Whoever decided that the person beside a prince should be a princess?
Junko is one of my favorite BL mangaka. So when they first released this years before, I had a mixed reaction. One part of me went “ZOMG shoujo by Junko!” while the other part was “shoujo by the BL mangaka Junko? Yes, some mangaka do cross-genre but it is certainly not an everyday occurrence.
Junko is known for their BL works. And guess what their shoujo is all about? A fujoshi heroine!
2D over 3D
Serinuma Kae is the typical otaku and fujoshi. When I first read the summary, I thought, “Hey! She’s like me!”. But as I go through the book, I realized that she’s much hardcore than I do. For one, her room is full of anime posters and other merchandises. She rarely goes out of the house but when she does, she attends every convention. As a fujoshi, she craves BL and even pairs her male schoolmates with one another. While I can relate to her BL love, I can’t relate to her in pairing people. ;;;
Kae is deeply attached to a game character named Shion. So when Shion died, Kae did too, figuratively-speaking. Don’t we all die a little, feeling empty and all when something happens to our favorites? Kae’s mom and brother had to drag her out of her sheets after a week of isolation and had the biggest shock of their lives.
Normally, when people are depressed, they either binge-eat or lose interest in life and looked liked zombie. But not for Kae, who after shedding some weight turned into a bishoujo. She doesn’t even recognize herself! www
What’s adorable about that is she only changed physically. Before she turned into a cute girl, she is already kind and cheerful. It doesn’t get to her when people make fun of her weight. I love the fact that she is contented with her own. That might make her look like thick-headed but she’s happy as long as she can pair guys. She could have chosen to be a proud popular pretty girl but nope. Her fandom always takes priority over everything else.
Living the otome life
On her first day coming back to school. No one could recognize her, even her bestfriend. Her life did a 360-degree turn. Not just because everyone did a double take after seeing her transformation, but Kae starts living the otome life with four bishies fighting for her attention.
I find the guys cuties but shallow. Just because Kae turned cute, they all fall head over heels for her when they’ve been ignoring her before. So the guys are:
Igarashi – I go dokidoki for this guy. Kae ships him with Nanashima though. Igarashi seems to be the most romantically invested among the four guys but it also appears the he’s only interested in Kae’s face. He has yet to prove if he really likes her.
Nanashima – the blunt guy who used to make fun of Kae. He looks a lot like Shion of Mirage Saga.
Mutsumi – Kae’s senpai who is the only one who recognizes her right away. Unlike the other guys, he’s been consistently in her aide even in her chubby days. But he’s also the odd one in the group because he doesn’t appear to romantically like Kae. More like, he’d been drifted there by accident.
Shinomiya – the tsundere kouhai whom I find cute but just like everyone else, really shallow and judgmental.
The thin line between reality and fantasy
Kae treads a dangerous line between real life and fiction. WagaMote shows how society can be unforgiving if you look plain and geeky but it’s all fine when you are cute. There’s a scene when her bestfriend warns her not to let the guys know that she’s an otaku as if it’s a mortal sin to be a big fan (well, this is Japan…). The guys like her just because she’s cute so they let her fangirling slide. But I loved how Kae chose to reveal who she really is. She doesn’t regret it, at the very least.
Watashi ga Motete Dousunda is a mix and match of everything that I love, from the mangaka down to the theme. It’s a fun read, not just because it’s funny per se, but also the fact that I can see myself in some of Kae’s fandom struggles.