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The story of Ciguatera follows Ogino, who is bullied in high school along with his friend Takai. The two rely on their passion towards motorcycles and desire to get one to add some hope and vigor to their otherwise bleak lives. The two are learning to drive in secret at a driving school, and it is there that Ogino's life begins to change forever. The manga follows a variety of characters through their high school and working lives, through their struggles, their triumphs, their dreams, their futures, their love, life and loss.


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Associated Names
Ciguatera - 17 Fuga of Youth

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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.65-69 (end) by Mangascreener over 7 years ago
v.6 c.61-64 by Mangascreener over 7 years ago
v.6 c.58-60 by Mangascreener over 7 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)
4 Volumes (Bunkoban)

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (379 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.71 / 10.0
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January 29th 2016, 8:00am PST



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Young Magazine (Kodansha)

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A very slow-paced, introspective take on character growth   
Rating: 8.9 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
May 6th, 2010, 7:33am
There is plenty of characterization and it has a very wide, dynamic cast who often serve more as "contrasts" for one another(especially Ogi) and in illustrating the point that "life is mundane, things happen, people come and go, humans evolve" than in having any other role. That said, the pacing is very slow because it focuses more on character growth in a highly introspective and careful manner.

Ciguatera will likely not appeal towards those looking for fast-paced storylines nor to those who want some excitement with the writing as there is almost none. It can also be somewhat fustrating because the plot never really evolves much and simply sticks along to the simple premise of "depicting character growth and the life of Ogi, with the interaction of various people". And it's really "slice of life" to the core, like some of those BL, GL, shoujo, shounen, etc., etc. "slice of life" stories that tend to bore the heck out of many because they're just very very realistic and "down to earth", it's like "nothing ever happened".

There's also a barely noticeable maturity growth for much of the main cast: things happen, they grow and turn into adults. Their paths may or may not have been predictable but many of the events or if not, the factors triggering them, were not always so evident.

About the girlfriend: she does have some personality but the problem is that the people around her are more "outgoing", to the extent they overshadow her qualities. Thus, she turns from "potentially interesting" into appearing "somewhat dull and flat on the surface" at times. And it doesn't help that the plot focuses on the mundane, so it doesn't really create many situations for her to shine on the surface. I can't help but think that if this had been a different type of plot, she'd come across as more attractive. Yet, she does have some good points: a nice, sweet, strong and steady person whose underlying qualities are being "tough" and being able to deal with life as it is without freaking out. And she is definitely someone who has a lot of confidence. These points allow her to see Ogi for what he really is, to support Ogi and to push him into growing. And perhaps, the writer was just trying to illustrate the point that those who're understated and overlooked are often the ones who're "hidden gems" and that life isn't always about those bursts of excitement but also about the peace and tranquility that come with it.

About Ogino: Like his girlfriend, he appears dull on the surface but in reality, he's the person who undergoes the most character growth. He's strong, dependable(in a way but not so much at first), has a bit of charisma and so on. He doesn't just learn to think for himself, he becomes far more thoughtful and eventually learns to accept himself as he is. And there's actually a remarkable but subtle softening of his negative qualities over time as he evolves.

Also, I suspect his qualities of "indecisiveness and lack of confidence, tendency to blame everyone but himself" probably caused certain others(Takigawa, Takai, etc.) to see him in a really different light and not as the person he really was. On one hand, he attracts people due to his strengths but on the other hand, his flaws often repel them, causing them to treat him badly. And if not, his flaws set off some unfortunate chain of events that just only make things worse for almost everyone involved. If he hadn't been so half-assed and more pushy or even more matured in many of his actions, the outcome of various events would've been considerably different.

Also, the usage of Ogi's outbursts/thoughtful moments was a clever device that was used in depicting the tension between Ogi and Nagano, the atmosphere between Ogi and Takai/Takigawa. It was even superb in serving as a form of narration and served in connecting a series of random events that happened over the years. Frankly, it was surprising since he seemed so submissive and weak-willed at first yet who knew that he could be strong and interesting in his own way?

On the other hand, the frequency of those outbursts was so often in the earlier volumes, that the writing started to detach a little, with the pacing even meandering off, causing the plot to be stuck in some "infinite loop of Ogi's freak-out moments". Thankfully, the writing and pacing sort of improved after a while and those outbursts became more integrated into the writing again.

That said, it's really worth a read if you're willing to stick all the way to the ride. It's nothing thrilling, nothing surprising but still quite good.
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Rating: N/A
by bbpp
May 24th, 2006, 8:19pm
This manga, seriously, rocks.
Try to get Himizu too, if you can find it. Excellenty character studies, very real seinen manga about stuff most people take for granted, really makes the reader think. And laugh too, incredibly dry comedy at times.
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Take it for the mood. (long rant.)   
Rating: N/A
by Trifoilum
March 22nd, 2010, 11:20am
A stagnant manga about an ordinary boy's growth.
This is so ordinary in the way it flows, kinda like most seinen, only more plain somehow (and it's even lampshaded in the manga itself).

It's acceptable basically, but I give salute to one thing. Most of all was its guts, using the narrative technique to show something other manga didn't use (or clouded it with a cloud of pretty sparkles, dramatic backstabbings and fiery passions); anticlimactic changes. To everyone. Within the limited vision of the protagonist, it adds a very sense of poignancy. People slipped in and out through the protagonist's life. People prevalent and important in first volume wasn't even mentioned in the future, etc. The same as events that, in other manga, would be depicted with the hottest dramatic impact.

Everyone came in, came out, came back in, rarely told, rarely missed, rarely remembered until when it's convenient. Sure, totally dramatic for the protagonist at that time. Afterwards? Nothing. The manga itself don't make any big deal about it, neither did he. He goes on. Just as how his life is.

In expense of that, however, things get really.......stagnant, I have to say. No, not that it's not growing, or that nothing really happened. It's just nothing FEELS like happening. In these 6 volumes, there aren't any single dramatic change within the storyline. Even as his condition in life changed, nothing has really changed.

It's realistic and very life-like, but OTOH, his condition in life wasn't very good since the beginning, so all in all it's kinda high-strung in terms of teenage angst, and there aren't any significant change to change the mood. And after 6 volumes, it could be tiring. It is, IMO.

Then there's the 'in and out' thing; in reality, this seems very important. In fiction tho, this seems like a unending storm of plot devices, entered only to create some unnecessary dramas at the moment. Everyone feels unimportant. And after some cycles of that, I myself began to wonder when will it end.

And mostly I find it bizarrely realistic that people the protagonist had seen the most in his life were people with the most personality in the first sight, while the girlfriend seems very flat in surface. Ordinary seinen trope, but a very enigmatic case because of its selfish implication.

In the end, still a solid read, but not for the narrative value.

... Last updated on March 22nd, 2010, 11:28am
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It's good but eeek!   
Rating: N/A
by Laclongquan
July 12th, 2010, 5:46am
68 chapters you can read just fine. Good, enjoyable, full of quirky personality, and very funny situations.

Bam! Chapter 69 slap you in the face with a dose of reality. Awkward as hell in term of storyline and character development. In my opinion anyway.

We actually know to the bone what reality is. We dont need to be reminded about that.

Tsk! talk about bad aftertaste.

EDIT: some may say I just read too much into the story, that mangaka want to end it quick. Well okay, but still. I do wish can unread chapter 69.

... Last updated on July 12th, 2010, 6:25am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by dea3334
October 20th, 2008, 5:51pm
I like this manga, it is enjoyable and feels real which is what a seinen manga should be like. But like ranmaru said, he really shouldn't smile or even get looks horrible. Haha. Anyways, it is very a nice slice of life/seinen manga.
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Not a bad manga, but absolutely horrid ending   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by KonoHentai
June 8th, 2011, 11:25pm
I kinda enjoyed this manga, right up until the last chapter, which completely ruined the entire experience. Bad aftertaste indeed.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
So Ogino and Nagumo split, which is kind of a big surprise as it is seeing just how much in love the two were supposed to be, but we get ABSOLUTELY NO EXPLANATION as to what happened and why exactly they split. I get the feeling that the manga was axed so the mangaka decided spit in the face of the publisher and fans, seriously.

I don't mind the breakup at all, but at least give us some sort of explanation as to why exactly they broke up.
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Rating: N/A
by channel_49
November 11th, 2010, 2:50pm
Although this series was interesting, it has a major flaw through and that is the main female character really feels like a stump of wood... really does not convince me as a real person. The male character on the other hand is very lively and believable.

I'm sure tons of people are concerned with the ending, as I am. I felt that this type of ending is not something I look for in a manga, meaning that although it makes sense from a story sense, I can find this type of endings in books very often. I'm sure the mangaka just thought the obvious ending would be somehow unrealistic or typical, so he chose the opposite. Well if stories didn't give hope, what else is there to look forward to? I feel that by choosing this ending, the mangaka is the type of person that gave up the hopes of a teenager and regretted it.

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I also don't believe the expected typical ending is so unreal, my best friend is still dating his girlfriend from high school and I feel that its my responsibility to help them pull through and stay together, just to prove authors such as these wrong. Not all of adulthood is about realism and a future that is sad and boring. If you believe that, then you've lost hope. Without hope a person really has no reason to live on.

... Last updated on November 15th, 2010, 9:15pm
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Really Good   
Rating: N/A
by I beta tested your girlfriend
June 30th, 2006, 2:55pm
I cant really explain why, but I just like this manga very much. Maybe its because of the comments the main character makes about his own misery. Or maybe is just that I've had thoughts a bit like this too, back in high school.
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A fugue of youth, indeed.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lomegil
March 21st, 2009, 7:16am
The manga has the subtitle "17 - fuga of youth" (I take it, "fuga" means "fugue"), and it's just that: a realistic story about a normal dude's life in during the last grade of high school, with various events intertwining just like voices do in a fugue. It's not 100% slice of life - the mangaka stretches "normal events" pretty far now and then (kind of like GTO), but it's still to "school mangas" what Watchmen is to superhero comics - a seinen take on a shounen genre, and a damn refreshing one. A great read, even despite the protagonist's inner dialogue is no less annoying than that of the I''s dude (tho' much more convincing).

... Last updated on March 21st, 2009, 7:19am
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cool manga   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Nosa
May 26th, 2008, 1:54pm
I like this manga alot, the way the mangaka tackles the character is both realistic and refreshing.

Try it out,its a fun read.
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