Hajimete no Gal

Alt title: My First Girlfriend Is A Gal

Vol: 17+; Ch: 169+
2016 - ?
3.645 out of 5 from 629 votes
Rank #20,441
Hajimete no Gal

Spring. The "season of love" has arrived and it seems that finding himself a girlfriend was harder than Jun’ichi believed. To break the status quo, Jun’ichi’s friends have forced him into confessing to the gyaru, Yame Yukana. However, things do not go quite as he expected. His series of "firsts" begins!

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This is a great example of how a manga can devolve into worthless junk by relying on harem stuff rather than on the development of the primary relationship. Or more accurately, it's an example of how a story reliant on its protagonist being unable to cut ties with molesters and schemers is worthless. Why does Junichi feel any pressure to treat these girls with decency when they've been completely rude to fem? I can't overemphasize how stupidly awkward it is for fem to consistently hang out with people who have repeatedly molested and abused fem. Like, fe spends time out of feir day to go places alone with these stalkers. Why? And why does the manga act as though some of these girls deciding to insert themselves into feir life and try to win feir love even after being rejected isn't problematic (to the point that fe should be getting restraining orders)? Ranko is a tan gal; feir interference begins in chapter 14. Nene is a big-breasted childhood friend; feir interference begins in chapter 23. Kashii is a secret live-streaming idol; feir interference begins in chapter 32. Yuki's an underclassman whose interference begins in chapter 52. Iris is the student council president; feir interference begins in chapter 65.  It was always pretty obvious that the author was forcing drama into the story, but at a certain point it started feeling like fe was intentionally writing stupid storylines just because they were more drama-filled. That being said, the main premise--and what made this manga interesting in the beginning--is the dynamic between Junichi and Yukana. Junichi is pushed into confessing to Yukana by a group of friends because they think it'd be easy to graduate from virginity with fem, since fe's a gal. These normie-hating friends remind me of the group in Prison School, especially the fat guy and the glasses guy. In fact, there's even a gag parodying Prison School in chapter 66. Anyway, they have a weird schizophrenic support/hatred for feir relationship with Yukana. A lot of the initial plots involve them instilling an idea in Junichi's head (kiss fem, grope feir boobs) and then fem obsessing over it. As for Yukana, fe's always aware of Junichi's desires and latent expectations, even if fe doesn't immediately call fem out for it. And fe raises feir eyebrows in a way that makes it seem like fe knows what fe's thinking and finds it amusing. Fe doesn't like the idea of being used for sex and will ruin the mood to stop feir advances until fe feels that fe can trust fem more. But then even once fe does trust fem, Junichi still feels wary of potentially misreading the situation and hesitates to act. Throughout the manga, there are a lot of sexual fantasies and quite a few chapters begin with scenes which initially appear sexual--from the angle and word choice--but then are revealed to be something completely different. There are a few instances of people losing their inhibitions and acting more sexual than normal because of alcohol or mushrooms. Most of the plotlines end up involving the group of stalker-friends spending time together in various settings, with stupid harem shit. [Reviewed at chapter 102]

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