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Waratte! Sotomura-san  
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Description
Sotomura is a high-school girl who is feared as a delinquent and avoided by most students. From her light-brown hair down to her long skirt and harsh manner of speaking, she completely seems the part.

But after Sotomura rescues a girl named Haruno from some bullies, Haruno decides to try to get to know her better. Haruno is surprised to find out that Sotomura isn't a delinquent at all and is, in fact, just a very socially awkward girl that's bad with words but wants to make friends. She enjoys cooking, handicrafts, and hitting the supermarket sales. Sotomura also loves cute and fancy things, but she hides these girly traits because she feels they don't suit how she looks.

Haruno's first step in helping Sotomura is to try to teach her how to smile, because whenever she tries, it ends up as a scary grin. Thus begins the story of Sotomura's attempts to make new friends.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Sachiusu (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
笑って! 外村さん
笑一个吧!外村桑
ยิ้มหน่อยน่าโซโตมุระซัง
Smile! Sotomura san
Smile! Sotomura-san

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (90 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.88 / 10.0
10
 28% (25 votes)
9+
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8+
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7+
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6+
 9% (8 votes)
5+
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4+
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3+
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Last Updated
May 17th 2015, 8:59am PST


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Recommendations
N/A

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Artist(s)

Year
2009

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Manga Home (Houbunsha)
Manga Time Jumbo (Houbunsha)
Manga Time Special (Houbunsha)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #318 increased(+75)
Monthly Pos #404 increased(+106)
3 Month Pos #503 increased(+18)
6 Month Pos #515 increased(+610)

List Stats
On 892 reading lists
On 276 wish lists
On 12 unfinished lists
On 111 custom lists

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Decent but Irrational and Repetitive   
Rating: 5.7 / 10.0
by VWombat
March 8th, 2015, 2:17am
tl;dr If you read much manga, you should be used to irrationality, but note that there is a large amount of it in this. Otherwise, get over how extremely repetitive the content is, and you'll probably enjoy it.

Initially, it's an amusing and cute story about a socially dysfunctional girl who is seen as a delinquent despite actually being innocent and cute. Why? Because she mistakenly acts like a delinquent, and despite two normal people in her life willing to help, she cannot change her behavior. Furthermore, both of these normal people are evidently incapable of directly communicating with others and telling them the truth. Instead, they beat around the bush with, "Ah, she's not that bad". Well, idiocy and excessive misinterpretation aren't new for manga, even if it's an exceptionally high level of it. That much can be overlooked. Then, 75 chapters of virtually the same content go by. At the end of every chapter involving an attempt to improve the protagonist's typically angry-looking smile, her friend thinks something along the lines of "I'd really like to see her cute smile" while staring off into the distance. In the background is the protagonist, and of course, she's smiling properly. Every time. Several chapters. Well, that's it at its worst. Other times, you just find a repetitive format. Generic format example: [Classmates say "X" rumor about protagonist. Protagonist does something that seemingly verifies "X". Classmates are scared].

... Last updated on March 8th, 2015, 2:31am
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Wasted   
Rating: 4.3 / 10.0
by buttplug
July 22nd, 2014, 11:47am
It's a good if somewhat predictable premise but not much is done with it here. The jokes are not very creative and the humour falls a bit flat at times when you see some jokes repeat. The protagonist is also kind of bland and lame and doesn't add much. On the upside the art is pretty good for a 4-koma.

... Last updated on July 22nd, 2014, 11:47am
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Hope you like the same couple of jokes...   
Rating: N/A
by Kevadu
June 1st, 2014, 1:27am
...because man you'll be seeing them a lot.

Mind you, I actually do like the setup for this manga. Not the most original thing in the world, but I enjoy these sort of stories. My biggest problem is that the author recycles the same few jokes over and over and over. Yes it's a 4 panel gag manga so that's forgivable to a degree. You're not really intended to marathon through the series in one sitting (seriously, don't) but rather enjoy it a little bit at a time. Even so, the level of repetition I see here can compete with newspaper strips like Garfield, but that took 25 years to reach that degree of joke recycling.

As far as the characters go, Sotomura is pretty cute...actually, too cute. The whole premise is that everyone is supposed to be afraid of her because of how scary she is but there's a gap between the explanations and the artwork here. Sotomura just doesn't look scary. No matter how much I'm told that she's scary it doesn't really work well when I can see her myself and can't agree. I realize that an actually-scary female lead in a lighthearted story like this might be a tough sell, but I feel like this could have been handled better...

I suppose all that sounds pretty negative, but if you can get past those two points then what's left is actually quite enjoyable for what it is. It's funny and cute, just don't expect much more than that.
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Decent but gets very formulaic   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by ZanathKariashi
March 30th, 2014, 1:08am
It's a decent series but it does get fairly boring as it goes a long. Very few new things are introduced, and the jokes get similar enough that you feel you've seen it 20 times before in just the last few chapters.
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Funny, easy to read.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by rindtron
September 16th, 2012, 9:42am
4-koma, and super easy to read. The protagonist is an idiot, and I can't figure out how anyone's logic would lead them down the same road as Sotomura-san... but a lot of the gags are quite lightly humourous, so it served it's purpose well. However, there were a few that I thought were a bit too cliched and not surprising enough to be funny, so minus one point for that.
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