Yamamoto, Soichiro. Translated by Taylor Engel. Teasing Master Takagi-San. Yen Press, 2018. 155p. ISBN:9781075353308. $13.00. AT ****
Teasing Maser Takagi-San is a slice-of-life manga about two middle schoolers Nishikata and Takagi. Takagi is a master teaser who is constantly teasing classmate Nishikata. Each short chapter focuses on Nishikata trying to trick Takagi only to have it backfire. Nishikata’s facial expressions when he realizes that Takagi has outsmarted him once again are humorous. Nishikata gets easily frustrated when teased which coupled with his facial expressions makes Takagi want to tease him more. The reader finds themselves looking forward to seeing if in the next chapter Nishikata is finally going to gain the upper hand in teasing Takagi. The teasing, though friendly, can get a bit repetitive to the point where it’s hard to imagine a character falling for such tricks. All in all this manga would be appealing to both middle school and high school students as the humor and teasing are mild and entertaining. Besides the humor there are also hints of romance throughout the manga.
-Erica Gonzalez Palafox, BAYA