- Mangaka : Azumi, Yuuhi
- Publisher : Seven Seas Entertainment
- Genre : Comedy, Romance, Shoujo
- Published : October 2020 - Ongoing
Most of her friends like pretty boys, but Momoka only has eyes for Kuga: a huge professional wrestler who acted as a villain on TV. Despite his massive body and his role, Kuga has a soft and kind personality. Momoka is a massive fan of Kuga and keeps sending supportive messages through Twitter, including a fan letter a day. After sending a fan letter, she receives a call from Kuga to meet him. That is just the beginning of their wholesome yet clumsy relationship. This is the love story of a high school girl falling in love with a professional wrestler.
Meet Momoka, a beautiful girl in the high school to a point she can date any pretty boys around her age. At least, that is what her friends from high school think until she told them none of them doesn’t fall under her preference. Besides, she already has someone in mind, and that person is none other than Kuga, who is a professional wrestler. The story begins with Momoka’s supportive messages on Kuga’s Tweets. Kuga noticed her consistent messages which makes her a genuine fan to him, which built a particular emotion within himself. The approach of the artwork is enjoyable, which we will get into these reasons in the later sections.
1. Looks Weren’t Just the Factor of Love
If you read the discussion or the introduction, you know where this is going. It can be intimidating when it comes to professional wrestlers due to their body size and expressions they display during the matches. To some who may not know about wrestling, most of them are acting in which none of wrestlers were hurt in the process. They are done this way for safety and entertainment. If you want to know who they are, try to get to know them.
But it can be difficult when it comes to professional wrestlers because of a tight schedule, and this is where Twitter act a cupid in this manga. Ahhh, the power of the internet. Twitter brings both the heroine and Kuga together through back and forth messages or tweets on Twitter, forming an unspoken bond between them and more than just a fan to Kuga.
It may apply to some people to fall in love with someone just because of looks, but people tend not to overlook their personalities. An individual must consider their lover whether they hold strong romantic feelings toward them and results in long-term genuine love.
2. Does It Matter?
Of course, there will always be a problem within the story which creates drama between characters for plot purposes. In this case, the question that lies between Momoka and Kuga is the age difference of 11 years. Apparently, in their world, they were afraid of how society doesn’t accept such an age gap when it comes to love.
Let’s talk about the consequences if they do decide to become an official couple. Kuga’s fame and reputation as a professional wrestler would plummet and ended his career because of dating Momoka who is about 18 years old which, in the eyes of the adults, is still barely an adult. That puts both characters a dilemma of how they should tackle this situation. If you want to know the answer, join their journey by reading this manga.
As you read the manga, you may have noticed the beta approach of the character designs. Momoka was designed with stylish clothing and lacked beta, while Kuga is the total opposite. Kuga’s choice of clothing is more on a straightforward approach. Such an approach was made to show the definition of cutie and the beast in terms visually.
1. Rather Brief
Although the interactions between Momoka and Kuga are awkward and cute, it can be frustrating sometimes that can’t they make time to go out for a date at least twice? Kuga may be a professional wrestler, but doesn’t he have free time or day off for it? Sure, they do text each other through Twitter as a way of communications, which is a good start, but they are living in the same country with access to the convenience of public transport.
We know that wrestling was what made Momoka interested in Kuga. We were hoping for more wrestling scenes as a way to show the readers the appeal of it and made us understand how Momoka feelings and interests.
Pujo to Yajuu: JK ga Heel Wrestler ni Koishita Hanashi (Cutie and the Beast) is a story based on an age-gap drama between an 18-year old high school student Momoka and a 29-year old professional wrestler Kuga. The interactions between are awkward and cute, but most of the time was done through phone calls and messages through Twitter. Our take to when it the romance aspect of this manga, if you can meet each other, please do it while you have the chance.
The beauty of this manga shows how wrestlers can have soft personalities despite their build, and the artwork may not be something grandiose, but the approach of the beta shows the characters’ surface well. When it comes to love, looks don’t matter in the long run; personalities are the primary factor. If you like to read a manga that is an age-gap drama between a wrestler and a high-school student, give this one a go. How would you tackle this problem? Please leave them in the comments below!