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Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible #119 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.

“Spark and Buildup”

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.

This chapter shifts gears a bit after some of the other recent ones as we get Kubo out at a family restaurant with Tama and Hazuki. It’s amusing in that Kubo wants to talk to them about something but she’s so in her own head about it that she hasn’t realized that she’s been in her own head for thirty minutes not saying much of anything. Tama and Hazuki are good friends to be sure and this is that kind of easy supportive group, mostly because nothing serious is really going on and it’s easy to be there for each other. But it’s welcome to see them in this different setting and without any real distractions within it, so they just get to be in the moment. That often has a moment that breaks it but Yukimori allows the story to unfold in a classic and natural kind of way here.

When she says that she has a crush, the relief on the other two is adorable and Hazuki asks almost instantly when she realized she had a crush on Shiraishi. Kubo’s shocked that they know that she both has a crush and who it is, but it leads her to talking about what it is that actually makes her like him. As we know, it’s not any big rom-com kind of moment or anything from manga or film but rather just the slow process of getting to know him and spending time with him. The other two are pretty cute in how they’re pleased for her and taking it all in and it has all the right kind of supportive chatter between the young women that hits a sweet spot. It’s probably a little too sugary in some ways but it gives us something that feels more natural and honest than a lot of this kind of material usually deals with.

In Summary:
Of course, there’s a tease of danger at the end with an incoming text but that’s just the hook for what’s to come. The bulk of this is all about some good time between friends as one of them reveals something that’s very hard for her to say but is completely obvious to everyone else. You come away liking it all even more because it has that good feels and heartwarming element that just clicks. This continues to be an adorable series.

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

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: June 27th, 2022

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