It’s Thursday and that means I’m back with another review of a series that I think you all should check out. This week I want to talk about Nanae Chioka-sensei’s work, “The Guy I’m into Is a You-Know-What!” (Japanese title: その推しは××につき！ Sono Oshi wa XX ni Tsuki). The art is super clean and Chioka-sensei is really good at drawing both harmless (and kinda scary) girls and very manly (and sometimes very scared) men like our protagonists, Sakiko and Masayuki.
Sakiko is a normal office worker with a big secret: she loves, loves, LOVES her yaoi. Maybe you can relate? Of course, during the day she’s forced to hide her kinda scary devotion to, ahem, the finer pleasures of life. Even so, her secret joy at the office is staring at Masayuki, the high-profile son of the CEO. He’s diligent, extremely hard-working, and cold, and best of all for Sakiko, he looks scarily like Reiji, her most favoritest, most dominating-est top. When a twist of fate leaves her alone with him in the same room, their passion and misunderstandings almost run wild at the office.
Even though Masayuki seems cool and collected on the surface like Reiji, he actually has a lot of insecurities about women and has no idea how to react when they get close. He really wants to get to know Sakiko more, but his lack of experience with women and his elite upbringing keep getting in the way of making rational decisions.
Will Sakiko be able to find Masayuki’s true personality under his Reiji-like surface? Will Masayuki finally be able to live up to the expectations of his wacky father? Throughout the series, the two characters just keep getting into more and more trouble, and you won’t know what misadventures they’ll end up in next! Every chapter they keep getting closer and closer to actually doing it, but there always seems to be some crazy thing that gets in their way.
I especially think Sakiko is a great character. She doesn’t spend every chapter just endlessly worrying about stuff, but she gets distracted by things and cracks jokes. She really loves her yaoi and her Reiji, but she also wants an actual, blossoming love with the real-life Masayuki. A lot of the series deals with how much of her fantasy she’s willing to give up for a “normal” relationship. Well, as close to normal as possible for someone like Sakiko. Later chapters introduce even more crazy characters, each with their own personalities and hidden wants and desires.
Sometimes it’s okay to let your guard down and show the people you love your deepest, darkest secrets, even if it’s embarrassing at first! I highly recommend you check out The Guy I’m into Is a You-Know-What!, only on Renta!