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Hajimete no Gyaru: My First Gal

Spring. The sakura have come and gone but the season of love does not end here! After all, what better time to be engulfed in the dizzying sensation of infatuation than when flowers start blooming?

Unfortunately, love seems perpetually out of reach for Junichi and friends. In order to break the status quo, Junichi's friends have forced him into confessing to the gal, Yame Yukana. Of course, things do not go quite as he expected. A series of "firsts" begins!

Hajimete no Gyaru is a rom-com sprinkled with ecchi. While Junichi isn't the most outstanding protagonist, he does like Yukana a lot and puts in as much effort into a proper relationship as an awkward high-schooler can.

Meanwhile, Yukana is not the stereotypical bold and untamed gal. There's an endearing and shy side to her, plus I do derive some joy from her mischievous teasing of Junichi.

Of course, typical to the rom-com/ecchi genre, the cast of females is larger and more diverse. Two of the guys don't even have properly-drawn eyes!

Overall, the genre and character design pretty much gives you a gist of what to expect. It panders to those who already know what they want and like. However, thanks to the "will they won't they" behaviour of the main characters, it is slightly more interesting than I expected. I'm not the only one who thinks that way, since even with only three volumes out, Hajimete no Gyaru already has an anime series and OVA lined up! Check out the PV below:

Hajimete no Gyaru gets a 5.5/10 from me. The overall premise is still cliche and the art's not outstanding, not to mention the huge disparity between the male and female character designs. I find that the characters can be really shallow at points. Since it's an ecchi manga, I won't complain about the copious amount of fan service though.

How many of you enjoy rom-com manga? It's not common for me but I think I might check out more next time! Maybe just not the ones that scream ecchi.

Written by Nana

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