Item description for Real Bout High School #1 by Sora Inoue...
In a school where martial arts are standard curriculum, Samurai Girl Ryoko is the top fighter and most popular student around or is she? Things change when the uncouth fighter Shizuma Kusanagi transfers in from Kansai. He may not have the grace of Ryoko, but his amazing fighting abilities could make him the most dominant martial artist at Daimon High. Principal Todo encourages rivalry between the competitors, setting up a dangerous "K-Fighting" tournament where even the teachers can join in and settle once-and-for-all just who is the top dog on campus.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.45" Width: 5.05" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.21 lbs.
Release Date Apr 23, 2002
ISBN 193151495X ISBN13 9781931514958 UPC 645573044954
Reviews - What do customers think about Real Bout High School #1?
Not Good At All May 9, 2006
OK, I bought this manga, because I had heard good things generally about it, and was actually looking forward to reading it, but when I got it I hated it from page one. I actually could not even finish it, so I can't actually tell you the story, except for whats on the back, whihc is essentially, its a school where you fight and are graded on it(kinda like Battle Vixens, but without the T & A or bad language). The art work in this series was dark and offended my eyes. The writing was good, but was also against my eyes with the poor art, I hated this and won't read the story, even if it may be a good one.
High-octane action Jan 2, 2006
Were "Ranma 1/2" drained of its fantasy elements, it might resemble "Real Bout High School," a martial-arts high school comic that goes by almost too fast. The first volume introduces us to its hot-headed protagonists, but moves by almost too fast -- it would have been much better if the authors had slowed down enough to really introduce us to Daimon High's inhabitants.
When the "Vipers" attack in the street, Ryoko Mitsurugi thrashes them -- but soon she receives some help from an uncouth, unibrowed boy. At first she gives him no more thought, until Shizuma Kusinagi shows up at the Intracampus Martial-Arts Competition, and wipes the floor with his rivals. Then... he transfers.
Now Ryoko has a new rival, which reinforces her insecurities about her femininity. Then Shizuma introduces the concept of the K-Fight to Daimon High, where students and teachers can settle their differences via combat. And now Ryoko finds herself ensnared in a romantic rivalry, while Shizuma ends up challenging a teacher to fight him.
As an action story, "Real Bout High School" fits the bill -- lots of fighting, in different styles, between all sorts of people -- including a student-teacher brawl brewing at the end. The artwork is solidly drawn, full of detail and slapstick extra.... although with the usual focus on women's barely-covered bodies (with especial emphasis on Ryoko's rather thick legs).
Actually, there is almost too much action. The plot moves at a lightning-fast speed, so you might miss key developments. And some of the characters -- such as perky fighter Azumi and violence-loving principal Mr. Todo -- are only introduced during the fights themselves. It feels very rushed in places, and could have used a few more chapters devoted to characterization.
But if they are not so easily understood, then Ryoko seems to be -- she's tough and dedicated to the samurai ideal, but also insecure about her abilities, her femininity, and her appeal to kendo hottie Tatsuya. And Shizuma is both gritty and funny, whether giving Ryoko a noogie or blasting away twenty opponents.
While the first "Real Bout High School" feels rushed, it has plenty of action and sets up the start of an interesting series. Now that it's started, it has time to flower.
Horrible Feb 5, 2005
Ok, this one of the worst mangas i have read. I really don't liek the characters(except Ryoko's aunt, she's hilrious) in this story, and the story itself is not so great. I put 2 stars because it deserves some credit. I mean, there are some funny parts. Hilrious in fact(Mostly in the second one)And this stroy dose make u care a little what will happen next. It could be worse..... You could not care at all what happens next. One more thing... the art. Gawd do i h8te the art.......................................
GOOD MANGA Aug 18, 2004
Hi (...) I'm as a new fan of manga I've only read about 7 so far but I have already become obsessed with them and intend to read more. I look back on this manga quite fondly as it was the first I ever read it was good lots of action,good plot and halorious storyline as well as indepth characters the only thing holding it back from 5 stars is the fact that it at times was VERY confusing but all and all it was good manga and what started my obsession.
feels like it's just surface level, so far Jul 31, 2004
This book takes place at a school were there is more attention paid on how well the students fight than on how well they're learning things in class. There are so many clubs for different fighting styles that they're all fighting for space and money. Ryoko Mitsurugi is one of the best fighters in the school. Shizuma Kusanagi comes and shakes everything up by starting K-Fights, which allow students to resolve issues through battle.
The artwork is nice, although the layout is occasionally confusing, since so much tends to go on in one page. I don't really have a lot of problems with this volume. The reason I'm giving it a three is because I feel like the characters might as well be cardboard cutouts. There aren't even all that many hints that there are depths to them. I'll be reading the rest of this series because I don't think it's bad, but I hope that the other volumes had some depth to the characters personalities.