ホリミヤ 1

ホリミヤ 1 - Hero, Hagiwara Daisuke It's been a long time since I've read such a nice shoujo. Lately all I find are cliche, supposedly romantic but just really ridiculous shoujos, where the MC (a "nice, naive" girl) falls for the first guy who is nice to her. Then follows ridiculous amount of tears and angst. Thank God for ホリミヤ! (which is the portmanteau of Hori and Miyamura)

This manga is about a pretty girl who befriends the "dark, creepy" guy from her classmate. Only that Miyamura is anything but creepy. He is a kind boy who, behind his glasses and long hair and all that clothes, hides his numerous piercings and tattoos. Miyamura and Hori are just meant to be together. It is so refreshing how they become friends. Actually, this could have easily been a josei. Hori takes care of her home and little brother because her parents are always working. So if we changed the story a little bit, it could have been about a single mother (Hori) befriending her colleague. Said colleague bonds with her little boy and visits them every day. Both of them see the other true-self, the face others don't know of. Nothing romantic is going on; only a good camaraderie, a relaxed companionship between them. The art is also more josei-ish than shoujo-ish... it is really nice.

Of course that, being a shoujo, there have to be one or several love triangles. But The Other Guy (Ishikawa) befriends Miyamura as well (can't help it, even if he is a little jealous of his friendship with Hori, he realizes Miyamura is such a nice, dense guy without ulterior motives). The Other Girl is friend with Hori as well, but so far, nothing dramatic happened (as in, a broken heart).

I recommend this to fans of LoveCom. The story is not the same at all, but it has the same vibe (friends, creating memories, no awkward moments).