Twenty-four-year-old Kayoko Shigeta takes the term "hopeless romantic" to a new level. She is so desperate to find Mr. Right that she is blinded to the eligible men around her, slinging herself from one horrible relationship to another while dragging her tragically-hip friend Fuku along for the ride. In the midst of her hubby hunting, she doesn't seem to notice Takahashi, a fellow employee at the bookstore she works at, nor his love for her. With "middle age" creeping up on her, Shigeta and her family are praying for wedding bells, but with Shigeta's inability to tell the difference from love and lust and her poor self esteem, they could be waiting for a long time...
Both of the main characters seem to be clueless about how they approach love and it leads to some very funny inner dialogue and situations. Same author - if you like one you will most likely like the other.
Tomoko Kuroki is eager to begin her new, glamorous, and romantic high school life where she’ll surely become popular and have all the guys vying for her affections. Her plan is sure to succeed, having prepared vigorously by already dating 100 guys... who happen to be video game characters! But when months pass and she can’t seem to get anyone’s attention, let alone talk to them due to her crippling social anxiety, Tomoko’s grandiose dreams turn to shambles! Will she ever be able to have a normal school life?
If you like your dark comedies with a huge side of schadenfreude, look no further. Both of these manga are about complete losers on a quest for self-improvement... and it isn't going so well.
For years, paranoid Satou Tatsuhiro has shut himself away in his apartment for days on end, with barely any social contact whatsoever. Then one day when he answers the door, he is greeted by an older woman and a girl called Misaki, who are going from door-to-door to inform people of the recent social problems of hikikomoris. In a fit of depression about his way of living, Satou decides that the only way to escape his current life cycle is to muster up his courage, face his fears, and go outside to find a job. However, instead of employment, he finds Misaki waiting for him; she intends to make Satou her ‘project' so that he can reconnect with society. Now with the help of his friend Yamazaki and Misaki's evening meetings, will Satou be able to escape his hikikomori lifestyle, or will he simply fall deeper into the clutches of conspiracy and his own demons?
Another seinen manga about a huge loser/hikikomori trying (extremely unsuccessfully) to crawl out of the pit he's dug himself into and become cool/popular/normal, with the help of some women who are far from perfect themselves. Both are extremely cynical and a bit depressing, but offset this with tons of black comedy.