[HiddenGem] Chihaya-san wa Sonomama de Ii by Kuzushiro

From a standard 4koma food manga to an adorable slice-of-life…

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Chihaya-san wa Sonomama de Ii (Chihaya is Fine the way She is) follows the life of an average high school girl, Chihaya, who thinks she is overweight and wants to lose weight. Unfortunately, its impossible for her to keep her appetite in check, especially with his childhood friend, Shima constantly bombarding her with food. Can Chihaya resist her urge to eat and succeed in her diet?

This adorable little series starts off looking like a cute slice-of-life food manga, but slowly morphs into something more special.

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[HiddenGem] Game yaru kara 100-en Kashite! by Zawa & Nakano

When retro arcade meets office romance.

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Game yaru kara 100-en Kashite! (Lend me ¥100 so I can play a game) by Nakano (art) & Zawa (story) is a cute romance/slice-of-life with retro game themes thrown in. Sugita is a handsome, skilled, newcomer at a company who gets along with everyone…. everyone except for the petite assistant manager, Yumihara, who tend to be very strict on him.

One day during his lunch break, Sugita finds a small, secluded, coffee shop named “Dead Copy” which features special tables dedicated for playing retro games. To his surprise, he also spots Yumihara completely immersed in her game like a child; opposite of the strict attitude she shows back at the office. The story follows Sugita and Yumihara’s daily encounters at the arcade cafe, and how the two’s relationship develop through their various interactions.

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[Newcomer] Hibiki – Shousetsuka ni Naru Houhou by Yanamoto Mitsuharu

Winner of Manga Taisho 2017 is a captivating tale of a girl with immense potential

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The surprise winner of prestigious Manga Taisho 2017, Hibiki – Shousetsuka ni naru houhou, is a compelling story about a girl setting up to become a revolutionary writer. Set in the modern age where publishing industry is shrinking drastically every year, ordinary(?) high school girl, Hibiki, sends a short manuscript to a publishing company, which comes into the attension of a young editor, Hanai. Hanai is immediately convinced that Hibiki has the potential to not only be a successful writer, but one that can usher in a new era of japanese literature.

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[HiddenGem] Misoshiru de Kanpai! by Sasano Sai

A hearth-warming tale of two teens learning about the different flavors of miso-soup.

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Misoshiru de Kanpai! (味噌汁でカンパイ!) is a heartwarming slice-of-life & cooking(?) manga about an average high school boy, Zen, and his childhood friend & next-door neighbor, Yae. After learning that Zen relies on pre-made food for breakfast, Yae decides to start cooking breakfast for Zen everyday. Yae’s dream is to fill the void of Zen’s deceased mom and become the perfect “mother”. Disappointed by Yae’s lack of romantic interest but happy to see his long-time crush coming to cook him breakfast,  Zen gladly accepts their new morning routine of exploring different kinds of Miso soup.

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[HiddenGem] Komi-san wa Komyushou Desu + Current State of Shounen Sunday

Weekly Shounen Sunday’s rising star

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One of the rising stars of Weekly Shounen Sunday, Komi-san wa Komyushou Desu is a story about an ordinary high school boy named Tadano Hito (literally Mr. Average) and Komi-san, the most beautiful girl in school. Although Komi-san is worshiped as an idol by her classmates, she suffers from extreme shyness and terrible communication skills. Her shyness is so bad that she relies on written notes to communicate with others, but Tadano happens to be the only one who realizes Komi-san’s problem. Together, they hope to cure Komi-san’s lack of communication skill and work towards her dream of making 100 friends.

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[HiddenGem] Otona no Houkago by Ichihi

Short slice-of-life episodes between various adult-ish couples.

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A web-series on ComicWalker, Otona no Houkago (おとなのほうかご) by Ichihi is a slice-of-life about various adult couples. Each chapter is only 4-pages long episode about what adults do in their spare time. While most of them focus primarily on comedy, there are still some romantic undertones which makes the series quite enjoyable to read.

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