Sep 28, 2020
Let's quickly get this out of the way, if you're trying to read something with a great depth-filled story you've made the wrong choice. This is a wonderful Slice Of Life, that warms your heart and makes you go "Wow this is so cute, and lovable." As far as Slice of Life manga's go, this one hits all the points for a cute, romantic, fast& easy read needs. Uchi No Kaisha no Chiisai Senpai no Hanashi (Or My Company's Small Senpai) is the perfect casual read, for those that want the moe and cute reactions.
It's not the most complex art, but its simplicity and
art style draw out the type of Slice of Life this is. It's cute, adorable, easy to follow, and elicits that "aww" reaction that it's aiming for. Saiso did a great job flipping from the full drawn panel, to comical/cutely drawn panels. Reading panel, had me falling for the characters.
In a Slice of Life, this is one of the factors that decide if it's good or not. To be completely honest, if I was being a serious critic, I'd mark it as an 8-9, and maybe even a 7. Because the characters aren't profound, there isn't any real backstory. However since this is for a Slice of Life, web comic, where each chapter is around 7 panels long, I'm going to rate the characters based off of that.
You can fall in love with each characters innocent and cute reactions, the blushing scenes are filled with that good "moe" and innocence that tons of Japanese comics throw ecchi in these days (not to say there aren't some perverted moments). You fall in love with Shinozaki and his senpai, Shiori Katase, fast. And you even get attached and involved with his other coworker/bosses relationship, their personalities and reactions all hit home with what you'd look for in a short, simple, and sweet sit-down read.
There is no real story, not that I expected any. You start off immediately seeing your main character sick in bed, and things just shift around with mentions from the past chapter with each on-going chapters. However there is no real development aside from relationships, and 1-2 character introductions. You just peer into the day to day lives of Shinozaki and Shiori, and enjoy the scenes that you're given.
I wasn't looking for anything crazy. I didn't want a heavy story, I didn't want arcs after arcs of developing worlds. When I picked this book up, I was expecting something super cute, with maybe a tiny story development and lovable characters. I got most of what I expected and had hoped for, and they even gave me more in terms of the characters and art. It was cute, and that's all I have to say. Its a fast read, so you never feel like you wasted time (unless you just plain hate this kind of read.)
Overall I'd give it an 8/10. As this is a slice of life, that's why it got the scores it got, I didn't base this on comparison of other manga's like Naruto, Jojo, Berserk, or Great Teacher Onizuko. As I've already state, this was very cute, I got the emotions the characters portrayed, and enjoy each time a chapter comes out so I can sit down for 1-2 minutes of reading.
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