Lenni Reviews: “Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible” Vol. 5, by Nene Yukimori

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As Shiraishi starts to experience more of actual high school life, sports day, getting little notes in his locker, having someone to celebrate his birthday with, etc, more people start taking notice of him.

It’s sweet to see these two growing closer and Shiraishi getting more friends. Something about the interaction with Shiraishi’s mother confirms my suspicion that he wasn’t as ok being invisible as we were lead to believe. He’s coming out of his shell and having more fun and it’s wholesome to see. This is a great slice of life, relaxing read. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible” Vol. 4, by Nene Yukimori

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Shiraishi and Kubo are in the same class again this year and Kubo won’t let Shiraishi just fade into the background; insisting he get involved with a school committee. Meanwhile, Kubo isn’t the only one who’s noticed Shiraishi as another classmate, Sudo has noticed him all this time.

We don’t get much of Sudo in this volume as it focuses on Shiraishi and Kubo spending more time together. They are so cute and it’s good to see someone appreciate Shiraishi and his interests. Clearly, he was more bothered by being invisible, as I’ve said before, and his relationship with Kubo is slowly unfolding. Shiraishi is actually enjoying Kubo’s little teasing and is having fun! It’s going bit by bit but progress is happening. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible” Vol. 3, by Nene Yukimori


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In this volume, Shiraishi catches a cold and has to stay home from school. As usual, nobody notices but Kubo, who comes by to take care of him.

It’s clear Shiraishi is only kinda clueless about the clear feelings developing between him and Kubo. It’s cute when they spend time together and Kubo may still tease him but she’s not cruel about it. She’s giving Shiraishi a chance to enjoy himself instead of just floating through life without anybody seeing him. I like that progression but where could this go in the next volumes. I hope it stays light hearted and sweet. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible” Vol. 2, by Nene Yukimori

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This volume puts Kubo and Shirashi in some classic manga situations like Valentine’s Day and White Day, exchanging numbers for the first time, and studying together. We get to see Kubo being sly but also sweet. It would be so easy to just have her tease Shirashi all the time but I’m glad this doesn’t go down that road. This stays good natured and light hearted. They’re slowly and naturally becoming closer and it’s sweet! I’m not particularly a fan of the drawings of Kubo that are more fanservicy than necessary since she’s young but I skip passed them to get back to the story. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible” Vol 1, by Nene Yukimori

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Nobody notices Shirashi unless they physically interact with him. He is frequently marked absent, skipped for handouts, sat on, and have random things put on his desk. He seems resigned to it and doesn’t let it bother him but his classmate, Kubo, goes out of her way to interact with him whenever she can and seems to be the only one who never thinks he’s invisible.

This is a cute and positive story. Shirashi isn’t angsty about his predicament, just going with the flow and Kubo’s intentions aren’t cruel. For a second I thought she’d end up being a tsundere who pushes Shirashi around but she gently nudges him out of hiding and is good natured about it. This is a light, fun read with some cutesy comedic elements. I recommend it if that’s what you’re looking for. 4 out of 5.

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