Name: Cousin
Mangaka: Ikuemi, Ryou

Volumes: 3 (Complete)
Licensed: No
Scanlations: V.02 Ch.15 (Complete)
Scanlator: J-Sis
Type: Manga
Genre: Life/Josei
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary: 18 year old Tsubomi has a bit of a weight complex. After graduation from high school, she takes up a part-time job at a video rental store where she is introduced to another male employee, 19 year old Shiro, whose shifts always seem to coincide with hers. Shiro casually mentions that she reminds him of someone familiar. A few days later, while on duty, she bumps into a customer in one of the aisles. He leaves, but not without dropping his membership card, and Tsubomi finds out that his name is Nasukawa, and that he is an acquaintance of Shiro’s. Meanwhile, after a song for a commercial comes on, Shiro realizes that Tsubomi reminds him of a famous model in a commercial (her “eyes”, at least), who turns out to be none other than Tsubomi’s cousin…?!

-From Mangaupdates

Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

Opinion: Graphics have me confused. EVERYONE except the heroine is gorgeous. It’s frustrating… but she does change.

So this is the first manga I have ever read with a bigger girl. It was a little discouraging at first but as it goes on you really start to care for the girl. She has just graduated from high school, and she has nothing to prove while her cousin has become a super star. The heroine is just genuinely trying to become a better ‘girl’, and along the way becomes a better person. It’s really sweet and real. A lot of people will enjoy this for the drama free realistic storyline. It’s fun.

Final Rating: 3/5

Extra: none

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