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Transfer student Manabizaki Kyou is a swot, a person who spends too much time studying. His dream is to attend Tokyo University and then work for NASA! He will soon discover, however, that the high school he's transferred into, which was once very prestigious, has taken in delinquents from the surrounding schools. Now it is full of violence and gang fights.
Luckily, Manabizaki has a surprising skill at fighting, particularly when he's defending the peace of his study area. Through this strength he'll find his new friends, a weak boy called Iwashida and a legendary delinquent girl, Hasuno Nene, who makes him feel things that, for the first time in his life, he can't explain...


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Average: 6.6 / 10.0 (534 votes)
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6 Chapters   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Zopyrus
August 20th, 2010, 10:57am
Thus far, there is no real depth.
No explanation or background of anything.
No information on how many "gangs" there are to keep the readers in check - just 100 new delinquents popping out with each chapters. One does not even know what he studies and the series is called SWOT - that pretty much sum it up. (ch. 6)
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being serialized? must be kidding!   
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by yuno19
August 17th, 2010, 11:48pm
swot is strength weakness opportunity threat
is a clever way to determine strategy to be undergo.

but no clever thing in this manga, not even one.
i read up to the latest chapter, and there are nothing but violent,
and not even "good" violent: no good reason, no good technique, no fight to enjoy.
this manga would be scrapped in no time if it doesn't change its way.
(and i won't be reading more than what i've read, it's chapter six)
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how long is this gona survive in shonen jump   
Rating: 6.8 / 10.0
by xehuei
August 13th, 2010, 7:48pm
Ummm Powerful nerd, just where have i seen this before. Anyways, unless the author pickup on the floppy love backdrop and put some nails on it and seriously pay more attention to those 2 frame battle scenes, I might just launch a rocket with added booster right into his head. Bleach much? The character design sure is and so far we only seen one fight leads to another with possible future half-assed character development. Plus like everyone else here mentioned its structured from a number of deadbeat cliches, but hey its only the beginning and on the long run i do believe it has potential. Still, a cut gem is far from its raw form, lets hope it gets somewhere before it gets axed by shonen jump.
As expected it got axed but hey it lasted 3 volumes =O

... Last updated on January 7th, 2012, 8:56pm
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by neetfreek
July 4th, 2010, 8:42pm
Swot kind of reminds me of the fun I found when I first read Beelzebub. I highly enjoyed the first chapter!
There are, indeed, a lot of cliche elements here--even (especially!) in the character's appearances. (Put a big sword on the main character's back and drop the glasses and you're looking at Ichigo from Bleach, for instance...)
But there are a few original takes on the formula to make it something of its own. If it took a page from a series like Countrouble's book and had the hero outright confess to his unrequited love, it would push it right over the edge of familiarity.
Still, the character might be a study-otaku, a nerd, but his complete social retardation is a fresh justification for his lack of initiative on that front. Much better than the usual shyness/cowardice that you often see.
If the artist could clean up some of the action scenes, the fights would truly be awesome/hilarious. As it is, they are more than humorous enough.
Try this one out! I think you're sure to like it!
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by emperor26
July 4th, 2010, 7:49am
It's good to see that Sugita-san is getting another chance to start another manga after his previous series, Zan, flopped at WSJ. The mangaka did a much different take with SWOT.

The protagonist, Manabizaki Kyou, is not the typical shounen character in most mangas these days. Rather, he is actually strong and capable of defending himself, or his friends (even if he wouldn't downright admit to this).

Aside from a few cliches, this manga is actually great, though some people might have to adjust to the art style.

Hopefully, SWOT does well for readers out there.
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by dreamer00013
July 4th, 2010, 7:20am
okay, now I know what a "swot" is ^^
Besides that, there's not much to say. Characters are a little bit clichè even if a tiny bit original (and slightly funny), art is okay, and plot... weird? I mean, our hero can do EVERYTHING...
Well, at least I had a good laugh looking at the cover and realised that we've got a cool nerd as protagonist wink I mean, how often is a nerd getting admiration? Not often, right? ^^
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