My Girlfriend's a Geek Vol. #02 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Release Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Love simulation games, dojinshi, and school uniform cafés, oh my!
Writer/Artist: PENTABU and Rize Shinba
What They Say
Now that Taiga's relationship with his dream girl, Yuiko, is in full swing, he's being gradually initiated into the ways of fujoshi (a very, shall we say, distinct kind of girl geek). Actually, it's more like he's being hazed, considering everything from his own name to his friendships with other guys is fair game for Yuiko's fujoshi filter!
Subjected to various emasculating indignities all in the name of love, Taiga is clearly a guy with the patience of a saint and some serious feelings for his girl. But when a fangirl outing to the bookstore leads to an encounter with a sexy businessman who obviously has an eye on Yuiko, will Taiga be man enough to tell Mr. Perfect to step off?
The title Yen Press chose for this series does it a disservice. "Geek" is a term that stirs up images of a person socially awkward and unattractive, which Yuiko is not. A better translation for the title would have been "My Girlfriend’s an Otaku" or, even more precisely, "My Girlfriend’s a Yaoi Fangirl." Granted, otaku and yaoi aren't American mainstream terms, but this is not a mainstream title. Though the story could appeal to certain veteran manga fans, particularly BL manga fans, it would merely confuse everyone else despite its pages and pages of explanatory notes.
Volume 2 continues with Yuiko continuing to drag Taiga into the world of the fujoshi by installing a love sim game on his home computer, dragging him to a dojinshi retailer, and even forcing him to endure a school uniform café, and all the while thinking up love scenarios between him and the men he encounters. I thought this manga would take the path of romantic comedy, but Taiga's internal dialogue focuses primarily on how bizarre Yuiko is and his horrified reaction to whatever aspect of the fujoshi world he's being subjected to. In fact, Taiga might as well be Yuiko's friend, cousin, or even brother given the lack of chemistry in the illustrations. Yet for those curious about the lives of Japanese otaku, this manga provides a wealth of information.
Dating a fujoshi is difficult, especially when she's always fantasizing about pairing you off with another man. Yuiko drags Taiga even deeper into the otaku realm, so pick this up only if you're prepared to be exposed to the whims of a hard-core BL fangirl! This volume includes a page of notes after each chapter, a color title page, and an afterword from Pentabu, the blogger whose posts this manga was based upon.
Mania Grade: B-
Art Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 16 and Up
Released By: Yen Press
Orientation: Right to Left