I kind of wanted to make this port about the importance of character development and how it works, but screw that, after all I just wanted an excuse to write about good characters individually, and why and how they work (individually).
After pretending to writing about the lady boos (or Dragon lady) I had a death wish to write about the other roles a character could have, the famous loser male lead is one of them, mainly because I happen to see one of them being well written with good execution, plus I want everybody to read this manga because so far has been so good.
The story is basically about Imamura Kinichirou (Our MC), starting in his High School graduation day, which he hated. Our main character is very cynical and negative about his HS life, but doesn’t seem to have any kind of juvenile regrets for a colourful youth or anything…. unfortunately due to an accident he ends up traveling 3 years back to his freshman entrance ceremony. (There is a better description on the Baka-updates link)
The story basically ticks the following boxes
- A loser character male lead
- Set in high school
- He literally has 0 friends
This has been done before countless, but this story remain fresh and original.
First of all here is our main character in the first chapter
So what makes him different from other loser main characters.
First of all he is a loner partially by choice, yes was ignored 3 years by his classmates yet he did nothing to change his image, basically because he didn’t care and it was much of a bother, we don’t see him whining about his poor circumstances every panel, he just lives his life as it comes along. Good characterization here
Secondly, he acts by his own motives, we don’t see him being dragged around by the other characters and on the occasions when they try to manipulate him, he fights back, a loser with pride.
The fact he time-travels back is shown in his current behaviour, our MC doesn’t get stuck in being a child.
Those are the main characteristics I remember, and after reading them, it doesn’t seem like they belong to this type of personage, but his loser status is well defined since the beginning of the story, and his development feels natural and well timed.
The other characters are not to be underestimated either.
I’m not very good at recommending stuff this way but, in short, why should anybody read Again!!? Well there is loser type of character who doesn’t whim(… actually he does, once, because of boredom…) is funny, clever, refreshing and interesting.
And I haven’t mentioned the cheering squad “war” which is the main point of the series
If you are not convinced, here is a teaser