Doujinshi, otherwise known as independent manga in Japan, is rarely published in English. In fact, it’s considered underground and quite exclusive in its home country of Japan as well. Let’s Eat Ramen and Other Doujinshi Short Stories finally gives western readers an exclusive look at the elusive world of contemporary Japanese doujinshi manga. Let’s East Ramen is a three-part tale of Saeki, a girl who loves ramen noodles. At last, she thinks that she has finally found the perfect ramen shop, but the problem is the shop is completely full of old regulars and she can’t get in. Will the timid Saeki ever summon the willpower to reach out and get the ramen that she desperately wants?
The stories are all cute and memorable. They’re also a nice change from the regular manga stuff. Don’t get me wrong. I love manga. But after lots of magical girls, dramatic fights, and funny wizards, I need a palate cleaner. Let’s Eat Ramen is a great palate cleaner. And it’s really entertaining. The characters are relatable and only slightly overblown in relation to real life.
The stories have very little to do with each other. They work as a talent showcase, but there’s not a lot of cohesion. And you know what? It doesn’t really matter. The stories are enjoyable on their own.
Quirky and catchy. Not mind blowing but it stays with you. A very enjoyable read.
3/4 Throwing Stars