Manga Monday – His Favorite Vol. 1

It’s time for another manga Monday! I finally caught up with the series I had been reading. So, this month I’m moving on to something new that my wife recommended I read, His Favorite.

Goodreads Synopsis

One hot guy, one funny-looking guy, one hilarious couple!

Yoshida is short, scrawny and generally unattractive. To make matters worse, all the girls in his class hate him because Sato, the hottest guy in school, always uses hanging out with him as an excuse to turn them down. Is Yoshida just a convenient excuse or is there something more? Could this odd couple even make things work?!

Awkward Yoshida is hated by all the girls in school for his perceived closeness with hot guy Sato, who uses hanging out with Yoshida as an excuse to turn them all down. If Yoshida is merely an excuse, why does Sato taunt him in private about “his favorite”? Is it possible Sato’s feelings run deeper than friendship? And what could he possibly see in the funny-looking Yoshida? Watch Yoshida’s life turn upside down with hilarious results!

My Thoughts

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this since I’m still new to reading manga and haven’t read any BL manga before. My feelings are a bit mixed, but overall, this was an entertaining story. I enjoyed the humor, but I also felt a little uncomfortable with the dubious consent nature of the relationship between the main characters. Something about the way Sato treated Yoshida just felt super predatory to me. That being said, all of it was extremely over the top and done in a way that was quite humorous. The reactions of the girls to Sato was funny, and I enjoyed getting to learn a little about Sato’s background and why he feels so strongly about Yoshida. I’m hoping to get more of the background between the two in future volumes, and I’m looking forward to seeing their dynamic once they do enter into a relationship. Hopefully, it will feel a little more equal and less rapey.


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