Time to get some manga reviews going for Sharkberg, and what better one to start with than the classic for the ages: Tsuredure Children! And by classic for the ages, I mean it’s possibly the most obscure thing that’ll ever get reviewed here. This manga is actually a Japanese web comic, and you can find the official website (with all its comics in 日本語) right here. It seems this series of manga vignettes were originally simply referred to as Wakabayashi Toshiya’s 4-Koma Collection, as in Toshiya Wakabayashi is the creator and “4-Koma” means these are a bunch of “four-panel” comic strips. You know, kind of like a newspaper comic–but in this case you get about ten or fifteen of them together to tell a story. And you read right to left. (You know that, right?!)
Tsuredure (徒然) means tedium it seems–and to call most of the characters in this series “tedium children” could make sense I suppose. Basically, the vast majority of the characters in this series are pretty dumb, especially when it comes to finding the right words to say to the ones they’re infatuated with. The faulty timing or delivery of a love confession is a staple of romcom manga humor, but Tsuredure Children takes the ineptitude to a whole new level of dumbness. (Or genius?)
At least half this manga is just a character reacting to the dumb stuff the other character does, but the faces are amazing so the joke somehow lands it nearly every time for me. And since most of these high schoolers are so earnest about their feelings, it’s easy to root for them all while laughing at their surprising levels of incompetence. Bottom Line: It’s not unusual for a story to be not only funny, but kawaii too! Kawaii means cute. This manga is cute! (´･ω･`) Yup, this is the type of manga Reset Tears decides to review here first; you can thank me later though, once you’ve read through all of Tsuredure Children in one sitting!~☆
But really, it’s a quick read and lots of fun. The art is kept very simple, but it’s good and Wakabayashi knows to focus on his greatest strength: those faces. And as for the plot–well, that’s kept very simple too. But the further along you get in the series, the more you’ll see past characters return and get some follow-up on their relationship statuses (healthy or otherwise… generally otherwise…). It’s great when your favorites show up again, and you get to see what new way they’ll flub things this time.