The Girl in the Arcade Vol. 1 – The outer refuge

Title: The Arcade Girl Flight. 1
Author: Okushou (history), MGMEE (art)
Editor: seven seas
Language: English
Format: Brooch
Page Account: 162
Kind: Comedy, Romance
Publication date: March 8, 2022

The story

The story of this manga is about as simple and straightforward as it gets. Mobuo works in an arcade. A busty girl named Nanora walks in and gets harassed by delinquents. She makes short work of it but Mobuo sees her panties and wants him to teach her the various arcade games there as a reward.

It is what it is… pure and simple. It’s a slapstick comedy series with more fanservice than actual hentai. The volume tries to spice things up by introducing Mobuo’s childhood friend, Shinomiya. In the final two chapters, Shinomiya and Nanora face off in a medal match, as this has now turned into a story of a war between two girls, each claiming that they don’t like Mobuo at all. …

Except the ending strongly suggests that Nanora has feelings for him after it was painfully obvious that Shinomiya did too.

Characters

To be honest, I’ve never seen such a large gathering of one-dimensional main characters in my life.

The only thing Mobuo has going for him is that he works in an arcade. Other than that, he’s the same kind of awkward main character who gets into weird sex positions with a hot girl… all of which are misunderstandings because it’s apparently the only kind of sex comedy you’ll find in Japan. He’s the ace of the arcade and good enough to be a pro-gamer; however, he has the personality of a noodle. If he had some sort of quirk in his personality that would make him stand out more, it could have been pretty decent.

Nanora, on the other hand, is a very bad example of a tsundere. She’s loud and obnoxious almost like she’s doing it just to give this show some life. In fact, she is aging really fast. All the “teach me” that leads to the comic gag of sexual misunderstanding is the only reason she’s there. Sure, they’d try to give her some redemption by making her fall in love (or at least start to realize that interest) at the end but, honestly, it was so taken for granted from the start that its impact was pretty much so hard. like a feather floating on a pillow.

Finally, we have Shinomiya, who is just Nanora with a different personality. Like…literally…Nanora and Shinomiya are good at video games, serve on their respective schools’ student councils, and try to hide who they really are from their peers. The only difference aside from her design is that she is Mobuo’s childhood friend.

So they copy/paste a character, change the look and call it new. And what is it supposed to add to this story?

Final Thoughts

When I read the synopsis, I gave it a shot because romantic comedy is one of my favorite genres. Add an arcade and a bit of geek culture to the mix and you have the recipe for an epic series (just like Hi Score Girl). Unfortunately, it was nowhere near the quality of Hi Score Girl… Where Wotakoi… devil, even Players.

For those who like slapstick comedy, this series will suit you perfectly. For those who like fanservice… this series will really be to your liking because each page is tighter than Mobuo’s pants at the end of each chapter. If you love slapstick AND fanservice, this will be the holy grail of manga for you.

For me, it was a failure. Every situation was repetitive and boring. He followed the same formula of:

Nanora needs help -> Gets help from Mobuo -> Mobuo explains the game -> Nanora gets good -> Sex doom comedy gag -> Repeat.

About halfway through, I started flipping through the book to see if anything interesting happened. That’s when I saw they featured Shinomiya, so I picked it up there and shockingly (or not), they just did a copy/paste and imposed a love rivalry.

Again, unless that’s your forte and the type of series you live for, you can skip this one. There are LOTS of better geek romance/comedy series out there. If you like this stuff, go crazy. You will appreciate it.

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