The Manga Guide to Physics

Alt title: Manga de Wakaru Butsuri [Rikigaku-hen]

Vol: 1; Ch: 4
2006
2.82 out of 5 from 20 votes
Rank #19,560
The Manga Guide to Physics

Megumi is an all-star athlete, but she's a failure when it comes to physics class. And she can't concentrate on her tennis matches when she's worried about the questions she missed on the big test! Luckily for her, she befriends Ryota, a patient physics geek who uses real-world examples to help her understand classical mechanics-and improve her tennis game in the process! In The Manga Guide to Physics, you'll follow alongside Megumi as she learns about the physics of everyday objects like roller skates, slingshots, braking cars, and tennis serves. In no time, you'll master tough concepts like momentum and impulse, parabolic motion, and the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration.

Source: No Starch Press

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hamletsmage
2

Oh what fresh hell is this? Are you serious, Japan? Physics in manga form?  Story: This has about as much story as that one time Walt Disney made Donald in MathMagic Land. And yes, that's a thing. Basically, random high school girl A gets a question wrong about forces on her physics exam. And I am really holding myself back from making a Star Wars pun... any way. Because she's so focused on getting the question wrong, she loses her tennis match. But, lo and behold, the silver medalist in the internation physics olympics just happens to be her classmate. Thank you, Deus Ex Machina-senpai! He then teaches her all about the forces around her, like gravity and energy. Oh, and then the book literally becomes a text book. So, learn, learn you poor otakus! ... I SAID LEARN, DAMN YOU! Art: The art is simplistic. The lines are dark, the faces are mostly devoid of features, and the general expressions are "patient teacher" and "shocked/confused student". It's exactly like the art one would expect to find in a high-school level textbook. There is nothing particularly spectacular about it, in fact I found it rather dull. Characters: You are the ditzy girl, ok? Accept your fate. You are the student to Deus Ex Machina-senpai. And he is the text book trying very desperately to make you learn. Who they are beyond that is pointless, as the entire manga focuses on him trying to instill physics into her brain so she can win her rematch against stereotypical blonde-snob.  Overall: LEARNING! If you want to learn physics in a fun way, this might be the book for you. I, however, found it boring and tedious since I learned all of these concepts many years ago and have to apply them on a semi-regular basis for my job. BUT, you might actually like this, whoever you are. So, give it a shot. 

YuiYui
7

Warning this review may contain spoilers xx So who would of guess it, a manga into the wonderful world of physics...manga style. I remember reading this a while ago as part of the collection in my school library but I finally have an excuse to review it. Well it kind of is your typical story, fun and fluffy but the twist is that it is about physics and teaching people about basic physics which I honestly think is pretty clever hence why it got quite a high score from me despite not being much more than an interesting textbook. STORY It isn't anything much but this manga uses physics to tell it's story, to explain certain parts in a unique way. The manga guide to physics is heavily dependant on the readers being interested in physics, I do think it is aimed towards a specific audience...people who like manga and physics. But for this audience I feel like this manga does it well just not amazingly well and only being 4 chapters there isn't much to go on. But I guess you can say the story it has is pretty sweet, there just isn't much to comment on XD ART It was nice, nothing really special but it wasn't terrible either so I could deal with it but again the people reading it may be reading it only to learn about basic physics and that isn't a bad thing, I don't think the art is a major element in this manga, which is good and it allows people to focus on what content is in it. CHARACTERS Once again this section I haven't got much to say, the characters I wouldn't say are a major aspect but they are pleasent just nothing special. You have typiclal characters facing physics with a bang, they aren't bad characters but none of them stands out to me as a favourite character.  In conclusion, I'll recommend it if you like physics if not try it, it may interest you. If you don't like physics make sure you check out other Manga Guides as I have read a lot of them and would recommend them to a lot of people, especially people who prefer to study using imagery. Thanks for reading another one of my reviews x -AngelBeatsYui- PS- This is a review for the DMMC, I didn't re-read the series to review this xx

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