Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata
How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
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Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata

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Synonyms: Saenai Kanojo no Sodatekata
Japanese: 冴えない彼女〈ヒロイン〉の育てかた
English: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 8
Chapters: 42
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 9, 2013 to Aug 9, 2016
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Themes: Harem Harem, School School
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Dragon Age
Authors: Moriki, Takeshi (Art), Maruto, Fumiaki (Story)


Score: 7.411 (scored by 19051,905 users)
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Ranked: #36042
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Popularity: #2682
Members: 7,818
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Volumes: /8
Chapters: /42


The life of Tomoya Aki, a high school otaku working part time to support his BD hoarding. With remarkable luck, he bumps head-first into, Megumi Katou, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Naturally, the meeting twists his life into a complicated torrent of relationships. Eriri Spencer Sawamura, his half-foreigner childhood friend who's always valued her relationship with MC. Utaha Kasumigaoka, a cold, composed renowned literary genius who shoves everyone aside from our protagonist. What is this? An eroge introduction?

The tale of a small not quite doujin circle, but not quite indie studio's journey through the tough territory of Comiket and beyond.


Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata was published in English as How To Raise A Boring Girlfriend by Yen Press from January 26, 2016 to December 19, 2017.



Dec 17, 2018
Before you read this review bear in mind that i read the spin-off " Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata: Egoistic-Lily" first before i read this one. (Also there will be some spoilers in this review.)

Story: it's interesting how in the spin-off aki forms a doujin circle and how in this one he becomes the editor of kasumigaoka. The story of this manga kinda reminded me of the anime "shirobako" because of the part of the story when one of kasumigaoka's light novels was planned on being adapted to an anime (not gonna say which one to decrease spoilers.).

Art: it's as good as the spin-off's art. ...
Jan 31, 2024
Mixed Feelings
tl;dr: A pretty great creation story with interesting and deep characters, though as an adaptation clearly inferior to the anime.

Saekano is the story of an incredibly passionate otaku and those that aid him as he goes from a consumer to a creator through serving as the director of a doujin visual novel for comiket. The original work for Saekano is a light novel series written by Maruto Fumiaki, who is also the writer for the critically acclaimed and well known visual novels White Album 2 and DameKoi. Thus, it should be no surprise that the writing in Saekano shows that the author has a good ...


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