Mutou Taiga is an average college student who falls in love at first sight with Ameya Yuiko, a senior at his part-time job. He bravely confesses to her and succeeds in starting a relationship. However, Yuiko tells him that she's a "fujoshi." Clueless to what it meant, Taiga assures her that he's okay with that, not knowing what he was getting dragged into.
Volume 3: Sepatte Takurou Dai-23-kyuu
Fujoshi Kanojo was published in English as My Girlfriend's A Geek by Yen Press from May 18, 2010 to December 13, 2011, and in French as Ma copine est Fan de Yaoi by Soleil Manga from June 24, 2011 to July 4, 2012.
Jumping into this story, I was already intrigued by its differences from other shoujo manga. The protagonist is the male student Taiga. The main relationship features a couple wherein the female is older than the male. The biggest thing to notice is that the girlfriend is a fujoshi; I doubt I’ll ever see that being a huge part of a story again.
After those are pointed out, though, I think the story falls a little flat. I might have read it faster in the beginning because I wanted to see how Taiga handled things. It was funny to see him slowly learn all these Japanese terms
for closeted interests, become disgusted, and steadily tolerate everything because he loved his girlfriend. He never could have imagined that this was how their relationship was going to turn out. I was delighted to see Taiga being able to complement his girlfriend either way, though; it showed how nice of a person he was despite all his frustration.
I could see how the manga ended the way it did, though. I can’t say it was very conclusive, but there wasn’t much to end anyway. The whole plot depended on Taiga’s adjustment to Yuiko’s obsession with boy love (at one point even asking him to write her a yaoi fanfiction), and it dragged on and on. Of course, the mangaka wove different situations around Yuiko’s addiction, but it became a wee bit boring for me after a while. I was thinking that at some time he’d get over her weirdness, but social appearances were important to them so that kept them hiding stuff every now and then.
I’m sure that in this manga Yuiko was supposed to be a funny character because she was the fujoshi and couldn’t help talking to Taiga about her fantasies and making him cosplay, etc. It was pretty humorous at first but then it became predictable and after that I wasn’t sure what to think of Yuiko. There were a few other conflicts here and there, but her longstanding attraction to yaoi was the pinnacle of her existence. I can’t say I enjoyed every moment of it. She was the same the entire time.
I was never quite taken by the art. It seemed pretty standard for shoujo, except sometimes the closeups on them made the faces look too long and awkward. The shading is pretty simple. You can tell when pretty boys are supposed to look pretty and all that, but there isn’t anything special.
۵ ۵ ۵ ۵ ۵ I was expecting more from this manga since the premise was unique and it seemed like the plot could go places, but after the fact, it didn’t go far beyond what it started with. I mentioned the main conflict seemed extended, but it didn’t exactly feel like the mangaka was milking it. It just felt dry and stale after a while. It was comic in the beginning but it’s not something too noteworthy except for the aforementioned different aspects.
Fujoshi Kanojo was an interesting story type. I'm a yaoi fan, so this story automatically stuck out to me. I had several laughs out of the story and I could relate to it. For that, the story gets an 8. Like I said, it was interesting without the plot being too chaotic *cough* Fujoshi Rumi *cough*
The art style was very nice and clear. I love this particular art style and it showed the face expression, the faces in general, and the hair/clothing very well. The art gets an 8 as well.
The characters were not a strong suit. The
characters get a 4. The main guy just went with everything and he didn't feel like a great main character. He seemed like a prop in his own manga that went along with the whims of everyone else. Even his friend had more independence than him. I want to like his girlfriend because she IS a fujoshi, but she could get annoying and had creepy moments. Like, why is a woman in her 20s so interested in an 8th grader? That was the most disturbing moment of the entire manga, and they even made a joke about him being an uke. WTF?! The friend's sister was annoying and the third friend was pushy. The best friend was like the main guy and just let everything happen. So you have aggressive annoying people, with the calm people just letting it happen.
The enjoyment was a 5. Honestly, if they had not have included that disturbing moment, then I would give this manga an 8. This manga is funny at some parts and very enjoyable to watch, though some scenes were unbearable and I wanted them to be over already; it has a tendency to linger on scenes.
Overall, I give this a 6. The plot bunny was great, and the art was great as well. The characters did get annoying and unbearable at times, but they did have some funny moments. I recommend it for fellow fujoshis, but other manga readers would get very annoyed with nothing to keep their interest.
It's hard to find mangas that have as a first genre romance, you usually have it with comedy and it's always a flavor added to adventure, but to find a story that deals entirely with the life of a functioning couple it's more or less rare. Fujoshi Kanojo is a fun light story about a laid back guy who falls in love with full blown fujoshit. At some point it crosses a line into something that it's clearly pointed towards people who identify with it, up to jokes about the BL genre and it's particular culture.
I personally stand by most stories that get the
couple together before the first quarter of the run and avoid trying to force drama with side interests and outside challanges to the couple. In that regard this is a good manga. The main issue that I'm sure that everyone who reads it will have is that it just ends. It's already a problem that there are no side stories even though most characters deserve a little spotlight, but even the main couple could had gone through much more. You can feel towards the end that the writer is repeating ideas and doesn't have anywhere to go, but at least an epilogue showing how life went on would had been basic courtesy.
If you want a light read about people who love BL and those who love them go ahead, but don't get too involved in it or expect some sort of resolution/end. It would be smart to just read it on a side when you take a break from something you like.
I read Fujoshi Kanjo mostly because I'd just read Fujoshi Rumi, therefore I was expecting a similar plot: funny and exaggerated, with little emphasis on the romantic aspect.
So I was thrown off a bit by this manga which had a) a main character who wasn't stupid and/or average b) an actually romantic plot line that expressed the type of relationship that wasn't a "love at first sight" or a "you 'saved' me so I love you" but a simple "you looked like a fun nice person so I want to go out" and c) no love triangles, bullying, or depressing pasts.
Fujoshi Kanjo is
a really laid back series for people who want the simple pleasure of watching a normal guy get himself into a romantic entanglement with a yaoi obsessed girl. Good for a lover of slice of life comedy.