Title: Suppli Vol 1
Author: Mari Okazaki
May Contain Spoilers
Minami is drifting through life, working long hours and taking for granted that her boyfriend of seven years will be waiting for her when she returns home. Not really content with their relationship, she wonders if there’s something else out there, but she’s caught in a rut and doesn’t want to rock the boat. When he dumps her, she realizes how isolated she’s allowed herself to become. Will she be able to find love while juggling her career?
Minami’s life takes an unexpected turn for the worse when her boyfriend suddenly dumps her. They had been dating for seven years, and even though she wasn’t exactly blissful, she wasn’t eager to be on her own again. An employee at an advertising firm, she longs to make a commercial that moves her audience, but her artistic inclinations are constantly shot down by her stodgy clients. Frustrated with both her work and her relationship, she had considered breaking up, but her boyfriend beat her to the punch.
Even though they lived together, she had refused to give up her apartment, and she continued to pursue her career, often putting it ahead of her relationship. When she’s alone again, she becomes unpleasantly aware of how separated she’s become from others. Outside of her co-workers, she doesn’t have any friends, and suddenly her future is yawning, empty and devoid of companionship, ahead of her. At twenty-seven, she’s afraid of becoming a spinster like one of her supervisors. Will she only have her plants to greet her when she’s old and gray?
As Minami slowly and painfully adjusts to her new single status, she throws herself ever more completely into her work. Along the way, she gets to know co-workers Ishida, handsome and younger than her, and Ogiwara, who was hired at the same time as Minami. She’s drawn to both men, but lacking in confidence, she doesn’t want to be hurt again and tries to keep her distance. Could it be true love is waiting just around the corner?
I wasn’t overly fond of the scribbly art. The character designs are long and lanky, and at times, shockingly disproportionate. I didn’t care for the line work that marred the characters’ faces. The page layouts were interesting, though, and moved Minami’s chaotic life forward at a frenzied pace.
Suppli is a nice change of pace from the high school romances crowding the shelves. Populated with characters who actually have to work for a living, it’s nice to see titles that skew toward an older demographic.
Rated for Mature 18+
Review copy provided by TOKYOPOP