Married off to a man more than twenty years her senior, Koyuki has no idea what her new life has in store for her. She's so in the dark, in fact, that she hasn't even seen her husband's face! But Koyuki isn't alone in fumbling through the intricacies of wedded bliss. Mask-donning Shin might have many years on his young wife, but as it turns out, he's just as naïve as she is!
Will this pair of innocents ever get past their awkwardness (and the age gap)?!
Ne Ne Ne is a simple, short romantic comedy that does pretty much everything right.
It has a simple theme of romance between a mature man and a young girl who wants him to see her as an adult, with both of them being inexperienced and shy when it comes to love. The interactions between characters are funny, the art is cute and shows all the emotion I expect, and nothing about the age gap, feudal setting, or supernatural elements feels jarring.
You might see that it's only a single volume and think it was instantly axed and had a rushed ending,
but the ending builds on the relationship that forms over the course of the series and is very satisfying for a series as short as this.
Ne Ne Ne can of course be found online, and is also available physically and digitally in English if that's your thing. It shouldn't take much more than half an hour to read, and I highly recommend it.
tl;dr: A short and sweet manga about an innocent couple that ends too early but is solid for what it is.
This manga is pretty good for as far as it gets, but it gets cut off what feels way too early. It basically feels like an introduction to the two characters, just a look at their personalities and how they mesh into the relationship they share. Now this was certainly really sweet and enjoyable for the extent of it, but as that's all there is without any progress or development this is a tad disappointing. There isn't really any sort of plot either, even though it did
set up various things that could easily have potential for pretty solid plot lines, such as his job involving super natural elements, his teacher, the relationship between the two families, etc. so it feels like a waste of potential. Still, even though it didn't get very far, I enjoyed what I read and thought it was worth reading, mainly because it was cute. The comedy being primarily centered around misunderstandings between the two and Koyuki being adorable in response to that, played a pretty big roll in that and worked really well. The art being pretty solid certainly helped as well, especially in regard to how Koyuki's facial expressions were amazing.
What do you get when you take a plot about an arranged marriage between a 16 year-old girl and a 37 year-old man in Feudal Japan, and throw in some supernatural elements, as well as strict rules of engagement? You get 'Ne Ne Ne', a story that somehow manages to make these elements come together in an endearing, natural way. Nothing about the age difference seems forced despite the concept sounding problematic; it's handled in a light-hearted, innocent way, as both mains are very pure. It's a short pilot, but 'Ne Ne Ne' is worth the read as it's in the process of being adapted
into a full series. Give it a chance if you're a fan of historical fiction and/or age differences.