Starting at 40

Alt title: Shijuu Kara

Vol: 8+; Ch: 56+
2018 - ?
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Starting at 40

Shinobu Watanuki (39), who has moved into her husband's family home, is an unsuccessful comic artist. She had planned to use this move as a chance to give up her career, but after one of her old works becomes a hit online, she decides to create a new comic instead. In need of help with this, she looks for an assistant online. A handsome 22-year-old man named Chiaki Tachibana applies to her ad, and Shinobu finds herself at a major turning point in her life.

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Maru69qrd
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QRD:Removing the rose tinted glasses It depicts the struggles of a woman and women alike in similar settings exploring themselves and the nuanced aspects of life, family, and marriage (I'd include that it covers a couple of the male characters and their issue but it's from the mother's perspective so it's her story lol). You can see the MC struggling with herself, the confusion and everything that comes with age, which can be frustrating but it really makes you think "that seems about right" or the opposite "wtf are you doing", it's human. I honestly wasn't expecting much, but at the end of the day you can only sit in awe at manga that take the plain route and go for a real world setting instead of something more fiction or fantasy like. It's a good honest read, whether you find yourselves liking it or not, which can't be said for a lot of comics and stories today. The romance is pure but it has its realistic moments, those who’ve been in similar situations and relationships may sympathize. It’s bittersweet, and I use the term sparingly, it is by no means a tragedy. It must be noted that it does have the "Drama" tag, so keep that in mind if you find yourself slamming your hand on your thigh or your head on your desk. It's also a warning to those curious, she has a lot of "wtf" moments as a wife and a mother, but it's as I stated, it's human. It's not glorifying what it's portraying. Ultimately this is a story where you won't particularly like the characters nor feel bad for them.

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