Mugi is a chubby girl with a kind spirit and beautiful smile. She is comfortable with her weight, but thought that she would never have the opportunity to fall in love. When she meets Tagami, a boy who is a "pochama," or someone who likes soft and squishy things, love has a chance to blossom, and Mugi comes to realize that she loves herself as is.
Story: Very unique if going by the romance between a "chubby" girl and chubby maniac. It's not a pairing you often see in Asian comics as the majority of the homogenous cultures is very slim and an interest for seeing "heavier" sizes in shoujo is relatively low.
Art: The art is nothing special, but the lines are clean and the characters are cute. You can actually tell all of the characters apart, from our leading characters to the minor, one-page characters. It's not avant garde by any means, but is pleasing to the eye.
Character: Let me tell you this honestly. One of the reasons I love this manga so much is our main character. In other mangas with an "unworthy" girl and hot guy, the girl is often just blind to her dazzling perks and need to often be reminded despite being drawn as one of the most beautiful characters in the story.
Here, the only problem is that she's "chubby" and even then it's not so much her problem as it is other people's. She doesn't think that she's the most hideous girl in the world and she doesn't need flattery to constantly boost her up. She's just completely aware that her size doesn't float everybody's boat and she's okay with that.
"What?? A main character in a shoujo manga who actually likes herself??"
Yeah, she's that rare of a jewel.
Overall: The author treats her main characters with respect (which is more than I can say for other mangas featuring "bigger" ladies) no matter how out of the norm they are, and the overall feeling is light and cheerful. I'll be rereading this when I'm in need of a happy mood.
It's truly rare to find a Shojou manga about a protagonist who has a "considerable" amount of weight and a love life; which is why I give Pochamani many high marks.
The usual pretty/average girl meeting and falling in love with the guy does not happen here. Instead we have Tsumugi, the female protagonist whom is a "chubby girl" that is always happy. Her refreshing aura shocks those around her because of her physical figure. Tagami, the male lead also known as the "chubby maniac", is quite the unnatural character. He can only, and I repeat ONLY, love chubby women.
I think you know where this is going.
When Tagami sees Tsumugi, he automatically rushes to her and asks her out, despite not even having talked to her before in his life. His obsession with chubbiness goes far enough to having his own squeeze ball to squish.
The sweet and mellow romance in this manga puts a smile on my face and the comedy and ridiculousness of Tagami's obsessive squishingness is hilarious. This manga is thoroughly enjoyable and very, very adorable. The creativity and originality placed into this story is incredible, and deserves to be read by those that claim they love Shoujo manga. Do yourself a favor and read this new and refreshing story that's done on a whole other level no other mangaka has done before.Tsumugi's journey in finding true love despite the obstacles around her makes the reader think of the different tolls and perspectives that probably many girls in the real world have dealt with before. read more
Pochamani is a your not-so-typical shōjou between a "chubby" girl and a "chubby maniac" guy. As a plus size woman myself, I was a little wary when I began to read the manga expecting the main male lead liking the female lead (Tsumugi) only due to his "fat fetish", however, I was wrong (sort of). While the main male lead does have a fat fetish (I hate using this word), he liked Tsumugi because of her positive personality and self-love. The main star of the manga is Tsumugi, the main female lead, who went through hardships and was a victim of bullying because of her weight, she was courageous and learned to love her body overtime. I'm so grateful that the author decided to highlight the importance of self-love whilst highlighting the importance of standing up against bullying (Tsumugi's close friends). Hopefully this manga will be encouraging for girls out there struggling with their body image -- either choosing to love their body as it is or willing to change it for themselves.
The artwork is very simple and nicely detailed. The characters are lovable which makes the manga an easy read while tackling an important issue in today's society. I'm looking forward to reading more chapters by sensei!read more