Manga Monday: With You and the Rain Vol. 1

Series: With You and the Rain
Author/Artist: Ko Kidaido
Publisher: Kodansha
Released: November 23, 2021
Received: NetGalley

I was immediately drawn to With You and the Rain Vol. 1, as the art style, subject, and title all seemed endearing and cute. You guys know how much of a sucker I am for emotional manga reads!

How does the saying go? “If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck.” Well, that may be true now and then, but sometimes that duck is a goose. Err… we should probably take a few steps back here.

A woman comes across a strange little creature and decides it is a stray dog that needs rescuing. Despite all signs to the contrary, she continues to believe that this cutie is a dog. What follows is a strange and humorous series of events.

Okay, so the core concept for With You and the Rain Vol. 1 is actually really cute and funny. An oblivious woman owning a pet that is very much not a dog – hilarious, right? And for the most part, it is.

With You and the Rain Vol. 1 is mostly a collection of short stories based on this foundation. There are lots of little vignettes and interactions, none of which are really connected to each other. While entertaining, it made for a rather shallow read. There was so much potential here, and we barely scraped the surface.

I still think With You and the Rain Vol. 1 is worth reading, especially if you enjoy the art style or sense of humor.

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

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