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Onani means masturbation. And that's what this guy is good at. Every day after school, he sneaks into the mostly unused girls bathroom on the 3rd floor, and masturbates. Until one day, when he's caught by a bullied girl with a hidden agenda...
This is a story of mistakes, redemption, and the choices made in between. It contains the worst and best of the human condition.
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I originally read this because of the title. There's been a few ecchi series I picked up just because it made me stop and think "what the hell is this?" and I'd really enjoyed them! The tags were a lot different on this one, but I decided to chance it.
It was alright, but it wasn't really that great. The original premise was interesting, and for me, the real strength was in how the mangaka handled Kurosawa's character development. It was set up well, and it was nice to have a satisfying sense of resolution after everything that went on.
However, the ending felt kind of patched together in a disappointingly poor show of formulaic seinen romance. I also felt like the subject of bullying was handled pretty poorly, since Kitahara pretty much existed to take the fall and make Kurosawa's character more likeable to the reader. Even her depression and other personal issues ended up being used almost exclusively to make him look good, while she remained distressingly "bad" until it was time for Kurosawa to save her from herself.
So, worth the read, but after the main arc powers down, the story just goes stale.
... Last updated on August 19th, 2012, 10:42am
Good read, not that great
I've decided to give this a try mainly for two reasons:
a) I needed something to read b) The ratings and reviews made this manga the jewel of the century
In the end, while it was a good read, it wasn't that great. You can definitely enjoy it, but you will forget about it the next day.
... Last updated on July 29th, 2012, 3:03am
It is a masterpiece
This is one of the if not the most meaningful manga I have ever read. You get really drawn by the main character and you recognizes a bit of you in him. This manga is also known as "Fap Note" as I think it was intended for it to be a parody of the famous manga "Death Note" but about fapping instead, but don't get fooled by it's title or it being a parody. Read every single page carefully (stare at each page for at least 30 sec after finish reading it) and enjoy this masterpiece in shades of gray and black.
BTW if you are a female (like me) it might a be a bit awkward to read it in the beginning but you get used to it xD
It was good.
It was 3am in the morning. I was listening to some anime tunes on YouTube, and of course, needed to read something to pass along my time. I had previously overlooked this series once before based upon the fact that it didn't have what I had been looking for (ecchiness, you know, whatever I was in the mood for, etc.) and I decided to just try it and see how it'd do... I never went to sleep.
Now, for the whole sha-bang: Art was kinda funky to look at initially, but you really do get used to it after a couple chapters in. The characters were great (though I kinda wanted to punch one specific antagonist in the face all throughout the beginning, just because she NEEDED IT).
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I rather liked how Nagaoka stuck with Kurosawa throughout the entirety of the storyline, whether Kurosawa wanted him around or not. (PS: I died when Nagaoka began dating Takagawa. Looking at it much later, perhaps it was better that way; but I was wholeheartedly rooting for Kurosawa (perhaps because I can identify with THAT situation really well...).
-The main character's sadism annoyed me, mostly because he had that bleak outlook I can recall from my past encounters with some of those types of people.
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The protagonist changes from an antisocial sadist (pervert) into a reformed good-natured individual through his interactions with others. As I just mentioned, you WILL love the difference!
What started as an excuse for leisure turned out to be an awesome experience I may not forget. I could be exaggerant, but I do recommend this for anyone with a levelheaded maturity!
... Last updated on July 10th, 2012, 5:28am
Forever a Favorite
This manga uses a sketch style and uses a very odd subject to base this story around. but nevertheless, this manga comes out amazing in the short 30 chapters it has. There are several references in the beginning to parody other manga series, but later it becomes a very engrossing read.
Throughout the course of the story, you may find it similar to books like "Catcher in the Rye" (It even makes a reference to it once). Kurosawa believes everyone around him is insignificant or an idiot aside from a select few. But something separates the two books from one another, and that is what Kurosawa does when he comes to realize the errors of his ways of thinking.
Onani Master Kurosawa portrays the raw emotions of the characters incredibly well and will keep you entertained through all the chapters. This manga shows the best and worst of human nature. It is a captivating story of youth, mistakes, repentance, and redemption. So don't judge it based on the sour topic it revolves around. Read it and be amazed.
A bit of an exaggeration
Put it off after reading the beginning for a very long time... now I finally read it all. Main reasons I put it off is due to the gloomy main character, annoying side character and the pathetic reoccurring female character. Also, the art is really unbearable.
Due to it being critically acclaimed and the continuous rave reviews, I decided to grow up and read it. The story and the protagonist did do a 180 degree turnabout somewhere near the middle, and it just gave off a good feeling. That's all.
Nothing to be jumping up and down about, not the best manga ever. If I remember it, it'll be because of the unusual concept.
If you can pull through the beginning, it's worth it. If not, no big deal.
... Last updated on March 24th, 2012, 2:20am
Not for me
I can't describe it very good, but I think there's something very wrong this manga. Something is just very off. Sure it was unique, but it didn't quite deliver a definite moral or lesson like you'd expect with a subject like this. It tries to be realistic, but in my opinion it just blatantly fails at being so. Maybe I'm just too used to sugarcoated manga, but this wasn't my thing at all.
... Last updated on February 25th, 2012, 12:15pm
It was... orgasmic
I wasn't expecting much from this manga. A lot of manga are drawn out too long just because they are popular, and a lot of really good manga are canceled too soon before they hit their stride. Fortunately, Onani Master was neither; it was just the right length: It tells a story from beginning to end and then stops. And it's a great story that everyone can relate to. After all, everyone has experienced jealousy, bullying (a little or a lot), and the conflict between wanting to isolate and wanting to relate to others. Oh yeah... and everyone masturbates.
The plot is so different from any other manga so it is a big plus. There are no ecchi scenes or anything like this in the manga so no worries. The character development for the main character is really great. You get to see how he changes in the manga. I thought the manga was not as realistic as people as it is so I did not give it a 9. Overall it is a great manga and read it.
Forever in my top 5
This is one of the greatest mangas ever written. It is for mature readers and has lots of complex and mature themes, so if you are looking for anything like One Piece, Full Metal Alchemist, or even Ai Yori Aoshi, you are not going to get it. This pretty much defines a psychological manga. The category tags say it all. This manga literally changed my life.