Hirotaka and Narumi are reunited at the same company, having been best friends in Middle School. The unlikely pair bonded over their otaku status – Hirotaka being a gamer and Narumi a fujoshi. After a night out drinking Hirotaka confesses to her “I would collect raw minerals and level up as much as you like, and if you worked longer, I’d wait for you” – how romantic! The two of them thus begin their sweet romance! Also in the mix, are two other otaku-esque co-workers: Hana chan and Kabakura , old high school rivals, who have also sparked up a romance.
This Josei manga, created by Fujita, definitely has a unique take on the otaku world. While most manga tend to stereotype otaku as slightly creepy or a bit weird, this manga has a humanistic approach. Having otaku characters in normal day to day settings and also geeking out at various things together. What attracted me to this series the most was also the age of the characters, most of these characters are 25 + years – they’re so hilariously relatable! It’s great to see the mix of work life and passion mixed together in this comic.
Of course the best part of this manga, is the way that it delves into Otaku culture. In one chapter, the characters head to a convention. Narumi sells hard core BL doujinshi while Hana chan cosplays as her favourite male character. Another chapter features Narumi, Hana chan and Kabakura visiting Hirotaka’s house to play Mario Kart. All these insights into their life make for an incredibly heart warming manga. It’s so great not only to focus on the romance between the two couples, but also their friendships with one another.
The comic also delves into some serious issues. For example one time Narumi goes over to Hirotaka’s house nervous that she’ll spend the night, and also how to be affectionate towards him. In another chapter, Hana chan and Kabakura get into an argument, which reveals Hana chan’s insecurities with her own body. The manga doesn’t have a lovey-dove rose tinted glasses view of romance either. It goes into the anxieties individuals can have with one another in a relationships – such as when Narumi questions if she’s only in a relationship with Hirotaka,because it’s easy since they’re otaku.
Fujita does an excellent job at creating charismatic characters who have great banter with one another. The comic is truly a joy to read, in every chapter I find myself laughing so hard. I can see myself as the characters, and I can also see how I interact with my other geeky friends. Fujita, at the end of each chapter, also does little asides. For example there’s a few one page stories, my favourite was Hana chan showing everyone an adorable couple photo she took with Kabakura (much to his horror) . Also some more information on the characters, such as how they wake up or their different types of smiles.
This comic series is absolutely amazing, I recommend any manga or anime fan to read it. You won’t be able to stop laughing at how much the characters are like you, and also how romantic and realistic the relationships are portrayed. 10/10
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