Manga of the Week - 煩悩寺

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A nice and light, refreshing series. Fun fact: I can't remember what I put up last week.

Title: 煩悩寺, Bonnouji
Author: Aki Eda
Genre: Seinen, Romance, Slice of Life
Serialized in: Media Factory Comic Flapper
Total Volume Count: 1 (ongoing)

Series Summary from MangaUpdates:
Fate brings two people who live in the same condo together on a typical afternoon. Ozawa (26) has just broken up with her boyfriend of five years and was in the process of trying to rebuild her life when she meets Oyamada who lives a couple floors below her. He is somewhat of a loner although he does have a few friends and his room is cluttered with all the random stuff that his impulse shopper brother sends him. Ozawa takes an interest with all the things in his room and the two start a friendship that slowly turns into something more.
Kenn's Comment: It's a lovely series. The characters aren't your cookie cutter plot type ones, they're well into the 20's. Furthermore, the romance in the series isn't so in-your-face that it either becomes stagnant or unbearable; it's usually on the back burner while the slice-of-life aspect of it takes center stage. And it's great. Oyamada's room, with the seemingly endless supply of boxes of magical wonders makes his room seem almost fantastical (and he says something similar in the first chapter). The way Ozawa drops by at Oyamada's place reminds me of a bar (considering how much she drinks). Anywho, I'll start spoiling everything if I keep talking, so go on and give this one a chance.

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