Monday, February 7, 2011
Favorite Manga #16: Tramps Like Us
Career woman, Sumire, found a young, homeless man outside of her apartment right after she was dumped by her fiancee. On a whim, and feeling lonely and depressed, she offers to let him live with her as her pet. He agrees and she find that, even though his presence comforts her, life is complicated when she has to hide their arrangement from her co-workers and the new man in her life. All of this, while fighting her growing feelings for her pet.
Don't be fooled by the concept of Sumire keeping Takeshi as her pet. For her he's simply the replacement for a dog, she even names him after her childhood pet, Momo, and their relationship is cute. That said, this is defiantly a manga aimed at an adult audience, as there are decided adult moments depcited. It takes the reader on a real roller coaster of emotion, watching the relationship between Sumire and Momo, all the while watching her fall in love with her college crush, Hasumi. Hasumi is a good man and exactly what Sumire was looking for, but the reader can't help but hope she'll see Momo as something other than a pet, but you also can't help but see how good she is with Hasumi and also see that Momo is much younger with a blossoming career in dance in front of him. There is a enough romance and comedy in this story to keep it interesting through all 14 volumes.