Mysterious Girlfriend X

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Title: 謎の彼女X (JP) Nazo no Kanojo X (Romaji) Mysterious Girlfriend X (EN)

Artist: Ueshiba Riichi

Publisher: Kodansha (JP) Tong Li Publishing (CH,TW)
7 Volumes and ongoing as of post

Demographic: Seinen
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Mature, School Life (Slice of Life), Supernatural

Plot: One day, a strange transfer student appears before Tsubaki. Urabe Mikoto is an antisocial girl, whose hobby is just sleeping during class-breaks. One day, Tsubaki goes to wake her up and accidentally tastes her drool… And gets hooked on that! After that, he starts going out with her and gets to know her better. Her second hobby, as it turns out, is carrying around scissors in her panties and cutting paper into flowers…

(Anime Confirmed, no air dates announced)

Impression: Another series that I have been reading for quite some time. Focusing on some of the more creepy things people can get into without any explanation whatsoever, this manga is truly a good read for those that are entertained by weird fetishes without them being all sex related. Sharing a bond with someone because of their drool? That alone had me from chapter 1, that and I like Urabe’s character even if she is antisocial. Even though this is a Mature manga, its not really an ecchi manga, about the most you will see is Urabe pulling scissors out from her panties and the usual manga stuff like baths.

The story itself is not quite as interesting as the characters and their interactions. There is no underlying plot that started the whole thing. Its just Urabe transfers in, Tsubaki gets addicted to her drool in some supernatural way. Then she claims they should go out but to hide it from everyone and then they start having daily meetings to exchange drool, otherwise Tsubaki will start having withdrawal (lol) syndromes if he doesn’t. Its just a slice of life that keeps going and is slowly building up its plot as the characters keep doing their thing.

Urabe and Tsubaki together just seems fitting, however I would like to see Urabe be a little more thoughtful about Tsubaki at times… She can go a little overboard on some many things. It is interesting to watch her miraculously cut cardboard and other things into some kind of designs right behind people without cutting them most of the time. I hope that something can come out of this manga since it is in kind of a stalemate at the moment where things happen then very little builds off what happened. This, however, is not a bad thing that would make me not want to read it as much as it is a ‘come on, DO SOMETHING’ kind of thing.

Overall, I would recommend this series to just about anyone looking for a slice of life to read with some kind of unusual things happening. If Ecchi is or is not your thing, this somehow manages to pull both worlds together while giving that ecchi impression without actually having to actually show it too much. If nothing else, you should enjoy seeing Urabe and the Anime when it comes around. If I had to rate this series, i would rate it 8/10 with the pluses being the characters and the minus being the romance not going anywhere.