Shingo gets called out for a confession. However, the girl confessing to him turns out to be morbidly obese, and she confesses in a bizarre way that downright scares him, causing him to try to run away. Being rejected in such a manner, the girl is incredibly furious, causing her to go on a rampage, sending Shingo to the hospital for a month. He returns, covered in physical scars, but also in emotional scars, in that he’s now traumatized into fearing all women. However, he still wants to like girls, and hence decides to do his best to get stronger and overcome his gynophobia. This leads to him joining the boxing club, at the advice of the school nurse and club adviser Hijiri, however it turns out that Hijiri just wants to use Shingo to play around and possibly make money, as that’s the type of woman she is. This is made more interesting due to the fact that the boxing club only has girls. And shockingly enough, it includes the girl that sent Shingo to the hospital, who he learns is named Haruka, who after being rejected joined the club to lose weight and made a miraculous transformation into a beautiful girl, though one still incredibly strong, and one still angry at Shingo, at least at first. Over time she seems to fall back in love with him, and discretely tries to make him fall in love with her as well. And she’s not the only one. Another club member, Nozomi, who looks a lot younger than she is, also falls in love with him and tries to seduce him, often completely unsuccessfully. Similarly, Akira, a tomboyish girl also falls in love with him and tries to get closer to him, though her rich family background sometimes gets in the way. An incredibly clumsy transfer student, Hotaru, is also moved by his kindness to her and joins the club also trying to get closer to him. And in addition to these, Shingo also seems to be surrounded by a whole host of other women. It would be an incredibly lucky situation for most guys, however, for Shingo with his gynophobia, it turns out to be hell.
This manga is divided into two, Girl Saurus and Girl Saurus DX, which is a direct continuation and as far as I can tell doesn’t have any differences to the first series, and hence it’s perfectly reasonably to think of both as a single manga, and hence give them a combined review. The manga sets up a very simple plot, a guy gets gynophobia and is then surrounded by a bunch of girls in love with him. It has very little depth, however it sets up a series of interesting small episodes that are heavily oriented around Shingo’s gynophobia for the most part, though also being quite varied beyond that, and are incredibly comedic, which is the core draw of the manga. There were some areas that I didn’t much like at all, such as anything relating to Tsubasa or Arahata, and hence consider everything related to them a major miss, but overall I would have to say there were quite a bit more hits than misses. There’s an interesting cast of characters, though to some degree it starts suffering from over-saturation in the number of characters as it goes on, which combined with the fact that there is very little character development makes the characters start feeling somewhat similarly flat towards the end. Still, the ending felt right in regards to the characters involved and very true to the series, though I wish it had gone just a bit further to give it more impact. I would also like to note that the series is incredibly cute with amazing art.
A manga with little plot or development, but a solid cast of characters and a hilarious premise used quite well enhanced by really good art.