Originality thrives in Akihabara quite well, a recently released doujin follows a “boy meets girl” love tale – the kick however is that it occurs within the men’s restroom, and somehow proves cuter than anticipated.
This doujin has an odd story to be sure – yet in that, it is fairly realistic. Surely, many find themselves in awkward situations on an occasional basis – and this book highlights a revolutionary moment for the lives of two as their peculiar encounter leads to quite a bit more. And for those curious, it’s an all-age friendly adventure, light-hearted in nature – with the setting being used a splendid device to propel the plot, rather than a secluded area for anything not generally appropriate to occur.
An unpopular girl of a private school takes refuge in a male restroom of the academy during a break period – simply wanting to enjoy a bit of peace alone. She sat atop a toilet reading a book casually, locked in a stall, this apparently not being anything out of the ordinary for her – however, a factor unaccounted for arrives, a male student happened to be within the stall adjacent to hers.
Serving to make a hilarious first-encounter, the two coincidentally finish their business at the same time – step out from their respective enclosures, turn to face one another, and horrifyingly realize they’re staring at the visage of the opposite gender within a place of excrement and waste. The girl begins to break down – her face erupts in a heated red of embarrassment hotter than a volcano. She’s been spotted in the male’s restroom by a male student – and subsequently, believes her social life is essentially over, to which none can blame her.
A girl caught in a terribly inelegant position – yet her clumsiness leads to a sweet outcome.
The fellow entrapped in the stall beside her is uncertain as to what he’s been caught in – yet as he hears the girl wailing, he decides to give a sincere effort at comforting her. He manages to get her to stop crying – and keep in mind that this all occurs between restroom stalls, a series of yelling back and forth.
Through this strange meeting, the two actually become close – and there’s much comedic yet relevant humor to be found. For instance, the girl becomes trusting of the male character enough to ask him to lend her toilet paper once she’s dismayed to see that there’s none in her stall. Yet cute antics of romance also take place within this restroom that aide in showing simply how intimate in relation these two have become – a Valentine’s chocolate exchange is one such example.
An unconventional premise for the genre – yet this is romance comedy done beautifully. Every aspect of this work is innovative – and the thought of it merely being a short doujin is awfully painful as it leaves one truly wishing to see more of the lives of these two unfold, toilet interactions and all.