You Should Read “Shinozaki-san”

shinozaki1Shinozaki-san Ki wo OTAshika ni! (literally “Be Careful, You Might Become an Otaku, Shinozaki!”) is a manga by Shou Hikawa (better known as Saku Saku Tei in doujin circles) running in the magazine¬†Comic Meteor. It tells the story of the titular character Akina Shinozaki as she struggles to get her cute otaku friend, Kaede Sasamura, out of her “unproductive” hobby. The catch is that Akina’s plan to get Kaede out of her obsession involves getting into the otaku culture herself, leading to a massive culture shock on Akina’s part. As Akina explores the unique world of otaku subculture, she finds herself slowly getting more and more obsessed with getting on Kaede’s good side rather than setting her on “the proper path.” Continue reading