Comedy really is the most subjective of art forms.
What They Say
Things are heating up as summer gets into full swing! But while the days of sunshine are great for beach outings and sunbathing, they are terrible for prep school students like Nanako and Akane. As if the temptation of summer fun wasn't bad enough, the heat is making it even more unbearable to stay indoors and hit the books. Nanako needs to find a way to cool off, but her penny-pinching ways are making the decision to buy a fan or an AC much more complicated than she expected!
Ichiroh! is a 4-koma manga that is much more long form than the 4-koma omake I am used to. This may be part of the issue I had with this manga; I am used to short omake that is perfectly executed to give a good laugh, such as the Bamboo Blade omake or the One Piece omake. Ichiroh! is a typical setup of young girls that live together and get involved in some sort of shenanigans with each other and their friends.
The overt moe-ness of the character designs and the scenarios presented didn’t bother me as much as one would think. It was the simple fact that none of this book was funny to me. 4-koma has a great setup where a very funny joke can be setup and delivered in a short amount of time. In each page of Ichiroh!, the setup is bungled by wordiness and jumps in structure. The punch lines always seem forced and unnatural without any kind of payoff. Throughout the book I will admit that there were a couple of jokes that did make my chuckle but I’m talking maybe 10 successful jokes in over 100 pages of 2 strips per page; that ratio is so far from being considered remotely successful that I just cannot recommend this book.
The jokes switch from being slow setups to fast ADD riddled premises. I like ADD humor in anime more than manga, see Excel Saga, and even in manga it can be executed properly given enough time to do so. With 4 panels to work with it doesn’t work nearly as well as one would think. Let alone the fact that the very nature of the book doesn’t allow for one to even begin to care for of resonate with any of characters, leaving the stories that much more un-enjoyable.
The biggest killer sign of when a manga is failing is how long it takes to read a volume. I actually didn’t even finish the whole book, I got about 9/10ths of the way through, of which took me several weeks to get that far, and I was simply fed up with it. I didn’t find it funny and even if someone found it humorous the consistently poor setup and execution of the jokes will probably put off most who attempt to read this book.