Nakamura is a shy boy who falls in love at first sight with one of his classmates—his dreamy high school classmate, Hirose. But there's a problem: they haven't met yet. And Nakamura is a total klutz who might bungle things before they even begin!
An absolute favorite. Like, this is everything I could have ever wanted. A cute, funny, and most of all, sfw manga about a shy gay boy trying to become friends with his crush, drawn in a classic 80's art style. Speaking as a gay boy who loves classic manga, this is an absolute blessing. It feels nice to read something that doesn't feel fetishized, for once. I can relate to both Nakamura AND Hirose in a number of the situations, the girl characters don't just exist to be annoying, and I was smiling the whole way through! I'm always sure to tell my friends about
this gem whenever they ask for recommendations. If you're looking for something sweet and funny this is definitely for you!
Hirose really went naka Okuto's mura if u no what i'm sayin ;)
Jokes aside, this was a really nice work. The jokes were all fresh and new, and they legitimately made me laugh out loud. Although it was a bit frustrating not seeing Okuto's feelings be conveyed properly, that's only to be expected, since gay relationships can be pretty tough to begin, not knowing the other party's orientation. Nonetheless, the resolution was very nice, and gave us some hints at a possible mutual interest. Let's just hope the mangaka continues her amazing work!
(Also, this series made me realize how much I really like old 80's
This was such a sweet and short read. Ganbare Nakamura-kun! is about Nakamura's pursuit for Hirose's friendship, of all things!!! He's in love with him, of course, and he fantasizes about them together, but he doesn't jump straight into a possible relationship between the two. He first and foremost wants to be his friend.
Hirose is a really sweet guy, I could definitely see why Nakamura loves him so much. It was really fun for him to be all like "SENPAI PLEASE NOTICE ME" and when Hirose finally did, he'd lose his shit lol
One of the most appealing things about this manga is that most BL
is very non-conish and that's a turn off to me. But Nakamura-Kun! is more fluffy, it has sort of an even "innocent" kind of crush. I think even people who are not into BL could end up liking it.
The art style really reminds me of Rumiko Takahashi's (especially from the 80's) and ohoho, I absolutely LOVE IT!!! It's beautiful and quirky and makes me feel nostalgic, so that's a plus.
The only two things that I didn't "like" (or, rather, that I felt it was lacking):
1 - it's VERY SHORT. It has 11 chapters but at least half of those are like, 10 pages long. I feel that if it was given a chance, this manga could easily have been longer and MUCH MORE could have been explored. Like, you know, a possible romantic relationship between these two.
2- Even though I just said that this is very light BL and even people who are not into it could like it... I still really wanted the romantic part to happen. But maybe that's just me, lol
Ganbare! Nakamura-kun!! is a very funny slice of life manga centred on an awkward gay high school boy and his crush. Unlike most of the shounen ai and yaoi genres, this manga is completely drama free so far; which is a welcome thing- the same stories can be told in the same way only so many times.
The premise of the story is one that a lot of LGBTQ people could identify with from growing up in high school; the titular closeted protagonist tries to get closer to his crush. Unfortunately, Nakamura's shy and not able to muster up the courage to have a real conversation
with him, but that won't keep Nakamura from experiencing some happy memories!
I love the art style of this manga. The character design is reminiscent of 80s and early 90s manga and anime. Scenes are drawn cleanly without overelaboration, and the faces and action are very expressive.
If you're looking for a sweet, funny read with good feelings, or just sick of the same old tropes in gay-themed manga and anime, dip your toes into Ganbare! Nakamura-kun!!