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Now that Ira's older sister is getting married, who will take her to the bathroom after 10 p.m. and sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" outside the bathroom door in order to protect her from the beautiful, androgynous, child-eating clown? Will marrying a closeted gay man help?
Considered by many fans to be Ooshima's best work.
バナナブレッドのプディング Banana Bread Pudding Banana Bureddo no Pudingu
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What just happened???
Dunno what to think. It's a strange string of coincidences which make up the whole plot. The characters have a "just go with it" sort of attitude to everything.
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Saeko - My childhood friend wants to marry a gay man. Fine. Touge - My sister wants me to pretend to be gay and marry her friend. fine. Parents - Our daughter wants to marry a guy and she is only 15-16. Fine, we don't care. Ira - yay! I am married and won't be hospitalised. I can also stop studying. Ougami - My coach wants me to act like his boyfriend. Fine, no problem, I am gay anyway.
And it gets weirder from there.I tried to read this with some faith. I am completely disappointed after reading this though.
From what I've been able to gather thus far, the protagonist, a extremely naive and eccentric girl who's mentally stuck in her childhood, (she still regards superstitions from that time with unwavering seriousness) has been admitted to a new school where she's re-acquainted with a childhood friend. The friend, troubled by her peculiar behavior, suggests that if she got a boyfriend and fell in love, it would make everything all right somehow and she'd quit being so delusional or something. When said acquaintance asks if there's any particular kind of guy she' like, Weirdo-chan responds with "a gay man". Weirdo-chan bumps into acquaintance's brother, plays hopscotch with him, the stipulation being that if she wins he has to marry her. Now, these two have just met, and the brother doesn't remember her from the time she used to play with his sis. He goes along with it and she wins,of course. He then invites her to his apartment, while she rambles on about cakes. It's very difficult to tell who's truly mentally ill here, as nothing makes much sense. Well, if you like nonsensical retro manga, give this a go.
... Last updated on March 9th, 2014, 8:22pm
peculiar touching story
haha.. just now i've suddenly remembered this manga and came here to give it 10 instead of any other rating i have given it before, just to find out that i've already given it 10. What a peculiar story it was, strange and touching, romantic and delicate, giving the feeling of a poem *^^*
... Last updated on August 21st, 2013, 10:21am
It was really funny. But once I got used to the humour, the characters were more noticeably unreasonable and unrealistic. The art was okay for an old manga but very undetailed which didnt leave a strong impression on the story. It was hard on the eyes. If there was symbolism then it wasnt very deep. And I was really turned off by the amount of dialogue in each page. Most bubbles had like 4 or 5 lines. In the end, I barely read past the 2nd chapter before I realized that it's not worth my time.
... Last updated on January 6th, 2013, 2:01pm
its kind of interesting, kind of weird... readable but not for everyone's tastes. Art is sometimes confusing, too many lines going around from time to time. Main heroine has an illness? i wonder about that.. she seems to be a mild case of schizophrenia but she can usually tell whats real and whats not but the things she can't tell apart are the weird ones.. she seems to me a kid with over active imagination with symptoms of loneliness and a desire to be not left alone but somehow can't find in herself to find friends or even get along with her family.. and her family seems normal too how she ended up that way is in no way explained in anywhere so there is no depth.. its very hard to sympatise with her.. so selfish.. so willfull. its only five chapters but still i don't think you can find a case of mental illness exactly like hers if you search for all the world. still it has some potential if you have time you may take a look its not like gonna take a long time to read it all.
i am not sure about the value to it psychologically; i was not looking into it, nor was i inclined to think i should... i just read it, and what i read was plain weird. not quirky. weird. maybe i read it at a bad time, or in the wrong mindset, but i didn't feel an ounce of anything towards any of the characters! except maybe pity at whatever was going on with the main character. it didn't even really explain why she thought what she did, or really what led her to become the way she did...
i don't know, this was a hit for so many people... so maybe i missed something? but i think this was a definite miss for me. i'll give it a little higher rating for its abnormality, which was a little refreshing, but it just did not interest me in the least bit.
it's really not that hard to figure out the "symbols" and themes in this manga once you think about it a little. just needs a bit of critical analysis. ira was afraid of falling in love and all of the "impure" feelings and emotions that came along with it. she was afraid of growing and maturing into an adult that would have to deal with these new feelings. the manga could have done a better job with the "dealing" part of that, but i think it conveyed the intent and growth pretty well.
she definitely had anxiety problems and might even be schizophrenic. makes me wonder what era this manga was supposed to take place in, since she'll definitely need a bit of help with that. again, the manga doesn't touch upon the "dealing" side of ira's problems much, but i suppose that's for the future of this manga and a different story altogether.
quite a simple story, really. i thought it was well done. i wanted to hear more about the gay soccer player, though. lol.
Attempt to write a story: failed
Easy things first: The Art Low-mediocre at best. Objects are sometimes drawn good, faces and human expressions are bad. Sometimes the mangaka don't draw face features at all, maybe because it was to difficult for her to draw a face feature from a side angel or what ever. The drawn characters are static and the movement is badly shown. The drawn action in the panels is not self-explanatory, you have read the text to understand what you see (it is little annoying if you at first don't understand WHAT in hell you are seeing and reeding on the one page and get a explanation not till the next page).
The story: It's true the manga has a nice setting, a girl whit some serve psychological disorders. This girl need some professional help by the way and not a play by amateurs like in the manga. She is definitely not "eccentric" like someone has written. But let it be, it is a "must-be" setting for the story. The story enfolds around some hard set like the main character fails in love for the girl whit serve psychological disorder, parents who do nothing to help her (only worrying about what to do) and some more. What is really annoying is that the biggest turning points in the story happens out of some god given coincidences. These coincidences had no explanation in the story, they happen because the mangaka wanted the story to move faster(?) so it could end in one volume or because the mangaka doesn't know how to make it better. What ever the reason it leave a some what corny feeling of incompleteness. The psychological part of showing the inner world of the girl is highly romanticised. And the psychoanalysis aspect exists only as a cloud of some terminology widely thrown at some places in the manga. Or as some sentence which stands alone because there is no conversation about them, only the proclamation of this "wisdom". Well the end is corny too. Boy meet girl at the beginning of a manga, guess what is the ending.
So at the end i must say the mangaka tried to write a little more mature story and failed. Maybe she learned after this project how to draw better than at a amateur level, but i doubt it. IF you don't believe me and have to much time, read it. If otherwise, do not touch this manga.
Well told and funny
This manga is funny without being wacky. The humour just comes out so naturally.
The only criticism I have is that the main character's behavior(Ira) is really off. She has issues that would normally come from a stunted childhood, but that doesn't seem to be the case. She also seems fairly intelligent as well. She just ended up with these developmental problems. Maybe she'll have a lifelong battle with this. My issue isn't that she has issues but that don't get her help(especially earlier), though there is always a low chance that might make her life worst. Probably still stronger than the average shoujo heroine.
Despite the year this was made, it's still pretty modern, pretty different. Definitely ahead of its time. One plus about the art is that the problems that shojou art tends to have, its idiosyncracies, are lessen here overall.
Basically this is an amusing manga that's different without being weird. It's humourous by any standard.
... Last updated on May 8th, 2011, 1:42am
Want me some banana bread...
It's been a while since I wrote a comment or read this manga, but I felt like I should comment on this one.
First of all, I don't think you need to look for symbolism to enjoy this manga. The center is the characters, not a whole coherent plot, or an achievable goal. I think the mangaka likes writing about weird people. She incorporated them with the themes that are obviously important to her, like parenthood and sexual identity. Not everything has to be clear in order to be enjoyed. Not everything or everyone has to be likeable. Not everything turns out well. I didn't especially like Ira, but she was an interesting, out of this world kookoo person. And I do like weird, unconventional characters.
You also don't need to be especially knowledgeable of the psychological themes presented in order to enjoy this story, but why not educate yourself a little on the subject? All you have to do is get the feel. The feel of a world that's falling a part, one that you're trying to hold on to or create a different reality to keep sane.
Then again, this is one of those hit or miss type things. You like it or you don't.