Shiraishi has a problem; people often can’t see him or don’t notice him. The teacher often skips right over him during roll and never calls on him to answer questions. But there’s one person who can always see him and always finds him; his seat neighbor, Kubo. She teases him about his invisibility and tries to “help” him be more seen by raising her hand and telling the teacher he has the right answer, even if he doesn’t. She also tries sitting on him for a length of time to see if other students notice and speak up. Kubo invites Shiraishi to spend part of Christmas together, which is a romantic gesture in Japan. She shows up with a gift for Shiraishi and gives him time to find her one at a shop nearby.
This is a tamer version of the tropes in Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro! where the girl has a lot of power over the socially-awkward boy. There are still some moments of teasing in this story that kind of cross the line into bullying. Kubo obviously has feelings for Shiraishi and uses her attractiveness to make him a little uncomfortable at times, and it's not always in a playful way that could be construed as flirting. It ends with a pretty sweet Christmas story where the two have a bit more of an equal relationship, so I have a little bit of hope that this will mellow out in future volumes.
Sara's Rating: 6/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: May 3, 2022
ISBN: 9781974729685 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 6/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Romance, School Life, VIZ Media
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