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Forget the familiar: family circumstances wrest high schooler Meeko from an ordinary family life to her uncle's boarding house, where she must learn to live with housework and… rather unusual adult housemates. What's more, the oldest of the bunch, Matsunaga-san, is a little scary… but also always looks out for her! Presenting the first volume of a boarding house love story about falling for an adult!
Jul 19, 2018
17 of 48 chapters read
16 people found this review helpfulPreliminary
Miko moves into a share house of 6 adults and quickly bonds with 27 year old Matsunaga and the story builds to a tense romance. It's pretty fluffy but if you like fluff and Shojo like I do, then I think this will be a good pick for you.
The art is very good, something strange that I've noticed is the fashion of the main characters is a lot cooler than in other Shojo manga. With Miko rocking adidas, nike and even a pair of chuck taylors. Is that a strange thing to put in a review? I think its a nice touch though. Its nice to see characters who wear things other then "cute" date clothes and school uniforms.
The story isn't necessarily unique, it reminds me of "Dengeki Daisy", "Futari no Table" in terms of the age gap and "Taiyou no Ie" a lot in terms of plot and the art style is similar to "Ao Haru Ride"
So if you've enjoyed any of these you might like this one.
The only thing I can say is that Miko is yet to develop more of a character than the typical "I'm a high school girl in love" I'm a bit sick of this trope and would like too see more characters like Yona from "Akatsuki no Yona" who have fully built personality and goals that go beyond "I love this guy" but we are still early in the story so we'll see! At least she can cook, unlike her Shoujo predecessors!
Oct 11, 2021
48 of 48 chapters read
13 people found this review helpful
Despite all of the age gap that we were receiving in these last years, I would like to say that this manga was ahead of this classic cliché, by a plot based in making them live in the same house with a set of side characters. About Matsunaga-san, even with all the fan-service we got, that I really didn't dislike it too much because it seemed like it was part of his personality. Ignoring this, his character was very cool and interesting, I never seen a personality like that in any other shoujos or josei of the same type, he was mostly very kind, respectable, patience and supportive with the ML 10 years younger than him. I think it was the best personality and way to deal with the situation, and felt very natural for me. (Takane from Takane to Hana or Vivi from Hana to Akuma are both good examples, but they seem pretty unnatural). The only problem I had with him was around the last chapters. He seemed like another character, It's like he forgot what used to be his priority, or even his little development around his kindness. I know that when we make changes into our lives we can forget some things, but even later the accident he got, I think the autor forgot what was the most important thing to him.
Miko was good, she was the representation of innocence and childhood in a house full of adults. However, I think her development was quite poor, she had the potential to not be one of the typical crybaby protagonists of a shoujo, but one thing I learnt from all the situations in which Matsunaga and the others helped her, it's that she clearly never learns to properly rely in others, it's like she forgot that little progression she did with Matsunaga a few chapters before when he took her to see her grandma. We can clearly see this regression in the final arc, when Matsunaga leaves the shared house. Also, we never knew what she wanted to do or be, we got time skipped two times, and she got zero development since Matsunaga moved, we only see her crying around and being miserable from the distance that was predictable. Her hole self and life ended exclusively revolving around this first love and Matsunaga itself. What was quite sad to be honest, not to mention that their relationship was supossed to start when she graduated, I'm pretty sure we were all waiting for that moment to happen, for them to start dating like a real couple, well i think the autor forgot about it?
Keiko-sensei seems like also forgot another things, like what was the purpose of the shared house, or present the new members that came when the other adults left without -any?- hesitation and from a moment to another in only one or two chapters. Miko was certainly left alone. She also forgot that Matsunaga-san told Miko that he needs to present formaly to her family and notice them about their situation, and many other things that I got used to love, like the chemistry of the main couple, or the side characters, or the shared house itself and the meaning of home and family that got destroyed in a few chapters. I know that this adults eventually would be leaving, but I think it happened like a shock.
Don't forget about Ryou and his feelings, that went from pure and kind to desperatly in love, like all the old cliches of triangle love we are tired to read, not to mention it was kinda unecessary. It didn't contribute to nothing in the story, I never got so unpleased with a second lead so good to fit the place of posible ML. It was super forced and horrible to be honest.
In my final opinion, and after expending years of reading manga, mostly shoujos and josei, Living no Matsunaga-san had potential as refresh for this genre and tematic, but it got crushed and wasted arround the last 8 chapters. It lost everything I loved from the start, and I can't still understand the rushed final we got, this manga could last at least, 20 more chapters of development, we only get to see a clearly regression from the main couple, and from everything we enjoyed in the past chapters. As well, the message it's kinda sad and depressing. If the autor wanted to cover the age-gap thing, and all that revolves around them, it should have gave them a little more time. (Takane to Hana, and even Hana to Akuma are good examples of distance and patience of age-gap). In a moment I thought this manga was taking the same way than Hirunaka no Ryuusei got. If that was the case I think the ending could have been more fitting that the one we got.
To be fair, I would recommend this manga, i really liked the most of the story, I really jumped and screamed and laught at too many pages, at the usual things we love to see in shoujo mangas, but all this feelings started to vanish when the love triangle began to rise in a bad way. I would like to read some specials about the time they finally started to date properly, or the time of Miko in university.
I rated this with a 7 with all the love that I could give it. read more