[Manga Review] Doing His Best to Confess Vol. 1 by SATORU

★★★☆☆

romance | slice of life | manga

Natsuaki-kun is aloof, handsome, and popular with the ladies…except to his friends, who know his aloofness is because he’s shy and always in his own thoughts. Thoughts always occupied by his oddball classmate, Nashida-san…but try as he might, Natsuaki-kun can’t ever seem to get up the courage to confess. Can he find a way to tell her how he feels?!


The story is about Natsuaki-kun, a popular and handsome guy with an aloof vibe going on. However, he is actually pretty goofy and just doesn’t outwardly express his emotions. We are gonna see Natsuaki lose his cool several times as we see him pine over Nashida, a classmate of his whom he happens to have a crush on. 

Natsuaki finds everything Nashida does “cute” and can’t help but bow down at her every movement. He doesn’t even hesitate about getting in trouble in order to help Nashida out. He is set on confessing to her and even looks up tips on how to confess or even places where he could confess online. Which is adorable.

We also see how Nashida reacts to his actions, expressions, and even almost confessions and it is quite funny. It is a soft and light read, but I can’t picture this type of manga going for a lot of chapters before it gets tedious. Even now, by the end of the second chapter, I was already feeling tired of Natsuaki almost having a nosebleed over how cute Nashida was. But I still have hope that the story will get some development considering how this first volume ended. 

It reminded me a little of Ganbare Nakamura-kun, in which the main character has a crush on the other person over little interactions and how they start building a friendship while also wanting to get their feelings across somehow. But where Nakamura gave an intimidating aura and couldn’t make friends, Natsuaki is able to talk to Nashida and start a friendship quite quickly.

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