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Inamine-kun, an aspiring young manga artist, is a total failure at whatever he does, but some of his work has caught the eyes of a busty, beautiful, mysterious editor from a B-rated magazine. Will he turn his fortunes around through her? Will a relationship start, between the boss and the subordinate? Read Koimoku and find out!


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5 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 6.9 / 10.0 (521 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.88 / 10.0

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Comic Valkyrie (Kill Time Communication)

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My opinion (no intention of being objective).  
by Sajkim
March 20th, 2019, 2:23pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
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I wanted him to end up with the editor, to be honest. And that, hugely, positively affected my rating.

I read this a while ago, so I don't recall a lot of important details. Nevertheless, my primary complaints is that the plot pacing isn't as good it could have been, and I felt some characters and some fanservice were too unnecesary.

Sorry if this isn't really useful, but I can't stop myself from giving a good rating to a piece of entertaining based on the industry it uses to entertain. Also, if this argument doesn't convince you, you can always read the title of my review.

... Last updated on April 7th, 2019, 11:45pm
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I couldn't read it  
by jeffreymgibson
May 9th, 2015, 11:07pm
Rating: N/A
The male character just has no backbone and everything that comes out of his mouth is a negative comment about himself. I've had it with the pathetic male leads who can't even speak without sounding like a stuttering idiot. I read the first few chapters and then I skipped to the last chapter and it doesn't look like I missed a thing. He was still an idiot in the end.
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not real teamwork; forced romance  
by imamonster
November 14th, 2014, 8:17am
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
this could have been a good story of a mangaka, this could have been a good romance between characters. with good art and much potential, this could have been a great manga.

instead, it's the story of a mangaka who was pushed through a system and his personality was swallowed by it. the romance was forced needlessly at the end. all characters were simple and had no depth to their personality.

ecchi? for what reason?

problems were solved and emotions were settled without a climax. it wasn't natural, it was poorly executed.

there are many more reason this manga was bad, but these stood out as the most bothersome.
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Im Dal Young's Coaching Clinic...  
by SilentAnime
July 6th, 2012, 10:14am
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
... are pretty much concludes everything about this comic. The artworks are typical (Even while he works with LOTS OF different artists), while the story are pretty much about either Dal Young opinion's about manga/manhwa or about how he do his works (Boobs, twisted characters, etc.), this one is pretty good if you want to be an insane (or dark-styled, to be precise) mangaka like him. So, 7.5 is enough for this one.

... Last updated on July 6th, 2012, 10:15am
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Once again the storyline did an about face  
by thefistone
July 1st, 2012, 12:32pm
Rating: N/A
The main character fails to stick to his morals and ends up being another cog in the machine. Seriously, why does the author take time off from other series in order to write this drivel?
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It's finally been done...  
by Anabiotic_Pineapple
May 9th, 2012, 7:21pm
Rating: N/A
Someone found a way to add a power up system to a manga about drawing manga. I half wish the story wasn't as dramatic and was just a few chapters of that system being exploited. Anyhow, on to serious stuff:

Ignoring who the author is, I'd have to say I like this manga. The art is gorgeous, and sometimes little details pop out that I would never have expected to be there and just are. The panel layout is amazing, and during one scene, I even got shivers.

The male lead has a bunch of beautiful females surrounding him, but only one woman who is obviously interested in more (but it's downplayed so it's in the background of the story, not the feels natural), and has a pretty weak personality. Sometimes he has moments of awesome, but it's usually just before a moment shame or shortly after so he's pretty pathetic overall. Still, he has a dream, a dream of making manga.

If you think too hard about the story, you'll realize that none of the background stuff that's going on to support it could ever happen in reality. You could say it makes the story pretty weak, but that's only if the story wasn't so character driven. Basically, the stage has been set and it's a bunch of people add libbing .What's on stage with them can only help to support with driving the story forward, the characters themselves are the ones telling it. This is my favorite form of story telling.

Going to who the author is, I can say I wish he'd change the formula on his male characters a bit. But if I stop and think about it, the reason why I'm so irritated with them is because I can sometimes picture myself responding that way or remembering a time where I have. I haven't been in the same situations, but some of the words his male characters tend to use I have also used. Seeing my weakness inside of a character in a story is a bit unsettling.
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Weak, weak plot.  
by se7a
May 2nd, 2012, 6:49pm
Rating: N/A
What a weak plot. Same old crappy plot by IM Dal-Young, and like he says in the manga, it sells cause the girls are soooo hot. And he doesn't even draw them. Seriously, he should just focus on Maian.
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At the start it wasn't so bad  
by SiMiK
April 5th, 2012, 2:10am
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
When the manga took off, I kinda thought it's gonna be interesting. But after some time the whole plot just turns to be ridiculous. More so the last chapters. The main guy always runs somewhere off being all EMO and the whole tension is just too weird and unfitting. I guess ecchi concept and a story about manga creation just don't work that well together. Also it's kinda sad to me that Im Dal-young doesn't work on his other stuff, which I thought was better.
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What's with all this ruckus?.. =__=  
by Argrond
March 1st, 2012, 6:11am
Rating: N/A
I simply like this manga, in my opinion it has not so original, but quite firm and addictive storyline, nice characters and cognizable Im Dal Young's style. I don't find it boring or bad-done, the title has it's own charm, and on top of that - yeah, it's about making manga, about something close to nowaday realities! ^__^ Maybe Im Dal Young tells us a story of his own manga-beginning, who knows... He-he... ))
I'd say it's like Bakuman and so on, but I didn't read Bakuman in the first place, so wonder they really are that similar...
So that's why I can't understand all this dull complaints - too many titles at the same time, no one finished yet (UxU is), boring storyline, old drawing... Man, there are just a bunch of fake complaints. There are not so many authors that can write something like an autobiography, especially painted in such dark colours (I have weird feeling that's what Koimoku about >_<).
Yeah, Im Dal Young, you're doing it right, keep going! wink

... Last updated on March 1st, 2012, 6:12am
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The Dark Side  
February 27th, 2012, 1:06am
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
Basically, this is the Dark Side version of Bakuman. Where in Bakuman, hard work and love of manga prevail over factory created works and other corrupt methods, this is basically the exact opposite. It's not even a good story. There are no redeeming qualities to this manga, boobs aside. If you want boobs, there are plenty of better manga out there.
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