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Shiro, a laid-back and absentmindedly seductive umbrella craftsman, is (surprisingly) a close friend of Koujirou, a hot-blooded young police officer who stands against all things undisciplined. With their mutual knack for attracting trouble, the pair soon find themselves involved in a bloody and erotic thrill-ride in their off-kilter town full of equally off-kilter people.
This action-packed jack-of-all-trades manga will have you swooning at its sexiness and leave you more addicted than opium—guaranteed!
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Ecchi with plot, for women
There seem to be any number of weird, shallow, overly-fangirly or unfairly critical comments on this page and almost nothing that provides a really good picture for potential readers (except tartufo's comment: it's brilliant and funny, scroll down and read it!) I'll try to level the field a bit.
Setting: Though ostensibly set in Shouwa era Japan, Adekan incorporates elements of medicine, science and criminal psychology that would not have been known to people at the time. There's also a definite - if vague - supernatural element in the biology, abilities and origins of the major antagonists: a subspecies of humans known as Super Humans.
Plot:Adekan is what we here on MU have dubbed "Episodic with underlying continuous plot." The story unfolds as a series of criminal cases taking place in Gentou-chou, the town where the protagonists live. Since Koujirou is a police officer, he naturally looks into anything odd he notices, while Shiro gets involved for two reasons: either to help Koujirou out or because the case involves his species/tribe, the super humans (which, considering that they seem to enjoy experimenting on humans with a view towards ruling over them in the future, happens quite often). So unlike what a previous comment mentioned, there's nothing especially contrived about the MCs' encounters with criminals; at least no more than any other detective story.
But all the episodic cases merely lay the groundwork for a much larger plot: one involving Shiro, his childhood friend Anri, Koujirou and indeed all the humans and super humans, in what's shaping up to be an all-out war between (sub?)species. The hints were firmly established from the first volume onwards, so it's clear that the mangaka had a plan from the beginning and isn't making things up at random - which is more than I can say for a lot of long-running series.
Characters: The cast is large, and while only about twenty characters are recurring, for the duration of their appearance each person plays a clear role in the plot: whether as one-offs in the case file chapters or as unexpectedly significant personages later on. The readers are often left guessing as to who'll play a role in the main plot, which is always a plus. Since most of the case file arcs are psychologically driven and focus on the mentality behind crimes and those who commit them rather than the actual whodunnit, many of the perpetrators and victims are neither particularly sympathetic nor wholly unsympathetic, in the fashion of people IRL. I found this intriguing, especially coming from a shoujo manga.
Someone below has wondered why Shiro and Anri "look/act like prostitutes." The simple answer to that is: they were prostitutes. They grew up in an extremely terrible society where "survival of the fittest" was taken to its logical extreme and, being of low birth, had to seduce their way to the top by charming any man or woman they could. Personally, I find that this makes Shiro a very interesting choice of protagonist and Anri a charming-but-deadly opponent.
Fanservice: As my topic should make clear, the fanservice component of Adekan is simply a gender-flipped version of a standard ecchi manga. Men frequently end up in sexually suggestive poses, either by accident or on purpose. Any possible opportunity to draw the male characters half-naked or bathing or in some other state of un/dress that shows off their greatest assets (Koujirou's 12-pack and Shiro/Anri's androgynous seductiveness) is jumped upon. It's as straightforward as that, and nothing for anyone to complain about or be puzzled over.
BL: There is no shounen-ai or yaoi here, and there never will be. While there's no doubt that the most important relationships in the story are Shiro and Anri's childhood friendship/pseudo-enmity and Koujirou's adamant desire to protect Shiro (and vice-versa) that's rooted in their as-of-yet-unrevealed childhood bond, there's equally no doubt that they'll never go beyond platonic love. In fact, all the main male characters hit on/appreciate women at every opportunity and Shiro even develops romantic feelings a few times, though he rejects the girls because his dangerous lifestyle makes him an unsuitable candidate for a lasting romance. But this is female-oriented ecchi, and in true ecchi fashion there are intentional sexual undertones to the character interactions (whether between guy and girl or two guys) that are included solely for the sake of attracting the female gaze; hence all the pointless speculation.
Mood/Humour: Another thing I find interesting about Adekan is its juxtaposition of cruelty and kindness, evil and good, ugliness and beauty. You can never tell which you'll get in which chapter: some of the mysteries end in tragedy, some are bittersweet, others are quite happy. Likewise, the main plot frequently cuts from a scene of the protagonists and their friends/family having fun to one of people being brutally tormented and driven into despair with no hope in sight. Though I do agree, to an extent, with the person who dubbed the series as "bipolar," I also find this unusual approach to storytelling a refreshing breach of the norm.
That being said, the (plentiful) jokes are either dry/witty, blue or black, so you may need an unusual sense of humour to be able to appreciate them.
Art: The artwork is unique, elaborate and stylised; a true feast for the eyes.
In sum: A worthy choice for female readers who like a good plot, don't mind a hefty dose of male fanservice, and can tolerate/enjoy BL subtext played for laughs/eroticism. Not at all recommended for straight guys or conservative women.
... Last updated on May 15th, 2017, 11:46pm
worth a read
so far, i have only read up to the scantaleted chapters, but as far as i can tell, it is defiently worth the read. the artwork is fantastic, the story is interesting. There are some BL undertones but I think its just a more innocent passing, not full blown BL. Worth the read anyway , though. Characters interact well with each other. Cannot wait for more chapters
I had originally picked this book up because it was created by one of my favourite artists, Nao Tsukiji, and I have to say, I had enjoyed in thoroughly. I would say that it needs a shounen-ai tag, but Bromance is good enough, I guess. It's developing into shounen-ai though. The main character of the manga is a really likeable character who goes out his way to help people in need, while Shiro, the lazy but reliable when needed character, is a person with lots of secrets. I must say, I would have preferred Kojiro to be more subtle, and more gentle, but well, it doesn't suit him. The plot jumps around a lot, like the typical shounen starting where people accepts odd jobs, but in the midst of reading, there's a lot of places which connects together to form a hidden plot. If you don't mind being patient for the 'real' plot to start, then this manga is an absolutely must read! Plus, the mangaka drew this manga so beautifully, with so many attractive details and imagination. It definitely deserve a 10/10. However, for those who hates BL or even [bold]mild[/bold] sexual contents(I pity you whom avoid many good mangas), you can try this, but I've warned you. Even so, Adekan is a manga that really captures your attention while reading.
BL & Messy Art
I don't know why or how this one got such a high rating...BL fan service and outlandish art...that's how it is. The mysteries are not too bad...but the resolution just doesn't make sense...and the poor art, my God, a skinny as a board, has 10 packs? As a person who firmly dislikes BL, this manga can't fool me with it's mediocrity...
This manga's plot is quite original, and I love the manga whose plot I can't guess or else it's boring. The art is gorgeus of course those too much detail made my eyes a bit constraint . The BL subtheme is a little bit too much in the recent chapters for a shoujo tagged manga, it may pleasing to the eyes of BL fangirl but not to heterosexual inclined fan like me ( though I read yaoi a lot, I still prefer non BL work ~.~ )
... Last updated on October 6th, 2014, 1:09am
What a tease!
A manga with great potential. I can't help appreciating each page, with the detailed artwork will set any reader into frenzy. Very very beautiful, and the art is unique. Hope to see more character development soon, though I do feel the manga is progressing far too quickly in a way where it implied the world's impending doom with Shiro getting kidnapped and would like it if the author could slow down and let us appreciate the moment before everything is revealed and the end. Shiro is one of the best character I've seen, and Kojiro complements him really well. I do wonder whether it'll progress to the point of BL because the recent chapters really do seem that way, this could be way more than the usual bromance. Although Shiro can be a flirt, it seems as though he keeps Kojiro in a special place in his heart, and what's with Kojiro getting jealous of Shiro and Anri's relationship (something fishy here). I'm pretty happy with anything as long as it's a Shiro and Kojiro moment and hopefully a happy ending in the far future.
I feel sorry for the art
Eh... It has gorgeous art and tons of fan service for girls (actually SO much that after several chapters I started to feel quite repetitive, but if you don't mind then off you go!). The stories are a bit disappointing for me. Like the summary on Baka, it is jack-of-all-trade, i.e. a mix of every genre: action, shoujo, mystery, psychology, comedy, parody, with a hint of BL as well, but it accomplishes at none. Plot twists are weird, almost nonsense, I feel like they are only there to show off more comedy and fan service. The characters are too one-dimensional for me, but that is personal taste.
I guess if you like the art and the characters, you will love the manga. Unfortunately I only feel the art has been wasted.
In the Top Ten
I just started reading this manga yesterday night, and even though I have to go somewhere in the morning I couldn't fall asleep for nothing!! This manga is so god damn gorgeous, and sensual and funny and scary and all kinds of other adjectives. I've found a new manga to add to my top ten, so something definitely has to be kicked out. I don't really mind the episodic nature of the manga cause I'm a BL fan and wouldn't be very interested in a over-emotional, clumsy woman always getting in the way. Although I love/hate the BL fan service cause it pleases me yet frustrates me, open romance would really throw off the story. It's a pity though, cause if this manga had a shounen-ai or yaoi tag I would've found it a long time ago.
... Last updated on March 2nd, 2015, 10:07pm
Exotic and Erotic
This series is like a grandiose circus show full of flash, glitter, exoticism, and mystery. It's divided into various acts, or mini-arcs, where the characters solve a case or observe a series of related events. So if you like mystery, and/or tales of human drama, there's one reason to read it.
Secondly, it's got lots of fanservice for girls. The dudes are very sexy, quite often in various states of undress, and sometimes talk dirty. And they're all very bromancy with each other. Like other reviewers have said, it's NOT BL - the two male leads get grossed out when "gayness" is mentioned. Shiro is pretty much a man-slut. But people who do like BL will probably get more fanservice than they do from the average shounen-ai. So if you like naughty stuff for girls, there's reason #2 to read it.
... Last updated on August 14th, 2013, 11:19am
The first time i can use Paan
Ecchi for girls? Of course it is. I enjoy this one pretty much.
Now to the main idea, what is Paan? In my country, Paan is a kind of dish that you do not swallow that mean no matter how much you eat you will never be full. Why i relate this manga with Paan? Because if sex is a kind of food then to some point you will get full. This manga is Paan where you never get full of, unlike other series. That is it bright spot.