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From DramaQueen: Tomoe Tatsumi is a freshman attending university in Tokyo. Life couldn't be better: he's living in a really nice apartment for less than most people pay for a single room. This is all thanks to Mitsugu Kurokawa: salary man, landlord, and (hopeful) lover.
It is due to Kurokawa's generosity that Tatsumi is able to live in Tokyo on such a tight budget. Kurokawa's intention is clear: to love, honor, and cherish Tatsumi until his dying days! And if big brother Souichi Tatsumi has his way - that day will come sooner than not!
For Kurokawa, progress can only be made by "challenging the impossible...." And thus, Takanaga sensei introduces us to her charming romantic comedy, Challengers!
チャレンジャーズ 合格祈願 (Hakusensha Version) 愛的挑戰者 爱的挑战者 우리 사랑하게 해주세요 Goukaku Kigan (Hakusensha Version) Goukakukigan Küss mich Student! (German) Please Allow Us To Love Please Let Us Love Rien n'est impossible (French)
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Love That's Not That Interesting...
I feel like I'm the only one who didn't like this story that much. I discovered "Challengers" from the side story sequel "The Tyrant Falls in Love" and although I read chronologically backward I found Tyrant to be much more interesting than this one. I see this story as Takanaga's starting weak points. I also didn't like the style that much (I guess since I am so used to/love Takanaga's current style a lot more) but the story was humorous, cute and the moments of love were sweet. However, I guess I didn't like the couple too much. I just found how they met and developed a relationship to be too unrealistic and bizarre as odd as it sounds. It was even too unrealistic for BL manga standards when based on a realistic setting. It had no real foundation. Tomoe seemed to be a typical type of character/uke in BL but I did like him. I thought he was very cute but he was very plain and kind of under developed to me. He was a typical naive uke being set at the pace of the seme. I found it weird he could be so obliviously trusting and not understand Kurokawa's motives by his behaviors. [spoiler/ Kissing Tomoe goodbye before he even knew who he was or if Tomoe was even interested.[/spoiler] I found Tomoe's naivety kind of irritating at some points yet I didn't dislike his character. I admit though that he had more presence in Tyrant and he's barely in it. Kurokawa was just as boring and also lacks a lot of development. He's always cowering in fear from either Souchi or his own stupid actions and never really takes full responsibility in a way I see fit. He's bold in aspects of advancing sexual related needs but in all else he's pretty spineless even for Tomoe's sake. It's a shame but a side character like Isogai was more interesting and he too was just as bland as the others.
concerning what little plot existed I just think necessary elements were thrown into this story to make it interesting and just fell short of anything really worthwhile. I honestly only read this story to learn more about Souchi and Morinaga's past revealed only in Challengers. Which, even at it's slowest point of development of their relationship in Challengers it was still a lot more interesting than the main couple of this story.
The story's pacing was very strange as well and it felt like in some chapters a lot was thrown out at once which made the story seem jumbled and even harder to read.
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Example being when Tomoe went missing after a drunk Kurokawa almost raped him then all this stuff came out at once when Tomoe was found and confronted by everyone who was looking for him. It was just awkward and a weird way for feelings to blossom from Tomoe and for Kurokawa to admit his feelings.
I actually really liked Souchi in this despite his overbearing nature because it's relatable. His younger brother went off on his own and moved in with an older stranger who as he suspected had more or less indecent motives to a older sibling's standards. Souichi was truly the height of this manga for me and found myself wanting to skip ahead to the story that concerned him and Morinaga. I can't say enough how unrealistic this story was for me to a point that it's a little lower than mediocre.
If you like somewhat cute, classic/generic art style and typical/cliched stories then this is for you but if you're looking for a more compelling tale of BL love this just isn't it. If I ever had to convince a fellow friend the splendors of BL and recommend a good read this would be the last manga I'd ever consider.
... Last updated on June 8th, 2013, 10:33pm
gets too many negative reviews
I found the story to be really funny, and really sweet. The art wasn't my favorite, but I thought the story was solid. Its a simple romantic comedy, but I'm glad it doesn't have the smut/drama. It fits a sweet romance like this.
Well... it was okay. I wanted a cute shounen-ai and nothing too complicated, and I got one. I definitely agree that Koisuru Boukon was more interesting, even though I only watched the anime and didn't dare touch the manga... Yes, because of that yaoi tag that's in the way = =|||. Hell, for all I care I'll remain single for life! Yes, that means despite my love for yaoi I can't touch them since it's too dangerous and I'll accidentally or rather already did learn the man's body...
Back to track. It's nothing special. The art is decent and the story is cute. But honestly, there's nothing that stands out to it. Characters were weak and story's your run-of-the-mill. Art's not too bad, but since the only character I love is from or rather extended into Koisuru Boukon. So yes, inferior again = =;;.
In any case, there's nothing too bad about it. So if you're just in a mood to find something cute and easy to read to waste your time, well, you're in the right place. It did a great job on not boring me out or pissing me off, a very wonderful average manga lol. A manga doesn't need to be special to be good if you're in the mood for it XP. Gives pretty decent laughs too!
I only went on to read this cos I really liked Koisuru Boukun and wanted to know the whole story but I must say I enjoyed reading this a lot more than I'd thought... The art in the beginning was god awful but even that gets gradually better. The plot I thought was rather charming throughout and, despite the onesidedness of the characters' feelings, there's little forcing going on. Tomoe was a bit irritating at times cos, c'mon, no one's that naïve, but I thought there was something realistic about his undecidedness. Love can be really confusing when you're new to romantic relationships. Plotwise, I also loved that it was Kurokawa giving up his life for Tomoe and not the other way around. That was refreshing! And of course it was interesting to know more about Souichi and Morinaga's beginnings... I'm sure lots of people read them in this order and I must say, though this isn't as good as its sequel, it's totally worth a look. It was entertaining in its own right and parts were funny enough to make you laugh out loud!
... Last updated on March 13th, 2013, 1:59am
Bad, but good
Really, there was a ton about this series which I found totally stupid, but in the end I read through the whole thing and did not at any point think "why am I still reading this?". I think if I had gone in to it looking for a sweet, touching story, I would have been very disappointed. The relationships in it I found pretty meh, but it is well written and pretty funny. I loved the best friend and even enjoyed the self-congratulating mother.
I hate Challengers because of Tyrant Who Fell in Love.
Seriously. I haven't even started reading this one yet. I got a peek at it sometime ago, but Koisuru Boukun was more interesting (I was basing it off other review + rating + summary) which naturally lead me to read KB first, and now I'm irritated with Challengers Seriously....I hate the little brother for being so fickle, and I hate the seme for not even having the backbone and for being sly! (yes I am so bias with Souichi's view of this couple)
And damn I just hate Tomoe. > I just hate him, I hate him, I hate him, I hate his lame ass fickle inconsiderate ass
... Last updated on June 24th, 2011, 11:27am
for me, this one was the worst shounen-ai-related manga ever. the story was too realistic and me having a younger sister, i couldn't sympathise with kurokawa's love worries. and nonetheless, she's about to give exams to get in university (about tomoe's age). i basically skipped most of the pages in all 4 volumes (and read all the morixsenpai parts... :3) cause i couldn't bear the sight of a pervert adult preying on a little innocent child, forcing himself on him and making him take the wrong way in life.lol
other than that, for those who don't really mind, keep in mind that the art is old and sometimes disturbing, there are a lot of small sketches that are hard to tell apart. the story itself is quiet boring but it's nice to read all the koisuru boukun related chapters because it's nice to know how everything started... :3 i even bothered writing a comment here just to say that, plus, that this mangaka's other works are more than decent yaoi stories.
More comedy than yaoi
I never could connect to the characters and the elder brother's story seemed far more interesting but wasn't displayed deeper - so this manga was a nice piece to read for once but not more. I continued because it was quite funny. From the character development I found it quite boring.
edit: Ok it seems I got my wish - Koisuru Boukun appears to be the elder's brother's story That will be my next reading then.
... Last updated on April 17th, 2009, 3:46pm
Finally finish reading this, it was hard to find DL links bec its licensed but it is worth it. ALL characters are so freaking funny and made me laugh. There was no angst in this manga, just pure comedy and romance. I also read Tyrant Falls in love first, so it's nice to see how the couple started. I just wish Tomoe can get rid of his naive personality but thats what makes him likable. My favorite character is RICK and PHIL, those couple cracks me up LOL. TAKANAGA Hinako is the mangaka when it comes to yaoi so i recommend to read all of his works
It would brighten your day!
The story really makes me laugh in tears! Poor Kurakawa san has to endure the terrifying "brother-in-law" Souichi to be with his beloved Tomoe. No wonder he is loosing his hair at his 20s!
*Proudly having this set of manga on my bookshelves.