Komi Can't Communicate Manga Volume 1 Review

Komi Can't Communicate Manga Volume 1 Review

-Written by: Karissa & Will

Karissa

Komi Can’t Communicate is a cute story of a boy named Todano who meets a new classmate named Komi. When Komi goes to introduce herself to the class, she gets so worked up she ends up writing her name on the board. Most of her classmates don’t question why she decided to write her name on the board due to her being so pretty.

Todano ends up getting stuck with Komi during lunch break and decides to try to communicate with her. In a touching scene involving “talking” via blackboard, Tadano learns Komi has a communication disorder. Komi isn’t elusive; she can’t get the courage to speak, and her cool demeanor is a mask to the anxiety she battles. However, despite this she has a goal to make 100 friends. Todano, deciding he’s the first, decides to help her become more social and complete her goal. Considering the high school they go to specifically selects the “most unique” students imaginable, it’s going to be tough.

Between Komi’s awkwardness and funny faces, this series is a very good slice-of-life comedy. It is very easy to connect with the characters while getting in a few laughs. I will definitely be picking up the next volume.

Will

It’s finally here! For those out of the loop, Komi Can’t Communicate began serialization in Japan in 2016. It has become an internet sensation, with many memes focusing on the series “too relatable” moments and the series’s adorable namesake, Komi. I’ve only seen the memes, which only covers bits and pieces of the story. Now that the manga has been released worldwide, those pieces have finally come together. The result? A funny and tender comedy about social anxiety.

Never mean-spirited, author Tomohito Oda does a good job making us empathize with Komi. We get to see Komi’s view of the world and how daily conversations, such as ordering coffee, can be life-or-death to her. She’s an easy character to root for and relatable to anyone who has social anxiety.

Tadano and the rest of the cast seem to be your standard school life characters. The supporting cast are especially very one-note so far, not developing past their gimmick (the social butterfly, the nerd, etc.). Hopefully they’re like Komi and hiding more complicated selves. This is only the first volume after all.

If you’re here for the humor it’s just as funny as the memes make it out to be. Oda understands high school and is constantly making relatable jokes. There’s also a lot of great situational comedy. In one chapter, Komi and Tadano play a game with the popular kids, and Tadano has to save Komi from complete embarrassment. His solution had me rolling with laughter.

Komi Can’t Communicate is exactly what the memes portray. The plot is very Me_IRL: The Manga and Komi is super cute. Now let’s see how the series grows beyond that.

Komi Can't Communicate Manga Volume 1

Timid Tadano is a total wallflower, and that’s just the way he likes it. But all that changes when he finds himself alone in a classroom on the first day of high school with the legendary Komi. He quickly realizes she isn’t aloof—she’s just super awkward. Now he’s made it his mission to help her on her quest to make 100 friends!

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