Shimotsuki-san Likes the Mob (WN)


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When I met him, I realized that I was a ‘mob character’.

My childhood friend, my best friend, my stepsister, and everyone else I fell in love with, fell in love with him.

But there was one girl who showed a completely separate face only in front of me.

I’m not sure what to make of it.

Normally she doesn’t talk much, but she’s all talk when she’s in front of me.

She smiles only at me.

Even though she was the main heroine, she fell in love with me, a mob character–this is my story.

This is a romantic comedy about a dull mob character.

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Shimotsuki-san Loves The Mob
Shimotsuki-san wa Mob ga Suki
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New guih34 rated it
March 14, 2023
Status: --
I've only read the first volume, the plot itself was fine, but the author just have horrible character writing, there's not even a single likable persona in the whole cast.

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The protagonist, self-styled "mob", can't spend a whole page without over monologuing, feels like 20 to 30% of the history is him rambling about something he said over three times last five minutes.

His sister/childhood friend/"best friend" couldn't be more caricaturesque bad, they barely exist in the history, the moment they saw the 'MC' they just ghosted the MC and said they would never have any relationship with any other man so the guy could appeal to the guy, his step-sister, in particular, barely ever sleeps in their own house and forbids the MC to talk they are related.

The 'harem-MC' has that plot armor on his for everything except the main heroine and acts like an a**hole

The heroine character and personality are also weak IMO

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Depression is my new friend rated it
October 3, 2021
Status: c110
Let me summarise the novel in a sentence

Author with NTR fetish played it safe by trying to make a rom com novel with a cast full of unlikable characters but his fetish springs up from tine to time.

Oh but that's just the forgettable cast that gets NTR'ed so if you are bothered about the FMC getting NTR'ed she probably won't be since it's not that type of depresso expresso novel. Read further below for more details

I'm sorry but the MC is just too pathetic and intolerable for me to like.... more>> He constantly goes "I'm a mob char so I can't do this, I'm a mob char so I can't do that." It was kinda ok in the beginning but then it starts to slowly piss you off with how much he says it.

Even the fMC acts all cute and bubbly with the MC but when the time comes to show herself as the fMC she's disappointing.

So basically this harem guy who ntrs the MC by taking his step sister, childhood friend and bestie desperately wants the fMC to join in. The fMC seems to despise him from the depth of her heart but instead of telling the tr*sh to go away or leave her alone, she just says some half assed words. Instead of ending it once and for all, when that scum asks her about something, she simply answers him but in a dissatisfied manner.

She then proceeds to act all mushy with the MC in front of that scum making the MC a target.

The MC instead of standing up for himself, let's the scum walk all over him.

She clearly knew her actions would result in such consequences for the MC, yet she still does it all the time and when the scum gets jealous, she gives him half assed response rather than telling him to leave them alone. Technically that's the only bad point she has but that point sticks out like a sore thumb and makes her adorable actions all the more irritating.

The harem scum protag ntrs our MC and acts all arrogantly with too much screen/script time. And it's not even important. It's about how the female friends that were once close to the MC are now all over the harem scum.

I swear the author is a hard core ntr lover and wanted to make a LN out of it but tried to play it safe. Even I read ntr doujins but when I see such ntr sh*t happening outside doujins with the MC always describing the sluts' actions and how much it hurts, it makes you wonder, why tf do I have to read those lines again and again. And his exuse when something bad happens to him?

"Because I'm a mob"

The MC's past close female friends are just a bunch of sluts. After finding the harem scum, they simply throw him away and ignore him when the story begins. I swear if they make these sluts like the MC in the future and act all cute I'll strangle the author in my mind.

The MC too, even though he gets treated like absolute garbage by those sluts, still act kind as if he's the second coming of Jesus. The sluts' lines (technically just the MC's step sis for now since others have not interacted live in the story) spouts out lines that came straight from ntr doujins like "after what I've done, I don't deserve your kindness" and stuff

However I'll continue reading it since there must be a reason why such a garbage web novel got a light novel adaptation. Maybe it will improve later on. Maybe similar to some other nivels, the LN might correct some mistakes the web novel made

However don't let my review put you off and skip this one. Give it a try and maybe stick around for a few chapters. If your thoughts align with mine then maybe read a few more chapters and if it still does not convince you, I suggest you to drop it.
I wrote this review from my pov, from a guy who felt more and more irritated as the plot moved forward so maybe my review was a little too harsh but if you ppl too felt the same way, like I said abv, I suggest u to drop it. I'll try reading some more and maybe edit my review if the story gets better. If I still have not after two - three days, just assume the web novel was so shit, I simply closed the tab and never bothered thrashing this novel further

The raws are available in syosetsu and have about 300+ chaps but each one is extremely short

Read 100 chaps and honestly, it got boring real fast for me but maybe others might (?) enjoy it <<less
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Kuro Alicia rated it
February 15, 2022
Status: c387
What a surprise... I actually enjoy this story... im not into NTR tho

Note: I skip volume 1 because I already read many review & spoiler. I also have a fragile heart despite already read thousand novel so I can't stand NTR vibe on volume 1.

After continue from volume 2, I know for sure MC (mob) didn't really love them ex. I also don't want them to come back to MC (mob), I don't care if they're stay with MC (scum) & continue to suffer with him lmao

What's the turning point... more>> for this story to greatly change my mind is how fMC confess her feeling to MC (mob), even though he didn't answer her because he still didn't love himself first. But that's what makes me happy, not the hanging part, but the part MC romance really grow for good, unlike many other where they need 400 chapter to step forward lol

I also really like fMC character, how she basically tell to MC (scum) to f*ck off from her life LMAO got me good


She's a cute little YANDERE 🙏😇

She really like the way MC (mob) are, when MC got make up for his theater project & getting compliment from his classmate she said:

"I like you just the way you are! The current Kotaro is kind of annoying to watch."

And proceed to erase his make up lol

She evaluate people from inside, not outside


So i'll continue to read this & I hope this don't turn to worse

Even though volume 2 with new heroine villain is a bit pain the the ass, her scenario is good for MC so it's a pass for me

Edit: end of volume 2



True masterpiece *chef kiss

There's one ex-heroine who got redemption & regret all of her doing to the MC (mob). Well, she can't rewind time & now im a bit sad for her... whatever~

Edit: start of volume 3

I know for sure Love Comedy God (author) is like playing with his character heart lol, almost breaking 4th wall

Edit: vol 4 chap 249

I can clearly tell you, all the sub-heroine in this story is HUGE DUMB DUMB

What's with those liking the same MC (scum) & walk a path of thorn. At the end they know there's only one who MC would choose but still competing for him lmao. Dumb dumb get dump lol. This isn't Isekai or Arab where you could create a real Harem, this is Japan

Edit: 387

This MC really unbearable, he always see himself as a mob, not a real human like we do. His self-esteem really low even though he know fMC really likes him a lot

He can't see himself become happy because he's a mob & don't want to see him & fMC feeling, hell even now he still didn't confess his feeling for fMC even though I know at "future chapter" they become happy family

This repetitive "because I'm a mob" already too much at this point <<less
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jugglusjuggler rated it
November 10, 2021
Status: c170
Quite an interesting read lol

Mc's a Quiet person but he's not really a pu*sy and the fMC isn't too dumb but she's supportive to our mob MC here.


looking at the recent raw chapters looks like both got married too

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Snowman256 rated it
July 2, 2022
Status: c136
I felt stopping one and a half volumes into the English translattion wouldn't do the review justice, so I MTL'ed to c136 to complete the second arc. In short, the novel has an interesting premise, but IMO the author focuses excessively on how the MC stereotypes all his friends into their "roles" and how the MC forcibly counteracts any deviations of the characters from their roles. This is shown particularly in Arc 2, where the author basically writes themselves in as a new character, whose sole focus is to write... more>> a romcom story where the supposed "harem protagonist" gets NTR'ed. In that vein, IMO the NTR tags are valid, especially considering the author's original intent writing the novel. The author retcons a LOT throughout the novel, anything from a chapter where the MC tries to say he loved his sister and two female friends but didn't love love them so it's technically not NTR because NTR only applied to love love and not, you know, love, to a chapter where the MC goes on and on about how the heroine is indifferent instead of hateful of to the harem protag, only for the heroine to actively proclaim her hate for the harem protag under multiple occasions in subsequent chapters.

TLDR, interesting idea and the actions the characters take aren't horribly unrealistic or unideal, but the novel drags on for way too long in the MC's low self-esteem, judgy behavior, self aggrandizing speeches, and retcons. 3/5 for me. <<less
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SkyWind332 rated it
March 28, 2022
Status: --
This was clearly written by an author who likes NTR. Yeah it's not really a romcom because the premise itself came straight from a NTR story. The only difference between this series and a full blown NTR is that the author throws a saving rope by introducing the Main Heroine but with that premise I felt like the author wants you to like and to tolerate NTR because he gave decent heroine to the MC.

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I really can't stand Ryoma even in his monologue in Chapter 136, for him the affection of the woman is all about competition, he is berating the MC for not having good characteristics and saying good things about himself and saying that Kotaro is lucky because he's the MC and he's just a side character. Seriously author why are you trying to make us feel bad for that piece of sh*t of a character Then the author made this a harem series seriously besides Shimotsuki, his step sister, bestfriend, childhood friend, are all b*tch. That's why it's so satisfying to see them suffer because of what they have done towards the MC for example in case of Kirari his bestfriend she changed her hair color and acted like a gal because he fell in love with Ryoma then she cried that she realize that Kotaro is always there for her supporting her in middle school, it's satisfying to see her crying and imagining that she should be in Kotaro's side instead of Shimotsuki.

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rcpsycho rated it
January 26, 2022
Status: c16
There could have been potential in the setting, but it just wasn't used at all.

Rather than becoming friends or falling in love properly, the only reason the FL takes any interest in the MC is that she has superhuman hearing to the point of hearing a heartbeat and even "feelings". And just after being woken up once, she's pointlessly aggressive in establishing a friendship or relationship whenever they're alone.

Meanwhile the MC and who he perceives as the "harem protagonist" enter a contest of who's the bigger idiot. The "harem protagonist"... more>> is pointlessly confident but also insensitive and oblivious and the MC is too far gone into this "I'm a mob character" mentality and can't even properly reply to a conversation. And that's not mentioning that he has some insane resentment towards the harem protag for getting along with several girls when he had feelings for all of those girls in the first place and never did anything about them.

I don't know if you need mental problems to like this novel or mental strength to ignore all its faults, but if you're looking for a regular romance novel, this isn't it. <<less
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anonymous M.K. 42 rated it
February 9, 2022
Status: c33
First time making a review, I hope I can do it well.....

I have been reading half world speaking sh*t of the MC (mob) since apparently the "MC", who NTR his "girls", step on him and he doesn't fight back. So I decide to read to see what is really going in the novel and let me tell you, I realize that there are many people don't understand what they are reading, even though they are reading it. Or rather they can't conprehend what they have just read.

-The MC (mob) is... more>> only faking getting stepped on since he has plan. Is a solid plan to win against the "MC", though in my opinion the MC (mob) has already won, it's just he hasn't noticed yet.


He is playing the part of a "mob who tries to get close to the heroine but apparently always fails" in front of the "MC". While in secret he and the heroine are getting along very well. Yep, is the behind scenes approach and the "MC" doesn't notice a damn and he allows it since he believe he can't lose, he doesn't notice that the heroine despise his very existance. An outstanding move.


-The NTR part is well, from my point of view: there is no NTR as NTR. It may look like that since the MC (mob) was hurt by it but that was his own misunderstanding.


The girls he was close with never like him as a person of the opposite s*x. In fact, one of them didn't think of him as a human for some reason. He just realized when the "MC" came and the girls start fawning on him. It would have happened with any other guy the girls have found charming.


This part wasn't well done. It needed to have more depth (opinion).

-The MC is a mob, a normal guy who is average, dull if we are being mean. He is not special, like the majority of us, so asking him to be able to deal with an apparently MC straight out from a romcom is too much. He is dealing with him but he is doing it in the way he can and the best way he can think of. People need to be more tolerant, well there are limits to everything. Now I said the enemy is apparently straight out from a romcom but honestly he is more a playboy who got choosen to be on the role of a romcom MC.


He even flirts with the teacher in public. He doesn't reject the advances of the girls besides the heroine but still throw them away when the heroine is involved.


The only trait that I can see he has of a romcom MC, besides being oblivious, is the fact the girls are fawning for him for no apparent reason. Generally, MC of romcom are average guys who are "kind", with different levels of denseness (depending of the plot), there is no way they will do the things this "MC" does unless the girls are the ones forcing it. There are exceptions to that but normally in romcoms the MC are like that. Unless the times (trends) are finally changing.

-The other girls, the ones close to the MC (mob), besides the heroine are a bunch of idiots. Sometimes I wonder if they were posseded by something the moment the "MC" came to them.


What was that of not considering the MC (mob) as a human just because she wasn't capable of knowing what was he thinking? Spending the night on the "MC" as well? Even though she has one and there is no need for her to do so? The other girls are similarly as well.


I'm really happy that none of them won't end up with the MC (mob) no matter what, in retrospective that guy did him a favor.

I won't say it's the best novel out there but one need to read carefully so one can comprehend what one's is actually reading. <<less
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November 18, 2021
Status: c198
The interaction between the MC and FL is great and the story is really interesting. The only problem? The people in the description, the sister, childhood and best friend are all... very very dumb and honestly how they react makes my brain hurt.
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andiuli rated it
September 9, 2022
Status: c30
the MC needs a psychologist, he keeps talking about "harem protagonist", "mob", every two lines, he's obsessed, he needs therapy. Apart from that the MC is angry because he couldn't have a harem like the "harem protagonist" and he keeps crying for his three friends with whom he was in love but now I don't chase him, basically he has the same thoughts as the "harem protagonist "only that the difference is that the other one could have his harem and he only had it. About the fMC she's fine... more>> and she's someone who doesn't like the "harem protagonist" because she's an idiot (sure enough). The MC needs a psychologist, he keeps talking about "harem protagonist", "mob", every two lines, he's obsessed, he needs therapy. Apart from that the MC is angry because he couldn't have a harem like the "harem protagonist" and he keeps crying for his three friends with whom he was in love but now they don't chase him, basically he has the same thoughts as the "harem protagonist", the only difference is that one could have his harem, and he only dreams of having it. About the fMC she's fine and she's someone who doesn't like the "harem protagonist" because he's an idiot (sure enough). <<less
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ftw-yeah rated it
April 7, 2022
Status: c59
The story is about our main character, Nakayama Koutarou, and his daily life dwindling in self-pity. It sounds like a diss, but this is really the only way I can sum it up. However, I can confirm that the premise is nice, the execution is nice, and the characters are just made to be hated, that is, excluding MC and fMC, great... Well actually, the only thing I can't stand is a certain aspect of the main character's personality. I don't mind him and his peculiar use of impostor syndrome... more>> (labeling himself a mob and such) to justify the decisions he makes. Heck, it's entertaining to see how he will act in situations based on this. But... BUT! the only thing I can't stand is his obsession with those three girls.


Ok, I'm just gonna mention the stepsister's treatment of the MC, how he handles that, and how it builds into the overall reason as to why I don't like the way he obsesses over those girls:

    • She literally said, "oh wow, so you are human". What do you mean by that? how did you see your clearly human brother before that? then after that obviously insane remark, MC just shrugs it off (I'm cool with that), but still treats her kindly despite that (not cool with that). And to make matters worse, after the stepsister says such s*upid things, and disassociates herself from her stepbrother (our mc), virtually treating him like some sort of stranger, she had the balls to say "please help me onii-chan". tf? why are you trying to cater to him by saying oniichan now?
      how selfish of a wench must you be to think that you can take advantage of your stepbrother when it's to your own convenience. oh, but if that wasn't enough... it just gets worse. you'd think the MC would try and stop caring about her. You know, I understand, you're a nice dude! BUT EVEN NICE DUDES HAVE THEIR LIMITS! after the way she treated you, you'd expect him to retaliate in some way. he did... for like a second, and then folded, and helped her. I'm sure the MC stepsister is also aware of how he's being treated by the other 2 girls, but just doesn't care, cause love is blind, right?

It's really selfish, and I wish the MC would just ignore her or something, just a wish-fulfillment of mine to be honest. But, I will affirm something (if I hadn't mentioned already), the mc's stepsister likes Ryouma, because she used to have an older brother figure who died, I believe. After that, she was taken in and cared for by Nakayama and his family. Then, during a high school ceremony, she found that Ryouma looked exactly like him (her now-deceased older brother), and decided, hey? even though I have a stepbrother who treated me with love and kindness after a tragic event, I'm just gonna stick to Ryouma because he looks like my real onii-chan, and completely neglects the person that got me out of a tragic event simply because he doesn't look like him. Even if Ryouma treats me like garbage, I will still like him.

If I may be so bold to say, shallow. and then, pushover MC just decides to ignore her shallowness and still try to be kind to her.

Now, with all that out of the way, time for the biggest reason as to why I don't like the way he handles these situations.

The girls at this point have just treated him like garbage, (to reiterate, the feats I mentioned just then were only the stepsisters doing), and he's still as kind as ever. At this point, it's safe to assume he has unconditional affection for those three girls at this point, Despite being treated like tr*sh. Now... I mention this because...

He actually, after all that, the way he's been betrayed, and ignored, still has the capacity to get JEALOUS over Ryouma after interacting with those girls. Because he's still so kind to them, therefore having affection for them, he gets JEALOUS. I don't necessarily mind the emotion of jealousy when shown, I just find it kinda pathetic is all. But this, MC! THIS IS JUST RIDICULOUS! WHY ARE YOU GETTING JEALOUS FOR GIRLS WHO METICULOUSLY TRAMPLE ON YOU FOR, TREAT YOU LIKE tr*sh, WHY?

sigh, anyway, hopefully, it gets better in the future so I can rate this 5 stars.


However, the light novel exclusive MC is, to be honest, a much better alternative in my opinion. The same events happened, however, the way he handles it in my opinion is much better. so, I'm gonna go read the light novel and rate it 5 stars. see ya <<less
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iloveLNanimemanga rated it
January 25, 2022
Status: --
hmm, I will rate this 5 stars because I can read this in my short free time, each chapter is quite short and if you want a long chapter, then this is no for you. I feel the way FMC acts is cute but the main character is disappointing. He keep thinking he is just a Mob and he can not do the things he want. But this gets a LN so I dom't think they will just pick a garbage. The LN may have corrections and improve the contents.... more>> I will just give it a five star to see if it is improved or not <<less
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January 6, 2023
Status: c137
the romcom element is "okay" level. the first arc is quite entertaining to read.

but when Mary arc came in, everything become much havier to follow. the problem that follows around Ryuzaki's harem turned from mundane, to much psychological.

we indeed showed how Kotaro would solve the problem and countered every scheme. but in turn we are showed how big the gap of interpersonal skill and intelligence in Kotaro's persona. and it's quite weird seeing how Kotaro become like that with his average intelligence he showed at the first arc (he's more... more>> emotional driven guy).

as for character :

Shimotsuki : I see her as a sweet girl at first. but the yandere factor a little bit ruined her personality (it might be due to my own opinion) she's a talk active, or for me she's like super duper naggy girl (her family too) it's sadly shown in her interaction with Kotaro.

Kotaro : a self proclaimed "mob" in time he's a secret interpersonal psychological genius (lol) but he could turned into a lump of stone that always do alot of inner monologues when facing Shimotsuki (and her families) which is soo weird.


in some parts it's an ordinary school life, but in the other chapter it's full of deeper and havier problem (trick and scheme) that for me, it's such unnecessary thing to escalate problem to those degree. in turn Shimotsuki thrown out of the picture, and back as a little comic relief.

The romance,

i can't say it's sugary. it's just a romance who seems sugary from the outside, but in fact it's cringeworthy due to the extremity of Shimotsuki yandere personae and "the peeble on the roadside" personality of Kotaro which make "depiction" of this couple is quite hard to imagine. the interaction are one sided, which lacks of strawberry atmosphere.... in short... it's so weird.

truly a series with a weird couple. <<less
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Raestloz rated it
October 30, 2022
Status: c114
I tried to like this, but I can't

For some reason, the author is obsessed with the phrase "I'm a mob" and used it so frequently it's jarring. I know you're a mob character, I wish you'd stop saying that 400 phrases ago

Beyond that, the story is mostly hero's pathetic love story where the girls left him due to reasons and stick with the "main character" instead. Hero bemoans this fact over

... more>> And over

And over

And over

And over

And over

And over again

Which really feels less like tension building and more like pathetic lamentations. It's normal for someone to have low self esteem but honestly this is going way way way too far.

Which makes reading this novel way worse because the story itself really isn't that great. The hero has nothing going for him beyond "well I dislike the main character so you will do instead" <<less
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MinosML rated it
March 13, 2022
Status: c75
I think this one's not that bad as some 1 star reviews make it seem, but not that good as some 5 stars review make it seem either. I'd give it 3.5 if I could, honestly.

It has those weird NTR vibes mostly at the beggining but the fluffy relationship between Shimotsuki and MC really heals whatever damage was inflicted with those parts, so this novel is both the sickness and the cure, if that makes sense. The MC is severely traumatized by the so called "Harem Protagonist" (which is kind... more>> of dense & c*cky at the same time, very unlikeable) stealing some girls that were close to him before, but it's hinted that they never really saw him as more than a friend either way, but he still feels betrayed (and with good reason tbh, ghosting even a friend like that is kind of a d*ck move) but it's not actually NTR as he wasn't really dating any of those girls.

Best part about this story is MC slowly developing the begginings of a personality thanks to FL and getting out of his "Woe is me I'm just a mob character" mentality, but even that hasn't progressed as much as I'd like and even if chapters are short they sometimes comprise entirely of internal monologues that don't really go nowhere, so that ruins the pacing by quite a lot.

All in all, I think there is a pretty decent story with a really cute FL hidden behing slow pacing and the lack of a clear explanation as to why Shimotsuki is interested in our MC, it's one of those cases that I think a LN version/rewrite could elevate this story at least to a 4/4.5. <<less
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December 16, 2021
Status: --
5 mins in and I got brain damage, flashing bo*bs, trying to seduce acting like prost*tues and the MC be like I should be the one in his position. I am dropping it I got to know the personality of the MC 'a jealous little b*tch'. If he had more of an indifferent personality. I would've surely given it a read. Otherwise its a torture.
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Touch-San rated it
January 20, 2023
Status: c144
Remove this from the romance genre and put it in the psychological genre instead. There's barely any romance and all this talk about "x character's romantic comedy" being outright said as if the characters are aware they are in a story is just really off-putting. At best, this story could get the romantic subplot tag.

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Mary's arc sucks something fierce and had no right to go on for as long as it did. 20 chapters would have sufficed for this smelly turd of a story. Mary as a character also pissed me off so much, she is one of the few antagonists in a non action story whom I actually wish death upon. She really is that bad.

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Sheltyer rated it
December 1, 2022
Status: --
If you read carefully Mary's part during the School Festival,
you will know the truth.

Mary initially fell in love with Ryu, but that changed after seeing Ryu who was only selfish, and rejected his confession,
because Ryu saw Mary as an outlet and not Love,
and also that she was really in love with Koutarou, who saw her as a caring and affectionate person who kept her from feeling bored.

So far Mary has always been bored with things that she easily achieved,
that's why Mary felt... more>> something hurt and when she was told by Koutarou, she acted aggressively and tried to kiss Koutarou.

that's how I see it, in short. <<less
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Sarael rated it
October 18, 2022
Status: part5
This novel has a interesting way of using the matter of perspective, since the main character is thrusted to the role of a"mob", or more of a secondary character, equivalent of love rivals of the MC of a romcom, like Mikawa Kai from Seto no Hanayome (not personality-wise, position-wise). There are reasons for this and why characters' viewpoints are twisted to that they're viewing it under the lense of romcoms and their character development are tied into it (especially Kotaro, Kirari and that other "heroine")

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The character comparing themselves and their situation to LN romcoms is part of the problem that gets solved later. It was intentional to have the character think that way. Kirari and Azusa arcs were pretty good. Kirari tackles of the issue of being true to yourself while Azusa tackles the idea of replacing a lost loved one and the pain of turndown and moving forward past her heartbreak.
Kotaro's arcs were also pretty nice too, tackling mainly on self-worth and growing out of the romcom perspective and negative viewpoint


Now for its flaws.

The story has some pretty big problems. I think the author drags some of the arcs too long and some of past events keeps being dredged up. You don't need to repeat it like 3 times, people get the idea as to what happened. Frankly those events should've been covered only in the "recollection" arc. Filler arcs also gets dragged out WAY too much, it was honestly annoying and painful to read them.

Also characters like Yuzuki really needed more fleshing out, I know her character development was brought about by Ryouma (since she is framed as the central heroine for Ryouma's "story", her character development is more or less off-screen which is why Kotaro left it to him to fix her arc/problem), but quite frankly it's still the weakest, just chalking it up to "she has a strong core" in the end, the other two "main" heroine arcs were better. It probably would've been better if she had a big "fall" arc too like the two (probably tackle on that personality of her wanting to be needed but it seems like Ryouma already fixed that during those off-screen moments, at least for now. It would be interesting if Ryouma didn't choose her and chose Kirari though, I can picture the author making scenarios about it). I think Shimotsuki herself could also needs a better fleshing out too. She's a bit too "developed", leaving only little to expect something more from her and whenever there's a development for her, the pace is kind of rushed.


Overall it has a pretty interesting take on the RomCom perspective and had a lot of potential, but it failed to deliver or messed on certain parts a lot. Also, did I already mention those fillers were annoying? <<less
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FreakyDude rated it
September 15, 2022
Status: c17
The story is good when its the MC and his female lead... the other girls in his life are just pure tr*sh... even the sister is tr*sh... I am more surprised he forgive his step sister... because he also has the right to treat her as a stranger if he wanted to since they aren't really family.... and tbh the chapters where its about the other tr*sh girls, I rather just skip them... since most of them are insignificant to the main story...
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dmntt rated it
August 22, 2022
Status: c99
It's a subversion of the harem romcom genre. As is common in subversions (for other examples see Neon Genesis Evangelion (mecha genre), Puella Magi Madoka Magica (magical girl genre) or Doki Doki Literature Club (also harem romcom)), the normal roles and the characters that inhabit them are often somehow corrupted and twisted, and standard hero-villain relationships are turned upside down and problematized in various ways. Very enjoyable read if you are familiar with the common tropes of the genre, in my opinion.
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