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Every day Sakuta Gotou likes to zone out to his favorite band, Incest, because it makes him feel at ease. However, this band is very secretive and has yet to have a live performance. Now, when the chance comes to Gotou to see his idol Iive, the band's singer, on stage, he finds out that she is the new transfer student in the classroom next door... and to make this even better she stops the concert and grabs him saying, "I've wanted to see you." What is he going to do now?
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Bait and switch
It starts out lighthearted and interesting and quickly spirals into a contrived tragedy for tragedies sake. If you're looking for fun, engaging characters, or comedy you're in the wrong place.
I really don't know what else to say about this one. I enjoyed it up until right around chapter 24 at which point the characterization starts to fall off the deep end. Tragedy is one of my favorite genres, but this is simply not the way to do it. The tragedy in this comes across as impulsive at best and contrived at worst.
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My biggest let down was that the plot with the mother goes nowhere. She's killed off in an almost hysterical way, and is only used as a plot device to drive the brother and sister closer together. Furthermore the girlfriend, who was initially sympathetic, is written off as a lunatic instead of actually resolving their relationship. And the comic relief / childhood friend disappears halfway through and we never see her again. All in all it just felt forced.
If M. Night Were A Manga Author And He Ran Out of Ideas
As a person who is currently reading the manga as I type this, I completely and wholeheartedly concur with Topiary and MangaGhost; I got so fed up with the manga's retardation that I felt the need to warn any others that try to read this. The story was going in a realistic direction and then everything just suddenly takes a random turn into a field of over dramatic twists and turns that came out of nowhere. At times, like when the protagonist was confronted and came to terms with his mother's condition, I felt this manga pull on my heartstrings. HOWEVER, the end result of that is quite possibly the most hamfisted attempt at writing I've ever seen. ALONG WITH THE GIRLFRIEND'S SUDDEN PSYCHOSIS AFTER BEING A MORE OR LESS NORMAL GIRL? I can't even put my reaction into words. All in all, manga was pretty good until like chapter 32; gradually spiraled into F-Class writing. Oh well. At least the ero was drawn well.
What a weird 5-6 chapter ending...
This comic was getting interesting and then BOOM... downward spiral to crappyness. Author could have done a better job.
First time rating something low in about a decade on Baka-Updates.
What the heck happened?!
It started off somewhat interesting and I really liked the character designs. Then it just becomes a disjointed mess. The underhanded ploys by the music management was interesting and it made you want to know how the band would survive. The hints of incest in the beginning was light and not in your face. The girlfriend Ayano was sympathetic, shy and sweet. The family issues made you want to see that resolved in some way. All of this was pretty decent and they just threw it out the window!
One character goes crazy and it feels like it comes out of left field because there's no real build up for it. Plus it seems out of character and used awkwardly to shove that character aside. They kind of retcon to try to explain the situation, but that was still just bad. There's another character that has yuri tendencies that again comes out of nowhere. Another character that seemed to be a regular just disappears till the very end. One character gets killed abruptly to force the plot to head in a specific direction. The story becomes borderline-H and wastes a lot of time on that. It would have been cool if the guy had been called out for being such a dog, but no the story has no real "guts" to do that. I could go on and on...
I think this had potential and it could have gone in so many different ways. They could have focused on the drama of the music industry, or the drama of an incestuous relationship, or the drama of high school romance. Instead they tried to do it all and they didn't take the time to do it right. It comes off feeling rushed and forced at certain points. The story would have benefited more if it had been 10-15 volumes. The end is left in a sort of happy, but ambiguous state which comes off as a cop-out. Come on have some balls and take it to a conclusion! All in all I was disappointed.
Art is fantastic, though I guess it should be expected since the mangaka specializes in hentai. Pretty standard rom-com harem, except theres the possibility of incest with the older sister, which is the ending I'm rooting for lol. Ending doesn't seem so clear-cut and I have a feeling it will keep you guessing until the end, considering there's a love rival for the protagonist when it comes to the older sister.
Definately worth the read.
Not very different
It's not very different from other harem/ecchi/romance manga, but it is at the same time. The art is amazing. The story is pretty good too. Unlike most harem scenarios, I can't really tell where he's going to end up. Usually you can tell from the start that it's one of the characters, but for this it seems pretty ambiguous. Which is a good thing. tl;dr good art, nice fanservice, great story and comedy
Good series, too bad there isn't more of a focus on the sister in recent chapters. Some group needs to pick this up or something, I'm pretty sure there's quite a few raws out already.
Responding to KLGChaos
The series is now monthly, as is the magazine it's in, Young Champion RETSU, (has been for the last three issues. Ch.11 just out in stores today in newest issue No.5 2010年 5/30号) As to whether the 'nowhere to be seen' ch.08 is to be found in the tankoubon is still to be verified...
one of my favorite incest manga!, nice plot and artwork
One thing that this manga does well is it takes the diferent relationships of the main character and developes then slowly and in detail, at least enough for everyone to clearly understand. There's not an obvious harem such as in TLR but you know instinctevely its there.