4.136 out of 5 from 20 votes
At twenty-seven years old, Minami has a decent life. She’s a successful employee at a large advertising firm and has a boyfriend of seven years. But when the two break up, Minami finds her once-stable situation crumbling around her. Crushed and withdrawn from being alone, she soon finds herself involved with two men from her company – the likeminded, heartbroken Ogiwara and younger peer Ishida. Through difficult jobs at work, first dates and bitter rivalries, Minami will learn that love is never easy.
More josei manga about mid-20s office ladies with extremely stressful jobs, ridiculous co-workers, a bit of romance, and some introspection. 3 AM Dangerous Zone is rather more upbeat, but both will definitely appeal to the same audience.
When Ritsu was in high school, he fell in love with a boy who broke his heart, changing his view of love forever. Now a jaded adult, Ritsu has just transferred to the Marukawa Shoten company in hopes of publishing literature, only to be told that he'll be working in the shoujo manga division instead. What's worse, his boss is brash, rude and seems to have an interest in him! However, the biggest surprise is yet to come for Ritsu, as he soon discovers that his boss is none other than his lover of his past!
Yes yes, Gozen 3-ji is not yaoi, BUT th efirst thing I thought of when reading Gozen was "oooh, just like Sekaiichi Hatsukoi." WHY you ask? Well, the awful working situations that the main characters suffer at the beginning of their jobs that almost makes them quit exists in both mangas. Also, the "demeaning" nature of the work they do: pachinko design and manga editing. The ridiculous overtime and overnight stays at the office b/c of crunch time are also the same.
In both Gozen and Sekaiichi there are so so sooo many little hilarious moments when the main characters are like "wow, this is my life now. This office and the people in it are flipping crazy, but I'm still sticking it out and I have no idea why..." You can tell that both senseis had a ton of fun incorporating their sucky experiences as mangakas under time constraints and making these experiences funny to outsiders through their works.
In conclusion: READ BOTH OF THESE MANGAS! If you liked one's style of humor I'm pretty sure that you'll enjoy the other.