Vol: 1; Ch: 7
1992 - 1997
3.481 out of 5 from 60 votes
Rank #30,164

At first sight, Jinbe is the story of a young 17 years old girl, Miku Takanashi, who lives alone with her stepfather Jinbe. Jinbe has been living with Miku since his marriage four years ago, and considers Miku a God's sent gift from his deceased wife. While the man does his best as an overprotective and jealous father, Miku holds feelings for Jinbe which are much stronger than the ones an adopted daughter is supposed to have. The main core of the story is how they deal with the strong, tender and unrequited feelings of the young Miku which test their stepfather and stepdaughter bonds, without jeopardizing any of the happiness that she feels by being close to him as a proper daughter.

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Each chapter starts with several very pleasantly colored pages before switching over to black and white. The stories are more episodic than arc-based, though they are all connected by the subtle tension created from knowing that Miku has a crush on feir stepfather Jinbe. There are several chapters involving Jinishi, a soccer ace in Miku's class who wants to go out with fem. At least once, we're teased with the idea of Jinbe going on a date with a woman and we also know that feir coworker Mariko seems to have a crush on fem. There are several few stories where Jinbe feels like fe should act like a real father would--overprotective, stern, and such--and their familial bond is often compared to that of feir true (biological) father who wants to take over custody of Miku. All these things are extra entertaining because we know that there's a hidden pseudo love triangle. Though it's honestly pretty well-written just as a slice of life story itself. Jinbe was a soccer goalie in college, fe works in an aquarium, and feir nickname means "whale shark."  Mitten hands and pudgy forearms. The faces are compacted when compared to the head, large foreheads. The eyes are often drawn like a swoop--sometimes like the "no" katakana, sometimes like a latched ringlet. They do a bathing scene and visit a hot springs resort, but specifically avoid having fan service panels (and break the fourth wall to self-comment on that avoidance). The art definitely feels like an older style, but I like it. The lines are crisp and precise and there's quite a lot of beauty in it.

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