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?
A good slice of life/ rom-com that shows how tough and unfair life can be. This manga showed how a man (Yariba) got beat down from achieving his dream as a novelist/ writer, even though he was good enough to possibly become one, and was able to find both a protege and love by coming across a highschool girl (Karen) who wishes to become an author. This doesn't come easy at all; because she has to work through tough criticism from both readers and her grandfather who is also the president of the company that Yariba works at. Along with trying to help Karen, Yariba must face his own problems within the company and his own romantic feelings as well. As stated earlier; a good slice of life, rom-com that shows that in order to get and keep things in life you have to work hard and have the will to fight for those things, even if that means stepping on a lot of toes and making enemies in the process. On a side note, the manga does end on a sort of cliff hanger, but it does say that Vol. 6 will be released in early 2020. So hopefully it continues for another full manga or just finishes answering questions.
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.
An interesting manga for sure. Just before I share my opinions though, I have to say, THESE CHAPTERS ARE HELLA LONG! I feel like Ive read over 50 chapters. Anyhow, through the first few chapters I thought that this was going to be a slice of life. The MC gets home from work, and just has a typical romantic life. That wasn't really the case though. The manga was much much more focused on drama, focusing more of the job aspect of a slice of life. Even if I don't want to like this, I still kept reading this.
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