Manga Monday: The Transcendent One-Sided Love of Yoshida the Catch Vol. 1

Series: The Transcendent One-Sided Love of Yoshida the Catch #1
Author/Artist: Shizuki Fujisawa
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Released: February 15, 2022
Received: NetGalley

Lately, it seems like a particular trope in manga keeps making its way onto my desk. In this trope, we get to read about manga artists creating their work (in manga). Yet there’s something inherently appealing about this, so I’m not complaining! Next up for me is The Transcendent One-Sided Love of Yoshida the Catch Vol. 1.

Yoshida is one of those perfect guys that people dream about. They either want to be him or be with him. Either way, the idea of him makes people happy. He has a regular business job, is good-looking (more than, really), and he’s kind.

He’s also not available, at least not emotionally. You see, Yoshida has his eyes set on Sena Shimakaze. Even though she’s utterly oblivious to his feelings, so instead he’s relegated himself to helping her in every venture, including the creation of her manga.

Okay, this was fun. The Transcendent One-Sided Love of Yoshida the Catch Vol. 1 makes new twists on typical romantic plots, making them fun again! If you love quirky romance stories, then you’ll probably like this one.

I was surprised to learn that the main perspective of The Transcendent One-Sided Love of Yoshida the Catch Vol. 1 is not Yoshida or Sena. Instead, it’s a new third character, and I mean new. He just signed on to learn under Sena’s wing, only…she’s a lot more chaotic than he expected.

On the bright side, our leading protagonist is quick to jump on the ship, vocalizing everything that readers would love to say. There’s a certain ironic sense of humor in that fact, which I can’t help but appreciate.

Full disclosure: Volume two was recently released (in relation to when I sat down to write this review), and I nabbed it. I’m adding this to the list of series I’m staying subscribed to. It’s worth it!

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

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