*currently there are 26 chapters out*
What is exactly 2.5 jigen no ririsa (the synopsis is quite light). You have MC (big otaku fan of waifu : liliel). A girl will join his useless manga "research" club and this girl is almost like liliel + this girl is also fan of liliel and manga. She loves to cosplay especially liliel's cosplay. You will have during the 25 chapters that I have read a mix between chapters focused on the girl(s) trying cosplays and some more serious chapters where main characters will do real cosplay contest etc... because the girl wants to become pro in cosplay.
This manga is quite more serious than the synopsis says. You will have the MC (he will be the photgrapher and will learn how to take good pictures) and the main girl who will cosplay. Both obviously want to step up in the cosplay game.
This is obviously a rom/com and will have the cliche childhood friend (the most known girl of the highschool who is also an idol) who will also join the club because she's in love with MC for no particular good reason (it's a cliche I said it). The main girl seems to notice quickly that she's in love with MC after they both played and worked hard together. The MC is quite tense, when he seems to fall in love with the main girl, he persuades himself that it's just because she is like liliel and that he only likes liliel but it seems to improve thgroughout the story especially when both MCs do something serious like a cosplay contest.
I cant say it now but the manga seems to have a progression in the romace plot (it doesnt seem to be the cliche shounen where both MCs are tense and wont ever admit that they're in love with each other even in 500 chapters).
When the story is not serious, you will have chapters focused on cute cosplay moments with gorgeous drawings for the girls. Girls will take some daring positions to be photographed (they're not particularly slut just quite naive it seems, do not forget it's a shounen half made for the fanservice with the girls)
The story is not a jewel but it has potential and it's readable.
Characters are not bad at all and i believe that both MC have great potential especially with the romance plot if the author does not fall in the trap to strech everything during 100 chapters or more without anything happening. MC is quite cliche but he will do everything to help the girl accomplish her dream; understand by this that MC is not a cuck that helps a girl by freewill, he's very important too even if he's not as public as the cosplayer. It's a team and the girl cant do anything without him in particular. Girl is surprisingly refreshing without being a hit. She's enjoyable and very hard working. She's also kind and a little bit shy. I really appreciate her. The childhood friend is only there to make more fanservice during school club's time.
I think if you are interested in romance or cosplay, you need to give it a try.
I thought this would be a copy of "my dress up darling" but regardless of the niche genre, it became its own. If you like "my dress up darling" you'll most likely like this, at the same time it wont feel repetative because although they are somewhat the same, again for what it is... it surely did made a lot of impression of how original it can be. The Art is topnotch also, probably better than my dress up darling's art. It's very ecchi and a lot of nudity, if that's what you're into. The only thing i hate about it is the relationship with the characters are a slowburn, it felt like barely getting any progress, all of them are tsundere of some sort regarding their emotions so most of the time they are just hiding each others true feelings, which is just exhausting for me.. i appreciate build up but at the same time 60 chapters in there is still no progress. I also hate how the female lead is basically clueless about her feelings, it took about 70 chapters (latest for eng sub) before she realize she likes the MC, like wth and at that time she's still hiding it. The harem is also not helping the story, i would actually enjoyed it more if the childhood friend and the female lead are just love interest for the MC because both made sense, the added female interest later on just felt like add-ons, they have no reason to be added to make the story better, its just for the sake of harem and fan service. never the less, its actually good, reccomended. But if you're looking for a good romance, you probably gonna be exhausted from the characters cluelessness.