Manga Review – Midori Days: 73%

The Essentials

Name: Midori Days
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Tankoubon: 8
Serialized In: Shonen Sunday
Released: January 28, 2003 – July 21, 2004
Story & Art: Kazurou Inoue
Published By (Japan): Shogakukan
Published By (US): Viz

Scores

Story: 7/10 (x 3 = 21 pts)
Art: 8/10 (x 3 = 24 pts)
Gut Score: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)

Total: 73/100 (73%)

Review

Midori Days is about a high school delinquent, Seiji, who is known for his “devil’s right hand” due to his beating up gangs, who suddenly finds that a girl named Midori has taken residence on his arm in place of his right hand. Midori, meanwhile, has had a crush on Seiji for a long time, but only from a distance, as she doesn’t attend the same school. However, she’s more than happy to take up residence on his arm. In the meantime, the “real” Midori has fallen into a coma, and it seems that she’ll only awaken when the Midori on Seiji’s arm wants to return.

Of course, having a girl literally stuck on your arm immediately means hilarity ensues. How does Seiji hide this from everyone, especially since several games are out to give revenge on him? What happens when someone DOES find out about her?

This certainly creates some comedy at the start, but after a while it just seems to drag on, with the same gags largely being replayed over and over and over again by the end. After about the 2nd or 3rd volume, you’ve already seen most of what you’re going to see out of the series, except for perhaps the final volume. Perhaps the saving grace of the series is that it is relatively short at 8 volumes.

If you like the gags that come in this sort of manga, and don’t mind that they repeat quite often, then you may like this book, but I’m not sure it’s worth reading all the way through.

First Read: December 2005 – October 2007
Do I Own: Yes
Do I Recommend: Indifferent

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2 thoughts on “Manga Review – Midori Days: 73%

  1. “I’m not sure it’s worth reading all the way through.”

    Heresy !
    Gags are far from being “same-ish”, its pretty obvious. Just admit that you didnt like the premise and all will be clear.
    Midori no Hibi is probably THE funniest serialised manga in the world, until the advent of Yotsuba.

    Its worth reading just to marvel at the wonderful art style, really quite unique, its amazingly kawaii without being overly sugar capped. Its making me smile just looking at the characters. I had stomach pains from overlaughing after reading this, and its not a figure of speech.

    Another mangaka which i put in the same category as Midori no Hibi author – is Mitsuru Hattori, whose works i also highly recommend.

  2. Hmmm I see, well I liked the anime very much, never read the manga, i might get around to it, but if you hadn’t already reviewed the anime i think you should, you will see quite a lot of boobs.. anyway thanks for the review ill check it out.

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