A manga with an intriguing plot. “NG Life”, here we come!
Plot: Sirix is such a winner! He has it all! A beautiful wife, a best friend, popularity, a rival… oh, but then Mount Vesuvius erupts. Right, this was in Pompeii. Now he’s a teenager in Japan, who has all his old memories. Oh, but it doesn’t stop there. His rival is now reincarnated as his father, his younger sister is now his mother, his best male friend a woman, and, get this, his true love is now a guy. Oh, Sirix! Well, Keidai, but I’m callin’ him Sirix.
Tell me that doesn’t make you a little curious. Well, I made me curious, and I’m glad it was as good as it was.
Wait, what does “NG” even mean? I’ve heard that acronym before. Hold on, I have the internet on my side…
Oh. National Geographic. Of course. Well, it really means “No Good”, but why make an acronym after that? It’s easy to say “no good”. The laziness gets lazier, huh?
Anyhoodle, Sirix has to deal with confusion everyday, given that his old life has become mixed up. Although, this begs the question: Why hasn’t he just given up? I mean, he’s a teenager by this point, right? He lived longer in his old life, but when you’ve already dabble in this body, why not just face reality and give up on the past?
For that matter, Serizawa, the now-female best friend, asks Sirix questions that sound like she never heard of his past life. I understand it’s for the sake of the readers, but it’s not like she just met him. Plus, why is it at no point he just says to his parents, not wisely I might add, that they were in his old life? Eh, whatever.
The now-male wife causes massive confusion for Sirix, leading to some hi-LARIOUS reactions! It is funny. What’s not so much is the interaction between Sirix and his now-father rival. I was hoping for some zany scenes betwixt the two, but no. He just tells his stuff a rival MIGHT say. Eh.
In contrast, Serizawa and Sirix have emotional exchanges. She’s in love with him (of course), so whenever he treats her like a male friend, it ticks her off. Makes her cry. And you know what? She looks adorable. She does. Oh, the Serizawa! How misfortune has been laid upon you! Oh, and Sirix.
Speaking of whom, Sirix has my favorite scenes here. While he’s a genius and an athletic savant, apparently he’s prone to crying for no reason. So his fanclub says things like “Don’t trip and start crying!” Classic. Well, funny, not classic.
Why the Universe decided to give him his old memories is baffling, but obviously if they didn’t, we’d have no plot. Same as if Sirix just let the past go: Where would the manga be? It wouldn’t, and then we wouldn’t have 20+ installments. Okay, nine, but whatever. I enjoyed it.
The Opinion, Which Is An All-Encompassing One: Funny and intriguing. Pick up a copy if you got the nerve!
Rating: HA HA HA HA HA out of HA HA HA HA HA HA! Whatever.