Storming forward nonsensically, the first manga volume of seinen comedy “Hokkenshitsu” has released – a series based around the energetic and amusing lifestyle of a cute and fetish friendly eyepatch equipped loli.
“Hokkenshitsu”, or in other words, “the nurse’s office”, true to its name follows the interesting events which occur within a nurse’s office of a certain highschool. This nurse is specialized to deal specifically with female students – meaning that her office floods with fine young females of all kinds, all of whom incidentally prove quite peculiar in a plethora of ways. And with that established, the stage is essentially set – inside the nurse’s office, all manner of ridiculous then transpires.
These sort of series are quite once in a lifetime – a humorous and gag filled comedy, albeit with a heavier atmosphere, and a darker mood. The dialogue is relevant to the average otaku in that it’s something more aimed at those of such an interest, partially akin to Lucky Star – yet it’s not necessarily “niche oriented” as the manga indeed attempts to be flexible, however of course, it’s still not something which will appeal to anyone indiscriminately. Then again, there isn’t anything which everyone can or will love.
That accounted for, this manga does certainly need to remain full of vigor and variety to sustain its comical stylings. Basically, it’s an assembly of females illustrated to the standard of moe as they exchange speech within a single room – and their discussions go extensively dramatized, both in how the conversation is presented as it carries on, as well as in how the girl in question is voicing herself whilst sharing whatever it is on her mind.
For the series to remain fresh, one can rightfully expect that the extravagance builds quite substantially with each round of skit – as of course, there’s little other way to avoid repetition, and even then, it takes more to hit home when one joke is already spent. Yet one needn’t be concerned with that much at all, in this debuting volume, Hokkenshitsu does manage quite well – and the experience it offers overall does feel like quite an easy shift away from all else.
In other words, the manga truly does manage to leave one feeling as if in a room surrounded by cute girls in school uniforms as they freely toss around silly comments – and how one reacts to such a thing, that’s what determines whether they’ll be fond of this series or not.