29 to JK

Vol: 6; Ch: 29
2017 - 2020
3.588 out of 5 from 193 votes
Rank #12,987
29 to JK

Yariba Eiji, a corporate slave whose only hobbies are video games and manga, gets through life by spending his time off relaxing at net cafes. One day, he happens upon Minamisato Karen a high school girl and ends up scolding her. This leads to her warming up to the 29 year old Eiji...! Not only that, Eiji's little sister, childhood friend, and his subordinate are also becoming interested in him. Love is coming at him from every direction! Juggling between his work and his newly developed ventures into romance, will Eiji's peaceful days ever return?

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nathandouglasdavis
6

Condensed down, I really enjoyed the work-related aspects of this story but found the romance aspects to be so-so (to put it mildly). Yariba is an excellent coach and leader at a call center, pragmatic and a skilled problem-solver. Fe sees work as a way to make money, not as the highest priority in life, so fe's willing to stand up to those in upper management who attempt to abuse their power and fe treats feir subordinates with basic human decency. I enjoy some of the discussions and scheming that occur. There are two work-related storylines, both of which include problematic managers: having to deal with increased quotas while trying not to resort to unethical behavior like overworking feir subordinates (ch. 4-13) and having to deal with an investigation into leaked customer information (ch. 14-28). As for the romance, the manga writes it so that Yariba is initially planning on turning down Karen, but then fe ends up agreeing to help coach fem with feir aspiring writing career. I didn't feel that it made any sense for fem to offer to do such a thing, so I consider that development to be bad writing on the author's part. After that point, their relationship largely consists of Yaiba encouraging fem with feir writing. I don't find this interesting. I also just don't like Karen...like at all. I don't find fem engaging or cute or anything. I would much rather that the main love interest be Watarase or even Saki, or that there just wasn't any romantic aspects to the manga at all. Also, the art is very sub-par, with the characters looking especially stilted and unnatural.

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