Ground rules with this review: It’s “GA” to me, okay? No way am I going to type that mother of a word without sounding like a fool. “Geijutsuka”. Wow, I got it. Still sound like a fool, though. This is “GA”.
Plot: And when Glasses Girl and her friends get into adventures, you’d better watch out! Oh, I’m sorry, did I start in the middle of the story? Well, GA feels that rather than introducing the girls, they just pretend we know who they are!
Even the worst of manga has introductions for their character. By no means am I suggesting that GA is worse than the soulless Qwaser Of Stigmata, or even the horrifying Eiken. But when you throw the reader into the fray, you’re saying, “I don’t care if the reader is lost. Here’s a character description page.” And guess what? I don’t retain who they are.
And boy, are these chickie-babies unmemorable. There’s the lead spacey glasses girl, the hyperactive girl (but of course), the tomboy, the awesome mystery lady, and that’s it. I say “that’s it”, because as bland as those sound, the fifth girl is labeled as “The onee-san of the group”. And that means? “The buzzkill”. JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOY.
Don’t get me wrong, Tori Koro has an even blander cast. But again, at least that had a semblance of an intro. Although, they didn’t have The Professor. For some reason, an honors student teaches the art class. Wait, I forgot since I was doing the plot gag. This whole series is about art. That fact is important, because they never shut up about it. I know the series is about art and painting and their school is for art stuff, but even I become weary of the art talk.
And that’s the worst of it. It’s trying to be both educational and silly. But it doesn’t work on either level. It comes off as unfunny most of the time. A couple of jokes hit, but they’re faaaaar and feeeeew in between. And the educational aspect?
“Oh, and regarding the art information in this manga: You shouldn’t really trust it.”
SCUM. Not only do you shove this art info in our faces, but it’s not even real? Then why not shut up? In Yakitate!! Japan it makes sense. They have battles, and they reveal their hidden techniques used to win. Sometimes it’s bull, but it’s always funny. But here, it’s no more than blowing hot air.
Oh, yeah, the Professor. She’s the mystery girl, and she’s funny. But she’s been done better in other 4koma manga like Azumanga Daioh and K-On!. In fact, K-On! and this seem to be quite similar. I don’t know which came first, but let’s put this in the knockoff. Just makes sense to me.
The colored pages are rather nice, actually. I complained in 12 Secret Colors that it had no colored scenes, but this one has plenty. It’s actually kinda nice.
My dad wanted to read this one, actually. He took a look at it before I did. Well, guess what? He was completely lost! Oh, sure, there was translation notes in there, but what good is that when you have to go back constantly to get it? It’s like when you have to explain a joke to someone. Well, that’s exactly what it is. Why would someone who needs it explained laugh?
If you’re wondering if my dad just doesn’t appreciate 4koma manga, I gave him Azumanga Daioh to settle the pain of GA. Guess what? He laughed on the very first page. Good sense of taste, that man.
The manga does have some good scenes and an occasional funny joke, but it’s not worth the yawns just to find them. Read Azumanga Daioh or K-On! instead.
Overall Opinion: Dull and full of lies. I’m sure a painting pun exists, but this manga isn’t worth the effort.
Rating: Orange. It’s orange. I think orange is weak. Nice color for fruit, though.
WAIT WAIT WAIT! “GA”? What does that stand for? “God Awful”? HA HA HA HA HA! Thanks for stopping by.