|Why should a man work? To have office affairs, of course!
||[Feb. 13th, 2010|08:05 pm]
Hito wa naze hataraka nakerebanaranai no ka by Yamada Yugi is a collection of short stories that I'd bought a while back but hadn't bothered to read it for a while. I recently came upon it, so I read it. Well, more like I attempted to. I read the first story about a rumpled middle-aged divorced manager and his severe but capable subordinate after a couple of false starts. The manager is very sad and the subordinate is very aggressive, and the unbalanced relationship threw me off for some reason. Usually I love this dynamic, but this one...not so much. I eventually grew to like it, more or less. One of the Amazon Japan reviews mentions that there are new chapters featured in magazines now. I think I'd like to see how they develop because I'm not enamored of them at this moment.
The next two stories...I couldn't even read. I really don't know why, but I'd start reading and lose interest. I can't even judge if they suck or not because I can't keep my focus long enough to find out. :P I'll try again some other day.
The best of the lot was the last story. It's about two ordinary salarymen and their long distance relationship. Most of it features their telephone conversations. They are adorable. You get a bit of the loneliness, insecurity, and angst of being apart, but not so much that it weighs down this fundamentally sweet story. The uke looks really young, which is not my thing, but the seme has glasses and flippy hair, which I found very cute. I think the manga is totally worth buying just for this story.