“What a beautiful girl!” The men in Kazami Dormitory remarked.
Kazami Dormitory. It seems to be a really peaceful place, with silence filling in the dormitory until the arrival of a new student, Takaaki Asakura, also known as Taiyou as Taiyou is naturally an enthusiastic character and has an energetic personality. As Taiyou woke up at the grass field outside the dormitory, Taiyou is surrounded by the men-only dormitory.
“Where is Kazami Dormitory? I am one of the new residents.” Taiyou said.
“HE’S A MALE, NOT A FEMALE?” All of them chorused as they spasmed out in total shock.
Zig Zag is a manga drawn by Yuki Nakaji and it is released in Chinese by ChuangYi publishing late last year. The series revolves around a very cute looking guy called Takaaki Asakura, also known as Taiyou. It talks about the experiences of the students staying in this dormitory called Kazami and houses many students of various personalities. Crushes, romance and love revolves around this place, as relationships started to form and hurt with continuous interaction. At the backdrop is the flower arrangement interest of the many members, giving a very different aspect of flower arrangement that is often considered to be more of a feminine interest with beautiful guys.
Asakura (called as Taiyou by most characters) is the main character of this manga and I must admit that I had the same initial response as the other guys in the dormitory because he looks pretty girlish by all means. He is an extremely energetic and cheerful guy that has a rather sensitive side toward everyone who needs his help. He lives with a very cold and mysterious person called Sono, who often has this “I am annoyed” right stuck in his face.
Sono is annoyed at anything and everything, particularly with Taiyou’s incessant cheerful personality which he considered to be extremely noisy. Also staying in the dormitory is Tatsuki, a very good friend of Taiyou when they were in grade one of school and is very loud. I do mean that he is loud, and with many things including his love for Mei. He is sadly fended off by the athletic Saho whenever he becomes a bit zealous with his approaches. Mei, on the other hand has a crush on Sono, who is generally oblivious to her subtle hints of love.
Why you should read this manga
1. Unique artwork. This is the first time that I have found an artwork so confusing (as I got confused who’s male and who’s female) and yet so delicate at the same time. The first read for me is not a good one and it’s only after the second read that I fully appreciated the artwork and found it beautiful. I have heard from many that it’s a style that the mangaka adopted, which is similar to Love Innocent.
2. The interaction between Mei, Tatsuki and Saho. I found it very hilarious for the few times that these three meet. Tatsuki is always trying so hard to confess his love to Mei and blatantly says it, only to be slapped by a very annoyed Saho. I also find the interaction for Sono with anyone hilarious, since his “I am annoyed” face just asks for a laugh, particularly with all the crazy and noisy hostel mates he has to content with. I found myself totally laughing at the antics of Tatsuki. He either lacks the ability to think, or someone who enjoys chasing someone that does not like him.
3. Very simple love is a very refreshing change from all the complicated love triangles. If anything, the most amazing thing is that romance for the male character is hardly explored, with the only girl getting his attention being Jasmine, his cousin. That, to me, provides an interesting backdrop since the main character is always mistook as a girl, being the butt of jokes quite a few times in the series. The main character makes for interesting plot twists next time. A trap, anyone?
Zig Zag is an entertaining piece of work with a very delicate artwork that will please all shoujo fans. The story is cute, with the androgynous-looking Taiyou being the gender confused guy in this series. I also realize that the hint of romance between Taiyou and the various girls will become the focus at the end, even though I will not want any unwanted yaoi vibes going into this series. In all, I found the soft artwork to be of my liking after a second re-read of the manga. I will definitely recommend this for the purist shoujo fan, who will be extremely excited for this manga.
Chuangyi Publishing has released this volume and is available at your rather friendly comic store.