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Medaka Kutusu
Ящик Медаки

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v.22 c.192.5 by /a/nonymous & [minus] over 7 years ago
v.1 c.1 by CXC Scans over 8 years ago
c.192 (end) by CXC Scans over 8 years ago
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22 Volumes (Complete)
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Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 7, Chap 55

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I really enjoyed reading all 192 chapters. Well most.  
by Dusk95
March 23rd, 2014, 6:06am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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Now I'm not one for giving long drawn out explanations about why I liked something, so I'll just borrow someone else' that happens to fit.

"Medaka is a BATTLE SHOUNEN. No, not fucking hurr durr king of the ninjas, not a fucking rip off of Yu Yu Hakusho called Bleach (It's named that because when I watch it, I feel the need to drink Bleach), it's a real BATTLE SHOUNEN. ((Dusk: Unlike the guy I plagiarized this from I have nothing...not much against Bleach.))

Medaka Box is constantly examining the tropes of Battle Shounen manga, and making fun of them. It's asking these questions.

Can a character truly be perfect?
What are the implications?
How will real people react to this?

An example of this is Medaka herself. Here's a pro tip, you're not supposed to like her one bit. She's not just a Mary Sue, she's the god damned literal definition of Jesus. She lives for humanity sake, she loves everybody, especially her enemies, and she constantly fights to reform them into good guys.

Also she's invincible. Later on, an antagonist refuses to fight her because "If this was a weekly Shounen Jump, she would be the main character, and the villain never wins against the main character."

Medaka is special. By the age of 3 she could solve any problem on Earth. She can beat up the bad guys, she's always right, and she's got the biggest rack in the show. At one point, she wins a tug of war contest, while the entire opposing team consists of the rest of her school.

Now after processing all this information I could have condensed better if I wasn't so lazy, you either hate her or like her. If you like her, that's fine too. But if you hate her, you're missing the point. You won't ever like her. Once you realize you aren't supposed to, maybe you'll be able to enjoy the series.

Have you ever read a story in which you hated the villain? Or despised the little sniveling coward who always tried to cling to the main character's coat-tails? There's a difference between a badly written character and an intentionally unlikable character. And ironically, that's what Medaka is as the main character. The best side supporting character ever made.

Zenkichi is the one you are supposed to like, him and a bunch of other supporting characters, and then Kumawaga steps in and you hate how much you love him. Or maybe you love how much you hate him? Shiranui is incredibly mischievous and cute, while Kouki and Maguro are both bros respectively. All these people, who are weaker than Medaka, make the show what it is.

Now, if you took this plot serious, Niso trolled the living shit out of you. You should feel ashamed for being such a stupid fuck. Example, at one point 6 villains are introduced that are supposed to be super strong, but then they all get their asses kicked in one page by a newcomer to the set-piece. Forget the plot, that's not what matters in the least, and that's exactly why I didn't open up this review with the story section. It's all about the theme. Which is the whole, is there such a thing as perfection, and if so, what does this imply? Does always winning make you perfect? Does being beaten down, but constantly standing back up to fight make you perfect? Are you born with it? Can it be obtained? That's where the categories of normality, specials, abnormalities, minuses, and not equals come into play. Niso is playing a literary masterpiece on the grand scales, he's cranking the volume to a double forte, he's putting one foot on the gas, and one in the grave.

And then there's Kumagawa. YES. He is just the greatest character. Here's a little bit of his dialog.

"Even though I'm not cool, or strong, or just, or beautiful, or cute, or pretty, I want to beat the cool, strong, just, beautiful, cute, and pretty people.
Even though I wasn't blessed with talent, even though I'm stupid and have a bad personality, have bad grades, am misguided and am a good for nothing, I want to beat the talented, smart, likeable, overachieving people.
I want to beat those with friends when I can't have friends.
I want to beat the people who work hard when I can't work hard.
I want to beat the victorious people when I can't win.
I want to beat the happy people when I'm miserable.
Even if I'm hated, even if I'm despised, even if I'm useless, I want to prove that I'm better than the main characters!"

Even though this is a Shounen, each page is more text than fight. This isn't because of the normal, making a speech in the middle of a battle, cliché. This is because words get the theme across better than action.

Please be aware.
Chapters 1-12 is a mediocre/ok comedy.
Chapters 13-53 is an OK battle manga that sets up the next arc.
Chapters 54-93 is what gives this manga a 10.
And then up to 140 is a series of Arcs that play on what the previous chapters set up. Lot's of Meta elements."

... Last updated on March 23rd, 2014, 6:09am
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What am Im reading?!?  
by blackblaze45
March 11th, 2014, 3:41pm
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
The manga is very bad. The problem is the plot and the logic. I find it to be very bad at telling or explain details that lead to accuracy. The battle is a very generic and mediocre when the action come in. The logic isn't good either.

The only thing I could say is the art and character is fine that have unique quality. Like Kumagawa who is the only likable character in the manga. But other then this manga was very hard to finish.

This manga mock Shonen Jump and all other manga on it. Hard to believe that its even is part of the genre. Which it's really isn't. Anyway this is a terrible shonen manga and I just had to give this manga a 1 out 10.
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Where is the punchline?  
by Glad-kun
January 20th, 2014, 11:05pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
I finished volume 11(chapter 97) and I don't get it. I don't know if I will continue reading.
From the fact that every notable character has type AB blood, and series of ridiculous, even by shounen battle manga standards, logic, that this is some kind of parody. So many of those ridiculous tropes that do not satisfy and leave a bad taste in my mouth when I read shonen manga. Medaka Box is filled with them. Sudden out of nowhere power-ups, insane logic, "love" and "man-mode" conquer all etc. I get it. I've read some of parody manga. But there it sets up some kind of a joke. Here it's just plot. Really really bad plot.
Is this some kind of hipster thing?
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by [A]classfashionbunny
July 2nd, 2013, 2:46am
Rating: 7.7 / 10.0
frankly, i'm rather confused as to how i should describe this manga. i'm rather lenient with what i read, and rarely feel like dropping a series i'm reading; i have to admit that Medaka Box is one of those i feel like dropping. the starting chapters were great, the first around 60 chapters were still pretty good, although the plot started going into a mainstream battle manga direction. chapters from 60 to 92 were okayish, though the plot, specifically goals of the antagonists were something i couldn't quite grasp.

from 92 onwards... what happened? suddenly this manga started making absolutely no sense. it's like i'm reading a freaking soap opera... there is no comedy left, there is no plot left, there is pretty much nothing but chaos and pointless drama left. if this manga turns back to the right track during the 60-some chapters i have left, i really have to give my applauds to the mangaka.

what i'd honestly want to do is drop the remaining chapters and read the last five or so, only to see how the ending is like.
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Not for everyone, as any manga.  
by vyrhen
January 17th, 2013, 12:34pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
What is a friendship? What is effort? What is victory? Medaka Box is a must read manga wich questions Shounen Jump principles wich we are used to see, and for that alone it's a memorable series.
You don't have a male protagonist wich sucks and then gets stronger with training and his friends to fight the evil of the world by killing/beating his enemies, but you have a Monster/God/Overpowered woman that could just be alone and be fine that fights the evil of the world... literally. More than beating people and blaming them, Kurokami Medaka tries to reform everysingle person of the world, no matter what they did, no matter what they are, she will make them at least never do what they did again, and without hurting them permanently. Impossible? Too idealistic? Kurokami Medaka thinks the same... but it's still worth trying out.
Check out this impressive series where just beating someone isn't victory, where just training isn't enough, where friend/enemy labels are overrated, in a world where concepts define power, mixed with your usual brawling, but be careful... your mind might not be prepared for the twisting.
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The First Chapter Killed Me  
by FormX
January 8th, 2013, 9:08pm
Rating: N/A
The first chapter is chock full of shounen plot devices. If this is your first shounen manga, maybe you'll make it thorough, but I don't remember if I survived.

Aside from that, the synopsis isn't that interesting to begin with.
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What the hell did I just read?  
by NomCakeMangaNom
October 11th, 2012, 4:59pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
Spoiler Warning. May contain spoilers, may not. Meh.

Ok, Megaka Box. At the beginning, it was about the student council president, a perfect girl, and her childhood friend. She brought in a suggestion box, and began to form her council. Ok, that was good, it was a school-life based shounen manga.

Then it brought in the class 13 (well, I think it was class 13), people who are abnormal and have super powers basically, and there is some evil conspiracy about the school where something (I can't remember what, so it must've been something like death or something stupid) was going to happen to the regular student population. So they broke into the secret facility to fight them. Ok, moving to a school-life/battle shounen manga. That's good, it suits the abnormal student council president.

Then it was the minus arc. Ok, so there were powers that took rather than gave. That's cool, there is always room for two sides to a coin. So the team fought the new enemy, one of them who had a long history, since the beginning. Good continuity, not pulling plots out of their arse like some do. So once they clear the threat it's hunky dory.

Then came the not equals. It was a slight 'arse conjuring' plot development, but it could roll. With the future student council being made, yeah cool. This shounen actually planned for the future.

But then it started to go on about a weird test. What was that about? It was in the middle of an arc already, and it pulled what I like to call a 'Drum Arc' (a reference to the One Piece arc that split up the criminal organisation which name I can't spell's arc. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go read One Piece). It was a stupid trial, and my patience was at an end, so I dropped it.

I even look over the later chapters to see if the magic arse conjorur struck again, and it had. Lots. They were at the North Pole for crying out loud! How the hell? Even later, it talks about a magic warrior in a blood like which hits when they're 20.

Basically at around chapter 100ish, it went to shit. But what depresses me even more was the art. Not because it was bad, but because I thought it was bloody brilliant. If only the magic arse just stuck to the mangas that already abuse it...
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Too much on the shounen battle track  
by Dright
September 22nd, 2012, 3:04pm
Rating: N/A
I really liked the start with the suggestion box and everything, the scenarios were always quite funny. But as soon as it started to get into the over-the-top battles it just got there and stayed there.

Hopefully it'll achieve a better comedy school life vs shounen battle ratio later on.
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Insanely Crazy  
by Drewbear
July 19th, 2012, 4:46am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I don't care what anyone says but this manga is so over the top and crazy that I find it to be absolutely terrific. It is fast paced and the plot barely makes any sense but thats what gives it its charm. Just take it for what it is and you will enjoy it. Once you start pondering and questioning the story progression, you will lose that insanely zealous, ramped, and crazy uniqueness this manga has. Just enjoy it at face value.
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Medaka Box: What is This?  
by Ohmanitsjojo
May 10th, 2012, 7:28pm
Rating: 4.6 / 10.0
The school suggestion box; an object that is commonly existent in manga and anime, as well as in the manga Medaka Box. Most of the time, such detail is barely important, which is also true here. Seeing as that is not important, let me throw that aside and explain what to expect from this manga. Simply put, be ready to flip the pages to a tedious, boring manga with extremely long and pointless explanations.

Zenkichi Hitoyoshi is a student at Hakoniwa Academy. At the start of the manga, Hitoyoshi vaguely introduces the character, Kurokami Medaka, the student council president of Hakoniwa Academy, as to what kind of being she is. Without a doubt, a complete monster. Such can be said for the majority of the characters in the manga, Medaka Box, as well. Apparently, this manga is an episodic manga, that eventually turns into an action manga. Sadly, I have not read up to such a point.

From the beginning of Medaka Box, the outer appearance of the manga is a story with decent jokes, only to be shrouded with horrendously long details beside that. I do not comprehend as to why the author of this manga has to stretch the length of the jokes at all. This basically ruins the joke. Putting comedy aside, you basically have an episodic manga. What else is there in this "story"? Well... I actually don't know.

The characters can be considered a good point in Medaka Box, as well as a bad point. In Medaka Box, characters are unique in a way, but the ability to display them is mediocre. In every character introduction, we are given a large amount of information about a single person. In a way, this is great, although, giving us useless information is not. Continuing it with a long summary of the character with 100 words spread over 2 or 3 pages, instead of the possible 40 in a half page or one page, is also not. My favorite part of the characters is somewhat of what I said before, the uniqueness of the characters. Shown as having superhuman abilities, nearly every recurring character is unique in a way. Although Medaka Box can be displayed as being a story with a majority of the characters being unrealistic, at this point, such is a spark of light.

Now then, the art. The art is wonderful. Well-drawn characters, as well as backgrounds and details in art is included in such. In the entire manga known as Medaka Box, this detail is the greatest. Going from regular facial expressions to abnormally unusual facial expressions, you can easily tell what a character is thinking.

What else is there to say? Well, on first impression, I disliked this manga. As of now? I still dislike it. I have never been a fan of Nisio Isin, and would not be surprised to hear opinions being biased of Medaka Box due to the extremely high reputation of his. I have read twelve chapters of this manga so far, and before someone tells me to "read up to chapter 92, then express your opinion," I would like to know something. Who in their right mind would read eleven volumes of a tedious and boring manga just to be able to call it "good"?

... Last updated on October 8th, 2012, 7:26am
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