It's Shouko Komi's first day at the prestigious Itan Private High School, and she has already risen to the status of the school's Madonna. With long black hair and a tall, graceful appearance, she captures the attention of anyone who comes across her. There's just one problem though—despite her popularity, Shouko is terrible at communicating with others.
Hitohito Tadano is your average high school boy. With his life motto of "read the situation and make sure to stay away from trouble," he quickly finds that sitting next to Shouko has made him the enemy of everyone in his class! One day, knocked out by accident, Hitohito later wakes up to the sound of Shouko's "meow." He lies that he heard nothing, causing Shouko to run away. But before she can escape, Hitohito surmises that Shouko is not able to talk to others easily—in fact, she has never been able to make a single friend. Hitohito resolves to help Shouko with her goal of making one hundred friends so that she can overcome her communication disorder.
*Manga not yet completed; review has been written for up to Ch. 112*
Komi-san wa Comyushou desu is painfully mediocre, to the point in which it becomes detrimental rather than safe.
This is not, in any way, a unique, innovative, or even remotely interesting offering. Yes! This is to be expected of anything falling under the slice-of-life genre; HOWEVER, there are still expectations to be met.
Rather than putting in the effort to individually craft each character, the writer shamelessly embraces the tropes in anime - all of the students at the school are the very embodiment of whatever archetypes we are familiar with, such as (but
not limited to): the very normal guy, the osananajimi (childhood friend), the chuunbiyou, the yandere, the misunderstood delinquent, the "basic bitch", and so on and so forth. Komi-san is what we would consider the kuudere. While it is near impossible to avoid these tropes in the first place, I suppose explicitly conforming to them is another approach - one that I am not entirely opposed to.
The issue is not the tropes. The issue is Komi-san's character, and I will explain why Komi-san is such an ineffective individual and ineffective central character.
The entire manga is about Komi-san attempting to overcome her communication disorder, despite her relatively normal - if not enthusiastically supportive - surroundings. Considering that there has been no circumstances nor explanations (aside from superficial anxiety and some supposedly comical misunderstandings) for her inability to communicate with others in the 100+ chapters so far, the question remains in the air: why?
What makes it all the more questionable is that Komi-san is, indeed, a goddess walking among mere mortals by her classmates and the general public. For many, anxiety and self consciousness stems from our self-esteem and perception of ones physical appearance. Komi-san has absolutely no reason to feel insecure about her appearance, and has actually not expressed such insecurities in the 100+ chapters thus far either. Her character's physiology and psychology does not correlate.
All of these contradictions makes for a frustrating and perplexing experience as a reader. Surely, the entire manga could be written off as a carefree, insignificant, and comfortably senseless gag with poorly constructed irony...but it is not. Komi-san actually does want to make friends. From the moment our other central character; Tadano Hitohito, declares helping her make a hundred friends, the manga has an objective.
The story is 3/10 for...well, being there. Things do happen, and the readers do actually see the slightest of improvement from Komi-san, but it is the bare essentials. The humor is...well, I laughed once. It counts for something. Surely other people might have an easier time finding amusement in these chapters? The characters are 2/10 for not only being predictable and at times irritable, but for the entire manga to revolve around Komi-san, only to depend on her "cute" reactions and the "ironic" disposition of her social ineptness and goddess-like beauty to engage the readers. She is utterly impossible to relate to or empathize with, due to the distanced likeness of genuine social anxiety.
The art is nothing to write home about, but it is not awful either. I would not consider the art a particularly unique or even positive asset of the manga (especially regarding the proportions and Komi-san's legs...but...err...well, legs).
I still somewhat enjoyed the manga. For relaxing, mindless skimming, it can serve as a timesink. For other purposes, I would not recommend whatsoever.
This is a manga about a girl with communication problem, komi-san, her everyday life and how she can get over this disturbance she has. Spoiler free review
Well, to start a TL;DR in topic:
+ a cute romance with simple moments like a telephone's call, share an umbrela, express your feelings with textting
+ good main characters, and i woud say the best 'extremally simple' main character i already saw
+ a good comedy about communication problem
- very poor supporting characters
In addition to helping the main heroine, Komi-san wants to have 100 friends.
At first it does not apresent an innovative proposal, several mangas have this, but what
catches me most in this is that both main characters are very cute together, and komi-san trying to explain the situation that involves her and her feelings surfacing while she makes friends along with tadano-kun are very good. We have very heartwarming moments like splitting an umbrella, expressing feelings on a blackboard, or even making a simple call to each other. It is a light romance and a funny comedy
It's a good art, well designed characters, a normal background scenery, does not stand out much but the komi-san with big eyes in various scenes are pretty cute, and as a 4-koma manga its a very good one
Here it weighs a lot the score, besides the main characters that are very good, 10/10 i would say, the supporting are 06/10. Every character(and MC too) has simple features, one-dimensional characters, but the secondary ones are pretty bad, like a crazy yandere that licks the hair of the komi that is on the floor, or characters that want to pick up the piece of ground where komi-san has fallen. Well it's funny, but even so the manga's romance is much better than those comedy moments. After chapter 40 appers some good characters, but sttill is a weak point of this manga
I really like it a lot because I can identify with komi-san, and the situations she tries to get through are a lot of fun.
Story: 10/10 - There is no story, and there doesn't always need to be some epic tale of adventure to make a media enjoyable; and that's what Komi-san is. Pure, unadulterated enjoyment.
The tl;dr is the main heroine, Komi-san - is a beautiful, intelligent girl with crippling social anxiety. With the help of our main character Tadano, Komi-san hopes to make 100 friends. This premise serves as a segue to meet a string of colorful supporting characters, and allow them to interact in fun everyday events, that are totally new and unique to previously friendless Komi.
Art: 9/10 - Good, clean art with fun caricatures. Komi is,
for all intents and purposes - a mute. As such most of her 'dialog' comes from her physical reactions to events, something the author does a fantastic job showing.
Enjoyment: 10/10 - In 10+ years of reading manga and watching anime I don't think a series as short as Komi-san has ever made me laugh, or go aww, as many times as this one has. I've recommended it to multiple friends and never gotten a negative response from those who gave it a read.
Komi-san is funny, sweet, heartwarming, and shallow - and sometimes, that's exactly what you want.
Overall: 10/10 - Is Komi-san the perfect romance? No. Is it the perfect slice of life? No. Is Komi-san the perfect comedy? Maybe.
Komi-san is a series that I come back to every few months and reread it from scratch. The short chapter lengths allow me to finish the series on a lazy Saturday, and I'm always left with a big smile and a full heart.
Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu has a simple premise, MC Komi is adored by everyone in her class and people in general, however, she has a major communication problem. She can't talk to people at all, gets nervous easily about the simplest interactions and nobody notices this, until Tadano noticed it, and became her first friend. After that, we meet some new people and usually each chapter has some short story to tell that are really interesting and funny.
The premise I wrote above, it is really interesting to see how Komi handles everything, from interactions with her family, classmates or people in general to her
slowly opening herself and expressing her desires. Chapters are usually short stories with romance and comedy bits and it works really well, and romance is well spread so it doesn't get boring or annoying while comedy is well done and funny. I feel the manga is progressing in a well paced manner, from the character developing aspect to romance aspect.
Art when it needs makes character look cute, and often we get full body shots from head to toe how characters are dressed that look awesome. In general art is nothing that you haven't seen before, it works for this manga and for its setting.
Concerning main characters, Komi is really fun and different character from any manga. Shy and withdrawn because of her communication disorder, but as she slowly opens up to Tadano and rest of the people she gets more and more layers. Her counterpart is Tadano, he can read people really well, wanted to have a normal life without to much drama at the beginning but changed his mind after meeting Komi. They work really well together.
Side characters at the beginning were a little bit weak. We got Najimi that was hit and miss, a girl that calls herself Komi's dog and Yamai who I really, really don't like, she is something of a yandere to Komi. However, I do think that they got much better over time. First, Najimi got more spotlight, running gag about her is really funny and her interactions with Tadano, classmates or professors are really well done and funny, she developed into my favorite character. They also introduced Nakanaka, Big sister, the slow speaking girl and a thug, all four characters are really interesting and fun to read. Only reason why I don't think characters are 10/10 is Yamai, who I find really annoying and people that all worship komi. It was funny at the beginning and it can be funny even now, but usually it is a bit predictable and boring.
I am really enjoying this manga. It is well paced, funny and has a lot of cute moments. It is a type of manga that you can't stop reading when you start, and you will be smiling all the way through, either because it is really funny or because something really cute happened.
Obviously, manga isn't finished yet so I don't want to give it a 10 right now. I hope that manga keeps progressing the way it has and developing new stories on the way. It is one of my favorite manga that is being published right now and if it continues this way it is going to be a fantastic series. If you like romance or comedy, you will probably like this manga.