Strawberry Panic – Manga Review

Japanese Title: Strawberry Panic

 

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Genre: Yuri Slice of Life

Length: 2 volumes

 

Positives:

  • Charming with mild humour.
  • Some aspects of the art are nice, even if the overall quality is quite standard.

Negatives:

  • No conflict.
  • Doesn’t amount to much in the end.

(contains mild nudity)

On her first day at her new, prestigious all-girls school, Nagisa meets Shizuma, a beautiful and popular senior girl who shows her around. Nagisa is a bit of an innocent airhead, enthusiastic in her actions, making her a tempting target for teasing by her friends because she is cute when fooled. She falls for Shizuma’s beauty and grace while Shizuma is taken by her innocence and forwardness. Shizuma tries to seduce Nagisa, but she is too oblivious to notice. Their relationship culminates into a couple’s popularity pageant.

Overall, Strawberry Panic is purely about girls frolicking through a school, wind blowing through Shizuma’s hair, and Nagisa oblivious to her feelings. It’s a feel-good manga. Also, the title has nothing to do with the content.

Art – Medium

Cute-ish, simple art. Some beautiful environments. Half the work went into Shizuma’s hair.

Story – Low

Has charm, but no real conflict. I laugh at “drama” tags.

Recommendation: Don’t bother/Try it. Strawberry Panic is one for those looking for charm, mild humour, and no conflict. For everyone else, don’t bother.

(Find out more about the manga recommendation system here.)

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