1/3 no Kareshi, also known as My 1/3 Boyfriend, is one of several Ako Shimaki stories released in an anthology entitled Suki no Naru made Matte.
This very short story follows Rei, a girl in her third and final year of high school that has yet to ever have had a boyfriend. With growing pressure from her peers, she is at a loss because she has no clue as to how to go about it. When a strange situation leads to a cute guy, Yuuya, blackmailing her over an embarrassing photo, she is placed in an odd situation. This eventually leads to some smoochy moments.
With all Shoujo Romance stories, the focus is on the female lead. Much in all as the female lead was an okay character (if a little dense), I found myself wanting to learn more about the male lead. I’d have recommended making it a two-part story in order to develop their relationship more and to show us more about Yuuya.
To the plot and pacing, I really think that the shortness of the story led to things getting rushed. As cute as this story is, the length really did mean that some opportunities for great storytelling were lost in an effort to meet the page-count requirement. This seems like a bit of a shame and also a bit strange given that a few anthologies published around the same time period often included multi-part stories. These stories were more successful because they took the time to tell us more about both characters and developed their relationship more.
To the artwork, it dated the publication but was high quality. The lines were neat, backgrounds fitting well and characters easily defined without relying heavily on those silly archetypes that we see so often these days. All in all, I would say that it was more than acceptable for conveying the story as it now stands.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a short but cute Shoujo school romance, then you might appreciate this manga. However, keep in mind that the shortness of the story doesn’t give much room for character development. If you read this story, feel free to discuss it in the comments section.
Feel free to post any recommendations for short-run, one-shot or longer run manga. I am always looking for something to perk my interest and appreciate folks sharing what they’ve read and enjoyed.