Tsurezure Children Vol 1 is written and illustrated by Toshiya Wakabayashi. The series began as a web novel in 2012, but is now officially serialized in Shounen’s Weekly Magazine. It is still ongoing and has eight total volumes so far, published physically by Kodansha. Tsurezure Children recently received a 12-episode anime adaptation that began airing in July, with the last episode airing last week.
Synopsis: Wakabayashi Toshiya shows us a series of 4-koma manga depicting various scenarios of young love. These short stories range from a boy, crippled by his absolute lack of confidence in himself, cannot even accept the fact that the girl of his dreams actually asked him out on a date, to the near-psychotic girl that pours her own blood into her homemade chocolate in order to win his heart. (Source: MangaHelpers)
Review: Starting out, I think it’s important to know that if you are approaching Tsurezure Children expecting any sort of story what-so-ever, you will be sorely disappointed. Normally, a series such as this one wouldn’t require a story, but with the comedy being completely hit or miss, something to fall back on can never be a negative. Unfortunately, the comedy was a miss for me, making it almost difficult for me to complete some parts (additionally, I dropped the anime). Tsurezure Children tries hard to be like Nichijou and Daily lives of high school boys, while attempting to go above them by adding romance into the mix.
Another problem the series has is the size of it’s main cast. Comparatively speaking, there are 2-3 times more significant characters than said counterparts. If done properly, a large cast isn’t a bad thing; but with constant jumps from pairing to pairing, it seems like virtually no time at all is spent with any one couple. The characters are supposedly mimicking real-life young love, but many situations seem overly unrealistic.
Now, not everything about the Tsurezure Children manga was bad. Personally, I did enjoy the artwork and illustrations, notably in the above scene. The facial expressions are done exceptionally, and the overall style fits nicely with this type of series. The few scenes that I did find good were done well, and I think the artwork played a big part in that. While the above scene was one of very few also done well in the anime, other scenes were much better in the manga because of the art-style. The only thing I can fault in regards to art, is that 3-4 of the main male characters look eerily similar to each other, which can be offsetting.
Overall, I enjoyed the few parts that were done well, and some scenes did feel like a chore to go through. If you are a fan of other “daily life” series’, I would at least recommend checking out Tsurezure Children Vol 1. Those who enjoyed the comedy this series offers, had nothing but good things to say. Again, I can’t completely fault the manga for it’s low score, as part of it is personal opinion. If you are already familiar with this series, leave a comment below; I would love to know your thoughts!
This book was provided to us free, for review purposes.
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