Hello all! This week I thought I would talk about some of the romance or romance comedy manga that I have read recently. Previously, I have talked about some romance anime and I thought it was time to talk about some manga instead. These are ones that I have only read or that are only in manga format (that I am aware of).
Watashi ga Motete Dousunda or Kiss Him, Not Me
‘Kiss Him, Not Me’ is a rom-com, reverse harem manga that ran from 2013-2018 with 14 volumes. There is one season of the anime as well as a live action remake. Kae Serinuma is a chubby high school fujoshi and female otaku who loves reading yaoi in particular. When she has the shock of her life because of one of her favorite anime characters dying, she locks herself in her room for an entire week and loses a ton of weight because of it. Her transformation shocks everyone and in particular catches the eyes of four boys that immediately start chasing after her. But she is less interested in them than she is in pairing them together romantically. They eventually start competing with each other for her affection along with another fujoshi, Shima Nishina.
I knew about this anime before I knew of the manga but I have read it in its entirety. It is so cute and quirky and funny. I really like all the characters, especially Asuma Mutsumi, a third year who is also the president of the history club Kae is part of. He is also the only one that recognizes Kae after her transformation with no help. All the others, even her best friend doesn’t recognize her right off the bat. And he is my type, lol. I thought the fact that even though they are doing it to win her affection they all take part in Kae hobbies and help her out when she needs it with little or no complaints. Like yes, they have alternative motives but it’s not like Kae isn’t aware of them. And she is just as honest with them that she at first doesn’t like any of them that way and she confesses that she is unsure of her feelings. Surprisingly, miscommunication isn’t really in this one like others. I think that is why I liked it so much.
Boku to -Kimi no Taisetsu na Hanashi or Our Precious Conversations
‘Our Precious Conversations’ is a romance, shoujo manga published from 2015 to 2019 with 7 volumes. I believe it is finished publishing but there seems to be conflicting information on that. So, as far as I can tell you, there are 7 completed volumes. Nozomi Aizawa has had a long standing crush on Shirou Azuma that she has never acted beyond ‘stalking’ him at the school they both attend. And when she does finally get up the courage to confess, she is harshly rejected which then spawns a heated debate between the two. Surprisingly Shirou doesn’t stop Nozomi from talking to him and they grow closer with their surprisingly real and interesting conversations mostly about human nature and the strange behaviors of males and females.
I was surprised at how subtle the romance between the two of them was. It was honestly refreshing to not see them jump into a relationship right off the bat when Nozomi confessed. I liked the development of them becoming friends first and then the eventual romance part. Plus the side characters were just as good. Sure, there were some annoying ones, like the three girls in Shirou’s class, but they were background characters and never took up that much time in the story plus having them there only added to the story. And of course just like most any other romance manga, there was a background romance story that began between both main’s best friends. Which was super cute, if I am honest.
Mairimashita, Senpai or You got me, Sempai!
“You got me, Sempai!” is a romance shoujo manga published starting in 2016. This is another one that I am not 100% on if it is completed or not. However, there are currently 9 volumes in total. It follows the love story between Serina Koshino, a first year and Mizukawa-senpai, a second year that vandalizes her desk with song lyrics. Serina becomes curious about Mizukawa and falls in love with him and confesses. And from there their romance blooms.
Okay, so this one is mega cheesy but I kind of love that. It’s not like over the top, wants to make you smack your face against the wall though. Which is why I like it. I liked that the progression of the manga dealt with real life events, and not some over the top unrealistic happenings. Like jealousy and trips. And even though Mizukawa seems indifferent at first he does come to really care for Serina and it shows.
I know I gave all three 5 out of 5 but I really liked these rom com mangas. They were really cute and after dealing with some sad crap it was nice to read something uplifting and happy. These would probably fall under my guilty pleasure category, even though I don’t really feel guilty for reading them. But that is it for today!
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed today’s post and let me know if you’ve read any of these mangas before.