Manga Reviews
Tanaka-kun is Always Listless by Uda Nozomi
  • Review byJ.X. Fu
  • Apr 14, 2022
  • Chapters: 145/145
  • Status: Completed

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life

"The ultimate slice of life comedy for high schoolers."

This manga was enjoyable overall if you're looking for a fun, wholesome slice of life read which can fill up some leisure time on a weeknight or weekend.

See my MAL Review.

Story Rating - 6/10

Like many pure slice of life reads, the story doesn't have as much investment or noticeable progression compared to other genres such as romances or dramas. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge aims at depicting a constant theme of fun and relaxation (much like the characters themselves) to the reader, showcasing a story that doesn't necessarily progress from a plot standpoint, but rather the growth of the characters and their relationships. Every chapter is something different - our fun characters are out doing different things resulting in different gags to the reader. As someone perhaps biased for a great plot which pulls readers in, this didn't shine as much, but understandably so as this wasn't the main focus of the manga. Additionally, the ending felt somewhat abrupt, but again - the "slice of life" excuse can come into play here.

Art Rating - 8/10

The art was above average and really highlighted the elements of our characters - the "mean-looking" but kindhearted Oota and the lazy and tired Tanaka are just two of the many characters who have unique, simple yet engaging art which reflect who they are. Not-to-mention, the artwork is cute and easy to digest!

Characters Rating - 8/10

One of the best part of this series is its cast - almost every main or supporting character within the story adds a tint of comedy thanks to their different personalities. The main character, Tanaka, shows a bit of growth, especially in regards to his relationship with Oota and Shiraishi. Afterall, when it comes to high school settings, character growth is something we all look for. Romantic elements are hinted between two of our main characters, and that itself is one of the main drivers for the overall growth we see.

Overall Enjoyment Rating - 8/10

If you're someone who wants a fun, enjoyable read and loves slice of life, look no further. The chapters are fast yet engaging with each hosting its own short story that adds to the overall series, and are independent of each other while others start its story right from the previous one.

Favorite Quote (or rather, I just had to insert this lol):

Even in my own life, I don't wanna be the main character.

Nice read, I just wish the plot progressed further; it's a slice of life after all, so I'm probably asking for too much here.

J.X. Fu

I'm a manga fanatic that reads many genres. I love writing, and have published two fiction novels: a YA Fantasy/Action titled "Darkness Me, Colorful You" and a RomCom light novel titled "Corruptions Are Best Exposed In The Autumn!"