【Manga】妄想少女オタク系 / Fujoshi Rumi
Haven’t read manga in a while, but I’m really glad I read this one..! Absolute classic!
Original Title: 妄想少女オタク系 (Geeky Girl Obsession)
English Title: Fujoshi Rumi
Author: 紺條夏生 (KONJOU Natsumi)
Status: Ongoing, licensed in North America by Media Blasters
My Rating: 8.8/10
Asai Rumi is a fujoshi who likes to pair her male classmates up together, and her favourite pair in her class is Takahiro Abe and Chiba Shunsuke. However, things happen and the two guys start liking Rumi, even though Rumi doesn’t want them to like her since she wants them to like each other..! Hilarity ensues.
The manga is drawn and authored by Konjou Natsumi, and she said that the idea for basing a series about a fujoshi comes from being inspired by a friend of her’s. As will be apparent by the manga, Konjou has a really deep understanding of the fujoshi mind, and in her manga likes to throw in references to everything otaku-related, which is extremely awesome. As well, the artwork for this series is decent and nice, but the characters and their personalities are the main attraction. My favourite character is probably Matsun because she is really evil and funny (her face is pretty too).
Even though this is a seinen manga that seems extremely shoujo-like at times, I would recommend it to everyone over the age of 16 (because of innuendos and dirty-like concepts) regardless of gender because this manga is really funny. At least finish reading volume 1 before you drop it for whatever invalid reason(s)!
There is also a live action movie and two drama CDs (with Fujita Saki as Rumi!!) based on this work.
Live Action Movie Official website: http://www.mousou-shoujo.jp/index.html
Interview with Natsumi Konjou: http://comichigh.jp/sp_konjyo.html (Japanese)
Anime News Network Review: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/fujoshi-rumi/gn-1
Fujoshi Rumi stub at Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujoshi_Rumi