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Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible #116 Manga Review

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Shiraishi lives a largely-unnoticed existence, until a girl named Kubo gives his social life a major boost in Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible!
© 2019 by Nene Yukimori / SHUEISHA Inc.

“Award Ceremony & Results Announced”

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Nene Yukimori
Translation: Amanda Haley

What They Say
You can’t be invisible when the heroine has her eyes on you!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As the series rolls on, still without a huge chunk of chapters as Viz Media started this later in its run this property from Nene Yukimori continues to prove itself to be an entirely accessible work as I was able to pick up this in the early 80s range of chapters and enjoy it easily enough. The series is one that works through some familiar kinds of material here for a high school romance with a bit of comedy and that helps as you just have to get a handle on the way the characters interact with each other. Yet Yukimori’s a solid artist with good designs for the characters that feel their own so that it’s not just a carbon copy of something else and they make the locations work in their favor, though there are some slim panels as you’d expect.

After some really good material between Kubo and Shiraishi previously as they got to spend some time together with the festival, everyone has now gathered in the auditorium for the results of it. Everyone’s together with their class and hoping to win and we get some good stuff with Shiraishi really hopeful that they do because he knows how much has been put into it. He’s worked hard to ensure a good result so that when it does get revealed that their class won with their haunted house, he’s just elated by it. It’s fun to watch his shock and surprise because that’s how his mindset is in general. But seeing the elation of everybody over the result really does work well to make him happy and all the positivity is pretty infectious. He is, however, a bit surprised that Sudo is the one angling to go up and accept the award.

But Sudo gets shot down quickly, which is good to see, by the rest of the class as they made the decision unbeknownst to Shiraishi that they wanted him to go up and accept the award. That’s a huge issue and sea change for him with how his life has gone but it’s a treasure to watch as he starts staggering toward the stage after all the encouragement only to be invisible once a few feet away. His curse is still very much there in general, though we’ve seen whispers of it getting better, but the reality is that even as he climbs the steps to the stage, he knows that Kubo sees him. It’s a really nice moment and oversized panel that shows this as they look at each other across the auditorium and we see just how proud she is of him and his ability to do this.

In Summary:
While I had hoped to see more of Kubo and Shiraishi going through the festival itself and having some fun time together, this does a good job of showing Shiraishi’s growth and how Kubo is so proud of him for being able to do all of this. While he’s still invisible to a lot of people it feels like we’re close to making a breakthrough on that but also have this sense that this is entering an endgame kind of mode. I suspect it’ll go on for a good bit longer since an anime adaptation is coming but I can also imagine that there’s a legitimate plan for how long this will play out. It really needs to move forward in some real way soon.

Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: B

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: June 29th, 2022