So, in MAL I came across this 93 chapters long manga called Kodomo no Jikan (A Child’s Time). At first, I thought it was just some random fanservice manga. The summary itself doesn’t inspire much (be aware that I read Nijigahara Holograph just a little bit before I got started on the manga.) The sole thing that drove me to reading is the curiosity: why is a lolicon manga this long?
Although this manga has a great story, it contains a lot of lolicon element in it. Those who do not prefer lolicon please stay away from Kodomo no Jikan.
Now let’s get on with the review. I’ll tell you when the spoiler comes.
23-years-old Aoki Daisuke, the main protagonist and a newbie elementary school teacher, is put in charge of class 3-1. The first few chapters of Kodomo no Jikan focuses on Aoki-sensei’s efforts to become a good teacher despite having no experience. We get to see a bit into teaching life and what it is like to be a teacher. He has a big problem though. One of the girls in his class, Kokonoe Rin, is a mischievous girl who would not hesitate to threaten adults. She developed a crush on Aoki and here comes the problem where Rin is super aggressive on getting the teacher’s affection. Aoki does not want to lose his job, and this relationship between Aoki and Rin is the main conflict of the story.
Aside from the main heroine Rin, we have two of her friends, Kagami Kuro and Usa Mimi. Kuro-chan has a crush on Rin, which leads to her being extremely jealous of Aoki. She’s foul-mouthed and pretty violent. She likes to wear expensive clothing, particularly gothic Lolita style. Kuro-chan hates men. The other friend, Mimi-chan is the complete opposite. She’s quiet, sweet, and shy. At first, she also has a secret crush on Aoki. Mimi’s a daddy’s girl, who first refused to go to school because her previous teacher bullied her. She has the idea that she’s only worthy because of her grades.
At the beginning we see a mini relationship map drawn by the author. Trust me, there will be a lot, lot more added to that.