Manga-ka: Fujito Yoko
Genre: Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life
Keigo Satou has a crush on his classmate/friend, Arai, who is always cheerful. He tries to make her fall in love with him even though she doesn’t notice him.
When I looked at the art, I immediately thought to myself – this must be from the Margaret magazine family, and I was right. Sorry, I get thrills from simple things. Anyway, this week, the first piece of work I read was Joyful Days? and boy was I lucky.
The highlight of Joyful Days is that it’s told in the eyes and soul of a male hero. It’s rather refreshing after being on the side of a heroine constantly, where we witness her chasing some guy and when she has internal conflicts with herself. Since the story is told by the hero, it was nice to know what goes on in the head of a guy(even if it was written by a lady). The hero was caring, slightly clumsy, but genuine and to be told from his point of view made it seem ever so much more personal. It’s like he’s a puppy! In some ways it reminds me of Haruhi Suzumiya, narrated by a dude and the heroine is a bit whacked. But of course, no story can be as extreme and Joyful Days offers a more relatable and much more ‘realistic’ & ‘normal’ portrayal of a relationship. Joyful Days does focuses on romance though and what makes it relatable is that it involves the experiences that people in love go through. Lots of plus points.
It seems although the manga-ka was aiming for some ambiguity in the end but it didn’t come through so well. I thought the heroine could have used a much more character development, there was a charm about her but she sort of declined in the end. Overall, it really was a very good read. It’s so nice and fuzzy that it makes you want to marry the hero and go have babies or something. Okay, I don’t think that line made it sound very appealing but do give it a read!
Have a lovely fuzzy & cozy weekend, even when it feels like summer(on my side that is). I’ll be putting this manga-ka on my radar.