A fun look at a failure
Comic Girls focuses on 4 main characters, 3 of which are successful mangakas, to varying degrees, and 1 hopeless one who's yet to get their work published.
Once again, we're delving deep into the realms of a comedy slice of life anime, to talk about why Comic Girls was, in my opinion, probably the best anime of spring 2018.
There was nothing special, but that's okay
If you remove that they are mangakas, and just focus on the characters and how they are, the story follows a not-so-unique principle. There's a failure, Kaos, a "perfect", Tsubasa, a ditsy, Koyume, and a generic
boring waste of space, Ruki.
But why mess with a formula that works? By the end of the first episode we know who each character is, and which character stereotype they're going to fall into... though Kaos' perverted side did seem a little off, but it was a good character mix-up, and helped make her a little more unique.
The fact the characters were mangakas makes the story seem a little more realistic too. Obviously, you don't think stuff like this happens, but the fact that Comic Girls is a manga adaptation means that the original story comes from someone who knows how hard it can be to be a mangaka, and how tough it can be to get your first publication. I feel like all of the characters were meant to represent one aspect of feeling the Comic Girls mangaka, Kaori, must have been feeling whilst either writing Comic Girls, or in work she attempted before getting published;
- Kaos: "I'm a failure, and I'll never get anything published." From what I've seen and heard, most mangakas are unlikely to get their first, second, or even third attempts published, let alone serialised. So this is something Kaori must have felt at some point.
- Koyume: "I'm bored, let's eat, and go and do fun stuff!" Koyume is always seen to be eating, and I think everyone has been trying really hard to get some work done, but it's going nowhere, and you start to feel really hungry so you just start snacking, and then decide to go out for a change of pace.
- Tsubasa: "I'm fucking amazing!" I feel this would have been where Kaori got her first work published. Tsubasa is full of energy, and determination... but then she goes to talk to her parents, and they don't care about manga, they just want her to grow up and be an "ideal" woman.
- Ruki: "I exist..." Honestly, I don't think much of Ruki, she's just very normal. But, if we're assuming all the main characters are meant to be a part of Kaori, then this must be her when everything is just ticking along. Nothing abnormal about her, she has a few weird tastes, but other than that, just another normal person in this world.