Ganbare, Douki-chan - Reviews

Alt title: Senpai is Mine

Ganbare, Douki-chan
nathandouglasdavis's avatar
Nov 24, 2020

It's pretty obvious that this was primarily built around the individual images of cute girls looking right into the camera (as it were) and saying flirty/sexy things to the readers. To allow for this, the man of the story is almost always undrawn and in the position of the readers. There are also a few short comic strips, but they often just feel tacked on to give the focal pictures context. The story involves a girl, I assume the titular "Douki," who is worried about some other girls stealing the coworker fe has a crush on. At this point, there are three love rivals, two of whom look almost identical. In fact, even the main character only really feels different because of feir hairstyle. There's a frequent technique of showing the love rivals being flirty in the foreground while Douki looks on in jealousy in the background. There's another recurring set-up where a sexual scene (often with the love rivals) will be revealed to be a fantasy/nightmare of Douki's. Two storylines involve the man swooping in and pulling Douki that's about the level of romance we get.

[Reviewed at chapter 36]

2/10 story
7/10 art
3/10 characters
3/10 overall
TheAnimeTrain's avatar
Apr 17, 2021

Tbh theres supposed to be 50+ chapters BUT some chapters are legit just pictures so it's not really considered a chapter 

5/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
5/10 overall
orpheusx9's avatar
Jan 12, 2021

TL;DR - It's enjoyable for what it is.

For context, this isn't a traditional "manga" but really a compilation of individual snippets or standalone, short comics from the artist's Pixiv.

The compiled book/volumes is called "Ganbare, Douki-chan" which is "Do your best, Douki-chan". It's just a bunch of extremely short comics or individual drawings of a few pretty girls who are all coworkers gunning for one dude, but it's pretty clear who the "main" heroine is (Douki-chan).

It's not really meant to be read like it's a coherent story - each of the "chapters" is really standalone and kinda episodic. So if you keep that in mind while browsing, it's pretty enjoyable for what it is. The artist's work/drawing is really pretty, and there are some pretty cute moments here and there.

6/10 story
9/10 art
5/10 characters
7/10 overall