shame if this manga gets cut so soon.
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Medaka Box: What is This?   
Rating: 4.6 / 10.0
by Ohmanitsjojo
May 10th, 2012, 7:28pm
The school suggestion box; an object that is commonly existent in manga and anime, as well as in the manga Medaka Box. Most of the time, such detail is barely important, which is also true here. Seeing as that is not important, let me throw that aside and explain what to expect from this manga. Simply put, be ready to flip the pages to a tedious, boring manga with extremely long and pointless explanations.

Zenkichi Hitoyoshi is a student at Hakoniwa Academy. At the start of the manga, Hitoyoshi vaguely introduces the character, Kurokami Medaka, the student council president of Hakoniwa Academy, as to what kind of being she is. Without a doubt, a complete monster. Such can be said for the majority of the characters in the manga, Medaka Box, as well. Apparently, this manga is an episodic manga, that eventually turns into an action manga. Sadly, I have not read up to such a point.

From the beginning of Medaka Box, the outer appearance of the manga is a story with decent jokes, only to be shrouded with horrendously long details beside that. I do not comprehend as to why the author of this manga has to stretch the length of the jokes at all. This basically ruins the joke. Putting comedy aside, you basically have an episodic manga. What else is there in this "story"? Well... I actually don't know.

The characters can be considered a good point in Medaka Box, as well as a bad point. In Medaka Box, characters are unique in a way, but the ability to display them is mediocre. In every character introduction, we are given a large amount of information about a single person. In a way, this is great, although, giving us useless information is not. Continuing it with a long summary of the character with 100 words spread over 2 or 3 pages, instead of the possible 40 in a half page or one page, is also not. My favorite part of the characters is somewhat of what I said before, the uniqueness of the characters. Shown as having superhuman abilities, nearly every recurring character is unique in a way. Although Medaka Box can be displayed as being a story with a majority of the characters being unrealistic, at this point, such is a spark of light.

Now then, the art. The art is wonderful. Well-drawn characters, as well as backgrounds and details in art is included in such. In the entire manga known as Medaka Box, this detail is the greatest. Going from regular facial expressions to abnormally unusual facial expressions, you can easily tell what a character is thinking.

What else is there to say? Well, on first impression, I disliked this manga. As of now? I still dislike it. I have never been a fan of Nisio Isin, and would not be surprised to hear opinions being biased of Medaka Box due to the extremely high reputation of his. I have read twelve chapters of this manga so far, and before someone tells me to "read up to chapter 92, then express your opinion," I would like to know something. Who in their right mind would read eleven volumes of a tedious and boring manga just to be able to call it "good"?

... Last updated on October 8th, 2012, 7:26am
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Flipped the whole world over   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by randomblah123
August 14th, 2010, 6:24am
This series started off very interesting with the whole business of the "Suggestion Box" and Kurokawa trying to fix up everything. The individual short stories were quite amusing.
This however, was not going to keep a manga serialized for long, and this is probably why the author changed it into the more popular battle manga style - a total 180 flip that was quite unsettling at first.
Its still interesting now with the concept of the abnormals and creating the perfect human, but a battle manga is a battle manga. With the incessant fighting on one side, the plot itself isn't quite enough to make it perfect.
I will keep reading this to see how it unfolds, but the best part of this manga is still the beginning.
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Too much on the shounen battle track   
Rating: N/A
by Dright
September 22nd, 2012, 3:04pm
I really liked the start with the suggestion box and everything, the scenarios were always quite funny. But as soon as it started to get into the over-the-top battles it just got there and stayed there.

Hopefully it'll achieve a better comedy school life vs shounen battle ratio later on.
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Gone horribly wrong   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Emperorpogi
November 19th, 2009, 3:01am
The first 1-18 chapters are great, but the series starts to lose its flavor. It goes from Comedy / High school setting to a Martial Arts / Action High school setting. The character everyone thinks is the main protagonist turns out to be a side character. The fighting is just horrible. The only thing it has going is the art.

It is worth reading the first 20 chapters, any chapters after that is up to you to read.

... Last updated on November 19th, 2009, 3:03am
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Very Interesting Indeed   
Rating: N/A
by Thi0s
May 23rd, 2009, 11:55am
After reading through the oneshot chapter, I could only think of Haruhi and how she directs Kyon in her daily whims. Medaka is basically a Haruhi that isn't a God, but is still strong-willed and irrational. Zenkichi also surprised me because I thought he would just be Medaka's weak, male counterpart that was somehow still important. It turns out that he is much more complex then that, and certainly not weak. A must read.
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It was eh   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
December 15th, 2011, 12:17am
At some random point in this manga, you're going to come across chapters and chapters of something you just don't find interesting at all. It's not that it isn't funny, likable, kinda silly, and amusingly parody-like. It is. It's just also boring. The author creates new characters like they're made from machines. It's a testament to his character creation skills that I can even still recognize most of them, but it's also repetitive and actually kind of annoying (because I don't care about them all that much.)

Like another commentor noted, I'd like more Zenkichi. He is honestly the most likable character there, and he also takes back-seat a lot, even though he's technically pretty much the second person we meet in the story. And to be honest, he's one of the few in the main cast who isn't just over-the-top strange, and I think it's a shame he's not more prominent, because it might balance out Medaka, who by now is just kind of dripping Mary Sue. She was always kind of on the edge to begin with, but her personality and occasional touches of humanity negated that very well, which was part of what was so good about this manga in the first place. But now... she's a virtuous saint with nearly invincible powers and not much else. Disappointing.

So back to my main point; in some chapter or other, you're probably going to be like "You know what, I no longer care" and just drop this manga. I started skipping chapters around the Amazing Battle Manga bits... I know, I know, I should plow on more and get to the amazing parts everyone assures me are to come, but I just can't bring myself to do it. It's probably one of the perils of being as cross-genre as it is.

EDIT: Skipped right to the end and could still follow the story. biggrin

... Last updated on March 15th, 2014, 11:20am
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Medaka BANZAI! (caution! : spoiler!)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by silvermatthieu
January 8th, 2010, 3:26pm
I liked the beginning with the introduction of the strange student council president and her conquest for the sake of others.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Since the appearance of the Uzen and his enforcer everything changed to more serious and fighting focused development.
At first, I didn't like the class 13 and flask-plan idea, it didn't fit with my expectations of the development. But I got even more fired up than in the beginning when she trained with her brother and is now fighting in the dungeon below the school. Now I want more of this. Medaka fight-oh!
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