アゲイン!! 1

アゲイン!! 1

『モテキ』の久保ミツロウが描く、高校生活タイムスリップストーリー! ――高校生活3年間、友達も思い出も作らず卒業式を迎えた今村金一郎(いまむら・きんいちろう)。だが同級?...

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Title:アゲイン!! 1
Author:Mitsurou Kubo
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Edition Language:Japanese

アゲイン!! 1 Reviews

  • Mehsi

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Squee! I just needed to read this one. I have been planning to for a while, so imagine my delight when I spotted it on Netgalley. Manga! On Netgalley! OMG squee! And this one is by the co-author of YOI, a series that I absolutely adored to bits (Give me second season now please!).

    This was just too much fun to read. We have our MC, Imamura, who is a loner. In the before (at the beginning of the book and in the flash

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Squee! I just needed to read this one. I have been planning to for a while, so imagine my delight when I spotted it on Netgalley. Manga! On Netgalley! OMG squee! And this one is by the co-author of YOI, a series that I absolutely adored to bits (Give me second season now please!).

    This was just too much fun to read. We have our MC, Imamura, who is a loner. In the before (at the beginning of the book and in the flashbacks (or are they flashtocomes)) he is sporting long hair, an aura of come near me and I will throw you out of a window, and well, his years at HS weren't the best. But he gets a second chance when, after graduation, he gets curious about the ouendan club, or well, one specific girl who was the only girl and the captain and the only remaining girl in the club when Imamura joined the school. But he is spotted by another girl while doing some *cough* interesting break-in moves, and then during a chase they both fall off the stairs and time travel back to 3 years ago. Yep, instead of graduating, they are now back at the first day of their first year! :P

    And so they can start their days in high school again. Imamura gets another chance at school, maybe he can make some friends, maybe he can make it a more fun time than the first time. I do hope so, that guy definitely deserves friends and a happy HS experience. I do get a bit tired of the trope of scary looking guys. OMG, the guy looks scary + bleaches his hair, how terrible. Give the dude a chance people, he is totally nice and friendly. He is just a bit awkward. I loved what he was trying to do for ouendan in this one. How he tried to figure out what was going on with it, why the members left, and how he could help out Usami (even though she doesn't want that).

    Aki/Akira, I quite liked the girl. I had such a laugh when she woke up during that first morning and was shocked to see that her boobs got smaller. Poor thing. Her reaction to the fact she lost 3 years/has gone back 3 years was also hilarious, I think I would have done the same as she has. I did feel sorry for her and the fact that she and her boyfriend (well, he was her boyfriend in the present day parts) aren't a thing in this timeline yet. In fact, he doesn't know her. You could see the realisation hit her when he kept rejecting her/was spotted with a girl that should be his ex. I am quite curious what Aki will do in this one. Will she join ouendan? Or will she just go along with the path she followed in the present day (tennisclub it seems).

    I am not too sure about Usami. I get that she is probably a sweet girl who just loves the ouendan a bit too much. But the way she is recruiting, the way she keeps shouting, the way she just does everything... well... I am sorry, but I didn't like her. I can imagine that no one is joining. Yes, this sounds rude, but given her attitude towards newbies and how she practically forces them to continue even if they are dying (yes, I get that this happened when you were in the club, but this is a new batch, you can't treat everyone the same).

    The cheerleaders? Or well, one specific girl. I was so relieved at first that they seemed to be a good batch of cheerleaders. That we would finally break through the trope of bitchy and manipulative cheerleaders.. But no, of course not. Dear Lord, that captain is a bitch. She is like a cat, she likes to toy with everyone, and will manipulate those around her to do her bidding. And it seems this has been going on for quite some time. :| I hated what the girl did. Bah.

    We still aren't sure if these two time travelled or that they are actually in a hospital. I guess as the story continues we will get hints to either of those. I am not sure which one I prefer. Both are tropes that happen in manga quite a few times, but they are tropes that I find interesting. Plus it brings so many fun and delightful questions with it. Like, if they are dreaming (hospital scenario), how can it be that they are both in the same dream? And if they did time travel, will they be able to get back or will they have to sit out all those years again (though then again, given that they know all the answers to the tests/questions, is quite fun)? I hope that the author will bring some more clues in the next volume.

    The art is pretty great, I love the style. The characters look great, well, Usami just stands out, I am not too sure how to explain why. I also like the backgrounds.

    All in all, I hope that these books also come out in paperback, as I want to add them to my collection (plus I still prefer physical copies). And I would recommend this book to everyone. Fun, drama, mystery, comedy.

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  • [Shai] Bibliophage

    I've never expected that I would love this first volume of this manga. I was really curious about how come the Kinichiro's high school was reset and I'm happy that I was given the chance to read this quite unexpected marvelous manga series. I hope I stumble to find the second installment because I'm really eager to know what happened.

    I've never expected that I would love this first volume of this manga. I was really curious about how come the Kinichiro's high school was reset and I'm happy that I was given the chance to read this quite unexpected marvelous manga series. I hope I stumble to find the second installment because I'm really eager to know what happened.

  • Siina

    I just love sports manga and Again!! is actually quite awesome, since it's about (male) cheering, Japanese ouendan. Imamura Kinichirou is graduating from high school and hasn't achieved anything, no friends, hobbies, nothing. He looks like a delinquent and everyone is scared of him and this leads to a minor incident that is falling the stairs with a girl face flat on the ground. They both end up jumping back in time to the first days of high school and they have to live it all again, but this ti

    I just love sports manga and Again!! is actually quite awesome, since it's about (male) cheering, Japanese ouendan. Imamura Kinichirou is graduating from high school and hasn't achieved anything, no friends, hobbies, nothing. He looks like a delinquent and everyone is scared of him and this leads to a minor incident that is falling the stairs with a girl face flat on the ground. They both end up jumping back in time to the first days of high school and they have to live it all again, but this time our Kin-chan decides to do it differently and thus begins his "career" in ouendan. The plot is very original and well constructed. The characters are interesting and multifaceted, which is actually quite rare. The series is twelve books long, so mid-length basically, and I think I want to see what happens, since not only is the sport rare and unique, but also how it's handled.

    The art is very precise and looks more seinen than shounen, but it works well. I love Kin-chan's face and facial expressions and all in all the series looks very lively. There's also humor in the series and the rhythm and pace is awesome, so reading this was quite the pleasure. I'm happy this has been translated into English and out on the market, and I do hope it finds its readers, since Again!! works well. Thanks to other sports series we hopefully get more and these obscure ones are usually one of the greatest by far.

  • Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー

    3.5 stars

    So here's the thing - my mom is obsessed with anime and manga. She's an almost 50 year old teacher, but she loves Japanese culture more than anything. It's endearing at times (and also frustrating), but she can give some pretty good recommendations. Hundreds upon hundreds of them. And for once, I have a recommendation for her.

    Regret's a funny thing. Imamura is an 18-year old high-school stu

    3.5 stars

    So here's the thing - my mom is obsessed with anime and manga. She's an almost 50 year old teacher, but she loves Japanese culture more than anything. It's endearing at times (and also frustrating), but she can give some pretty good recommendations. Hundreds upon hundreds of them. And for once, I have a recommendation for her.

    Regret's a funny thing. Imamura is an 18-year old high-school student who, on the day of graduation, realises that nothing good or bad really happened to him for the duration of high school career. For the most part, he was drifting through the work and the people.

    I like Imamura's look. I mean, those gorgeous blond locks are what I aspire to. He looks like he's going to whip out his Bankai any second now.

    Due to some pretty strange circumstances, Imamura finds himself back at the beginning of high school and three years younger. He's given a clean slate to define high school life for himself all over again.

    Pretty soon, Imamura finds himself enamoured of the school's ouendan leader, Osu. (Osu is also the only member of the ouendan.)

    The ouendan is like a cheerleading squad, but with more horns, shouting and formal uniforms instead of short skirts, cute girls and pompoms. Osu, the captain of the ouendan, balks at nothing. She's not stereotypically cutesie or flirtatious. She's a hardass with a stubborn streak and the most

    What Imamura realises is that there was so much intrigue, betrayal and mystery going on when he was being apathetic in his previous incarnation of high school. He's missed out on so much drama that he could have watched and reluctantly participated in. It's great that Imamura doesn't have a moment of "Wow, high school is great." Instead it's a moment of "High school is absolutely terrifying, ridiculous and petty, with some good people scattered in the mix. And it's worth it."

    is a humourous, rewarding and solid manga that defies many stereotypes associated with the high school sub genre.

  • Selena

    What would

    do if you had the chance to do high school all over again?

    In Imamura's case, he's going to make a difference. He wants to help the Ouendan club continue to exist. Not because he likes the captain or anything. His first time through high school was boring and lonely. He wants some excitement, and helping Ouendan thrive seems like a good way to get some.

    Where this book shines is the self-absorbed characters. Everyone has their own reasons for everything they do,

    What would

    do if you had the chance to do high school all over again?

    In Imamura's case, he's going to make a difference. He wants to help the Ouendan club continue to exist. Not because he likes the captain or anything. His first time through high school was boring and lonely. He wants some excitement, and helping Ouendan thrive seems like a good way to get some.

    Where this book shines is the self-absorbed characters. Everyone has their own reasons for everything they do, and while not all motives are clear, most seem entirely self-serving. And I really like that. Too often in manga, motivations are pure and to help the greater good. This one is realistic in that everyone is doing it for themselves, and I really like that aspect.

    My only real complaint is the paper-thin cheerleaders. They are the kind Americans are very familiar with. Shallow, out to rule the school, willing and able to make boys do anything they want by batting their eyelashes (which says more about the guys than the cheerleaders, to be frank). They're out to get rid of the Ouendan club for... reasons? It's not entirely clear, but I think it's part jealousy and part Usami being in charge of the interclub cheer because... tradition?

    The first volume is a little bit of a mess because so much is being introduced at once, but by the end of the volume things are smoothing out. It looks like this could be a wild ride.

  • Amber

    This was a really solid first volume. I look forward to the second one! I liked the growing cast of characters and found the premise super interesting. I like learning more about the Ouedan and seeing how is contrasts with standard cheerleading. Also, I really love a main character who is a bit of an ass and seems perpetually indifferent, but you know in the end they are a big softie. Yeah, I got a type.

  • Artemy

    Again!! is a manga with a painfully Japanese premise. Imamura is graduating high school when he realises that he hasn't made a single friend, never joined a club and barely even spoke to anybody in the last three years. He kinda liked the ouendan club, but that fell apart a couple of years ago. His life is full of regrets already, and there's no going back to fix things... or is there? On his graduation day, he runs into one of his classmates on a stairwell and they both accidentally fall down.

    Again!! is a manga with a painfully Japanese premise. Imamura is graduating high school when he realises that he hasn't made a single friend, never joined a club and barely even spoke to anybody in the last three years. He kinda liked the ouendan club, but that fell apart a couple of years ago. His life is full of regrets already, and there's no going back to fix things... or is there? On his graduation day, he runs into one of his classmates on a stairwell and they both accidentally fall down. When they wake up, they find out that they somehow went three years back in time, so now they can do high school all over again! Yay?..

    The funniest thing is, this is not even the main premise of the book. The entire focus of this manga past the first few chapters is the ouendan club. It's a sport that's similar in purpose to cheerleading, but there are key differences to the way they dress and move, and ouendan is primarily for boys. Not in this case though, because the only member of this school's ouendan club is Usami, a girl with a very hard temper. She is very passionate about the club, but she treats other members so harshly that everybody left her, and now she performs all alone. There is an ongoing rivalry between her and the considerably more popular cheerleading club, and Imamura realises that in the future, the cheerleaders were the ones responsible for the ouendan club's closure. So he decides, since he has to live through high school all over again, at least this time he'll make a difference and save the club.

    So yeah, that premise is insane and pretty convoluted, eh? It totally is! It's a very weird read, because you basically get a typical Japanese high school drama with a time-travel aspect which doesn't really figure into the plot that much past the inciting incident, at least for now. It's also not the most riveting read — I mean, a rivalry between two slightly different kinds of high school pep squads doesn't exactly scream "the most exciting thing ever". And yet I liked it. There's just something about these slice of life Japanese high school stories that I find really enjoyable. I mean, my days of going to school were nothing but miserly and despair, but it's never like that in manga and anime — their schools look nice, they have tons of fun-sounding clubs and activities and the students aren't (usually) puberty-stricken bags of rage and confusion. All I had was computer games and angsty music, and a school that looked like something from the days of yore (because it was). So I guess that's just my weird form of wish fulfilment and escapism, but I really enjoyed this manga. It looks hella pretty, too — the character designs, the emotions and facial expressions are all bold and distinctive, which is evident from the cover, and the the interiors are on par, too.

    So if any of that sounds like something you might want to read, then it's worth checking out. This definitely won't be for everybody, but I liked it, and I am looking forward to the next volume.

  • Thamy

    I got to this manga the same way most readers will, I'm a fan of Yuri on Ice and thus I can't not admire Mitsurou Kubo. But I was pleasantly surprised this is no Yuri on Ice.

    Our main character has always been isolated and now high school is over he has no friends or good memories, but one: the Ouendan club. When trying to get into the room o the now extinct club, he's seen by a classmate and starts chasing her, until both fall down the stair and end up reliving their lives from the day they sta

    I got to this manga the same way most readers will, I'm a fan of Yuri on Ice and thus I can't not admire Mitsurou Kubo. But I was pleasantly surprised this is no Yuri on Ice.

    Our main character has always been isolated and now high school is over he has no friends or good memories, but one: the Ouendan club. When trying to get into the room o the now extinct club, he's seen by a classmate and starts chasing her, until both fall down the stair and end up reliving their lives from the day they started school three years before. And things won't be the same, regardless whether they want it or not.

    I don't know if anyone is familiar with Yu Yu Hakusho but the main character half reminds me of Yusuke Urameshi, seen as a bad guy but it's just a misunderstand. Except he also sees himself wrongly. It's rather sad, so you can't help feeling happy whenever he does react to things.

    Talking about characters, everyone here is very unique, even those I thought would just be in the background ended up growing on me. And I'm pretty sure I'll be shedding tears—or a river—in the next volumes, since one of them is already dead in the beginning of the story. And the captain! I can't wait to learn more about her.

    Additionally, stories about time traveling always make you think of our choices—or in the case of this manga, his lack of action. How with even doing just a little made a lot in his life change already.

    I'm not sure if this is a manga I can expect romance from. So far there was some ground-building but nothing that makes it definite. Although I'm a sucker for romances, I don't think I want it. It smells too much of a love triangle. Not my type of read.

    In any case, this an entertaining story with lots yet to happen and lovely characters that will get you cheering nonstop. Pun intended.

    Honest review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

  • Jes Reads

    What little I did know about this manga did not prepare myself for the story I did end up discovering. This was one of those books I randomly saw on a shelf at the comic book store and decided to pick up because the cover caught my eye.

    This follows our main character Kinichiro on his graduation day from High School. A time in his life he isn't particularly fond of because he's spent most of it alone. His peers think he's intimidating. But following an accident Kinichiro gets the chan

    What little I did know about this manga did not prepare myself for the story I did end up discovering. This was one of those books I randomly saw on a shelf at the comic book store and decided to pick up because the cover caught my eye.

    This follows our main character Kinichiro on his graduation day from High School. A time in his life he isn't particularly fond of because he's spent most of it alone. His peers think he's intimidating. But following an accident Kinichiro gets the chance to live high school all over again. But does he make the best of it?

    I genuinely found Kinichiro very funny. I liked the classic get into uncomfortable situation, over react, resolution story line. I also thoroughly enjoyed the supporting characters.

    If you watch my vlog you'll see me talking about this, but I despise slut shaming. Don't do it. It's not cool man. And there is a bit of it in this manga, however it is by a character that you're supposed to hate. But it's never really addressed so I wasn't the biggest fan of that and that is why I ended up giving this 4/5 stars instead.

    Overall I thought this was very fun! I already own the second volume and I can't wait to move on to it!

  • Rod Brown

    Through an inexplicable bit of time travel, on the day of his high school graduation Kinichiro Imamura wakes up in the body of his younger self on the first day of his sophomore year. A shunned loser the first time around, he toys with using this second chance and his knowledge of the future to change his entire high school experience.

    This Groundhog Day ripoff gets off to an amusing start as Imamura finds himself getting involved in the school ouendan club, a sort of pep squad that o

    Through an inexplicable bit of time travel, on the day of his high school graduation Kinichiro Imamura wakes up in the body of his younger self on the first day of his sophomore year. A shunned loser the first time around, he toys with using this second chance and his knowledge of the future to change his entire high school experience.

    This Groundhog Day ripoff gets off to an amusing start as Imamura finds himself getting involved in the school ouendan club, a sort of pep squad that often works with the cheerleaders to rally school spirit despite a deep rivalry between the two groups.

    The time travel aspect is almost irrelevant, being a hook the creator used simply to get approval for his fun tale of high school club politics.

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