Ecchi! (Bless you.) No, I said ECCHI!

Hey GrimmKids, it’s been awhile! I swear I’m usually much better about updating this site pretty regularly (at least once a week). However last week I had food poisoning and it has taken me a bit to get back into the swing of things. Trust me I would’ve much rather been writing here.

As an apology I hope to have three new posts up by Sunday starting with this one!

 

Introducing Tenjo Tenge!

Soichiro and Aya

 

Awhile back I picked up volume 1 of Tenjo Tenge, by Oh! Great and I finally got around to reading it. I have to say I was not disappointed. In fact I’m really looking forward to picking up the rest of the series to see what happens. I’m a pretty big fan of fighting themed manga/anime so the summary really caught my attention.

 

“Soichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara were always the meanest street brawlers around. When they enter Todo High they plan on carving out a reputation as the strongest fighters in their new school- easier said then done in a place that’s dedicated to training its students in the art of combat! After realizing they’re the new fish swimming in a tank full of sharks, Soichiro and Bob enter the Junken fight club as rookie members. However, the Executive Council- the archrival of the Junken Club- soon launches a surprise attack. Soichiro and Bob have a chance to show their stuff, as long as they don’t get curb-kicked in the process!”

 

The storyline itself actually ends up being even more intriguing than the summary lets on, which was a big bonus. Before I go any further I should point out (as the title of this post implies) Tenjo Tenge along with being a sweet fighting manga is totally ecchi.

 

* For those new to the scene ecchi means, “Softcore hentai. Often includes panty-shots, nudity, or perverted situations. Almost always used for humor. Ecchi does not describe actual sex acts.” *

 

Tenjo Tenge includes all the above so if that’s not your style you might want to reconsider reading this. That being said even if it isn’t your style you should read this anyway and just, I don’t know, skip all the nudey pages J because I think this really is a great read plotline wise.

 

Soichiro and Bob

 

I mean okay, so is Soichiro crashing into Aya’s shower and landing on her, the naked hot bath scene between Chiaki and Aya, or any of the panty/boob shots necessary to the plotline of the story? No. BUT they don’t detract from the storyline (in my opinion) either. Which is what makes this a good read.

Volume 1 introduces us to a lot of interesting characters and ropes you in by giving you teasers on bigger developments.

We’re introduced to Maya Natsume who is the leader of the Juken club and the top fighter. She saves energy by appearing as a little girl most of the time, but changes into her true form when serious.

 

Maya

 

Aya Natsume (Maya’s little sister) her seems to posses the ability to see into the future, but it hasn’t fully developed and has completely fallen for Soichiro Nagi.

Taka Yanagi who is basically Maya’s second in command and a very talented fighter. He likes Aya, but probably doesn’t stand a chance. He’s also very astute and recognizes that both Soichiro and Bob will soon surpass all of them in strength.

Finally, Soichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara who are both skilled fighters, but quickly recognize they are out of their league when it comes to the above fighters. They decided to join the Juken club after Bob’s girlfriend Chiaki is attacked by the Executive Council.

Be the end of volume 1 you’re left wonder what exactly the Executive Council is and how they were able to gain so much power over the school. You also find out that Maya and Aya had a brother who has died and you’re kind of lead to believe the Executive Council had something to do with it. I also really dig the drawing and fight scenes in this book.

 

Soichiro

 

To sum it all up I give this book my stamp of approval and I can’t wait to buy the next volume. Any thoughts out there on Tenjo Tenge? Have you read it? Comment below on how you felt!

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