What Do You Mean, Show?
- Mangaka : Samura, Hiroaki
- Genre : Comedy, Drama, Romance, Seinen
- Publisher : Kodansha
- Published : May 2020 - Ongoing
Nami yo Kiitekure (Wave, Listen to Me!) Introduction (No Spoilers)
Koda Minare went out for a drink at night after being tricked by her last boyfriend, resulting in a massive drunken rant into the ear of the director of a local radio station. The next day, the moment she hears her own voice broadcasted on the radio when she was working at a curry soup and bread restaurant, she immediately drops everything and makes her way to the studio. In the end, her drunken rant turned out to be a big hit and she receives an invitation to work as a radio host.
Listen here! We are sure as hell that we’re drunk enough to NOT make rational decisions, and we didn’t say anything about taking part in a radio talk show! Because of that, we just lost our job! You better explain yourself!
The character designs in this manga are clean and you can feel the mangaka puts a lot of effort and attention to details. The main character, Koda Minare, is full of personality. She portrays what most people experiences in the real world, financial hardships, the feeling of getting tricked by people you trust, and the occasional trip to the bar that gets out of control.
2. Radio Station
Hiroaki did a great job in drawing the interior designs of radio stations and their equipment. The manga can also be educational regarding how the entire radio station and Sapporo operate, the radio host styles, and the subtle references to the real world of radio brought in to it.
There are some scenes where we feel lost because of the odd transitions, switching to flashbacks or scenes without providing enough context to understand the story. This leads to a question as to whether the story focuses on the main heroine, Koda Minare, or every character in this series.
The first volume of the manga is enjoyable if you don’t mind the odd transitions. We hoped that the author would improve the transitions and provide a little more detail of those scenes. Either way, it was a nice change of pace to see how an amateur would grow and work in a radio station. If you want to join the ride with Koda, give this manga a go and support the heroine.