Lead character is a naive boy who's fallen in love with an older girl who everyone considers a genius writer. He's so in love in fact, that he has forgotten about his secret hobby for the last 2 months. His secret hobby is that for the past 10 years he has been writing the "character profile" of a single girl. Her birth date, personality, hobbies, conversations, etc.... is all recorded in a large pile of notebooks. All this time this fictional girl has been his friend and lover, but now that he is in love with a real girl he decided to throw them all away.
In order to "purify" the notebooks, he decided to burn them at a nearby shrine. To his surprise, the senpai he's in love with was also there. It starts to rain and as they talk the girl confesses she's having trouble writing her novel due to inexperience. As the storm gets even stronger, the lead character believes that since she confessed her "weakness" to him it is OK for him to show her his own "secret." Filled with courage, the boy opens the bag where he brought all the notebooks... except that instead of notebooks, the bag now contains the girl (naked of course) he's been creating for the past 10 years!!
The story is truly a tale of 2 halves. The first half is simple yet interesting. It focuses on a love triangle between Yuuri (the male MC), Fuuko (his school crush) and Michiru (his “ideal” girl whom is magically created from Yuuri’s childhood character notes). The inital premise follows Yuuri’s attempts to get closer to Fuuko while Michiru tries to eliminate the unknown girl that Yuuri likes. This half of the story is simple yet effective in developing the relationships between the characters. Eventually, the romance that develops is very sincere and enjoyable. Comedy is another genre it excels in; Michiru’s yandere and possesive
nature provide a great amount of comedy that seems to continuously keep me laughing. Overall the first half of the story (up to the school play arc) was very solid and enjoyable.
Unfortunately that is where the manga should have ended.
The second half of the story was disappointing. After the end of the play arc it felt like the manga was just being dragged on. There was little to no character development and there were character additions that served no other purpose other than for “entertainment” reasons. Eventually readers were hit with a ridiculous plot twist and it was then that i realized that the story was falling apart. To add salt to my wounds the author decides to shit on the entire story in the end.
Overall, I would give 8/10 for the first half and 6/10 for the second half of the manga. In fact, I recommend disregarding the second half of the manga completely if possible.
The art was good. The characters were cute.
The characters (specifically the heroines) are where this manga shines.
She’s a genius author that aspires to write a romance. The problem is, she has never been in love before because she dedicates all her time to writing and reading. As she and Yuuri interact more and more she slowly falls in love and her change from a girl who doesn’t know what love is to someone who yearns it is truly a beautiful thing to see. The best thing about this character is the realism that she shows. She doubts herself like any young student would, yet we see her face these doubts and become a more confident person. She acknowledges her flaws and the flaws of others and strives to improve and that is what i love about this character.
She is Yuuri’s “ideal” girl created during his childhood. She’s really cute, and she’s one scary yandere. When she gets angry she has superhuman strength and has the ability to shoot lasers from her eyes. Don’t get her angry. Unfortunately that doesn’t fair well for Yuuri. After Michiru discovers that he is in love with someone other than her she vows to eliminate (yes kill) whoever Yuuri is in love with. This is why Michiru is a constant source of comedy. Her intense jealousy makes Yuuri’s attempts to get close to Fuuko a life-threatening task. Despite her crazy possessive side I find her simply too cute to hate (or maybe i have a thing for crazy girls). Unfortunately she doesn’t get much development but her insane and quirky personality trumps that for me.
As a kid he moved a lot and was bullied, as a result he created Michiru as a companion that he could talk to. At the start of high school he fell in love with Fuuko and ever since he has resolved to not depend on 2D Michiru anymore. His character is like most average male teen MCs. Nothing really stands out but he does show loyalty to his crush and courage later on in the manga.
The romance in the first half is very sincere. Fuuko’s experience with love is realistic and enjoyable to see. Michiru is comedic gold. Overall the enjoyment of the first half is 9/10. Unfortunately the second half was anything but enjoyable 6/10.
If your looking for a good rom/com feel free to check the first half of this manga out. Don’t bother with the second half (after the school play arc). I gave it an 8 overall because i felt that the good first half shouldn't be overlooked by the disappointing second half.