Sinking away into her thoughts, while laying around doing little to nothing, she starts pondering her existence more and more. And so, a relatable story takes form.
It centers around the daily life of Izumi Sumi, a self-loathing, bored 25-year-old woman who keeps thinking about why she is alive. She feels like she doesn’t do much, and there is nothing really happening in her life, resulting in an endless spiral of boredom. Aside from that, she’s constantly worrying that she isn’t doing things right. Often she realizes that she is distancing herself from others out of a sense of anxiety, and then blames this
on herself. When looking back on something that just happened, she is momentarily plagued by feelings of regret and self-doubt, realizing her way of doing things and why she did them.
Yes, a lot of these situations she is in, can be quite recognizable.
Though admittedly, the manga is focussing fully on this, leaving little room for other things. Still, it is clear things are being fleshed out little by little in a slice-of-life manner. Every chapter introduces a new bit of concept that relates to her overall theme. And with that, I began feeling more familiar with the main girl.
The chapters are short, making them easy to read through. As for the artstyle, it’s clean and simple, adding to its readability, but it also manages to bring out Sumi’s emotions and thoughts well. Sumi herself has a nice design, kinda cute, but gloomy still.
I have to note that there are some moments of diegetic fanservice, or fanservice that fits the context of the scenes. Because of course, when you walk around in your house most of the time, there is bound to be one or two underwear or bath scenes. Moreover, in one chapter, the MC gets a call from a cute, attractive co-worker, who lays on bed in underwear, highlighting the contrast between the two.
Overall, this manga provides an interesting concept that could probably only be provided this way in manga. The anxiety is presented with more nuance than it might be otherwise. It’s not overly dark or tragic or such, more melancholic. Going fully for its relatable concepts, there will be quite a lot of readers out there who will be hit by them. I personally found it a nice read, while also recognizing the bits of Sumi’s daily life and struggles.