Dragons Rioting is a shōnen manga series written and illustrated by the mangaka Tsuyoshi Watanabe. The manga was published in Japan by Fujimi Shobo and serialized in its monthly Dragon Age magazine and in the US by Yen Press. It comprises of 48 chapters collected into 9 volumes.
Like all good dragon anime, this is not your typical harem manga. It’s filled with action and comedy that will keep you entertained all along.
Dragons Rioting – Synopsis
The protagonist Rintaro Tachibana was diagnosed when he was six years old with a rare disease called Henisei Tashu Ijou Syndrome (known as Hentai Syndrome). Getting sexually aroused would put a strain on his heart and eventually kill him.
In order to avoid that, he trained for ten years in the mountains with his father who taught him the martial art of the Koei Sougetsu so that he would be able to control his mind and body. He learned self-discipline by clearing his mind and maintaining a silent and serene heart so that he could suppress any erotic thoughts and be able to live a normal life.
At the age of 16, he decides to integrate into regular society and go to high school. He enrolls into Nangokuren High School, which he thought to be the biggest all-boys school in the country to avoid any female interactions, only to find out that it’s actually the largest all-girls school that has recently become mixed; with most of the student body comprising of hot girls with bodacious bodies and revealing uniforms.
Moreover, the three biggest factions of the school, led by three female leaders called Dragons are always fighting each other over school supremacy, with non-stop martial arts brawls turning the school’s campus into a war zone.
Rintaro decides to transfer out from the school, but it becomes complicated for him as he gets sucked into the action and chaos, catching the attention of the three Dragons: Ayane, Kagamiin Kyoka, and Rino.
The story of Dragons Rioting is more or less straightforward with a solid plotline. Most of the manga is filled with lots of comedy and ecchi moments which include great humor and funny situations as well as fanservice. There are many exciting fights that demonstrate a wide array of techniques which are often unrealistic, like air slicing and stone walls summoning.
The story expands well on the power levels and different techniques used by the various characters and puts a focus on the roles of each of these characters as well as the obstacles they face and overcome.
The plotline is enjoyable and has good potential but it gets weaker towards the end.
The manga presents a variety of interesting characters. The protagonist has tremendous raw power and a stoic yet ridiculous personality with funny moments. He breaks out of the perverted cliche of the main character found in most series of this genre.
There’s also a big number of really strong female characters with different personalities and quirks. There’s the reckless, the emotionless, the airhead, and the strategist, among others.
Minor characters include the protagonist’s father who trained him and two of his friends who are mainly present for comedic purposes.
The art in Dragons Rioting is extremely well-crafted and expressive. The drawings are sharp, clean, and vivid with good shadings. The characters’ designs are awesome and memorable. The mangaka depicts the fights amazingly with great actions and movements, and the different battle techniques are well displayed. The panels include good backgrounds albeit a little lacking in details.
There’s also a lot of exaggeration of several elements such as the designs of some of the characters. The overly muscular father of the protagonist and the oversized busty bodies of the female characters are just two examples.
The battles are also over the top as pavements explode and buildings are toppled, but it all serves the purpose of the non-serious funny and ridiculous yet exhilarating action.
Reception for Dragons Rioting
The manga received mixed reviews, as Nick Smith of ICv2 gave 2 stars out of 5 and called it “weirdly unfunny”, while Richard Gutierrez of the Fandom Post gave it an A+ and a widely positive review.