Chihaya-san wa Sonomama de Ii follows the life of an average high school girl, Chihaya, who thinks she is overweight and wants to lose weight. Unfortunately, its impossible for her to keep her appetite in check, especially with her childhood friend, Shima constantly bombarding her with food.
Can Chihaya resist her urge to eat and succeed in her diet?
Among romance series, it is often rare to find a gem that fits your bill. This is especially true if you're into light-hearted romance + comedy. Most often, there's either too much melodrama, too much fan-service, or both. Chihaya-san's Fine is one of those series that, for me, happened to check as many good points as possible: It is a super-vanilla romance with a conclusive ending, sprinkled with tsukkomi-style humor, wrapped up nicely in a relaxing 4-koma slice-of-life-school-life setting.
The story progresses at a nice pace. You never feel like an arc is being dragged out too long. You never end up feeling super teased
about the main ship. The best part, though, is that the drama is incredibly light, and yet the core story remains interesting. The author even satirically employ some common cliche drama problems as humor by presenting it as light-yuri. For me, this was a whole lot better than the alternative. In fact, this is one of the few mangas that actually used the "moving" drama properly, by showing subsequent interactions instead of just doing a timeskip.
Only downside: There are some parts in the plot that felt a little confusing and random, and others that felt just a little unfinished.
Not Picasso or anything, but the art really matches the characters' moods as well as the current tone of the story. Absolutely perfect facial expressions. Nothing to complain about. That is one realistic-looking panda.
Each and every one of the characters are properly developed and shows growth throughout the series. They also grow on the reader, so that you don't end up hating anyone, which would be rather unfortunate in a non-dramatic romance SoL.
I enjoyed it. It took a little bit in the beginning to pick up, but once that started, the story was captivating enough to keep me reading. Because it's more SoL, it also doesn't hurt to put on pause for a few days. Even towards the end, there was none of the usual rushed feeling of "I have to finish this and know the ending." It just felt like everything will work out.
For a medium-length manga, you can do a LOT worse, especially if what you're looking for is a nice, sweet romance-comedy with a SoL setting with no BS and no drama.
I usually don't write reviews since I'm bad at writing but it seems like there aren't many reviews for this manga, so I thought I would contribute. Chihaya-san wa Sonomama de Ii is a light 4-koma manga with seemingly no progression, just a nice slow relaxing rom com. However, the mangaka, unlike many choses to finish the manga in a beautiful manner, rather than milking it into 400 Chapters. If you've read some heavy drama/dark stuff recently, and need a nice change of pace, this manga is perfect for you. The charectars are all very unique, and manages to balance the cliches without being overused
and boring. The beginning of the manga is on the slow side, but picks up the pace near the end, leading to an extremely satisfying ending. It Definitely deserves an 8.5/10
[FREE SPOILER] it's a 4-koma manga with a "fat" girl. Why the fak she thinks she is? she's not fat she's T H I C C .
STORY, CHARACTER, ART (7): Yeah basically straight decent for me. the story is decent, the character is decent, the art is also decent. I think the only thing that makes this manga is different than others is that the continuous lewdness in every chapter.
Enjoyment (8): it is an eight because i'm a fan with ultra T H I C C, no offense for slim girl buy hey, that arse and bewbs are crazy man.
Overall (7): I would read it, if I have a holiday.