Random Manga Theatre 97: DADADADAN.

Hit the “Random” button and see what comes up! In this feature, we take a look at whatever manga the RNG decides to throw at us and find out if it’s worth your time.

This time: Dame Dasa Daru Dansi, by Haruta Mayazumi

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DADADADAN (which is a title that reminds of of Junpei’s level-up quip in Persona 3, thus earning this manga no favors) is a slice of life following three high-school dudes who live in the same dorm room. While ordinarily this would probably just be a set-up for boy’s love or yaoi (and for all I know, it is later down the line), instead all of the dumb humor is derived from the fact that all three of these guys hate women. Well, “hate”; to be more exact, only one actually hates women, another is one of those anime otaku who lives only for the 2D ladies (which is a joke that stopped being funny about 10 chapters into The World God Only Knows), and the last one actually does like women but is so shy that he will pass out when in close proximity to one. So basically, all of them are ridiculous anime stereotypes, as per usual. Hey, schoolgirl comedies are all the rage, so why not schoolboy comedies?

Alas, DADADADAN is not terribly funny or entertaining. The connecting thread between the vignettes is that even though these guys hate women, they’re all super pretty boys and thus end up in situations that require dealing with women, like helping save a maid cafe from a corrupt manager. In the respect that it’s about a bunch of pretty boys doing dumb things, I was vaguely reminded of Ouran High School Host Club, but I’ve read that DADADADAN has more similarities with Daily Lives of High School Boys. I imagine both of those are more fun to read than this.

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That said, this manga isn’t all bad. The very thin, shoujo-y art style where everyone is ridiculously pretty works well for the many jokes based on typical romance manga cliches, regardless of the actual quality of the jokes. Special mention also should go to the scanlations, which are quite high quality and actually go to the trouble of trying to adapt some of the dialogue. I don’t think any manga ever would actually reference Red Rover, for instance, but it worked well for that situation.

Verdict: DeDeDeDecent

As is the case with so many manga, this is just kind of middle of the road. It doesn’t do anything terribly offensive, but it also doesn’t do anything terribly interesting. The only reasons it really stands out at all are because 1) I’m featuring it on this post and 2) it was a strange title that might grab your attention. DADADADAN might help you kill a few minutes, but I’m sure there’s plenty more out there that’s way more deserving of your time.

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