Release #17 2020
Kono Otoko ha Jinsei Saidai no Ayamachidesu (Konodan)
Hello isolators! (which I hope you guys reading this are.) I’m here with another release post. Yes, it’s new, and well, this is going to be the successor to ‘Renai Flag Zero Josei no Meisou.’ While this is not as ridiculous as ‘Renai Flag,’ (honestly speaking, I don’t think I can find anything that can be as ridiculous unless it’s by Migino Mako-sensei, her work are all ridiculous, but can be a miss rather than a hit… I’m eyeing her other works though, but nothing beats Renai Flag still……) it is still quite hilarious. The first two volume shows pretty good potential for ridiculous dialogue. The male MC is funny as hell.
It is also the recipient of the best work in the ‘Josei’ Category in Minna Erabu!! Digital Comics Award 2019.
This award have 36 editors from the manga industry recommending 54 works that they think are likely to be a hit digitally in 2019 and the public will then vote for them.
If you read this and is confused, I’m not dropping ‘Renai Flag’, but the next time I release Renai Flag, it will probably be the last release for it since we’re reaching the ending. I have high hopes to release the last few chapters all at once for a grand finale.
This manga is also known by it’s shortened name ‘Konodan,’ and to save myself and you from typing its long ass name each name, it shall be known as ‘Konodan’ from here onwards.
Earlier this year, this manga was adapted into a J-drama starring Mokomichi Hayami (his first lead role in 10 years, I WAS SO BATSHIT EXCITED and he didn’t disappoint!!!!!!!!!) and Matsuri Airi. (Her eye rolls in this drama 10/10. I can feel the exasperation)
Though it’s much tamer than the manga version, Mokomichi was hilarious as hell dishing out funny liners with that deadpan face. He’s so underrated, ugh! Give him more lead roles! SMH
All in all, it was an enjoyable adaptation with an original ending written for the drama (since this manga is still ongoing). I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something to watch during lockdown/isolation.
Edit: I forgot to add a paragraph I wanted to talk about. 😀
” President of Amagi Pharmaceuticals, Amagi Kyouichi, is a stalker of his own employee, Sato Yui-san.”
There’s an amusing quirk about honorifics usage in Japan. I’m sure all of you that are even the slightest interested in Japanese culture will know of the honorifics –san.
In Japanese, this original sentence goes “天城製薬社長の天城恭一が、自社社員の佐藤唯さんのストーカー” (Amagi seiyaku shachou no Amagi Kyouichi ga, jisha shain no Satou Yui-san no stalker.”
Noticed how in the sentence, even though he’s the president of a conglomerate, he wasn’t afforded any honorifics but Satou-san does. This is because he’s the one that did something wrong, so he wasn’t afforded the courtesy of an honorific. Should he be officially be branded as a suspect, he will be <name>-yougisha (suspect) and if convicted become <name>-jukeisha (convict), or if you are sentenced to death (yes death penalty exist in Japan), you will be known as <name>-shikeishu. In Japanese culture, not offering any kind of honorific is a great insult, and being called such is derogatory. Just some TIL for those who don’t know.
Enjoy the super fantastic theme song to the ‘Konodan’ drama by the amazing Kawaguchi Reiji.
TO READ ‘KONODAN’, YOU KNOW WHERE TO GO