Imagine you’ve had a crush on your best friend for years, and you’ve finally, finally worked up the courage to ask them out. What’s your worst fear in this situation? Perhaps it’s that they won’t return your feeling and thing become horribly awkward. Or maybe it’s that they won’t want to be your friend anymore. It could even be that you’ll start a relationship but things end badly. But what if they didn’t even realized you had asked?
Well, that’s Tomo Aizawa’s problem in the series Tomo-chan wa Onna no Ko! (Tomo-chan is a girl!). See, she’s a tomboy who’s been trained in martial arts by her father since she was a young child. And her best friend, Jun, is also a karate maniac who’s a student at the Aizawa dojo. They get along great, have similar personalities, and share lots of interests. Best of all, Tomo fits most of the criteria in Jun’s ideal type of girl. So, what’s the problem? He doesn’t see her a a girl at all! It’s so bad that he once almost followed her into the girl’s bathroom because “Well, she went in, so I didn’t notice it was the girl’s bathroom”.
This romantic comedy of a 4-koma manga series has been out since April 2015. In Japan, there are already 5 released volumes, with the sixth one coming out on February 9 (just in time for Valentine’s Day!). And now, Seven Seas Entertainment has picked up the licensing rights for it to be published in America. But we have to wait a little longer, because the first volume of Tomo-chan is a Girl! Is set to be released in America on September 11th of this year.
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