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August 14, 2015

Manga Review: Let's Eat Ramen and Other Doujinshi Short Stories by Nagumo, Aji-Ichi

Let's Eat Ramen and Other Doujinshi Short Stories by Nagumo, Aji-Ichi
Doujinshi, otherwise known as independent manga in Japan, is rarely published in English. In fact, it's considered underground and quite exclusive in its home country of Japan as well. Let's Eat Ramen and Other Doujinshi Short Stories finally gives western readers an exclusive look at the elusive world of contemporary Japanese doujinshi manga. Let's East Ramen is a three-part tale of Saeki, a girl who loves ramen noodles. At last, she thinks that she has finally found the perfect ramen shop, but the problem is the shop is completely full of old regulars and she can't get in. Will the timid Saeki ever summon the willpower to reach out and get the ramen that she desperately wants?
I used to read manga a couple of years ago, although I couldn't say I was a manga reader. I just read a few but really liked them. So I saw this one at NetGalley and wanted to try manga again, it has a couple of short stories, all sweet with a little bit of romance, and easy to read for beginners.

The principal story is Let's Eat Ramen, where a girl wants to eat real ramen noodles in restaurants but is to shy to go alone. It's a very simple story, I wouldn't have thought it could have a lot to explore, but it did and I'd like to know more about that girl! Who haven't been too shy sometimes to eat alone?

Doujinshi, as the synopsis explained, are independent manga and most of the time it's only published in Japan, so reading this one felt like a gift. I'll be watching these authors, who knows, maybe I'll start reading manga again!