I would just like to say that this post had been punctually written some 3 weeks back when Chungky said ‘I want a Mushroom post by tomorrow!’ and then had a change of mind the next day and went ‘Nope! Let’s go all Chinese New Year! Gong xi gong xi!!‘ and so my Mushroom never saw the light of day.
So yes. I just had to complain a little.
Moving on =D
Manga-ka: Yoshino Satsuki
Genres: Comedy, Shounen, Slice of Life
As punishment for punching a famous calligrapher, handsome, arrogant, self-centred Handa Seishu is exiled to a small island. A city-slicker to the core, Handa is surprised (and annoyed) by his wacky new neighbours and their odd habits – people travelling around on tractors as if they were cars, unwanted visitors who never use the front door, annoying kids using his home as a playground…the list of grievances grows by the minute. Can a city guy really adapt to an easy-going island life?
This manga has a really laid back feel. It’s not the usual shounen comedy that would crack you up coz something amazingly stupid just happened (i.e. someone got shot out of a cannon or something) – it’s a really light-hearted humour that just makes you feel… well, light-hearted.
It’s the usual comedic setup where you find a super high strung guy thrown into a bunch of relaxed, ‘I-don’t-give-a-damn’ sort of people. There’ll be one person particularly attached to this high strung guy (in this case a first grade kid) and the combination they set together would just make you laugh. Yoshino Satsuki portrays the protagonist excellently to the point where when he feels exhausted from trying to keep up with everyone, you tend to feel the same too.
Only difference is that unlike him, you’d be laughing.
I’m not trying to generalise too much, but the slice of life genre usually has this mellow atmosphere since it’s commonly associated with the more mature genres of seinen and josei. Being a shounen manga, Barakamon doesn’t have the usual ‘mature’ air going on so I find it a lot more fun to read –yet at the same time, there’s still that feeling of contentment that you’d get from the genre. If you enjoyed reading manga like Honey and Clover, you could try this out for a change.
And I just realised. The protagonist reminds me a lot like Chiaki from Nodame Cantabile, so if you like that sort of character as well try out Barakamon! It’s really worth a read. Or two. Or three
Oresama Sensei (俺様ティーチャー)
Genre: Comedy, Harem, Romance, School Life, Shoujo
Kurosaki Mafuyu was a juvenile delinquent and head of her gang before her subsequent arrest got her expelled from high school. Now that she’s transferred to a new high school, she’s determined to become an “ultra-shiny, super feminine high school student.” But with a new friend like Hayasaka-kun and a homeroom teacher like Saeki Takaomi (who may be more than he seems), will Mafuyu really be able to live a girly-girl high school life!?
I’ve kinda got a thing for delinquent comedy (i.e. Yankee-kun to Megane-chan and Angel Densetsu). There’s just something about using delinquents as comic relief that never fails to make me crack up. It’s no wonder then that I picked up Oresama Sensei, also known as Oresama Teacher.
I usually hate shoujo + delinquents (especially in manhwa, but that’s a different story). It’s particularly since they brutally butcher and slaughter the action scenes. More than half the time, I see so many weaknesses and openings in the stances of the bad boy delinquent who ‘never lost a fight in his life’.
But Oresama Sensei is funny.
And best of all, Oresama Sensei does not commit the murder of cool action scenes.
I’m not usually a fan of the harem genre, but the sort of ‘harem’ she gets just stumbles across her path – they don’t all spam her in one go, and I think that’s a nice change from the usual plot of having 5 guys thrown at her feet at the same time. I didn’t even know it was a harem manga until I had to write this post. Which doesn’t say much since I can be pretty dense at times…
I think Oresama Sensei is perfect for those who like a shounen plotline but prefer a shoujo kind of execution. And even if you like neither, you should still give it a shot. It’s just… enjoyable.
And hilariously funny =D