Senpai meets Nagatoro in the library one day as he spilled his bag’s contents and she and her friends saw his fledgling Managka. They make fun of him briefly but leave, except for Nagatoro. She’s found a new target, and latches on to Senpai with merciless teasing about him being a virgin, liking dirty manga, and making him draw her repeatedly for his art projects. She constantly shows up unexpectedly, even at an out-of-the-way restaurant Senpai goes to after school one day. There, her friends and an upper classman talk about his band and an upcoming show. Nagatoro is unenthusiastic and uninterested in this senpai, which baffles Senpai.
The teasing in this book often crosses the line into bullying, and Nagatoro even asks her self in the chapter breaks if she's gone too (although, chapter breaks are often character breaks and/or the mangaka giving some of their own thoughts). Some have pointed out nanashi's use of fonts and that Nagatoro often has Senpai's font, indicating that it might be a reflection of what's happening in his mind, rather than what Nagatoro is actually doing to him. However, this theory is yet unbacked by the mangaka, and it seems to me like a way of excusing bullying. There are also a few instances of non-consensual touching from Nagatoro to Senpai, and that's a big problem for me as a reader and as an educator. Some readers might feel like this is all in good fun, and I've heard the later volumes mellow out the bullying quite a lot, but I don't know that I found enough redeeming about this volume to continue on.
There are some scenes of nude ladies with all their bits covered by little puffs of smoke. In one scene, Nagatoro falls onto Senpai with her hand in his crotch. The book is full of sexual tension, as this is the main root of Nagatoro's teasing of Senpai.
Sara's Rating: 4/10
Suitability Level: None
Publication Date: November 19, 2019
ISBN: 9781947194861 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 4/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Humor, Romance, School Life, Kodansha
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