Shanimuni Go - by RAGAWA Marimo

chihaya
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June 2nd, 2010, 1:55 am #1

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Cyber_3
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January 28th, 2011, 2:43 pm #2

When I saw the update last week that Shanimuni Go was going to be released weekly, I decided to give it a try yesterday since I didn't have anything else to read. Well, I downloaded volume 1 but honestly, I only got part way though chapter 3 before I gave up. Maybe someone can tell me if it gets better later on but it's just too seinen for me so far. Is it classified as "shoujo" because it talks about relationships? Now, don't get me wrong, I've read some seinen and enjoyed it, even sports manga like "Touch" which is one of my favourite mangas but so far, SG just seems like a bad seinen manga with little humour and cliche relationships. I got as far as I did since it's fan-service-lite and the story idea seemed original. Of other tennis-related manga that I've heard of: I liked Marmalade Boy and it hooked me quicker even though it's kind of lame (tennis is involved). I've never read Prince of Tennis so I can't compare. I really like Itazura na Kiss, even if it was frustratingly long.

So, while weekly releases are certainly a good incentive (I love weekly releases) I think that by the lack of comments here, more encouragements than that is required. If someone can tell me more how it develops and why it's good, I think I could give it another try.

Cyber_3 - reading and reviewing manga since 1990....man I'm old......
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chihaya
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January 28th, 2011, 5:58 pm #3

Thank you for the comment, Cyber_3! SG is quite different from our other projects and it's great to hear what the readers think.

I'm not sure if you have read Aka-chan to Boku (Baby and me). It's from the same author. If you like that one, you might come to like this one as well.

SG is categorized Shoujo because it was published in a shoujo magazine called Hana to yume, the same one that published "Fruit basket" and "HanaKimi". The story itself is definitely not a seinen. Too many shoujo elements. SG is more of a drama than sport manga. You can read more review at mangaupdates
http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=7281

I personally think the first 3 chapters aren't great but it's not so bad. So maybe this manga isn't for you? I'd encourage you to try as far as 3 volumes if you can, though. In fact, my intention is that we'll do 4-5 volumes first. If it doesn't go well, then we'll drop the project and focus our resource on something else.
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Cyber_3
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January 31st, 2011, 5:13 pm #4

Well, never let it be said that I refused a challenge! ^o^v

I muddled ahead and read the rest of the translated chapters and I have to say that by Chapter 7, I was feeling that my effort had been rewarded and by Chapter 13, I was looking forward to Chapter 14 being released this week. It does happen that mangaka are "slow starters" (heh) and that in this case the set up was too complicated to do well. But once that was done, the humour crept in and made me giggle and the pace accelerated to something exciting. There are lots of sports manga out there but I find that there are very few really good ones that can be enjoyed whether you are a sports maniac or not. I think this one will shape up well.....there are 32 volumes of it so you guys better not leave me hanging now that you hooked me >_<;;;;;;;;;;

This is just the beginning of the manga so it's natural that more characters will be introduced otherwise the main characters are just competing against faceless opponents. I don't know about this new girl, but if you like her chihaya, then there must be some real fun coming ^_^. Cute, weird, making black cookies of death, usually a good combo for comedy. While I do find that this manga has a bit more of a seinen feel, like Touch!, I still feel a good connection to the characters. Most seinen makes me think: "What are you doing idiot? Why would you do that ya perv? Stop goofing around and get on with it guy! Stop already with the excessive panty shots? Why do all the girl shirts fit so tight you can see their nipples?!!! IF I see one more one-dimensional enemy show up out of nowhere I'm going to puke! Why does it take 5 battle FIVE!!!! to learn that maybe, hey maybe you should change your strategy?!!!"

huff huff huff...... Okay, that's out of my system.... I think. I'm just not a guy. Guys must like that stuff but it just makes me feel dumb reading it. So, yeah, Shanimuni Go is NOT one of those and if you can make it to Chapter 7, you'll be glad you did. Give it a try. Weekly releases now will REALLY REALLY help keep up the pace. I HATE when a sports game takes more than one chapter and you have to wait to see how it turns out, but so far, Shanimuni Go is keeping it well within reason.

I'm glad now that I have 2 manga to expect weekly what with Fukuya over. Thanks for encouraging me to read further. There are enough chapters out now to get a better feel for and more interest in, the manga.

Cyber_3 - Couldn't stomach Baby and Me the first time I saw it, but maybe I need to revisit if it just gets started slowly.......
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Cyber_3
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January 31st, 2011, 5:26 pm #5

Oh yeah! You other readers out there?!!! Post some comments! There's not a lot of story to comment on yet, but it would be nice to know other opinions, even if you hated it. Give it a try!

Don't read what follows if you haven't read to chap13 yet. Little bit spoiler-ish.......

That said, Ide seems like an idiot with a lot of natural sports ability but despite his good luck, he is actually a fairly analytical thinker when it comes to learning and I think this is his strong point...He probably acts like a baby for the attention. As for Rui, I'm looking forward to when it is revealed why de doesn't push himself to the limit as far as he could. I think Ide and Rui will make a nice pair and will learn lots from each other. I don't know what will have with Takada but obviously when her cousin comes to into the picture, there will be a lot of non-tennis to deal with and I look forward to that. She is very strong and I wonder that there's really no recourse for her leg? It was too bad that the 3rd years were set up so nicely and then had to leave already.....but they probably would have just got in the way and they make the transition from crappy team to good team more dramatic. Guess we'll get new first years sooner rather than later, hopefully they still focus on the Ide/Rui characters and don't keep switching so easily.

I'll save the rest for after chapter 14 this week.

Cyber_3 - the faces drawn by mangakas over tasting evilly-bad baking always make me laugh, no exception here
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February 1st, 2011, 3:57 pm #6

Aw, I am going to miss the three senpai - I hope we see them again! And I love the new girl. She offers so many awesome possibilities! Her strange devotion to RuiRui makes me cheer for her. I'm going to support their pairing.

We got through the last tennis match pretty quickly - I'm happy the pace of the manga didn't slow down for the game.

I hope we get to know more of the team - what is next for our boys? Fun relationship development? More background to RuiRui? I hope we can see a bit more explanation of his current situation with his dad...

Also, Ide is adorable and I want to know a lot more about him. I feel like his personality is so big, that's the only part of him the manga focuses on. He's got that bit of background about being a runner, but I want more!! <3

Thanks Wingtip Team!! <3
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February 2nd, 2011, 3:49 pm #7

Cyber_3-san, I was giggling over your tirade on seinan manga XDDDD I love Adachi's works but I get what you meant. And don't worry. The opponents in SG are anything but one-dimentional. Mako-chan is wonderfully weird. She doesn't appear much because she's in different school but I adore her nonetheless.

Quix-san, eiieii you'll get to know more about Nobucchi's family in the next chapter.
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Cyber_3
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February 3rd, 2011, 3:49 am #8

Aiyah chihaya, I didn't mean that stuff for Adachi, I do like his work a lot, mostly because it is non-standard. But in all fairness, I could say a few things about cliche shoujo manga too. My husband and I often have these hilarious discussions about which is worst. Since I'm an ex-reviewer of manga and he is an ex-fansubber of anime and AMV guy, it sometimes goes on quite long :3 A big part of why I like all of the titles so far that WingTip does (that I've read) are that they tend to be non-cliche and less formulaeic.

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Cyber_3
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March 21st, 2011, 4:57 pm #9

As far as Shanimuni Go goes, if you are thinking of dropping it, I don't think I'll cry any more. While I like it, it's getting more into the strategies and skills of the games and less on the character interaction. It's good, but I don't anticipate it each week other than as "more manga for reading (a good thing)" as opposed to the "can't wait for the next chapter of this particular manga! eeee!" that I get for other titles, like Oishii Kankei. I'm just saying.

Cyber_3 - The TOTAL lack of discussion here makes me think that I'm not alone.
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Psychoidiot
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March 26th, 2011, 4:38 am #10

OMG! don't drop don't drop!

I learned about this about the same time as Skip Beat! and while Skip Beat is regularly scanlated, I'm barely there with this one. I love sports manga!

I do think that some reviewers at other places say up to 14 is the standard shounen stuff, but I like it. Want to know the history ~~~

Ide certainly has the athletic prowess to do lots of different sports, that I like that he's trying hard now with one he likes.

Btw, Cyber did you use to review for AOD?
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