Is it Tough Being a Friend?

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I’ve encountered my ideal protagonist!

It’s my friend, Hinomori Ryuuga. We’ve become the closest of friends after entering high school.

My first impression of Ryuuga was “This is the kind of protagonist you’d see in something like an anime.” Then, that thought soon changed into conviction.

First of all, this guy almost never talks about his past. Also, he frequently slips out of class. As soon as he comes back, he gets extremely tired, blood comes out from his lips, the sleeves and cuffs of his uniform get torn, and so forth.

Furthermore, there’s always beauties that are surrounding Ryuuga. The one who’s like an idol within the school, Yukimiya Shiori. The cool expert of the sword, Aogasaki Rei. The mysterious transfer student, Elmira McCartney. It’s very tiring for me when these people appear in front of Ryuuga. I have to frantically make a fuss by saying things like “H, hey Ryuga! How did you get acquainted with Yukimiya!”, “W, why did the beautiful swordswoman Aogasaki come to the classroom to specifically meet Ryuga?!”, or “E, E, Elmira! What is it that you see in Ryuga!”

…So why am I doing this? That’s because I, Kobayashi Ichirou, am a pro at being a friend.

My life’s calling is to support Hinomori Ryuuga, the protagonist amongst protagonists, as a close friend character.

―Let the curtains open for the rom-com presented by co-starring best friend, Kobayashi Ichirou!

Associated Names
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Yuujin Character wa Taihen desu ka?
友人キャラは大変ですか?
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Latest Release

Date Group Release
09/27/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2c2 part6
09/23/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2c2 part5
09/22/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2c2 part4
09/18/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2c2 part3
09/15/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2c2 part2
09/12/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2c2 part1
09/08/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2c1 part6
09/06/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2c1 part5
09/05/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2c1 part4
09/02/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2c1 part3
08/31/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2c1 part2
08/28/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2c1 part1
08/27/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2 prologue
08/26/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v2 illustrations
08/22/18 2Slow2Late Machine... v1 epilogue
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fireutsie
New fireutsie rated it
February 15, 2019
Status: v2
Like others have said. This novel is a bait and switch. The summary had me completely fooled and while the plot twist was kinda unexpected. I didn't really like it and the plot soon became generic afterwards. This wasn't what I had signed up for. Such a shame too since the original premise was kinda unique and plenty fun.
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crocoer
crocoer rated it
July 26, 2018
Status: c1 part3
It's good so far, but what I've seen might be a little polarizing later on.

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Seeing the cover art, I thought, ah, this "protagonist" he's supporting is probably a woman. I mean, the shading around the chest only reinforced the fact. Then I saw the illustrations. Yes, he is a she. At the later parts, it also seems like he moved to being the protagonist of some SoL harem story instead, so I believe that you are probably being mislead.

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But if all you are looking for is the comedy, it is good so far. Really nice and some meta jokes that are not quite fourth-wall breaking. You really feel the MC (the perspective character, not the character he calls the MC) working hard. And he's secretly high-spec to boot. Overall, it looks like it will be at least decent.

I'll give it four stars for now since there isn't even a full volume to read and so far it seems to be above average quality. <<less
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AC253
AC253 rated it
September 2, 2018
Status: v2c1 part2
As usual, there may be spoilers in my review, but nothing much to say here other than - I NEVER KNEW I NEEDED THIS.

WELL. MAYBE I DID. Because honestly, I always loved the side characters of harem shows and reverse-harem shows, and I always have a special spot in my heart for the supporting best friend character. And he's self-aware too? The downside is... it doesn't stay that way. It's gradually growing more generic devolving into a standard rom-com LN, and though I didn't mind the lack of (actual) plot... more>> in the beginning, it doesn't hold my interest. I wish the MC remained as a side-character, but what made him (and Ryuuga, for that matter) initially unique is getting lost.

But there's friendships, there's humor, and there's some nice, easy-to-read translation. If you're in the mood for a breezy read or a funny story, it's worth a try. <<less
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boomstick3000
boomstick3000 rated it
July 25, 2018
Status: c1
Only first chapter so far, but it feels like a breath of fresh air. MC's passion is to bring up the talents of others, but there are hints that he's pretty talented himself. For now it's pretty amusing.
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Sager
Sager rated it
July 24, 2018
Status: c1
Only the first chapter is out but I'm already enjoying this its really funny!

It's also nice to have some originality for once
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bonkleboi
bonkleboi rated it
November 16, 2018
Status: v2c2
This novel starts off really good but then it baits and switch into something else. In my list, mocking and referencing cliches are always well received. So when I read the premise of the novel I knew I would like it. And, for the first volume, it was mostly true.
The MC is a guy obsessed with being a best friend side-character. And because of that he will always try to highlight the 'protagonist' and will use some common cliches to create or even force his ideal setting for the... more>> 'story'. This is where most of the comedy (the good one at least) comes from.

The problem is that the author started adding other elements to the story and these started to overthrew the original idea. By volume 2, the cliche setting the MC had set up and his position as a side-character have almost dissapeared and with that out we're only left with a typical romcom. I guess if you still like a regular romcom you can enjoy the story but for us that came for the comedy it's a real bummer. <<less
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Royal.Ins
Royal.Ins
July 26, 2018
Status: c1 part3
This is something coming from a guy with unique kind of mindset it seems. It never passed my mind that a protagonist can be put as a sidekick character, meaning the harem guy's friend. Tell the author that someone had enjoyed his creation with just the first chapter.
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Fourthaid
Fourthaid rated it
August 3, 2018
Status: c2 part5
This is early for a full review, but there's some potential for an amusing read here. The passionate way the MC wants to support someone else into the limelight is quite funny, despite him in actuality being far superior to all of his previous "main characters".

However, as is always the danger when it comes to comedies based largely on misunderstandings, it can get old quite quickly, which was why I was pleasantly surprised...

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... when the obvious girl crossdressing as the ideal Hero, Ryuuga, was revealed to be a girl within the first two chapters to the MC. I was expecting that to be a recurring gag and somehow sidestepped by a bunch of different tropes as excuses, such as it being a gender bender curse or a potential twin sister or what-have-you whenever it got brought up.

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So far, with a fairly limited amount of content, I'd give it a solid 3, 5/5 and round it up to a 4. How it'll handle the comedy and romcom aspect of it in particular will shape that score. <<less
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mmem
mmem rated it
July 27, 2018
Status: v1 illustrations
Interesting premise, so far it's been fun and I've always had a soft spot for side characters over main characters, though he's reasoning for being a side character is questionable. I especially can't wait for the protagonist to learn the truth.

At least that's what I felt until I saw the illustrations. Now this story seems like it'll become generic real quick. I just don't feel motivated to continue reading. I'll probably come back later when there's more chapters, hopefully I'm wrong about the direction this story will go in and... more>> this'll stay interesting. <<less
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Vidashall
Vidashall rated it
January 15, 2019
Status: v2c2 part6
I had fun reading this novel, although sadly there is not enough material to read and properly judge it (at least translated material).

I was able to enjoy myself and have a couple of laughters along, but sadly after volume 1, the story seems to be getting messy, I can't see the direction is taking.

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At the beginning the MC was supposed to be an "extra", a mob character, someone to support the "protagonist" Ryuuga. But now he is becoming the "protagonist" of the story, and although I have not problem with that, for me it seems too quick and boring how he became OP

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Although if we ignore the "story", and how generic the characters are, it is still a fun reading.

Characters - 2/5

there is nothing special about any of the characters, they are predictable and I have yet to see any "growth", they are two-dimensional. They are characters you would see of your average romcon.

Plot - 2.5/5

Just like the characters, the plot is pretty much generic, the only difference is that we see it from the perspective of a "side" character which makes it a bit more interesting.

Protagonist - 3.5/5

The protagonist of this novel is what makes it fun and enjoyable. His inner monologues along with the way he acts with the characters is pretty funny. Although he is not completely original, he is still better than a two-dimensional characters.

My only problem with him is that we have yet to see his "true" self, after all, he created a persona to go along with the "story". Sometimes we see him getting out of character and maybe showing the true him, but he has yet to totally discard that persona.

Romance - 2/5

not much to say about this, is pretty average.

Comedy - 3/5

Like I said before, the MC is what makes this story fun to read.

Well, that's it for now, it saddens me that the translator stopped working on this novel but I comprehend.

Hopefully he or anyone else might pick it up later, so I can see how the story progress and might be able to give it a more accurate "review". <<less
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Naeddyr
Naeddyr rated it
September 22, 2018
Status: v2c2 part4
I'm a sucker for these metastories, and particularly this one reminds me of a story I wanted to write myself about the Eternal Supporting Character.

But there's a bit of these stories, now, so you can pretty much expect the usual; but still, this one is plenty amusing.

Basic premise: a supremely genre-savvy character caught in their own prejudices, trying to keep a story on track that just isn't going to happen, Ichirou. Some self-aware harem hijinx ensue, but as a parody it's pretty much fast-forwarded.

Not bad.
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