Toudou Gakuen is no ordinary high school. There, during the Meiji Restoration, fighting masters were forced to gather from all over Japan to re-establish the martial arts. Amongst the student body is a group of immensely powerful fighters who maintain order through absolute power. This "Enforcement Group" is locked in a feud with the Jyuuuken Club over matters of love and death. Now, two newcomers have disturbed the order of this school, becoming entangled in this vicious feud. Caught between sexy babes and terrible powers, the battle to be the strongest begins!
This is one of my favorite manga series, of all time. It is way more graphic than the anime. There is sexual assault, and there is a lot of fanservice. It features a main character, who is black with dreadlocks named Bob. He's in a committed relationship with a cutie and is best friends with Nagi. Nagi and Bob have been wrecking schools with their street fighting style until one day they come across a martial arts school that kicks their ass without even trying. Of course, that pisses them off and they have to go to school to train so that one day they can defeat the Student Council. They get trained by Natsumi, who has mysterious connections to the Student Council President. Love triangles abound. This 2004 series follows your standard formula, but what makes it great are the characters. Everyone is different and has such a strong personality and each of them develops and gah, I just have so many nostalgia feels as well. Nagi is dense and doesn't get feelings well, but Natsumi's younger sister, Aya, has dragons eyes and wants to be his bride. The only other person in their dojo is Takayanagi, who is the Presidents' younger brother. He's easy-going, in love with Aya- and a serious fighter. The Student Council Executive Committee is full of dicks who should get what's coming to them.
I honestly wouldn't recommend it. http://imgur.com/uch5E8e <div></div> It had some epic memorable scenes and made me laugh so hard at one point that I almost woke up my parents at 1 in the morning. However the flashbacks are so bloody long and boring and kind of pointless. It's felt like I was reading filler but it's wasn't. And that's like 50% of the manga too which isn't fun. Also half way in the manga the series takes a turn for the worst. I should also note that this series is extremely similar to Oh! Great other work Air Gear . It's almost like the guy said to himself why don't I take the martial arts out and add roller blades. So if you liked Air Gear read it, if not skip it.
High school can be full of cliques, bullies, arguments, tests and all sorts of other uncool elements. But have you ever been to a school where almost every second is spent fighting? If not, I suggest you step inside the world of Tenjho Tenge. Todo Academy isn’t your typical Tokyo high school. It’s ruled by fighting, and The Executive Council (and the teachers) intend to keep it that way. Intimidating and dangerous, they practically rule the academy. But there’s another group – The Juken Club – whose members aren’t so focused on fighting…at least compared to everyone else. Throw a few supernatural elements into the mix, add some family drama, and you’ve got a recipe for ‘Tenjho Tenge’. Some of the things to watch out for are: crazy brawls, near-death battles, relationship drama, ripped teachers, special fighting moves and supernatural swords. After reading the first six volumes, I asked myself: “Is an entire manga series dedicated to fighting worth it?” My answer was “Yes…and no”. Basically, Tenjho Tenge is one big fight, with some unique characters thrown into the mix. If you can follow panel after panel of devastating bouts of violence, you’ll probably enjoy it. Personally, I think the artwork is really strong and there are some interesting stories that are revealed between battles. But overall, I found it difficult to relate to any of the characters and found the violence a little repetitive after a while. On a side note, there has been some controversy regarding editing that was done for the English release of the manga. I will admit – there are quite a few edits that were made to the artwork. The original Japanese version features much more ‘naughtiness’ (i.e. nudity and stuff) than the English one. I will say that the edits are seamless – even if you’ve seen the original. There are a lot of uniquely-designed characters in Tenjho Tenge. Oh! great has taken great care XD to make the Juken Club members and Executive Club gang unique. The art is tight-tight-tight! Linework is crisp, clean and sharp…with just the right amount of screen tones. I especially like the use of ‘special effects’ during the fight scenes, which help create a sense of motion. Overall, if you've watched the anime to Tenjho Tenge, you're going to love the manga. Also, if you're a major fan of Air Gear, then you'll most certainly want to pick up this manga.
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