Fuufu Ijou, Koibito Miman.

Alt title: More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers

Vol: 9+; Ch: 58+
2018 - ?
4.364 out of 5 from 486 votes
Rank #2,478
Fuufu Ijou, Koibito Miman.

In a society where high school students are matched with partners for “marriage training,” third-year Jirou Yakuin is assigned to Akari Watanabe, a gyaru” who couldn’t be more different from him. However, the top ten performers are allowed to switch partners, so the disparate duo play the part of a perfect couple in an attempt to land their respective crushes.

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The premise of cohabiting as some sort of school assignment is dumb and extremely far-fetched, but it works as plot device to move the story, but becomes increasingly irrelevant in later chapters. The series has very good moments combining romance and ecchi. It reaches into your heart for that romantic feel in combination with some quite spicy scenes. This is one of the strongest aspects of the series, which got me hooked. It doesn’t contain any explicit nudity. It’s one the soft spectrum. The male lead Jiro is as the story goes more and more insufferable albeit he is trying to lift himself up. His constant internal wailing in feelings of unworthiness becomes increasingly annoying. This causes him to ignore obvious signals of affection from opposite sex aimed at him. Typical trope to make romance story way longer than it would be otherwise. Typical trait of lead character people will hate. It wouldn’t be romance, if there weren’t other typical tropes. In this case there are two girls, who like Jiro. I’m unapologetically on the side of Akari, because she is more interesting and better match for Jiro. The second girl is Shiori, who is childhood-friend/childhood-love of Jiro. She appeals to more traditional Japanese sensibilities and here design screams of pure type. The initial twist is Jiro gets paired with Akari for the husband-wife assignment with another often used twist of both having crush on someone else. This is leading in sort of agreement to help each other. However, that isn’t going to work as well as both start to have feelings for each other especially Akari. Interestingly in the beginning it has really strong balance and I could see easily the main male character ending with either of the girls. The feeling of having seeming impossible task to choose one of the two options is aspect that surprised me. It manages to hold this tension over several volumes. The story switches perspectives not only to main characters Jiro, Akari and Shiori, but to other secondary characters as well. Among those are the popular boy trope and athletic tomboy girl trope [1]. Visually the series looks very good. Aesthetically it combines romance and ecchi quite well with sufficient level of detail. I would give the series very high score, if it didn’t start to drag in later chapters, which are increasingly more mundane school-life romance drama. I agree with assessment it has cute moments, but has frustrating points as well. Japanese difficulty 5/10 (see my profile for details about various difficulty scores) The series contains furigana, but the text density is quite high and doesn’t hold back in terms of vocabulary. For that reason, I give higher difficulty score and do not recommend this as your first manga to read in Japanese. This is more appropriate for someone, who wants something bit more challenging, but doesn’t want to give up furigana yet. This review is written after reading 9 volumes (all released). Spoilers [1] It has twist of the tomboy girl Mei being in love with her friend Shiori.

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