My name is Futaba Igarashi, and my senpai, Takeda-san, is annoying. He's big, loud, always in the way, and treats me like a child because he's so tall and I'm so short. But he's also kind, caring, and willing to go above and beyond for me. For example, he stopped some pervert from filming up my skirt when we took the train together, gave me a drink when I was pulling a long shift, and even came over to my place when I was cooped up with a cold. What gives?! If he keeps acting like this, people are going to think we're dating or something...!
Absolute gem of a manga. Avoids most of the cringy tropes associated with moe and executes them in a fun, refreshing office setting. The usage of tsundere is rarely over-the-top and a sense of ironic humor parlays extremely well with a beautiful artstyle. Entire manga is in color (except for specials) and succeeds in capturing a warm and cozy, yet energetic feel. I heard that they recently announced an anime adaptation and I cannot be more excited. My only complaint might be that the main relationship has been developing at a pretty slow pace, but I'm willing to overlook that and give this a 10/10 given how charming, earnest, and refreshing this story has been.
Sketchy art style, but the characters are cute. Sometimes the chapters are in black and white, but for the most part the art is full color. It tells of the budding romance between a childishly small office worker and her office companion, who laughs from his gut. She's self-conscious about being seen as child-like and is frequently annoyed at him for laughing at her, but also finds herself thinking about him and wanting to spend time with him. There are also two other coworkers who have their own budding romance, Kazama and Sakurai, as well as a childhood friend, Natsumi. These characters also snap pictures of the cuteness of the main couple. Some other characters have been introduced and sometimes they play recurring roles, but at other times they appear to be dropped altogether after their initial introductions. It's a story about people who reciprocate each other's feelings, but who are either unaware of their own feelings or unwilling to take the leap to progress their relationship. There's a lot of gift-giving and going to places together. For the most part, that's fine and can be cute, but it definitely becomes less adorable as the series goes on because it just starts feeling ridiculous. The artist probably tries matching the seasons within the comic to the real-world seasons at the time of the release--the characters have gone through three Christmases--but that means that these characters have had largely stagnant relationships for three years (which is definitely possible, but is much more depressing of a situation than the artist is probably going for). [Reviewed at chapter 117]
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