I wasn’t expecting this to be good at all. I don’t think anyone who bought this title bought it because they liked the plot. They bought it because of how stupendously horrendous it sounds. The same probably goes for CMX. They probably picked it up because of how terrible the plot is. But teasers on the back of covers don’t make for bad manga nor good manga. This is dull at best, but at worst it’s poorly written. This is “Omukae Desu”.
Instead of a “plot” section, I’m replacing it with a back cover stupidity section for this review.
Back Cover Stupidity: “Hop on the soul express! What if you could see dead people and a guy in a giant bunny suit trying to get them to the other side? Madoka is a high school student who is recruited by Nabeshima (the guy in the bunny suit) to work for a transportation service that takes wandering souls to heaven by motorcycle. But even if Madoka agrees to help, he may not play by the rules and there could be trouble in the afterlife!”
Translated manga back covers are lying cowards. They hide in the back of the book, hoping no one notices they have nothing interesting to offer. In case they get caught, they have a back story to go along with their back cover-nature. They take any elements the inside of the manga told them they found interesting, and the back cover just makes up its own story to hide its ignorance. Like with the back cover of Arata. It mentions that Interesting Arata (more on that some other time) spends his time crossdressing. But that’s not true. He only crossdresses at the beginning to uphold the throne. The way they phrase it makes it sound like Interesting Arata enjoys women clothes, but it was for an honorable reason. Back covers, stop all the lies.
Anyway, Omukae Desu isn’t as interesting as its back cover leads one to believe. Madoka, who I’m just calling “Irrelevant Steve” is the most bland protagonist of all time. Well, as far as manga I’ve read so far goes. Even the creator said at the end of the volume, “I’ve always thought Irrelevant Steve looks extremely lifeless”. When your own creator says that about you, you’re not meant to be protagonist material. Irrelevant Steve never changes his face, except for one panel where he grins. I was even counting off how long it would take for him to changes facial expressions. It took until the very end of chapter two, and never again! And this is our hero! Urrsh.
The bunny suit guy. The bunny is the obvious hook of the title, but he’s not worth it. He’s not zany, he’s not out of character for a guy who dresses like a bunny, he’s not even that memorable. No one is. I thought they would prevent us from seeing him out of costume, or at least the other characters. It could have lead to a sweet scene or a funny scene (sweet scene: confesses to a girl his feelings while taking off the suit; funny scene: they see his face and it’s too horrifying to show us). But no, he wasted it by taking it off after the first mission. But we didn’t really see his face until the second story, and we didn’t know it was him until the third story. All this buildup is entirely pointless.
Then there’s the female character, who looks like a boy. Not that she’s supposed to, though. She’s just poorly drawn, like most of the female cast in this. The short hair certainly doesn’t help. There’s other women in this, but there’s no real substance to anyone’s design.
This is overall your basic ghost manga, along with the typical “let’s bring them to heaven by granting their last desire” and that one guy who can see ghosts who doesn’t make a big deal out of it since they could always see ghosts. Except, wait, no, this is Irrelevant Steve’s first ghost sighting. That’s not believable, given that he’s already an adult. I don’t know, it just seems a bit odd.
There’s two bonus stories, one with a fat girl who falls in love with a geek who helps her diet, while the other is about a girl who can’t choose between a guy she works with or an actual career. The first is kind of sweet, and it has nice storytelling elements. The second seems more appropriate for a diary, not a bonus story. Also, the fact that they put two bonus stories in one makes it seem that there wasn’t enough material for a full volume. I don’t know, I don’t expect much from this anymore.
Overall Opinion: Bunny suits does not equal interesting manga. Skip it.
Rating: One Thumb Down, One Star out of Five, and a “B”.