Lenni Reviews: “Komi Can’t Communicate” Vol. 25, by Tomohito Oda

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Now a third year, Komi is running out of time to make 100 friends before she graduates.

A lot of this volume is spent on a school wide Nerf battle where a fellow student, Shiina, is more cynical than most of the people Komi tries to befriend. Of course this manga is as light hearted and won’t give Komi much trouble but that was an interesting way for Komi to come out of her shell more. But, I gotta be honest, way too much of this is that Nerf battle. It’s a cute premise but it went on forever. I’d rather have more moments for Komi’s development. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Komi Can’t Communicate” Vol. 24, by Tomohito Oda

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We start off with a new character; Shiki Satsujo, who is struggling not to cry during graduation, followed by some White Day shenanigans. But the real feature is Tadano and Komi’s first date.

As the date is the main draw of this volume, the rest is a lot of filler. Cute filler but filler. That being said, as adorable as we all knew they would be, I wish we got more time with them. Having the father tag along (that’s not a spoiler, it’s on the cover) was an interesting choice but it works. He’s funny. Even though the date was short, overall I did chuckle a fair bit. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Komi Can’t Communicate” Vol. 23, by Tomohito Oda

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Valentine’s Day comes again and both Komi and Manbagi want to confess to Tadano.

Whelp, folks! We finally got what we were all waiting for: the actual confessions to Tadano and it plays out with the same insightful and sweet tone the series has kept up with so far. As the parent of a teenager, I am very away real kids probably wouldn’t be this mature in a situation where two friends like the same person but I love that this series keeps the friend group together. The ultimate goal for Komi is to be more comfortable talking to people and make 100 friends; not get a boyfriend. This volume was very cute! 5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Komi Can’t Communicate” Vol. 22, by Tomohito Oda

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While in New York, Manbagi decides its time to tell Tadano about her feelings for him. We also get a story about Shosuke, who’s class is also going on a trip and he has to be persuaded to go.

While the field trip antics are fun to read, not much progress was made in the confession department. I am glad Shoko and Rumiko’s friendship is honest and strong; not falling into a typical trope to make them have a falling out. I want to rate this higher because of my personal affinity for this series, but this wasn’t as enjoyable as the other volumes. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Komi Can’t Communicate” Vol. 21, by Tomohito Oda

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This volume brings us to Christmas and Komi’s birthday party. Komi also makes a visit to check in with her grandmother for New Years and Komi fills in as a shrine maiden again. Also, Komi’s class heads to the United States for a class trip.

This is a fun volume, especially when they all go on the trip to New York. It’s all slice of life goodness as the kids just have a good time. Although it doesn’t move much forward on the impending love triangle, it’s a calming read. This series isn’t really big on high angst or overblown drama; there are plenty of places to get that. If you want something chill, this is a stand out of the series. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Komi Can’t Communicate” Vol. 20, by Tomohito Oda

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Komi’s, Tadano, and their friends go on a skiing trip but unforeseen events, Tadano and Manbagi get left behind at a rest stop and have no place to stay. They end up at a hotel with only one bed available. There is also a story to parallel this where Komi’s parents as teenagers go on a ski trip.

Although the premise implies a bunch of awkward romantic shenanigans, this volume keeps it’s lighthearted, almost too pure for this world tone. It may not be believable for everyone to be so nice all the time but it works so well here and I’d like it to stay that way. I don’t want this series to end up drowning in too much angst. It’s like a precious innocent that needs to be protected. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Komi Can’t Communicate” Vol. 18, by Tomohito Oda

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After some more short stories from the Cultural Festival, Komi and Manbagi are still civil while both wanting to date Tadano. So, they try to impress him during a group outing to karaoke.

This volume feels like too many different quickies and left me with a choppy experience. The art and writing are still on point, the situations are relatable and cute, but man, it felt so scattered. I’d like more of a cohesive story even though I still love this series. the usual pacing of one longer story and several smaller once is so much better. Still great, though! 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Komi Can’t Communicate” Vol. 17, by Tomohito Oda

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While the school cultural festival continues, Rumiko realizes she’s not the only one with feeling for Tadano and her friend Shoko is now her rival.

I’m gonna do a bit of a spoiler here but, I love that this volume doesn’t descend into the mean girl, in-fighting trope and these two friends just talk it out and agree not to let this affect their friendship. This also means Shoko is gaining more confidence and talking more instead of writing down notes. Following along since volume one with all these cute stories makes this milestone very satisfying and a natural progression. 5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Komi Can’t Communicate” Vol. 16, by¬†Tomohito Oda

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In this volume, there is the Sports Festival and Cultural Festival. We also have some side stories with the parents but the main conflict here is Manbagi’s crush on Tadano and her realization Shoko has feelings for him, too.

I like that we have Shoko talking more. She’s still quiet but her progress is showing. This volume could have benefitted from putting the side stories either at the very end or the beginning. I found them to be an interruption from the main story instead of being a cute break and it messed with the flow. I still enjoyed it because this series is fantastic but this was something I noticed. 4.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Komi Can’t Communicate” Vol. 15, by Tomohito Oda

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In this volume we meet a new character, Isagi, who wants to be Student Counsel President but is very blunt, doesn’t like people, and does not like to be touched. But Komi has been tapped to be her campaign representative.

I’m gonna start calling Komi by her first name, Shoko, for awhile because her other family members are appearing more often in these volumes and it can get confusing if you’re reading the reviews.

Watching Shoko and Isagi try to win this election is funny. Two people with communication issues trying to win over the school will have some obvious setbacks. In addition, there’s a dinner party at the Komi household where it’s clear Shoko’s feelings for Tadano. How this will factor in with Rumiko having a crush on him as well, we’ll have to wait and see. 5 out of 5.

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