The anime of Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend blindsided us back in the spring season of 2015. So it comes as no surprise that the manga would be just as solid. Those who are fans of the anime certainly need to check out the manga series. Currently, this manga is at a point where it is delving into the relationship that Tomoya has with other architects of his game. From a story standpoint, this volume has the meat of everything that we love about the series to begin with.
In this volume, we get to relive the hotel scene shared between Tomoya and Utaha where he convinces her to join his team of developers. This scene is imperative to the plot as we needed the back story between the two in order to get the full understanding of their history. These scenes are absolutely critical because it shows the extent of which the women in Tomoya’s inner circle are involved with him. I was a little sad that the picture that Utaha took in the anime was not included within the manga. It was probably was one of my favorite comedic moments in the anime. But it’s alright in the end. The manga gives more substance in terms of character development than anime, so we’ll call it even.
This volume also covers the great manga sale while at Comiket in Tokyo. Izumi comes in like a wrecking ball and inadvertently causing a rift in the friend group. Thus, it is once again up to Tomoya to patch things up and ensure that the game continues on in development. Even with the drama involving Eriri, Tomoya stills manages to help Izumi sell all her copies. This just goes to show the strength of him as a character. He is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure everyone is covered, which is why it comes at no surprise that he spends the rest of the volume patching things up with Eriri.
I don’t mean this as a complaint but I was surprised at how much we saw of the backstories and development between the girls in one volume. We get two very rich backstories within the course of one volume. Which I think is great. I wouldn’t call it a typical thing to happen in single, standard length manga volumes.
This volume is certainly worth picking up. It gives more subtle context of the background on goings that we were unable to experience when the anime debuted. It also has a perfect amount of character development. We now have solid ground and the manga has a lot to work with. Whatever the future direction is will be a drama laced journey, but it will certainly be terribly fun as well. Now that they are all friends again, maybe they can get back to making the game!
Author: Fumiaki Maruto
Art: Takeshi Moriki
Character Design: Kurehito Misaki
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: 07/26/2016
MSRP: $13.00 USD / $15.50 CND
Disclaimer: A copy of How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Volume 3 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.Tweet