Maiku Kamishiro has a problem. Actually, make that two problems. He has two young girls boarding at his house, each claiming that they're his long-lost twin sister? To make matters worse, both are crushing hard on him hard, and who knows what goes on in the Kamishiro household when there's no parents or guardian around? Thanks to the voyeristic student body president Ichigo, we all stay well informed. Toss in everyone's favorite alien teacher, Ms. Mizuho, his classmate Kosei's spicy machismo, and vice-president Tsubaki's lovely lady bumps - Maiku's life will never be the same!
It's the long-waited comic adaptation of Onegai Twins, packed with a surprise ending you don't want to miss!
If there is one element that DrMaster has improved on it has been packaging. Now I know people do not like their paper, but I am fond of it. I think it holds the print very well and is easy on the eyes. Unfortunately, the print for OneTwins is very dirty and not very sharp. There are tone issues and lines are smudged throughout the book.
Positives are pretty clear from the start though. First the cover is a wonderful wrap-around image featuring all of the main characters from this title. The image is vibrant and really shows off the mood for this title well. Then there are a couple color plates inside. I found this a very nice addition for a manga publisher that is not known for quality. Finally, I am also a fan of the trim size. I am completely in favor of publisher ditching the digest/tall B6 size for Japanese trims. Glad to see DrMaster has not budged with this like some other pubs have.
I have to say if it weren't for Hayashiya Shizuru's art I possibly would not have picked up Onegai Teacher a few years back. So when I saw that Onegai Twins has a different artist rendering Please!'s romance comedy I did not actively seek this title. So once I got this book in the mail and had a chance to flip through it I was surprised a bit by what I saw. First I was surprised by who drew this. Akikan is a doujinshi artist I have followed for a few years now. Actually, earlier this week I stood in line for 30mins to get an Akikan book. I was surprised by how much these designs looked like they would work well for anime. Now looking back Akikan's color work would work great on a visual novel with his use of shading and composition. For black and white manga the heavy use of tone doesn't work. The shading distracts too much. And with the bad print it blends lines and images together to much. Furthermore, the designs are a little too anime for me. Little manpu used are more for video games instead of manga (Akikan is a big Leaf fan). And his sense of proportion is not very consistent (works well for a doujin but not for a 220+ page manga). Finally I was surprised by the amount of nudity in this manga. This is a 15+ title and there are a handful of scenes that other publishers would not touch. Kudos to DrMaster for leaving those bathroom and onsen scenes alone!
Backgrounds are actually very nice when they are drawn in. This manga being a comedy really did not need them drawn in so much. At least that is what I thought, until the voyeuristic moments showed me otherwise.
After a while of some improvement DrMaster titles appear to have reverted to ComicOne quality levels as of late. Sure I praised the cover art and color plates, but the most important element - readability - has dropped off significantly over the last six months or so. This release has consistency issues with character names. There are typos mixed in and even the blurb on the back of the book sounds funny. I don't know what has happened as of late. I have noticed new translators and they have added adaptors to their teams as well. Sadly even with more eyes and new eyes looking at their translations, their books continue to read poorly effecting the level of enjoyment for me.
SFX are translated with subs. The subs are small and not obtrusive so readers can get all of Akikan's art to its fullest. I had to give them points for providing cultural notes in the gutters instead of a glossary. This feature maintains the flow of the read better and provides instant perspective.
Contents: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Maiku is another manga orphan. But unlike the majority of them, Maiku is self-sufficient in practically every way imaginable. He is a software programmer and is renting his own home. Like most young people on their own, he might have trouble keeping his school and work life in check. Paying the bills sometimes digs into school time but this kid seems to have a good head on his shoulders.
That made Maiku the perfect target for two women that randomly appeared on his doorstep just hours away from each other. Each one claims to be his long lost twin sister. And each one claims a place in Maiku's home. If that was not enough, each quickly becomes smitten with Maiku's temperament and welcoming nature. I did say Maiku was an alright guy right?
Obviously, Maiku has secretly been hoping he'd find his family again. I doubt he expected to be re-united with them in this way. But the good guy in him cannot part with either one now.
When this manga started, Maiku had no family at all. Suddenly he has two sisters (one real and one not). And even if they are a handful, there is no way he is saying good-bye to them now.
I really had a hard time with this one because the book's cover said it all. There really is very little else left to the OneTwins. It is a sweet comedy that has its romance moments. At its core though is an imoto-con story that presents the purity behind brother-sister love.
Now that whole concept could be lost with this title. OneTwins tries too hard to bring in the old cast though. I felt those Ichigo moments were too frequent and flat. So she is a voyeur. So what! She doesn't bring anything to the story. And characters like Tsubaki who could have provided conflict played second fiddle to the little woman behind the binoculars. And the one carry-over character that should have been played a role, Mizuho-sensei, was only there for sex appeal (man did she have a steamy scene in chapter six).
If this title was not a comedy, I would have possibly enjoyed this a bit more. Maiku's personality and his heart look impressive but there was not enough time to really see it mature properly. It is as if readers of the manga were to have seen the anime or read the novel for further insight on these characters.
That last point could be made for the rest of the manga as well. This one-shot has the mandatory beach chapter, onsen chapter and chase scenes these romances are required to have nowadays. There is very little time for anything else. I don't know what Maiku works on. I don't see him interacting much with his new sisters. I hardly saw the girls much either unless they were bathing. Ultimately, all this felt like was filler and another way to sell a specific moe ? the sister complex. And I didn't think OneTwins was really about that really. It is more of an oni-san complex but that never gets properly explored either. So as a reader, all I got was a lot of teasing and some awkward moments that made me wish I'd stop with Onegai Teacher.
Another anime based manga that shouldn't have been worth the effort.