I believe it was during my review of the third volume of Manga no Tsukurikata (まんがの作り方) I kept asking myself “why am I reading this?” Now I’ve reached the fourth volume and the question has become “what is this manga even about?”
This not a rhetorical question, either. Originally, the series was about the successful-despite-her obvious-mediocrity Kawaguchi, a mangaka with no original ideas who decides to use a young woman’s affection for her to provide fodder for her Yuri manga – a theme chosen entirely because “it’s popular now.” I have never found Kawaguchi even slightly sympathetic. Morishita, the young woman in question, was slightly more sympathetic, but is also kind of clueless and annoying. After you go out with someone for a year and they never want to touch, much less kiss, getting a clue ought to be high priority.
Then a third artist enters the ring – Takeda. Takeda is a jerk. She resents and dislikes Morishita and admires Kawaguchi. She steps in as an assistant, but it comes at the price of a constant stream of bitching.
Now, in Volume 4, Morishita’s editor (remember, Morishita’s a popular mangaka in her own right) cajoles her into moving to Tokyo – obviously to hit on her, but Morishita’s has been getting a lot of being clueless practice in, so she doesn’t notice. And even more bizarrely, her roommate of choice is…Takeda.
I just have absolutely no like for any of these characters. They annoy the living heck outta me. I honestly wish this manga would decide what it’s about and go do that or just wrap up and go away.
Almost every reviewer I read agrees that a series that is incredibly bad, offensive or annoying is still better than one that is merely dull. This series is dull *and* annoying.
There is no Yuri in this story. There is a totally boring one-sided crush that is shaken out every few chapters to appear relevant, but is actually very threadbare and full of holes.
Art – Okay
Story – Zzzzz
Character – Grrrr
Yuri – Ugh
Service – Probably
Overall – Whatever
And geez – do any of these three know how to draw a manga? The way they spill ink on paper makes me want them to them all to get a job at a Family Mart or something.