Random Manga Theatre 14: Musunde Hiraite

Hit the “Random” button and see what comes up! In this feature, we take a look at whatever manga the Random Number God decides to throw at us and find out if it’s worth your time.

This time: Musunde Hiraite, by Minase Mayu

Remember how last week we had generic friendship battle manga? This week we have generic romance love comedy manga! Aren’t you excited? I’m not! You shouldn’t be either!

Well, Musunde Hiraite has one twist, in that it isn’t the same couple waffling about whether they want in each other’s pants for the entire series – the first chapter has dumb enthusiastic guy crushing on his senpai, but once that’s resolved the perspective shifts to a secondary character. The manga proceeds along this line, with the romances wrapping themselves up in one or two chapters before changing focus. This means they don’t overstay their welcome, as romances are want to do, but it also means you don’t really get anything more than a cursory level of attachment to any character. Unless you’re really into this type of stuff, there’s no reason to care about each given couple.

Apparently this series has gone on for like six volumes in Japan, but as far as I know only seven-ish chapters have been scanlated in English. You can read all of that in maybe two hours, if you really wanted to.

Verdict: The Most Generic Romance Manga
Want high drama from this one? You’ll be disappointed. The romances follow all the narrative beats you’d expect, and hit their quota of blushing faces and panty shots and whatnot. Normally I’d say something like “hey, check this out if you like this sort of thing”, but I figure at this point I sound like a broken record – if you like super generic animu romance, you will love this, but otherwise you’ll probably be bored to tears.

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