Boyish high school girl Aizawa Tomo finally manages to tell her childhood friend Jun that she's got a crush on him. Unfortunately, her confession goes right over his head—he didn't even realize she was a girl until junior high, and even now, Jun still thinks of her as a bro! How can Tomo-chan possibly convince him otherwise and win Jun's heart?
Source: Seven Seas
Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko! aka Tomo-chan is a girl! Story Tomo confessed to Jun but Jun sees her as a guy-friend and doesn't take her serious ''I love you to bro!'' *Fist bump*. So Tomo-chan plays along. From there on we see them having fun together, fighting with each other and socializing with their friends while Tomo-chan tries to make her feelings clear to Jun. The story is nothing special from any other tsundere-romance-comedy stories, but the 1 page chapters contain a lot of great humor and at times are so sweet the glazing from your teeth will pop off. Each page has its own punch line and together they form a greater storyline. Art Simple but good. Characters Tomo-chan a clueless tomboy sort of tsundere, even though she confessed she has not yet enough confidence to declare her feelings for Jun more properly. Jun another even more clueless character, handsome and great in sports, cool and aloof except for when he is together with Tomo. Put these two together and you have the best/funniest moments. Misuzu, smart and hates Jun, Jun hater her as well by the way, but she is the best friend of Tomo. Misuzu gives lots of advices to Tomo since she is a tomboy and doesn't know well how to act as a girl. Carol, beautiful, popular and like Tomo and Jun clueless, but clueless about death threats as she is always positive and thinks everybody is her friend. Overall A pretty funny romance / comedy story. The chapters are only 1 page and the comic is updated daily (or almost daily) so an easy read. You can compare Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko! with Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun but with a tomboy instead. (I've seen the anime, not read the manga yet by the way).
I read through all 953 chapters in a single day! Which is a lot less impressive once you realize that each chapter is just a page long. It's a lighthearted and easy read. They find a topic or storyline and then will riff on that idea for several "chapters," slowly building up new characters and relationship dynamics. Most chapters end with a punchline. And the humor generally comes from people lacking common sense and misunderstanding each other. Around chapter 500 or so, the manga starts losing my interest. Probably because around this point, it changes from primarily focusing on comedy and instead starts being more dramatic. No longer does every chapter end with a punchline. It starts taking itself too seriously. That being said, one of the best and funniest moments in the entire manga occurs in chapter 812.
Here is a love story constructed arround the funny concept that the childhood friend male character isn't aware of the female character's gender.- She's sporty, clueless, athletic, short-tempered but always righteous.- He´s also athletic and short-tempered but admires and wants to surpass her because he views himself as weak-willed. The whole manga is a gag manga, because the love element that drives the story evolves really slowly to give way to an array of situations that happen due to the premise. If you like big boobs rather than lolis, this is the manga for you! Also, it's interesting to see how even the blonde airhead character has layers and even a good backstory. There's even a hint of yuri with the yandere (am I using this right) girl best friend that's too attached to the heroine.Overall, a good fun story, nice evolving characters, makes for an entertaining read.
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