As Kaoruko faces her deadline, her friends prepare to move out. Will she be able to finish the manuscript?
As moving day approaches, Kaoruko receives praise for her first comic in one of the guest spots. However, with the deadline approaching, she struggles trying to finish her second manuscript. Since her friends already moved out, she struggles to complete her manuscripts as she becomes lonely. At some point, she starts crying. She eventually turns to her figures and her cat, Nyaos to keep her company.
One day, Kaoruko’s mother pays a visit and shows her and Ririko children pictures of Kaoruko. Kaoruko decides to stay until the end of the week to finish the manuscript. She still struggles, until she decides to look at her first manuscript that received approval. With her friends sending encouraging text message, this gives her the motivation to finish it and send it into Mayu. Afterwards, she returns home.
A month later, she reunites with her friends as they saw that the dorms rebuilt. Kaoruko tells her friends her story isn’t going anywhere with her editor rejecting all her storyboards. With that, the girls went into the new dorms as they continue to work on their manga.
As expected, things have been rough for Kaoruko, especially since her friends return home for now. I find it funny how Kaoruko tries to use her figures to keep her company. Sadly, it’s not enough since she still struggles. I have to admit that it’s sad to see her cry a lot. This does not come ata a surprise since she is lonely and her friends aren’t there to keep her company and help her out.
Thankfully, she made it thanks to taking a look at her first manuscript. It’s not surprising given that her manga is based on her own experiences and memories. Not only that, she has her friends’ support even if they are not with her. With that, this makes me glad to see how much Kaoruko have grown since the first episode. Without meeting Koyume, Tsubasa and Ruki, she will still have endless rejections and get nowhere.
As for Kaoruko’s mother, it’s surprising to see her come visit. She must be disappointed that she couldn’t see the other artists. Still, it’s nice to see how Kaoruko gained an interest in drawing that led her to become a mangaka.
Even so, I have to admit that her mother looks like an older and mature looking Kaoruko. Also, it’s quite amusing how she bought multiple copies of the magazine that contains her work and give it out to her customers for free. It’s obvious that she really wants to see her daughter succeed.
Thankfully, this wasn’t goodbye forever. Some feared that Kaoruko would be split apart from her friends. Nope, it was just temporary since the dorms are now rebuilt. In the manga at least, the dorms look modern like how it is in the ending in the anime. Still, it looks like Kaoruko has a long way to go until she receives a serialized series. At least she is with her friends again to help her along the way.
Like with most Manga Time Kirara series, Comic Girls is very enjoyable. Compared to other heroines like Honda Tamaki from Stella no Mahou and Suzukaze Aoba from New Game, Moeta Kaoruko is the opposite. Sure, Tamaki at one point doubts her own art since she believes it doesn’t look as good compared to everyone else, she never had very low self-esteem.
Kaoruko on the other hand, has very low self-esteem. This is not surprising since she cries a lot compared to other heroines from other Manga Time Kirara series. It’s easy to sympathize and relate to her struggles since it’s not easy to create manga. One has to come up with good character designs, personalities, settings and plot. This is difficult for her since she doesn’t have many friends, until now.
I have to admit that the characters are very enjoyable, including Fuura. Yes, there are pairings, Koyume and Tsubasa being the most obvious and close to a true pairing. The animation was also nice along with the opening and ending themes. Either way, this won’t be the last time I will cover the series barring a sequel of some sort. After all, I am following the manga and already reviewed the first volume.
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