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Manga First Look: The High School Life of a Fudanshi

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Easily one of the most intriguing topics to be taken up in a manga, western audiences are being treated to the first volume of the manga “The High School Life of a Fudanshi” after Japan has had a nice fill of it prior.

And just as you’d expect from the description and the situation, it is quite comical. It’s guaranteed to have you laughing out loud as it is not afraid to put its protagonist into some rather awkward situations.

The situations even seem to naturally have a sense of awkwardness built into them which helps to keep the scenarios from feeling too forced with their comedy.

The High School Life of a Fudanshi Description:

“Sakaguchi Ryou has a dark secret: he’s a “fudanshi” — a straight guy obsessed with BL. While he has trouble understanding why other guys don’t find the same bliss he does from this unusual hobby, he’ll be the first to admit how awkward and embarrassing it is to buy manga from the girls’ section of the bookshop, or explain the world of boys’ love, shipping wars and doujinshi circles to his “normal” best friend Nakamura. Will Ryou find other fans to share his hobby with, or is he forever doomed to sit alone on his throne of BL romance?”

The one thing to keep in mind though is that story-wise…there isn’t much of a story. Thing is it’s more for light hearted readers who are looking for comedy then the slice of life that’s about values and deeper understandings.

But there is an interesting play on the main protagonist’s sexuality as he claims himself to be straight but his friend tends to think he’s bisexual. And the story, while not deep, still has a lot to offer.

The one thing that this manga is really good at is its comedy and being very aware of its BL themes. This adds a satirical element to story and those who are familiar with yaoi/BL will find some rather cheeky nods to their favorite genre.

The one thing that is nice about this story is that it doesn’t feel like a slap in the face to those who do enjoy the genre.

The main protagonist has a sense of passion and he feels like someone with an authentic awkward passion. This all in all makes him quite relatable, even to those who aren’t BL fans.