It seems that Kaoruko had trouble with her submission and feels down from all the harsh criticism. However, there is still hope for her to improve.
The main protagonist is Moeta Kaoruko, a short girl that looks like a middle schooler. She goes by the name Kaos. Sadly, she received a phone call from Amisawa about her survey results. The results seem terrible with the harshest of criticisms.
I have to admit it’s funny to see all the animals come to her. It definitely reminds me of Hinako from Hinako Note when she goes into scarecrow mode and all the birds come to her. It’s quite fitting since Hinako used to have no friends and usually talk to farm animals. The funny thing is that Kaoruko eventually mentions to Koyume that she received criticism that she have no friends and can only talk to animals and bugs.
Thankfully, all hope is not lost. Aimisawa suggests Kaoruko to attend an all-girls mangaka dorm to improve her skills. Kaoruko is not alone. In another scene, Koiduka Koyume is talking to one of her editors. Apparently, her work is a bit too freewheeling. Apparently, she wants her to meet other artists to draw inspiration from. Still, it’s surprising how Koyume’s mom allow her to stay at the artist dorm. Aside from that, it’s interesting how Kaoruko owns a lot of figurines. It must be for research material.
On the first day, Kaoruko was so nervous that she missed the train to the destination. Not only that, she imagines how other girls will react at the dorm, which I find hilarious. Also, the landlord of the dormitory, Hanazono Ririka scares the crap out of Kaoruko. Thankfully, she realizes that Kaoruko is the girl she was waiting for.
With that, Ririka shows her to her room. I find it funny how Kaoruko becomes nervous over the fact that she will share a room with another girl she doesn’t know. Her roommate is Koyune. She introduces herself and reveals that she draws manga for girls. However, she can draw girls well, but not boys. It’s because she isn’t really interested in drawing boys. It makes me wonder, why doesn’t she make the main character have a female love interest instead? It would work, since she enjoys drawing girls.
As for Kaoruko, she can draw female characters of her size, but not attractive women. Since they are staying at a mangaka dorm, there will be girls who can help them out. With that comes Irokawa Ruki and Katsuki Tsubasa, whose works are being serialized. Tsubasa makes manga for boys. It’s not surprising since she is a tomboy. As for Ruki’s specialty, more on that later. Either way, it seems that Kaoru found the attractive young woman she was looking for.
During the evening, Koyume and Kaoruko decides to visit the dorm next door to see what Ruki’s room and Tsubasa’s room look like. After Koyume and Kaoruko entered, they try to find out Ruki’s specialty. It’s funny how Kaoruko suggests that Ruki is hiding the fact that she is hiding her big chest under baggy clothing. Afterwards, Koyume decides to give it a feel and finds out that Ruki is wearing pads. In other words, Ruki have a flat chest.
From the looks of it, it seems that Ruki wanted to make children’s manga, but makes Ecchi manga instead. She stuck with it since a lot of fans supported her. Either way, Ruki seems happy that she is able to meet Kaoruko. Of course, she doesn’t like her pen name, which is Big Boobies Himeko.
Of course, Tsubasa have a deadline to meet. With that Koyume and Kaoruko decides to help. It makes me wonder why Kaoruko decided to help despite lacking experience creating manga on paper? It shows with numerous mess ups. Thankfully, Tsubasa managed to fix her mistakes and doesn’t seem to mind at all. In fact, she appreciates Kaoruko’s attempted efforts.
Overall, it’s a fun episode. It’s nice that Koyume seems to like Tsubasa since she looks like a boy. On the other hand, Ruki might have a thing for Tsubasa as well as seen with the conversation in the first half. Either way, it seems that Kaoruko still have a long way to go before she can get her work serialized.
Still, it’s interesting how Bunhousha (文方社) who runs the dorm sounds familiar to Houbunsha (方文社) who is the company that publishes the Manga Time Kirara family of magazines. This is also the same company who is responsible for serializing Comic Girls. ¶