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From TokyoPop: Keidai Saeki is a high school student who remembers his past life in Pompeii, living as the Italian warrior Sirix... His friends around him are all also reincarnated - although they don't quite remember things the way he does. Keidai's wife from the past? He's now a middle school boy - while his best male friend is now a cute girl?! Throw in a case of love at first sight, and you have a new look at romance - manga-style!
エヌジーライフ Enuji Raifu NG Raifu NGライフ NG人生 No Good Life
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It was so awesome, I had to rush here and write a review.
I think this must have been one of the best mangas I've read in a long, long time. The art is beautiful, although not amazing, but it is the story that really captures you. From beginning to end, everything flows together, everything makes sense, and everything is sweet, sad, touching, tragic and wonderful. You find yourself thinking back on early scenes, going "Oh.. so that's why!" and "Now I understand this better."
Keidai is a bit of a spaz, but he gets better, and he's never so dumb he's annoying. In fact, if he didn't have the personality he does, he'd be a bit of a Mary Sue xD And after a while, you begin to know the characters so well you can think like them. NG Life had all the cliches - the evil school teacher, the best childhood friend, the love rival, the love rival for the other person - and it took all of them and turned each character into someone you'd love, root for and enjoy reading about. For a manga where every character has two different names, it was remarkably easy to keep the cast straight.
And that's not even to mention all the ROFL moments scattered liberally around. The mangaka has a great sense of humour to add to her amazing storytelling skills. Plus the aww/kiss scenes were so awwww, you can't help but reread them a few times, just to get your bandwidth's worth.
To sum it up, it was amazing. Read it. I think I might have cried. It certainly took me all the way from laughter to happiness to tears.
... Last updated on July 4th, 2011, 2:06pm
Can't get it out of my system
Normally, I'm able to close a good book or finish a good manga, cherish the experience for a moment, and move on, starting another one. Not NG Life. I'm still caught up in the emotions. So I'm trying to get them out by writing this review.
Actually, it reminded of Fruits Basket in a way, though a good bit lighter. Both have lots of funny moments (thought NG is more lol than FB) but they also have deep emotions that really affect the reader. I'm not often moved to physical expression by manga or books, but in FB, and here, especially at the end, I'll admit that I teared up.
I thought the mangaka paced it well, developing the story, bringing in new characters and showing us glimpses of the past. The protagonist is absolutely amazing. Such an interesting, animated, alive character. Unique, a rare thing in manga. His panic attacks are hilarious, but he also has some moments where he was extremely cool--those kiss scenes for one The other characters were developed well too. The story was still fairly Saeki-centric, but I feel that the mangaka spent enough time on the other character's stories to make those characters real, with their own lives and feelings rather than being completely subordinate to the protagonist.
Anyway, my opinion? If you don't read this, you'll miss out.
Blew me away!
This manga was insanely brilliant. It had an amazing plot, romance with a twist of comedy, captivating characters, beautiful art and most of all, it was perfectly well sequenced. It didn't have any cliff hangers and everything was sorted out in the end. Every question gets answered, every scene becomes perfectly clear. I highly recommend this manga because it will keep you glued and seriously addicted. NG Life was unique and truly unforgettable. Oh, and the ending was perfect.
You can guess from comment below how this manga is, so ill just add 1 sentence.. Its AMAZING. sure there's some flaw that may not fit some or over to some ppl...and it gets boring somehow in the middle for some, but i can just say this manga is amazing.
Finish reading it
It is amazing. The completion of the later arcs is amazing, sad and happy and heart jerking and just nice. The last couple volumes has the main character MUCH less of that sappy romantic comedy guy you see so much of in the beginnign chapters (he actually becomes very different when he realizes his feelings, and you go omg this is such a cool character). The story is good too. The last couple of chapters explain in vivid detail exactly what happens, and it is gold. The "story" behind it all is pretty interesting, nothing AMAZING ZOMG or anything, but its execution, the way the author does it, is absolutely top tier ability. Mikage/delos's little side story at the end, those last couple pages of his side chapter.... wow. The first volume can put you off, as well as various other bits of the story where it feels like the story's rehashed or resued. But get to the end, and it is nothing short of amazing.
10 for everything, -1 for all that we sorta have to "trudge" through to get to this good stuff.
Absolutely hilarious, but...
The art is amazing, as is the humour. Keipon's complex for Serena is terribly endearing. It's a laugh-every-other-two-minutes kind of manga. Really, there are too many funny moments to mention. Ah, I absolutely loved seeing Serena!Yuuma torture Keipon with his "acting skills".
WARNING: BL-LOVERS, GRIT YOUR TEETH. ARGH. And every time you see Mii, imagine it's Loleus. Hurr. I don't buy any volumes except the ones that have fluffy KeiYuu. Erk. Even though I read a lot of shoujo manga, I just can't stand the final couple.
I haven't finished it (only to 9th, I think?), but I'm hoping that Yuuma will become like... A sit-in-bro or something. A permanent neighbor. Haha~ "I'm home, Mii-anataa~!! Mmm--That smells... (Burnt?)" "Yo. /In frilly apron holding spatula. Mii's sick in bed. By the way, I think there's a fire in the oven. Want some cold fish paste on your hamburgers?"
And then maybe Keidai will be reborn as a girl next time. LOLOLOL.
... Last updated on March 1st, 2011, 5:42pm
Interesting series, and I kind of like the idea of it.. but.. it gets old quickly, at least for me. There really doesn't seem to be any way for this to end well, and the drama is a bit over pushed... it isn't natural.
Overall, good start and an interesting concept, but I feel it would have worked much better as a Oneshot or at the most 2-3 volumes.
Way too funny
I swear, I nearly died laughing on this. Considering I usually stay up to finish reading things, it wasn't too awesome when I was rolling around, laughing hysterically, but you know, it was worth it! It's light-hearted, and you can easily tell who he's going to end up with.... but it made me laugh so much every volume. You really want to shake Keidai sometimes, but he's cool other times. It's original, and I like the boy POV. It's just overall, a cute and funny series
i haven't read all of it. but it can be easily predicted that keidai will be with serizawa. and i totally object that!!!!! as a shounen-ai - yaoi lover, i really object that! i really hope that keidai will be together with yuuma!! i hate it!!!! poor selena!!!!
but still, i love this manga, cause it's hilarious, hahahahahaha. it's the funniest shoujo manga that i've ever read!
This manga is effing hilarious. <333
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Keidai ends up with Serizawa, somewhat. And it's no wonder. There are hints of Loreius -->> Syricuse at one of the flashback. loool.