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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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v.5 c.20 (end) by For The Halibut over 4 years ago
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5 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7 / 10.0 (505 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.98 / 10.0
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Comic Valkyrie (Kill Time Communication)

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Rating: N/A
by Kalamity501
January 5th, 2012, 5:18am
Although the comments below me state some true facts about the characters in this manga, I believe they are woefully overlooking some of the main issues in this manga that makes it interesting. The manga industry is not idealized in this series; the author poses many hard questions concerning the creation of manga. Is manga an artful form of storytelling or a commercial product that needs to be tailored to the customer. How much credit does the original mangaka deserve if the work behind the creation of his/her manga is split between several assistants?

In a nutshell, is manga an art or a business? This manga explores the conflict between those two views.
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Dont expect too much.....   
Rating: N/A
by Kito00
September 20th, 2011, 3:03am
Another masterpiece of IM-Dal-Young I cant wait for another WAIT. It's IM DAL YOUNG this asshole never finishes his work. I never get satisfaction for every manwhas he make because of his habit..or something else. So for chirst sakes finish even one of your work! and if you do the world will be suddenly be a better place.
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I can't wait to see more!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mangalover209
June 8th, 2011, 2:22pm
This look really interesting for a starter. Usually I have to read at least 2 or 3 chapter in a manga to get really hooked but, with just the first chapter I already want to read more. As expected of IM Dal-Young. Great work!!!!
I'm giving this a 10 for now and I am hoping it won't drag like the other series cause I don't want to drop the rating!!

... Last updated on June 8th, 2011, 2:29pm
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Weak, weak plot.   
Rating: N/A
by se7a
May 2nd, 2012, 6:49pm
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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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by smarts
July 7th, 2011, 12:36am
Ignore the comments below me the char is by every means incredibly weak but he atleast admits it to himself and attempts to fix his mistakes even though he goes about it the wrong way like HARD lol. As for the attempted rape it was merely a suggestion with a little rip of her shirt to her bra and u can see what it is from the cover on this site if u scroll up. it doesnt go any further.
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not real teamwork; forced romance   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by imamonster
November 14th, 2014, 8:17am
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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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by _xyz_
June 18th, 2011, 7:24pm
Yet another project from "IM Dal-Young" and we follow the ups and downs of a young aspiring manga artist. Yay! We had this before, but who knows maybe this time it will be more exciting. Though, not with main characters like this. I mean, come on. In the first chapter the male lead, a failure at life, is given a huge career chance by the female lead, a mysterious and successful editor, who by chance lives next door. Just so you know, since it's important, she is female, big-breasted and beautiful, too. But instead of actually doing something worthwhile like working "seriously" the male lead rather whines all day because it is so "hard" and he doesn't get "it". He does not even really try! In the end, for the simple reason that he is just so frustrated at his own miserable life, he attempts to rape this very editor. Hello? How stupid can you get? But the thing is, she actually says it's okay. HUH?

... Last updated on June 18th, 2011, 7:40pm
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It's finally been done...   
Rating: N/A
by Anabiotic_Pineapple
May 9th, 2012, 7:21pm
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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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by svyatoslav
June 16th, 2011, 10:16pm
Having read the first 5 chapters which includes the 1st arc plus a bit of the 2nd, I must say the shallowness of this manga makes cliche shoujo seem Mariana Trench deep. Like in most works from this author, the initial idea might have potential but he can't develop a story to save his life. Read this only if you like cat fights...

Another annoying thing about this manga is that he obviously makes references to himself, bragging about and advertising his work...

... Last updated on September 14th, 2011, 10:49pm
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I couldn't read it   
Rating: N/A
by jeffreymgibson
May 9th, 2015, 11:07pm
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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