My favorite clothes lovers, this one’s for you!
- mangaca : Amagakuri Gedo
- publisher : Kundansha
- Type : Comedy, Romance, Seinen, Slice of Life
- published : April 2022 – Present
Like a newborn pony, Otonari ni Ginga (A Galaxy Next Door) begins life stumbling and reeling before it really finds its feet. Get past the early velocity issues of this rom-com’s central vanity, and you’ll find something beautiful awaits you – but patience is essential to this soft, meaningful romance.
Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru (My Dress-Up Darling) fans will be right at home with the adorable heroine and her soft-but-caring male counterpart; And while A Galaxy Next Door isn’t too euphoric, blossoming romances and shared hobbies – in this case, manga making! A recipe for success.
Join us today on Honey’s Anime as we take you to a galaxy not far, far away, but instead a few pages away! This is our review of Otonari ni Ginga (A Galaxy Next Door), Volume 1!
Depending on your reading habits, Amagakure Gido may be a household name for you, having written nearly a dozen different yaoi romances over the past decade. Their latest English publication, Amaama to Inazuma (Sweetness and Lightning) has been quite successful, and a similar setup is in the works in A Galaxy Next Door.
Koga Ichiro was forced to drop out of high school and take on the responsibility of raising his younger siblings when their father passed away and their mother abandoned them. Now a manga artist, Ichiro struggles to pay the rent, save for his siblings’ college education, and meet shojo manga deadlines. Things start looking up when he gets a new assistant – the cool and eccentric Shiori Goshiki.
Goshiki is more than she looks – she’s actually a “princess” who claims to be a “princess,” not entirely human. She harbors a parasite from outer space that gives her unnatural abilities such as telepathy and excellent memorization; But since she grew up far from civilization, she is completely at a loss for herself in the real world of Tokyo!
After working together, Ichiro and Goshiki have a fateful accident – Ichiro inadvertently touches the “stinger” Goshiki, who binds the couple together via a blood pact to become husband and wife. Even worse, Ichiro suffers “retribution” in the form of a fever, bloody nose, or headache if he touches Goshiki wrongly, or gets away from her by more than one or two train stations!
This highly complex setup serves as the starting point for the actual A Galaxy Next Door plot – that is, Goshiki and Ichiro gently fall in love as they work on the manga, share each other’s hobbies, and settle into an “existing family” with the Ichiro siblings. Everything in the manga’s first three quarters is just a setting for the rest of the series, and while this might turn off potential readers (it almost did), Goshiki and Ichiro’s relationship is definitely worth a wrap around.
WHY YOU MUST READ OTONARI NI GINGA SIZE 1
1. Welcome to the manga industry!
There are many series with self-referential plots about becoming a light novel or manga author, but we especially liked A Galaxy Next Door’s fun mix of detail and lack of detail. There are enough linguistic and industry discussions to entertain and inform, but not at the expense of feeling dense for the average reader.
2. Next Kitagawa?
As mentioned earlier, A Galaxy Next Door’s Goshiki shares some personality traits with Marin Kitagawa from Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru (My Dress-Up Darling), although Goshiki does not personify Kitagawa’s energetic flight. Goshiki is serious and interested in the manga industry and works closely as Ichiro’s assistant, and even when they’re still getting to know each other, they have this common hobby to come back to.
It’s a very specific metaphor, but if you’re looking for it, Galaxy Next Door will satisfy!
Otonari ni Ginga (A Galaxy Next Door) can really speed things up in those early chapters, but we’d encourage you to skip the heavy show and awkward setting to get into the blossoming romance. Like the most family friendly Sundome!! Milky Way, A Galaxy Next Door introduces you to the alien neighborhood but with a fresh coat of My Dress-Up Darling paint.
If you’re thinking of checking out the first volume, let us know in the comments below. And as always, thanks for reading!