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'Tsubaki Choi Lonely Planet': Manga Review

Holly Lipovits

Posted on June 10, 2020 15:04

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I've always been an avid reader of manga since middle school. My absolute favorite manga has been completed and I provide a short review of my thoughts.

Ever since middle school, I have always been a nerd for Japanese animation and books (i.e., manga). Recently, I just happened to check on a manga on that I absolutely love, it's called Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet.

The manga is about a 16-year-old girl named Fumi Ohno who finds out that her father is in a boatload of debt and, because of it, is kicked out of her home and has to figure out a way to make a living as well as paying off the debt. She then visits the town of Tsubaki Chou with a job lined up as a live-in housekeeper for a writer named Akatsuki Kibikino, who is 28-years-old. As the story progresses, the two form a relationship that neither expected.

I could not stop reading this manga! It may be viewed as a romance cliché but it's filled with beautiful, rather light and fluffy, art. The artwork is so well-done that it just sucks you right in, creating a little movie inside your head. I love how it has realistic facial expressions as well as conveying intense scenes perfectly. And the little funny cartoons (i.e., chibi versions of the characters) are adorable! The artwork of this manga definitely intrigued me to read it — and I am happy I did.

The storyline may be seen as "bizarre" to some people as it is a story between a young girl and an older male, but to me, it did not bother me. The romance is not rushed nor feels cliché. It pushes the story along but not in a way that makes you clench your teeth!

Both Fumi's and Akatsuki's personalities clash so well together that their ages became distant after a while. As you read on, however, you are introduced to more of Fumi's friends along with learning more about her background and Akatsuki's background, too (but this is discussed more so later on). As for Akatsuki's character, I found him very realistic as he focuses on his writing and tends to stay inside most of the time. You can't help but form a crush on him!

Fumi, on the other hand, is my absolute favorite character I've read in any manga. I love how, for a 16-year-old, she's not one of those whiny, crying clingy type of girls. She has a strong head on her shoulders and pushes herself to work hard and get the job done, whether or not she has something bothering her. She definitely is a mother figure and puts others' needs before her own, and that's what I love most about her. Her inexperience with love makes you reminisce back to when you were in elementary school wanting to give your crush your pudding cup. I got nothing but smiles seeing her mature more so as the manga progressed.

I definitely recommend this manga for those who want a feel-good, giddy love story. It'll surely warm your heart.

Holly Lipovits

Posted on June 10, 2020 15:04

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