This story follows four young men who are inexplicably very smooth and confident. But, upon a closer look, each is constantly making small mistakes or misunderstanding folks. These small embarrassments are usually played off in a manner that makes onlookers continue to think highly of each one. At the end, life brings them all together in a happen-stance meeting at a small pet cafe.
There are some funny moments in this short title, but overall, the embarrassments and the recoveries for them are very indicative of Japanese culture where it is important to save face and, at least, appear competent. In the U.S., some of these moments would still be embarrassing, but not to the extent they are in this story. The four gentlemen meet at the end in what could be a set up for a nice little romance or at least friendship between the four cool guys, so the rest of the series might have a little more substance than this first volume, which is mostly just a slice-of-life and introduction to our four characters.
In this first volume, there's nothing that would really elevate this past a middle school audience. There is some consumption of beer, but there is no language or any adult situations.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Slice Of Life,
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