Thursday, February 10, 2022

A Funny Tragic Love: The Transcendent One-Sided Love of Yoshida the Catch Vol. 1 [Book Review]


My rating: 4 / 5 ★

I had a lot of fun reading this one! The main character, Yoshida, is madly in love with his high school friend, Shimakaze, who is now a mangaka (manga artist). What made this fun to read is that Yoshida's a tsundere who is so obvious with his feelings for her, but she is absolutely oblivious of it. Shimakaze is a walking disaster, so Yoshida had no choice but to be there to clean up her mess because he's just too whipped.

For one thing, Yoshida has stunning eyes <3 I'M IN LOVE WITH THEM! I think I'm enjoying it so much because as a handsome hero, his love story is tragic (in a humorous way) and he definitely won't get the love of his life anytime soon, at least not without more trouble coming their way. But he's very efficient with his work and all the mangaka assistants adored him so I find it very endearing. I like this kind of story more than when a handsome man gets every woman his wants easily.

I probably would dislike someone like Shimakaze in real life because she has zero tact, but I guess it's funny to read about her in a manga. As much as I think Yoshida deserves someone much better, I'd still root for both of these characters though! I can definitely imagine all the disaster coming their way as Yoshida continues trying to convey his feelings to her.

I love all the assistants too! Their characters are not very distinct since they're mostly on the same page about almost everything, but this is only the first volume so I'm sure there'll be more from the four of them in the upcoming volumes. As of now I find them all adorable. 

It's fun to read a story about how a mangaka works, though I'm unsure to how much extent the events could be true. I'm definitely looking forward to more Yoshida with his tragic love story <3 I do hope we'll get to have some POVs from him too in the next volumes.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Kodansha Comics for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest review!


Title: The Transcendent One-Sided Love of Yoshida the Catch Vol. 1
Series: The Transcendent One-Sided Love of Yoshida the Catch #1
Author: Shizuki Fujisawa
Publisher: Kodansha
Genres: Manga, Graphic Novel, Romance, Contemporary, Humor
Format: E-book
Publication Date: February 15th 2022
Pages: 160

Synopsis (Goodreads): Meet Yoshida. He's cool, he's smart, and he's really, really good-looking. He's the company superstar, and has the eye of every available woman for miles around. But Yoshida only loves one woman -- the manga-artist and walking-disaster Sena Shimakaze. Yoshida is the glue that holds her whole team together and helps them limp through each and every deadline... but despite his personal greatness and obvious management skills, his love is somehow totally one-sided. What's an overachiever like Yoshida to do?


Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'

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