A comedy about the run down Ijima Electronics and Appliance store, located in the back streets of Akihabara (the Mecca of electronics in Japan). On its last leg, the store had nearly gone out of business, until three sisters- the store owners- hire the resourceful Takezou. With a stroke of genius, Takezou has the sisters dress in costumes and refashions the store into the perfect shopping ground for Japanese otaku.
I picked up this manga at random and I was pleasantly surprised. It's certainly not the best thing ever and it felt cheesy at times, but was quite enjoyable most of the time. Maniac Road is a manga about a hard-working otaku who opens a shop in Akichabara. It also about 3 sisters who actually own that shop. It's very fun to read, but has one major flaw: the last chapter is a total bummer... The art isn't great here: the backgrounds are usually very simple or are not there at all (there are a few exceptions with very detailed backgrounds), the characters are not very detailed (though they don't really need to be for this manga to be enjoyable). The main cast consist of 4 characters. While they are very entertaining, only one of them comes remotely close to having any character developement. So if you want to read a fun manga about otakus (does this word have a plural?) and otaku culture, you should check this one out. Unfortunately this manga has nothing else to offer. ********************** Spoiler time ********************** Both Takezou and manager of the other big otaku shop had a crush on Haruna, but that plot never gets really developed. After you watch Ghibli movie, you can usually imagine how lives of the characters would continue. This manga has the opposite, you can't really tell how the story and characters lives would continue.
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