I’ve almost reached a point where I read more manga than I watch anime. With work, college, and having to fight siblings over the TV, I’ve used my phone as a respite for my otaku needs, and manga took up the call!
I missed a month because I was busy with other things, so I’m just compiling them all here. Fair warning, I’m still traumatized from reading Oyasumi Punpun, so these are ALL gonna be romance or comedy manga.
I’ve already talked about this one a few days ago in my review of it. However, let’s just say to sell you on the manga, it’s the only other 10/10 manga I have, right next to Oyasumi Punpun. I’m not trying to overhype it, it’s not life-changing(ish), it’s just a perfect example of what a great romance manga should be. Great story, believable drama, interesting and well-developed characters, and a mature perspective on love.
Ninja Shinobu-san no Junjou
A cute little romcom about an average girl who is definitely not a ninja, and her budding romance with [dense but kind-hearted MC here]. It’s a bit on the generic side, but I can’t say I wasn’t enjoying the fluff and humor while it was happening, and at 30 chapters only, I believe they progressed the romance rather well. Plus, the childhood friend character is, as with every best girl, the most well-developed and interesting arc of the series. If you have a bit of free time, I’d say give it a read.
I’d say it’s a 7/10.
We Can’t Study
Let me get this out of the way, I usually hate harem manga. Usually.
The story of this one is that our MC is tutoring a bunch of geniuses, each with their own specialties who are trash at the subjects they actually want to excel at, i. e. a math genius who wants to take literature but has zero wit, a literature genius who wants to be a math major, a swimming champion who is bad at academics in general, etc.
It’s tropey, and it has all the misunderstandings, false confessions, and romantic interruptions I hate in romance.
But for some reason, We Can’t Study is something I can’t put down. Created by the understudy of the Nisekoi author, this manga really checks a lot of harem tropes in the book.
However, I think the way every girl is given a high chance, and the sheer unpredictability of who will win, makes this much more fun than Nisekoi. Nisekoi was always gonna end with Chitoge (whoops, spoilers for a crap manga), but this one gives us enough moments with each girl that I legitimately have no idea who will win.
The MC is also miles better than most harem protagonists. He’s neither a pervert, nor is he spineless, he’s a hyper-competent jack of all trades with a great personality. He’s helpful to every girl in the series, and you can actually believe why these people could fall for him. Another aspect I like about this is that the girls (well, most of them) aren’t one note characters, but have actual development. They grow past just being “harem fillers”, and have their own lives outside of the MC.
I’d say this is the My Hero Academia of Harem manga. It’s vulnerable to same tropes and storylines the genre is in, but they are executed really well to the point that I just enjoy it for what it is.
Zannen Jokanbu Black General-san
Status: Ongoing (Translation in Hiatus)
It’s a gag manga about an incompetent but nevertheless determined evil organization RX’s fight for world domination. Our main “heroine” or villainess, in this case, is General-sama, who has a stalker-level crush on local supehero/Batman-Superman lovechild Braveman. This is a comedy through and through, with a wacky artstyle and hilarious takes on superhero and supervillian tropes. The characters are all funny in their own way, with Braveman usually being the straight-man to the evil organization RX’s misguided plans of “evil”, which are all usually just ploys for the General to get closer to Braveman.
The evil organization RX having budgetary troubles like a regular office, their boss being a high-level psychic who spends all the organization’s budget on expensive anime figures to the chagrin of his much more competent lady Secretary, the subservient and yet snarky minions, it’s all fun!
I’m just disappointed no scanlation group has picked it up yet 😦
Status: Finished 😦
I watched the anime and loved it, but never got around to reading it while it was coming out. Now I kinda wish I did, because it’s every bit as fluffy and cute as the anime, with some added couples too!
Each couple gets enough time to shine, and my personal favorite is of course our kuudere Takano and sports boi Sugawara!
I do love that we get to see various couples in various stages of their relationship, from the confessions to first dates to first kisses.
It’s a solid romcom 4koma, and since I’m only a quarter of the way through reading it, I’ll save my words for the full review when I actually finish it.
That’s about it from me this month!