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worth its time
fun read to say the least, nothing spectacular by far, no wow effects or live changing experiences to be found here, nothing u havent probably read anywhere else, however this manga combines martial arts, comedy and romance in a nice and entertaining way (theres a nice balance between martial arts and romance, fingting and training is pretty much the center of the 1st half of the manga with romance almost completely taking over for the 2nd half)
for reference this is like a short run version of a combination of Historys Strongest Disciple Kenichi, Hajime no Ippo and Suzuka (or any other good shonen romance but this one is the best example that comes to mind), everything is watered down a lil bit but thats to be expected considering it only has 38 chaps (well for comparison it should be 60 chaps as it has like 30 pages per chap)
anyway it sure is worth ur time if u are bored or simply have nothing better to do
PS: i also really liked the characters, kana is pretty cute and katsushika-san is kinda extraordinary if i might say so
... Last updated on April 4th, 2010, 3:35pm
This was a great manga. It was very enjoyable and a fun read. The artwork suited the dialogue and the characters were developed very well. Besides that, the story is somewhat predictable and the plot is not the most original, yet intriguing. In the end, I enjoyed it, and that's what matters.
An enjoyable read. Exaggerated in many aspects, like the sheer amount they eat, and the old guy's incredible strength, but that's all part of the fun. The training of the main character seems researched and to develop at a somewhat believable pace for a prodigy, as far as someone who doesn't know anything about karate can tell. Sometimes it goes into the technicalities of karate too much for my interest, but not too often. I was, however, irritated by how the women of the manga ended up, considering their skill in karate and their strong personalities. Very...1950s, that part.
very good manga to be considered as light read
this manga isnt too deep, but isnt too light. it is good for a light read that does not require brain strain on action and plot. This manga DOES have plotline and character development, but it is light and each chapter ends a partline that allows you to pause the reading.
It's ok. Predictable,adds nothing new to the martial art shounen genre. Kinda like a watered down History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi but better than all the other nonsense out there.
First 15 chapters or so were good but the plot was just lost later on and chapters became more episodic. The "karate" concept was completely turn around 180 towards more of a shoujo/slice feel to it. Characters are really likable but not really unique and more so like you expect from this kind of manga. If you expect more action then try something else. I myself feel disappointed about it. It was a nice read but It's forgettable.
The last couple of volumes aren't as great but the first few are very well done. Though I didn't like how Kana seems to fall for Ryuuichi all of a sudden. There was a one-month time skip, i think, so it's not like it's unrealistic but rather we didn't see it develop at all so it seems sudden. Apart from a couple of vexations with the romance this is a very entertaining series. Would've liked to see
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Watakayama, the dorm manager and Yumi fight someone all out, though. And know more about the latter two's high school life/past.
Decent at best, feel good manga
The manga is decent at best. Can be great for a quick read. This manga starts off as martial arts but goes quickly into the realm of romance, bit of comedy. The theme is demonstrated well throughout the story. The characters are ok. When characters became interesting and had back stories, they were quickly shut off and forgotten it seemed. The manga seems rushed after a few volumes. spoiler -- Though, it did not have a cliffhanger story though, as the protagonist does achieve what he wanted. -- Overall, recommended for avid manga readers, fans of romance/martial arts or feel good manga. If you are picky, or you like only good/great/fantastic manga try to stray away.
This is a very fun and lighthearted manga. There are no epic battles or overly dramatic romances, just a nice story about a guy learning karate and a sweet and innocent romance with some comedy mixed in. It isn't anything groundbreaking in any of it's genres, it's just a good and relaxing story anybody can read. The karate, romance, and comedy are just a means to tell a good story rather than any of them being the main focus of the story.
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It was one of the few mangas that made me happy in the end. It reminded me of the Karate Kid This is the first time I've ever used the smiley face emoticon just to emphisize my happiness.