Komi Can’t Communicate is a romantic slice-of-life comedy manga written and illustrated by Tomohito Oda. Shogakukan handled publication in Japan starting in 2016 with Viz Media bringing it into the United States.
Hitohito Tadano is entering his freshman year in high school with plans to keep his head down after an embarrassing incident at his previous school. He is mesmerized by Shoko Komi a beautiful girl in his class that seems to be popular. However, he soon learns that she has a social phobia, making her nervous and unable to speak with all of the attention. The two begin to communicate through writing and he agrees to help her find friends. These include the troll Najimi Osana and nervous-wreck Agari. From there, the two grow in friendship and hint at something more.
After watching seasons one and two of the anime, I decided to see if the manga was better or worse and, quite frankly, I enjoyed it a great deal. It has the same flaw the show, however, which is that Komi is too popular. Because of this, she gains friends way faster. I think the story would have a better impact as she goes forward, but it was still a fun read and interesting.
There has been criticism of the anime, rightly so, especially the dubbed version, but I think the manga presents the story in a superior way.
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