When a friend of mine pointed me to this article: “Yakuza House-Husband Manga Gokushufudo Wins Pixiv Comic Ranking 2018” , I noticed there were a number of other manga that made the list. Why not check all of those out, too?
The second one on the list was this: Motokare ga Fudanshi ni Natteorimashite . Alas, there’s not a lot of it available online at the moment. In fact, as of this review, there is only one chapter that has been scanlated.
I will say, I like the premise, which is basically that a fujoshi (a “rotten girl,” a woman who is into Boys’ Love/Yaoi) runs into her ex-boyfriend in the BL section of her favorite manga shop and discovers that he’s… *gasp*… a fundashi (a “rotten boy,” the male equivalent.)
I’m really not sure what’s going on in Japan right now that otaku are such hot property.
But, apparently, we are the source of all things hilarious right now. I recently watched and reviewed Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san/Skull-faced Bookseller, Honda, and was similarly baffled and vaguely offended by the fact that what I consider fairly run-of-the-mill nerd behavior is considered COMEDY GOLD by mundanes (aka ‘normal people,’ ‘muggles.’)
The concept of this manga seems quite similar to another popular title that I recently reviewed, Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii/ Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, which has the basic premise: isn’t it cute when nerds try to fall in love? Also, hilarity at the chance of being exposed as a total geek at your 9 to 5 job! Oooh! The drama.
I just… I literally don’t get it. I mean, I do find nerds cute. That’s why I married one, but we’re really NOT this funny.
We’re really not.
Nerds are awkward. We’re a bit weird. We really, really get excited by stuff that other people find baffling, but STOP ASKING ME TO LAUGH AT MY PEOPLE, PLEASE. That was what high school was for me, okay? People pointing and laughing and shouting “NERD!” at me everywhere I went. Do I really need manga after manga after manga that basically does the same thing, only expects me to buy into my own self-loathing?
Like, if I were the heroine of this particular manga, I’d be over the moon to find someone who shares my passion–actually I always am. This is why I go to conventions, so I can meet people like me who are into the same things.
I don’t know.
I mean, probably it’s very romantic? I like romances! And, this is only chapter one, after all. It is nice to see a bit of representation of a presumably straight guy who is totally into m/m romances, so I guess I’m happy about that?
Would I recommend it? Sure. I mean, it’s shaping up to be a cute (straight) romance, so if that’s your thing, go for it. Am I going to go out of my way to follow this? Nah, I already read two volumes of Wotakai: Love is Hard for Otaku. I feel like this ground has been covered in a lot of ways. I guess I somehow doubt that Motokare ga Fudanshi ni natte orimashite is going to give me a deep insight into the psychology of what might be appealing to a straight guy about m/m romances, which, frankly, I would totally read, so yeah… I will leave this to the heterosexuals out there who crave more representation of their kind (or just want to laugh at nerds, I guess?)