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 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.