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Both of these josei romance manga are about women torn between their long-term, committed boyfriends, and another person who she is obsessed with (in Kabocha to Mayonnaise, it's an old flame, whereas in Indigo Blue it's another woman). They also share a very similar art style and overall tone.
20-something Meiko Otani is restless, living day to day with a job she hates and an unemployed boyfriend who'd rather be playing in a band. Like others her age, she struggles to find her place in the world and a purpose in life, so in an attempt to make a fresh start, she makes the decision to quit her job. Together with her friends, Meiko will embark on a journey of self discovery to find what will truly make her happy.
These two manga start off almost identically: two young women are tasked with financially supporting themselves and their live-in, long-term boyfriend (who really wants to make a living with his music, but hasn't had any success), by working at a job that she despises.The couples argue and worry about fiscal and romantic difficulties.
The plotlines diverge after this, but both maintain a similar melancholy tone throughout.