Manga Monday: A Galaxy Next Door Vol. 1

Author/Artist: Gido Amagakure
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Released: April 26, 2022
Received: NetGalley

A Galaxy Next Door Vol. 1 is one of several mangas I’ve recently come across that directly portray manga creators. It’s fun, tongue-in-cheek, and is surprisingly good as a foundation for something more.

Since his father died, Ichiro Kuga has been desperately trying to keep things together. With two siblings to support, he throws himself headfirst into his passion, hoping to turn it into a career that’ll take care of all three.

However, Kuga is struggling to deal with the deadlines of manga creation; that’s why he’s had to cave and hire an assistant. Only…she’s not what he expected and has quickly turned his life upside down – and not in any traditional romantic sense.

A Galaxy Next Door Vol. 1 is a fun twist on a guy meets a girl; the guy falls in love with the girl and finds out the girl is an alien. Wait, what? Yeah, it’s a head spinner, but an entertaining one. Kuga’s new assistant, Shiori Goshiki is an alien princess, and through a strange series of events, they’re now destined for marriage.

Naturally, hilarity ensues as the two try to make room for one another in their lives. While I enjoyed the core concept of this story, there were times when it fell flat. Ultimately, I didn’t enjoy it as much as others of its kind, which is disappointing.

Thanks to Kodansha and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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