At the old-fashioned Japanese boarding house Narutakisou, Shiratori lives with a diverse yet strangely-similar group of tenants. Under the tender care of landlady Aoba Kozue, Narutakisou provides a home to people whose personal lives are all painful in one way or another; yet together, somehow, they make up a true family. Not only does Shiratori find a home at Narutakisou, but he also finds himself in love with a girl who is far more than the sum of her parts.
Urashima Keitarou is a loser. He's failed the Tokyo University entrance exams two years in a row, and his parents have finally kicked him out of the house. Penniless and destitute, he travels to his grandmother Hinata's inn, hoping she'll put him up until he can get into Tokyo U and fulfill his promise with his childhood sweetheart (whose face he can't even remember). Unfortunately - or perhaps fortunately - it turns out that the inn is no longer an inn... it's an all-girls dormitory, as he discovers in his typical blundering fashion by grabbing an eyeful and more of every girl in the place! Narusegawa Naru, a fiery-tempered high school student and the first victim of Keitarou's lewd bungling, wastes no time doling out brutal punishment and preparing to kick him back out to the street. But wait! A letter has come from grandma Hinata, and Keitarou is to be the dorm's new live-in manager! Is this a blessing from heaven, or has he been cursed to a living hell?
2 very sweet manga, with 2 very different main females. While most other elements of the manga are identical, Kozue and Naru are very different. However, with the rest of the elements so much alike, if you like one you will probably like the other.
It almost goes without saying that Kojima Akira's manga have a lot of storytelling similarities. Although Manabiya is considerably more lighthearted than Mahoraba, the two share a warm, empathetic sense of humour.
It almost goes without saying that Kojima Akira's manga have a lot of storytelling similarities. Although Wa! is considerably more lighthearted than Mahoraba, the two share a warm, empathetic sense of humour.