Izumi is a boy who has problems communicating with others and subsequently, he has not held a conversation with anyone for years. Shinohara is a gal-style girl who sits in the front of him, and he admires the way she can quickly write on her smartphone. One day, he speaks to her while casually helping her stretch her hand and she responds by saying he has a nice voice and should start interacting with people again. But he might need the help of both Shinohara and her friends if he is ever going to learn how to properly socialize with other people.
I liked this manga at first coz I thought I can relate to the MC. But I came here mainly for the romance. If you're like me, then you're gonna get disappointed so don't even try reading it. I mean c'mon, why would I read a manga, where the MC supports his crush in order for her to get with the one she likes. Yeah it became obvious she won't end up with him, but I continued reading hoping for something, but the whole love commentary pissed me off honestly.
I always hate manga with annoying love triangles. But after reading this, I realized, at
least in mangas with love triangles, the MC has a chance to get together with his crush, but this is something else. This MC is a wuss, and I want to kill myself for relating to him at first.
So now you know, don't waste your time reading this please. I'm doing y'all a favor. Anyone who read it will know.
It’s rare that you get a manga where the main character is both a doormat and likable. In Jikkyou!! Izumi-kun no Koi Moyou, our titular protagonist somehow manages to be a complete pushover, awkward as hell, and—dare I say it—genuine.
Admittedly, I had zero expectations coming into this manga. I thought it was going to be another love triangle filled school romance between the socially awkward guy and the outgoing normie girl. Well, it still is, but the characters make it much more enjoyable to read. Izumi-kun in particular is our shining star. I find myself rooting for the poor dude with no communication skills
because the commentary he provides in his head is exciting. He finds himself getting into it and really roots for whoever he’s cheering on. Whenever he talked about the “normie cavalry,” I half-expected him to give the readers the standard, “riajuus go die!” But he subverts my expectations and does the opposite by being a nice dude overall—he does things like praising a guy for impressing the ladies and rooting for his fellow nerd who got forcibly put into a basketball tournament. What really won me over was when he was wholeheartedly cheering for a girl confessing to a guy with his usual mental commentary. Something about Izumi cheering so passionately from the sidelines makes me want to do the same.
And it’s not just Izumi that I root for either. I thought that Shinohara would be the same superficial gyaru stereotype that we’ve all seen before, but she’s a little more than that. She’s just this excitable ball of energy that’s willing to give Izumi the push he needs in this story. She takes him out of his comfort zone to let him grow a bit. She gets upset when people are laughing at Izumi and not with him. And as I travel further into the manga, the rest of our “normie cavalry” is more or less the same. Simply put, they’re all good people.
Now, praise aside, I’m not going to say that this manga is incredible. At the time of this post, only fifteen translated chapters are out. The plot is rather simple and leaves a lot to be desired. We have the standard love triangles running amok and Izumi’s slow but steady growth is exactly that—slow. Other than that, there isn’t much else to say about this manga. I’d say give it a try but don’t expect anything that’ll knock your socks off.
Jikkyou!! Izumi-kun no Koi Moyou is the story of an introverted high-school student with a communication problem. This wouldn't be the first time a story with this premise has been written. But an idea is only as good as its execution, and this a manga that I can say has been executed very well.
While the main character description doesn't sound all that unique, it can be an interesting premise for a story to develop around, especially when dealing with a story about character growth. And that is kind of imminent with what we have so far.
The protagonist, Izumi-kun, doesn't talk to people himself but has
a great love for commentary. And because he doesn't speak, he silently commentates about the world around him live as it moves, something he finds fascinating as an observer. This worldview of his, however, changes when the girl sitting in front of him, Shinohara, decides to talk to him one day. A simple session of small talk quickly leads to him getting roped into her world which is full of lively, cheerful and loud people.
As an outsider to this world, we see Izumi-kun experience things he has never tried before and grow from it. This growth is portrayed in the form of him accidentally revealing his commentary side to the world. Shinohara, finding his voice charming, pushes him to talking more, which then becomes a personification of his growth as a person. The driving force of this manga is certainly the charm of Shinohara as she breaks away a Izumi-kun's shell bit by bit.
It might be because the portrayal of Izumi-kun's character hits very close to home for me that I find him such a fascinating subject to deal with. His feelings of anxiety and loneliness when he is talking to strangers, his feelings of excitement when he is talking to Shinohara, all of these have been very well executed, in as believable a manner as possible for a comedy manga.
The art isn't very spectacular, although it does have a charm and does grow on you.
All in all, Jikkyou!! Izumi-kun no Koi Moyou is a well portrayed manga about an introverted high-school boy as he experiences the world outside of his shell. It is a series that can either propel forward in a more meaningful manner, giving us an enjoyable journey of growth and maturity, or it can plummet into the depths of cliched mediocrity. Either way, it is a matter of time.
(This part has been added after the series' ending.) With the series meeting an early end due to the magazine getting terminated, it is really disappointing to have things end the way they did. With solid characters and decent premise, the series had immense potential to be a great character driven romance. That said, the open ending does leave you with a pleasant feeling, knowing that there's a bright future ahead for Izumi-kun and all the others. Other than that, I am certainly looking forward to what the author brings next.