“All penniless college student Taiga Motou wants is a cool job and a cute older woman as his girlfriend. So when he spies a Help Wanted sign outside an office and a hot girl inside, he applies for the job, no questions asked. After a few bumps at the beginning, things start going Taiga’s way, prompting him to steel his courage and ask Yuiko, that hot girl he spied through the window, on a date. And when she later asks him if it’s okay that she’s a fujoshi (a very, shall we say, distinct kind of comics/animation geek), he tells her it’s fine out of sheet excitement. But poor Taiga has no idea how much trouble he’s gotten himself into!”
Usually synopses in the back don’t give as much info as I would like… and I almost always forget to do prior research before venturing into a book store so I end up standing by the shelves for quite a few minutes before I make my purchase but I found this little summary quite concise and sums up volume 1 of Fujoshi Knojo or My Girlfriend is a Geek, rather nicely.
Rating: 3.5/5 happy clouds
Overall this was a very interesting volume 1 compared to the usual slice of life/shojo books that I read. I especially admire Taiga’s persistent pursuit of Yuiki. He’s a pretty good guy and a very understanding boyfriend after uncovering the Otaku side of his girlfriend. For hardcore Otaku fans who enjoy the same manga/anime stories (and fan service) as Yuiki, you’ll understand her hyper-excited Otaku side.
It’s not hard to sympathize with Taiga who has stumbled unknowingly into the world of cutesy shoto and Sebastian butlers. It’s hilarious to see his reactions to Yuiki’s wild BL fantasies. What’s more rofl-worthwhile is the fact that Taiga agreed to write a BL novel for Yuiki in which he… struggles with, to the point of deflation.
“What kind of swimsuits make you feel a “twinge,” Kouji? On a guy. Sorry. Forget I asked.”
As much as I like the comedy and the Otaku references (cough* Kuroshitsuji), I found this manga to be a tad slow-paced because the events follow Yuiki and Taiga’s relationship at work and later. I may or may not continue to book 2 depending on how curious I get about Taiga’s clumsy transition into couple life. If you regularly into BL or shounen-ai, I think you’d get a really kick out of this series. For me, I like school-life slice of life a bit more, but that’s just my personal taste.
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