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The story's about Takeo, a successful high-tech-industry guy, whose social life is nonexistent because he harbors a crush on a friend from high school. Takeo's also a confirmed otaku, and Fumi hates that; is there any hope?
Despite the goofy premise, the story's rather fun, with Takeo relying on friends to help him with makeovers and dating advice and whatnot - and with his friends and employees boiling with curiosity about the man he adores. Fumi, meanwhile, insists to himself that he has no interest in men at all, and is happy just to be friends... I was pleased to see that the ice began to break a teensy bit over some Gundam DVDs, and while the whole thing's on the sit-com level of improbability, it still had a certain charm.
Right away I was thrown off by the spelling of ‘moe’ as ‘moeh’. I saw no need to add on a random h. Most people know about the genre by now and if not, all they had to do was put in a little editor’s note with a definition.
I had to look up ‘milquetoast’ as I’d never heard of the term.
Milquetoast: a person who is timid or submissive.
When I first started reading, I had no idea who Takeo was going to get with because it was so ambiguous. Takeo was stalking Fumi but that didn’t mean it wasn’t going to be the ‘is blinded by a no-good guy and can’t see the good guy who’s been by his side all along’ trope. I’d actually have preferred that, I liked Shougo.
I was not into Takeo obsessing over, stalking and being creepy towards Fumi when Fumi clearly wanted nothing to do with him and had to be pushed into hanging out with him. Fumi was a giant, vain jerk but I believe that no matter who it is, if they reject someone and avoid someone, that someone had best back off unless they want to get in trouble for harassment.
At one point, Shougo says to Fumi that he needs to ‘stop toying with Takeo’ even though, like Fumi, I felt zero affection from Fumi to Takeo. I felt like everyone around Fumi peer pressured him into getting with Takeo, rather than protecting him from a potential danger like they should have. Shy-looking people stalk and rape too.
“If he [Takeo] loves the guy so much, have the guts to jump him for gosh sakes!”
No problem, we should all jump the people we have a crush on even if they’ve rejected us three times and are assholes and rarely want to spend time with us as even friends. Sexual harassment? What’s that?
At one point (can’t list pages since it doesn’t have any :/) Fumi is feeling horny and thinks that, ‘Even if resists, I’m gonna force him.’ It doesn’t matter that Takeo probably wouldn’t have resisted, it’s the idea that Fumi would be willing to force himself on someone for sex.
Then there’s a point where everyone is worried about Takeo because he won’t come to work, take calls, etc because Fumi got mad at him. What conclusion do they jump to? That he committed suicide. “He’s so desperate, I don’t know what he might do…” Heck, maybe they just meant he’d drink himself into a stupor or get stinky not taking a shower and not eat. But someone who’d do that over a little snit needs psychiatric help, not pity.
If Fumi had been less of an asshole character like in the end I might have liked him better. I’ve read it done better by other mangaka for better reasons than vanity. I did find the story where they take care of their ‘niece’ cute, I wish the whole story had been more like that in tone.
All I have to say about the non-TakeFumi oneshot is that Aoba is a jerk. *shrug*
Oh, there’s two omake 3-koma under the dustjackets but one of them has Takeo abusing Fumi by slapping him ('for the lulz'), so. >>
I did enjoy the fact that the two started to bond and spend enjoyable time over gundam dvd's. Also, the last scene of the story where they are babysitting their neice and she infoms her parents that her uncles were kissing was precious.
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