Title: Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 1
Author: Tomohito Oda
Genre: Young Adult, Manga
Publisher: VIZ Media
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Timid Tadano is a total wallflower, and that’s just the way he likes it. But all that changes when he finds himself alone in a classroom on the first day of high school with the legendary Komi. He quickly realizes she isn’t aloof—she’s just super awkward. Now he’s made it his mission to help her on her quest to make 100 friends!
Tadano meets Komi when he starts attending an elite prep school. Komi is the most adored girl in school, but she can’t talk to others. Tadano makes an effort to try to communicate with Komi, and he learns that she wants to make friends. Her goal is to make 100 friends. Tadano helps introduce her to people and encourages her as she makes new friends.
This story had a unique school dynamic, with Komi being very popular but also socially awkward. Everyone at school adored her and thought she was the prettiest girl, yet they didn’t realize she couldn’t communicate with them. They all thought she was just too cool to talk to them, which elevated her status even higher. This was a unique way of showing how someone’s appearance may give off one feeling, yet inside they feel very uncomfortable.
This was a great manga graphic novel. I’m excited to read the rest of the series.
Thank you VIZ Media for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
What to read next:
Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 2 by Tomohito Oda
My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 by Kohei Horikoshi
Have you read Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 1? What did you think of it?