Author/Artist: Maki Miyoshi
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Released: April 12, 2022
I’ve been in the mood for a cute and charming manga lately, so I decided to dive into Nighttime for Just Us Two Volume 1 by Maki Miyoshi. If you’re dealing with a similar craving, it hits the spot.
Koga is one of those students who fades into the background. She does it so well that most of her classmates don’t know her name. It’s a life that Koga has been mostly content to live, as it allows her to enjoy the world at night with nobody to bother her.
However, her life is in for a rude awakening when the most popular boy in school finds her favorite relaxing spot. Only…he’s not really that boy. According to him, he’s an alien that inhabits his body while he’s asleep. Yeah, it’s a lot. What’s more, he wants to be Koga’s friend.
I’ll be the first to admit that Nighttime for Just Us Two Volume 1 has a bit of a convoluted concept. An alien inhabiting a teenage boy’s body, but only while he sleeps? One that just so happens to desire nothing more than Koga’s friendship?
Despite that, it was quite a bit of fun to read. Once you overlook the lack of consent issue (walking around in somebody’s body is creepy). Koga’s character takes a bit of time to shine (unlike her counterpart), but it is pretty tough to turn away from once it does.
I’ll admit that I’m curious to see where this one goes. Is there a compromise that will make all three characters happy? Or are they doomed for some horrible ending? I honestly have no clue.
Thanks to Kodansha and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.