I read this through MangaFox and I have to say, this is adorable. It's by the same mangaka who did Doujin Work and it's actually the stronger work of...moreI read this through MangaFox and I have to say, this is adorable. It's by the same mangaka who did Doujin Work and it's actually the stronger work of the two. Where the jokes in DW would get stale after a while, this series keeps it going fairly well. There's not really any romance in here, but then (like DW), that's not really the point of the series. You'll see jokes about the main characters' lack of a love life, but it's just sort of there.
Highly recommended, especially since (as of this review) you can read the series online for free. (less)
I have to say, I was pretty impressed by this manga. It's incredibly cute and very easy to get into. I won't deny that this...moreI read this via Manga Fox.
I have to say, I was pretty impressed by this manga. It's incredibly cute and very easy to get into. I won't deny that this manga uses some very familiar tropes, but it does it well. (As I always say, tropes are tropes for a reason: because they're popular.)
I really loved that this manga wasn't overly girly or fanservice-ish. It runs the line inbetween, which keeps it from alienating any one group in particular. You won't see any gratuitous panty shots here, instead the series focuses on the idea of popping its heroine into several different forms of maid costume.
This is a pretty wholesome series as far as maid manga goes, so you can pretty much feel free to read it without fear of suddenly seeing nothing but flesh. (Not that there's anything wrong with fanservice, but sometimes you just want to read about maids that aren't getting their clothes ripped up. However... if you are in the mood for that, check out He Is My Master Volume. It's as fanservice-y as they get.)(less)
I've liked Masami Tsuda ever since I started reading Kare Kano & branched out into her other works. She never really goes in for the stereotypical...moreI've liked Masami Tsuda ever since I started reading Kare Kano & branched out into her other works. She never really goes in for the stereotypical cliches that so many different artists seem to love using, which is a refreshing change from the norm. This 2 volume manga series is no exception to that.
As always, the artwork in this series is incredibly endearing & Tsuda captures both the cuteness & the deviousness of her characters. The main character (Nanoha) manages to be both exceptional and normal at the same time while never becoming that unbelievable. (For a manga, anyway.) It helps that we get quite a few glimpses at her above average friends, which helps make Nanoha that much more normal in comparison. Where this volume works best is with the interactions between our hero & heroine of course, with the reactions of Nanoha's tiny monster giving out quite a bit of comic relief.
Unfortunately I couldn't help but continuously draw comparisons between this manga & Tsuda's more well known Kare Kano manga. The dynamic of "well loved person is a fake but is made more genuine by a love interest with a darker side" is just similar enough for people to keep reflecting on the two & feel like Eensy Weensy Monster is a little lacking at times. It's horribly unfair since EWM doesn't have the amount of volumes to capture the depth that KK has, but there it is. It's not a huge barrier to overcome since Tsuda does put in quite a few differences from KK's story, but it does make it harder to see this as a story all its own.
Overall this is a cute manga that fans of Tsuda (like me) will love & want to collect, but for some the similarities to previous works might keep them from enjoying this as much as they'd want to. (less)
I'm honestly a little unsure of what to say about this manga. It's ecchi without being the traditional ecchi in that it actually tries to serve a purp...moreI'm honestly a little unsure of what to say about this manga. It's ecchi without being the traditional ecchi in that it actually tries to serve a purpose beside titillation.
The main characters are pretty much either stereotypes of wish-fulfillment characters. Our lead character is a luckless everyman that somehow manages to get every girl throwing herself at him despite him being wishy washy and clueless enough that you'd probably find him the most annoying guy at the bar. His wife is beautiful, but is pretty much the dream ideal of a subservient wife that not only pretty much does everything that her hubby asks her to (with some exceptions), but she's dainty enough that she is reluctant to sex up and never complains about the fact that her husband almost always prematurely ejaculates and she's never had an orgasm. I understand that part of this is due to the plot, but she never seems to get angry at him for this, not even when he keeps on humping even when she's crying out that it hurts on several separate encounters. (I wanted to reach through the manga and slap him for not immediately stopping.)
Yet at the same time, I can't help but keep reading. Part of the manga's charm is in the pure bold-faced selfishness and repulsiveness of its characters. It's what makes them seem sort of human, to be honest. I don't think that I'll ever see our female lead as anything other than wank fodder, but it's not to the point where I'd stop reading.
If you read this, just keep in mind that while you'll probably get irritated with it at some point, it's got a good heart deep down. You'll just still want to reach through your computer screen and smack it every once in a while, though.
My reaction after finishing this manga was "What in the heck did I just read?"
First, a disclaimer. I knew full well that this was a hentai manga and t...moreMy reaction after finishing this manga was "What in the heck did I just read?"
First, a disclaimer. I knew full well that this was a hentai manga and that there'd be adult material and sexual acts in this series. I did. I knew that odds are that things would get a little weird, so I was prepared for it for the most part. It's just that I wasn't expecting all of the directions this manga would go in.
The biggest flaw of this series isn't the various sexual acts (watersports, sex, mutual masturbation, etc), but that there's just not that much of a story going on here. Now before you say "you shouldn't expect more from a hentai", I want you to know that there have been ecchi and hentai series out there that have had excellent plot lines. Being pornographic does not mean that you can't have a good plot line, after all.
The sex acts in here aren't really all that shocking, to be honest. It's some of the more mundane things that you'll see out there in hentai and in porn in general. It's just that after a while it just became a little boring to read. The sex was nice but after a while I just really wanted a good storyline to go along with it. It didn't have to have an Evangelion-esque plotline, but something a little more in-depth would have been nice.
This is wank fodder, pure and simple. It's OK, but I've read better. (less)
I'm up to volume 4 right now, but unless the last volume pulls a rabbit out of its hat, here's my opinion for the entire series:
It's not bad, but it c...moreI'm up to volume 4 right now, but unless the last volume pulls a rabbit out of its hat, here's my opinion for the entire series:
It's not bad, but it could be a lot better.
You've got a great cast of characters and the episodic nature of the story is good. It's quite obviously a horror version of BlackJack and if you're familiar with the series then you'll get an extra kick out of the parodies of the characters and situations.
However at times this just seems a little "gore for gore's sake" and goes too overboard in trying to go in different directions. (Satire, horror, thriller, action, etc) The series really doesn't need the extra oomph- it's great just as it is, although it's better in small doses.
It's a shame that this series will probably have a hard time finding a publisher because it's so hard to pin down an exact audience and some of the content might be seen as a little objectionable to some. Not that this stops many manga publishers, but let's face it: the more marketable something is, the more likely it is to be picked up and this is more of a niche manga at times.
This is absolutely worth reading at some of the various scanlation sites and if it ever gets brought over to the states officially, I'd recommend it as a read for fans of horror manga. (less)
Warning: this is one of those ecchi type of series where you have to go in expecting tons of fanservice.
As far as plot goes... there really isn't one...moreWarning: this is one of those ecchi type of series where you have to go in expecting tons of fanservice.
As far as plot goes... there really isn't one as far as each chapter goes. There's the overlying plot of having a poverty stricken guy have to dress up as a female maid to go to school and land a rich boss, but most of this is really just done for the laughs. There's a lot of very, very familiar and worn tropes in here, but then anyone taking a look at the plot on various scanlation sites could guess that this isn't exactly the type of manga that's written to have plots beyond fanservice fodder. I can deal with this for the most part, but the chapters here are fairly repetitive. Good thing it's only about 4 volumes long, but I'm not sure I will last that long.
The artwork is fairly lovingly done and if this is your sort of thing, you'll probably greatly like it. It's just that we've got so much out there that this sort of fades into the background a little. (less)
This review is for the series as a whole, including the two other parts.
Overall, this is really a great series. I'm fairly surprised that it hasn't be...moreThis review is for the series as a whole, including the two other parts.
Overall, this is really a great series. I'm fairly surprised that it hasn't been brought over to the states, as there are publishers that are more than willing to put out smutty manga.
The characters are cute, but more than anything I loved that our main heroine Hisako was wimpy without being spineless. Sure she's a doormat at times, but this is a fairly common trope in manga and this is part of her character and something that gets brought up in the story at times. She's a good foil for her romantic lead Yato.
The ending? Well, I liked it well enough as it lead to various possibilities for the future for our characters, but it was also very bittersweet. Those that are looking for a happy dappy ending where everything is monkeys, and unicorns farting rainbows will probably want to prepare themselves a little. The ending won't surprise those who are familiar with the predominant themes of the series, though.(less)
This was decent for what it was: a thinly disguised erotic manga. There isn't much to the plot in this series, so if you're looking for detailed plot...moreThis was decent for what it was: a thinly disguised erotic manga. There isn't much to the plot in this series, so if you're looking for detailed plot lines like in Ai Ore or Kaikan Phrase, you'll be disappointed.
This is sort of the epitome of the "glad it was free" manga that I read online. As always, Shinjo does a wonderful job with her art but the story here just is lacking. Since this was done during the time period where she was being used and abused by her former publishers, this was probably less the result of Shinjo's creative output and more the result of her publisher trying to get her to mass produce Kaikan Phrase-esque works. (less)