Minami Fuji is 27 and works for a advertising agency. Though she puts too much effort into her work, she neglects her love life. A lack of communication and of relations with her boyfriend causes him to leave her. This breakup causes a huge depression in Fuji, one that will make her reconsider her life. To escape from reality, Fuji tries to take refuge in her work. But life is never as easy as we want it to be. When she starts to hang out in the evenings with her colleagues, the young woman will find out that their personalities are marked by the wounds in their life...
Suppli had five volumes published in English by Tokyopop, from November 1, 2007 to October 14, 2008, with volumes 4 and 5 collected in a single volume. The title has also been published in French by Delcourt and in Polish by Hanami.
Minami Fuji is 27 years old and works at an advertisement office. After she splits up with her boyfriend of seven years, she realizes she has always spend her free time with her boyfriend and no one else and thus has no friends.
She tries to concentrate on working hard, and starts spending her free time with her coworkers. She doesn't know how to socialize well, but they take her up into their midst anyway. One of them is romantically interested in her, but Fuji meets a new colleague who has just been transferred and falls for him.
Maybe I like Suppli because I can identify with
Fuji. She is so clumsy about her social life and absolutely "un-cute", she's not a very girly or sexy type: "I really do want to be kinder and happier and cuter but something inside of me gets in my way."
Her appearance is practical, made to fit her work life, not made to be attractive, and she has a hard time trying to look more feminine.
Apparently the series depicts the work life in Japan very well, and I have to say I'm glad I don't work there, it seems very stressful. It is interesting to read though, and maybe gives a little insight into a foreign culture and work life at an advertising company.
At the end of every book of the Tokyopop US edition there's one page with explanations and cultural notes - a great idea and very helpful at times.
The drawings take some getting used to, in my opinion. Especially the men look so similar that it's sometimes hard to tell them apart.
Some double pages have a background connecting the panels, raindrops, leaves, starry sky, etc., which creates a really beautiful and dense atmosphere.
Suppli is not my absolutely favourite josei manga, but it's definitely among the top.
It's not one of those "Sex in the city" josei mangas, which are practically shoujo with sex added, with the same annoying, useless female lead characters. So if you like those, this one is probably not for you.
Suppli concentrates a lot on life as a working woman; there's romance and drama, but there's also set-backs at work to deal with.