Name: Fundari, Kettari, Aishitari
Mangaka: Ichiya, Sumi
Volumes: 4 (Ongoing)
Scanlations: V.03 Ch.14 (2024)
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama
Age Group: Mature
Kaho is busy working hard every day and is exhausted both mentally and physically. Her only recourse is drinking with the handsome Akira, who indulges in drinking, smoking, fighting and having fun with women. She truly thought they were able to become quite good friends without any romantic feelings between them – until that night…
Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 4/5
Opinion: I love this series so much and I know I’m gonna get flack for it, it starts off with dub-con. But otherwise I feel like this series is such a life-like depiction of adulthood and the complicated and messy relationships we can get into.
I love the art. The art is very detailed but still feels mature. I love the fashions the heroine wears she always feels like a strong independent women wearing designer clothes. The ML is also very handsome and fashionable which makes sense since he’s a “playboy”.
So the reason EVERYONE hates this series is the heroine and the ML have sex in the first chapter after a night of drinking. The heroine is very upset by this afterwards and tries to avoid the ML but keeps running into him and realizes she misses the friendship. It is dubious consent as the heroine plays it off as a regretful one night rather than sexual assault. And honestly, it sucks, but it’s a key pivot point for the story.
I love the heroine and the ML banter and the story after all that ends up being extremely thoughtful. It shows a messy and complicated friendship/relationship that I haven’t experienced, but I’ve seen a lot of my friends go through. This type of relationship is rarely shown with the maturity the heroine approaches it with and it’s really interesting.
Overall this series is an analysis of the heroine’s approach to adult-hood. What should she be doing on what timeline? In Japan most women leave their work when they get married but our heroine loves her job. She enjoys her leisure time at bars with friends which won’t line up with married life either.
If you enjoy Josei and slice of life series give this a try past volume 1. The first volume is definitely dramatic but the story becomes so rich in volume 2 I’d hate for anyone to sleep on it.
Final Rating: 4/5