Hello! It’s me again.
This is a review for, a one-shot that recently got serialized. Congratulations, Tomohiko-sensei!
This manga follows the struggle of Komi Shouko, a beautiful girl who has serious communication apprehension, and her growing relationship with Tadano-kun, an average guy.
The premise of the story is pretty ordinary – as are the characters. Even though only the first chapter is translated, I can already tell you what’s going to happen: Komi-san and Tadano-kun slowly become closer, Komi-san becomes better at communicating with others due to that relationship, and she eventually falls in love with Tadano-kun. Due to the communication problems, misunderstandings happen that result in some drama. Other characters with similarly weird quirks are slowly introduced, creating a rag-tag group of lovable misfits that get into all kinds of shenanigans and tomfoolery.
Despite the generic nature of the story, one thing that stands out is the way in which communication apprehension is represented within the character of Komi-san. Her struggles are extremely relatable. I, like her, have some communication apprehension which can result in me seeming stand-offish and pissed off all of the time, while in reality, I simply don’t know how to open up communication channels between myself and others. Komi-san gets embroiled in an ice-queen persona that doesn’t represent the way she truly feels about other people, and her inability to escape that self-imposed identity is what pushes her further into it.
The art is quite unique; the mangaka has a very unique drawing style that is able to draw cuteness out of what would otherwise be really awkward situations, much like Masuda Eiji’s work in Jitsu wa Watashi wa. The mangaka is also able to draw in detail in really poignant moments, as shown in the two-page spread shown above (shoutouts to the hard work of the scanlators) In conclusion, this is a really heartwarming and funny manga that shows a lot of promise.
Overall Rating: 7/10