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Jinbe is a very subtle and soft tale by Adachi, and certainly it'a story that deals a theme a bit more conflicting than most of his other works.

At first sight, Jinbe is the story of a young 17 years old girl, Miku Takanashi, who lives alone with her stepfather Jinpei Takanashi (nicknamed Jinbe or shark).

Jinbe has been living with Miku since his marriage 4 years ago, and considers Miku a God's sent gift from his high school sweet heart late wife. While Jinpei does his best as an overprotective and jealous father, we have that Miku holds feelings for Jinbe which are much stronger than the ones an adopted daughter is supposed to have. The main core of the story is to deal how the strong, tender and unrequited feelings of the young Miku put to test their stepfather and stepdaughter bonds, without jeopardizing any of the happiness that she feels by being close to him as a proper daughter.


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v.1 c.7 (end) by Adachi's Universe over 11 years ago
v.1 c.6 by Adachi's Universe over 11 years ago
v.1 c.5 by Adachi's Universe over 11 years ago
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1 Volume 1999 (Complete)
1 Volume 2007 (Complete)

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Average: 7 / 10.0 (171 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.94 / 10.0
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Is it serious or comic?   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Broken Mirror
September 28th, 2011, 1:04pm
Jinbe is about the the relationship of cohabitation between a man and a girl, who is none other than the daughter of his wife, who died after the wedding.

It's something new for usual Adachi's manga and it has a great and interesting plot. But it should be a serious story but sometimes it doesn't seem! The real problem is that Adachi wasn't able to stop his humor, putting unnecessary clash gags that you won't appreciate in context. And at the end, it looks like a collection of unrelated chapters with the same couple of characters and that's a big fault.

It could have been better but, all in all, it's not so bad, so if you like "adult" slice-of-life stories try to give it a chance.

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It doesn't matter what you all say: If there weren't these last 3 pages I'd have given 5/10 and because of that I liked it. The final choosen is really in line with the whole story and you can't say anything: She liked her "step-father" from the beginning and there's nothing bad if you love somebody who have not your blood. Or I say bad?

... Last updated on September 28th, 2011, 1:19pm
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by MightyMaeve
July 11th, 2011, 11:03am
The art was interesting, the story was interesting, but the plotting was terrible; it never seemed to go any where, be it action or character development, and that overshadowed the interesting art. I found it quite frustrating to read because the father was a likeable sort, and I had a lot of curiosity regarding him.

... Last updated on July 11th, 2011, 11:09am
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People are weird   
Rating: N/A
by Hell_Clues
July 14th, 2009, 8:57pm
How many stories are about siblings, or some authority figure that's a bit older ect. Before I talk too much about the manga let me explain that he became her step father when she was 14(or 13 about to turn 14).

Anyway, it has a lot of adachi's qualities but it's closer to adventure boys in the way it tells the story. It's also very short, but still has a slow tempo like its not in a rush. Adventure boys was about grown men revisiting their childhoods. While keeping the humour, this story is sort of a bit more serious, less slapstick. Adachi doesn't cut or refer to himself throughout either.

It's the volume equivalent of a one shot. So if you like his other works, it's worth reading. If you don't.... then you really have to ask yourself if you're okay with the topic. And also whether you wouldn't mind an ending that's not that conclusive. Adachi in general doesn't stick around for his endings. Usually letting you imagine what could happen next.
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Just pretend that last 3 pages don't exist   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by topboy
July 12th, 2009, 6:04am
I feel like this manga is slice of life. It is cute short story about relationship between stepfather (39 yrs.) and stepdaughter (17 yrs.) [Read Description]. Tell u the truth if this manga don't have last 3 pages that's not-so-good plot-twist , I will give 8.5-9/10.
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It will be better if relation between them be pure stepfather and stepdaughter, not love interest. Don't know why adachi think like this.
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Short and sweet.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by zeidrich
November 6th, 2006, 6:32pm
Won't take much time to read. Not worth the usual dedication Adachi's fans are known for. While the manga uses Adachi's style in artwork and storytelling, it just doesn't seem to come together. Not worth the read, unless you fantasize about marrying your daughter. Bleh. *Laugh*
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