I admit that I was skeptical about the Me and My Gangster Neighbour manga when it came out for the first time.
What got me skeptical about the manga isn’t so much to do with whether the story ended up being a dud or not.
Rather, it’s more to do with the premise of the manga that made it seem dubious to me.
While I have no issues with having someone from the yakuza as the main character, it gives me this icky feeling when the other main character is an elementary school kid.
Yes, I admit that I probably read too much into it without giving this manga a chance.
But as much as I try to be liberal when it comes to storytelling, it makes me nervous when the story revolves around the elementary school kid.
I can’t seem to shake this feeling that the story will put the underage character in an unfavorable situation.
Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case at all with this manga.
It turns out to be that it’s just your typical slice-of-life manga that revolves around a kid and a responsible adult.
As much as I enjoy reading this manga, the recent chapter of the manga somehow got me to speculate about the manga’s ending.
Will the manga end in such a way that I predicted is something that I’m not sure of. But I won’t be surprised if that’s how the story will end judging from the hint in the recent chapter.
As always, I’ll let you know if my prediction about the manga ending turns out to be true once the manga is ending for real.
But for now, I’m going to enjoy reading the manga as much as I can.
What Me and My Gangster Neighbour is all about
Here’s the book description that I got from MANGA Plus.
The long-awaited new work of Momose Wataru, the author of the highly acclaimed anime “Romantic Killer” which is currently airing on Netflix! The story follows Yuuhi, an elementary school student who is home-sitting alone every day. One day, all of a sudden, his neighbor, Mr. Aoi, who lives upstairs, falls in his room leaving a hole in the ceiling. Yuuhi finds out that his neighbor is a cool looking man with a secret side he doesn’t want anyone to know. What does he want to hide so badly? The comedy about a good-looking gangster and a kind-hearted boy and their secret is ready to start!
What got me to read the manga
You know the drill every time there’s a new manga coming out on MANGA Plus. I’m reading the manga because it happens to be there, nothing else.
Whether it’s something that I will continue reading or not is a different story altogether.
What makes Me and My Gangster Neighbour worth reading
When you think of Me and My Gangster Neighbour, you probably have this notion that the manga has the same vibe as The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting.
Well, you’re not wrong about that considering that the manga also has an elementary school kid and someone from the yakuza as the main character.
And it’s a funny manga too, just like The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting.
But what makes this manga to be different from The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting is that you don’t see much about the yakuza side of things.
Instead, you’ll see more of Aoi being a neighbor that has a secret to hide.
And nope, the thing that he’s trying to hide has nothing to do with him being in the yakuza. He doesn’t seem to care that much about it.
What he’s trying to keep a secret is something else altogether.
While the part where he’s trying to hide his secret obsession is a hilarious premise by itself, that’s not what makes the manga worth reading.
Yes, the manga will give you a chuckle every time you read it. But what makes it a must-read has more to do with the manga giving you a wholesome feeling.
The tight-knit relationship that these characters have despite not being related by blood and how the story depicts the real-life situation.
It’s no wonder that the manga gives you a wholesome vibe every time you read it.
What I didn’t expect when I read the manga
I have to say that the recent chapters of the manga somehow caught me off-guard.
Yes, this is something that I should already expect considering the story will experience a shakeup once in a while.
But who would have thought that it could be this heartwarming?
Well, I certainly don’t.
If you’re reading this manga, then brace yourself for this part of the story.
You’ll need tons of tissues nearby since this part of the story will no doubt make you look like a broken faucet.
Who should read the manga?
If you’re someone who is into comedy, a slice-of-life manga that has a yakuza character in it, then you may enjoy reading this manga.
Where to buy Me and My Gangster Neighbour manga
The good news is you can read the manga for free on MANGA Plus. Here’s the link if you’re interested in giving the manga a try:
Will the manga get licensed for digital and print release is something that I’m not sure. But if you want the manga in print and you can read Japanese, you can buy the Japanese version of the manga right here at CDJapan:
Over to you
What do you think about Me and My Gangster Neighbour manga? Are you interested in giving this manga a try after reading about it on my blog?
Let me know in the comment below.
P.S. Yes, I admit that none of my books give you this wholesome feeling like the one you have in Me and My Gangster Neighbour manga.
But if you’re looking for a story that is on the serious side and you enjoy reading light novels, consider having a look at my Trigger Locked series.
It’s a thriller novel with hard science-fiction elements in it.
Interested in giving the light novel a try? You can take a look at it right here on my Payhip store:
Use the coupon code SEKINAMAYUBLOG to get 25% off on your purchase.
Just to let you know that the book is also available in print and on other retailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Apple Books.
But you can only get a discount when you buy the book from my Payhip store, though.
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