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Friday, 3 September 2010

Manga Review: Akiba Romance


Title: Akiba Romance
Author: Kijima Renga
Release: Monthly
Status: Finished
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Art: B
Originality: C
Story: C
Characters: B
Humor: B
Action: B

Impression: There seems to have been a spike in manga featuring a school idol/star/celeb secretly being an otaku, or in this case a fujoshi as the protagonist is a girl. This girl wants to give up her otaku ways because of something a fictional character in a manga she reads says. To her, said fictional character is what Edward is to a Twilight fangirl so she commits herself to reforming from the behavior that her fictional crush frowns upon… I lament upon the fact there are actually people who become so enamored with fictional characters that they delude themselves into thinking that they’re somehow real. It’s played for laughs to get the story rolling but I can’t help but feel that to be a downright horrible plot device. Putting my disdain for such irrationality aside, the manga falls into the pattern where girl’s secret gets found out by guy she’s never talked to and begins acting all tsundere towards the guy even though he’s doing nothing to thwart her double life. That’s getting to be a cliché now but I’m not sure if TvTropes has a term for it yet and this mucks around in the first few chapters in the most predictable of ways. However, I still find it to be a decent love comedy manga despite its predictability. That’s probably partly due the fact that the main character blows everything so out of proportion that it makes her borderline delusional views amusing to watch.

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