Nardio Manga Review
IS Ten Count Volume 1 WORTH YOUR TIME?
WHAT DID I THINK WITHOUT SPOILING IT?
Ten Count is a hard manga to review without spoiling it. It’s a story about personal understanding and trying to break out of a lifelong debilitating bad habit. Unlike a lot of the other manga I have reviewed here before, Ten Count takes place in the “real world” so there is no fantasy or sci-fi stuff. Ten Count is a slice of life story that explores the life of a germaphobe suffering from Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Ten Count is a sort of slice of life manga that explores the life of Tadaomi Shirotani a successful secretary who is a severe germaphobe with OCD. The story is well done and surprisingly entertaining considering the everyday stuff that happens here. Unlike a lot of other manga I’ve read this is a personal story. Slice of life as it is known as genre wise in manga. A story of struggle, self-doubt and breaking out of one’s shell. Overall I think it worked well. For me, it was easy to relate to and understand Tadaomi. I found myself rooting him on and understanding of his trials and stumbles. Overall it was a well-written manga. It did sadly end rather abruptly, but the story was good enough that I immediately bought the follow up volume.
Ten Count has an interesting cast of characters that don’t necessarily stand out, but they are easy to understand and empathize with. From Tadaomi’s coworkers to his new friend, each is believable. No one is a cliche or trope here. I like that a lot.
Ten Count’s art is clean and nice. I love how often they change clothing and the detail that goes into their faces and expressions. The backgrounds and coloring are also very well done.
One weird thing I will mention is that it’s marked as yaoi and explicit content, but there was none of that to be found in this volume. The big bold warning on the cover along with the overly sexualized cover art ara a stark and weird contrast to the story told within. Honestly, I think the cover and smut warning detract from an interesting story.
Even the description of the book doesn’t match up with the story inside.
Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani’s attraction to his counselor grows.
Except it doesn’t. That last part is totally shoehorned into the description and tries to make the volume sound hotter than it honestly is. I feel like this is opening them up for negative reviews from people who were expecting steaming romance and got an interesting slice of life story instead.
That said this is just the first volume of the series. Maybe the next chapters will become more sexually charged and focused. Honestly, I hope it doesn’t. As is, Ten Count works very well as as a slice of life story. Sure there could be some romantic elements worked in pretty naturally, but if this is going to go from deep slice of life to smut fast I doubt the story can work right. As soon as the manga starts you find this out and see it cause major problems for his life. The rest of the manga is spent with him struggling to come out of his shell and deal with this problem. I guess we will find out next week when I review volume 2 of Ten Count.
This was a good read.
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- Amazon: Kindle for $5.39
- Amazon: Paperback $8.60
- Barnes and Noble: Nook for $5.49
- Barnes and Noble: Paperback $8.94
- Story & Art by: Rihito Takarai
- Genre: Slice of Life
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