Fate brings two people who live in the same condo together on a typical afternoon. Ozawa (26) has just broken up with her boyfriend of five years and was in the process of trying to rebuild her life when she meets Oyamada who lives a couple floors below her. He is somewhat of a loner although he does have a few friends and his room is cluttered with all the random stuff that his impulse shopper brother sends him. Ozawa takes an interest with all the things in his room and the two start a friendship that slowly turns into something more.
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Like a real romance
This is so freaking adorable! I read up to the current chapter (21) in one go. I really like all the characters, it's funny, and just such a cute romance. There's none of the annoying plot devices you see in romance. No one is jumping to wild conclusions/misunderstandings, too stupid to see the obvious, really dramatic, or anything else totally unrealistic. All the characters feel real and it's like you're seeing the progress of a real relationship. As others said, it's really refreshing! Not to mention I'd love hanging out in an awesome room like that. You never know what they'll pull out.
I just wish I knew how old the male lead was! I'm assuming he's younger, but the curiosity is kind of killing me. I hope we find out at some point!
Very good one
I won't say it's amazing. It is really basic, just shows a plain relationship.
And you have no idea how good it feels. This is an atypic romance manga in nearly every sense of the word (basically the only un-original thing is that there's a man and a woman...) Too often romance mangas focus on various and totally stupid and irrealistic difficulties that the couple encounters. Here there's nothing of the sort, and you feel refreshed after each and every chapter.
A 10 for me
... Last updated on October 31st, 2012, 4:42pm
An Interesting Read
This will definitely be a breath of fresh air for anyone who enjoys romance manga. It doesn't have the typical idealistic romance setting, nor does it contain ridiculous amounts of ecchi from a high school setting manga.
What it does contain is a plain romance, in an interesting and unique setting, between two characters you can relate to. Anyone even remotely interested should read it, as it's fairly early in it's serialization and quick to catch up to. The only downside it the slow release speed.
Nice change of pace
It's only the beginning, but the story as a whole has a nice feel to it, and i am really digging this story, from what I've read so far. Nobody is over-dramatic(as of yet), nor is anyone (yet) excessively stupid or prone to over the top misunderstandings that are impossible for anyone with even moderate intelligence to make in the real world (as happens way too much in manga already).
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The girl is heartbroken over her long time boyfriend breaking up with her, and the male counterpart is simply a lonely guy who seems to rarely leave home,but definitely not a loser, more like an eccentric than anything else, and a cool one at that. Both of them are surprisingly down to earth, and the romance potential, while pretty obvious, is still rather charming (call me a sappy romantic in a 29 year old man's body i guess) And the special twist of the story, his apartment being a wonderland of mysterious boxes that can hold anything from high grade porn to to toys, or cookware, gives the apartment a kind of wonderland feel.
And finally. the distinct lack of over the top awkward situations (at least so far) makes the manga a refreshing change from your average story. Anyway, for what it's worth that's what I think so far.
... Last updated on September 15th, 2011, 5:42pm
switch with me...
... is what you will think. Definetely. The plot doesn't rush, it's more episodic, but you get to know each character, slowly but steadily. No dramatic events, just a man and a woman who get to know each other, spend time together every once in a while, no annoying rivals, or things along the line, just a bunch of pages of sweetness and fun each chapter.
sweet and funny: truly a gem 10/10
... Last updated on May 31st, 2012, 1:46am
relaxing, amusing, and sweet
Basically the perfect romance if you just want to enjoy the read and not have to think or follow all the details. After tons of stories with arranged marriages, random bullies everywhere, and the chick/dude always thinking the other is cheating, I find this to be a VERY refreshing change.... I really hope nothing dramatic happens in it... at most maybe the ex trys to pick her up(and is rejected rather quickly)... its the only amount of drama I can see that wouldn't ruin the feeling the story has had so far. 10/10 and if it doesn't destroy itself, it'll probably be in my favorite romances. great read.
And by "rather quickly" I mean ex only gets his face 1 chapter and then goes poof leaving them to their comedic sweetness
... Last updated on December 25th, 2011, 10:50am
greet work !!!
I read a lot of mangas day by day and I read them quick, somehow lightly. But if i found a good one, then i save it to my PC and read it over and over countless time. Yeah, i can't enjoy mangas deeply at first time I read, not my character. But i can feel them better and more better in times later.
Yeah, I never erase this manga over my PC. So pure, so idotic but also very realistic mature in my opinion. You'll never get tired of it. Save this, and some time having a good time with
a bad side, may be you don't have enough patient to wait new released. this's really good one with complete seria. lucky me
This manga is really pure, not innocent, but pure. Its sooo adorable and just goes with the flow. I love all the characters and their weirdness (especially the fact that we don't really know what the brother looks like. Lol.) Can't wait to finish it.
The story of the world's most adorable couple
Bonnouji is just so effortlessly cute. Usually, romance manga force feeds the reader love in a "I'M ADORABLE, GOSHDARNIT!" kind of way, but Bonnouji just lets two people live their lives, and the end result is ridiculously charming. Bonnouji is realistic. It has great pacing and doesn't dillydally with forced, cliched conflict (for example, having an ex show up right after the main couple gets together). I also love the way the mangaka parallels Ozawa and Oyamada's relationship with the development of Oyamada's room, the eponymous bennouji. It's just a cool little metaphor, and the mangaka handles it really well, so I thoroughly appreciate it. Overall, this is a great slice of life romance. Super adorable and funny. Great work.
... Last updated on January 23rd, 2013, 12:11am
Older woman, younger man, apartment life alll in a good mix
I was looking for a romance story with age difference set in a complex when I luckily discovered this one. I was initially weirded out by the random and whimsical stuff that are stored in Bonnouji (the name given to the male lead's unit) but those things aside I think the bond that the leads share is very refreshing. What I liked best about this series is how it didn't drag on with the awkward stage of a getting-to-know relationship. When the relationship came in full circle, there were even more interactions to look forward to than to get tired of. This is a great romance manga for an easy sit-down read.