The Delinquent Housewife! Vol.1, by Nemu Yoko

Nemu Yoko's The Delinquent Housewife! is a four-volume manga, originally published in Japan in 2015 and now fully available in English from Vertical Comics. It's an amusingly far-fetched tale about a young woman who has recently been introduced to her in-laws. When Komugi's husband-to-be Tohru deposits her with his family and leaves on a business trip, Komugi presents herself as the picture of ladylike perfection—but when Tohru's trip turns out to be a long-term, open-ended situation, the truth threatens to come out: Komugi is unemployed, has zero domestic skills, and is doing her best to cover up her past as the leader of an all-girls biker gang.

The Delinquent Housewife! is cute, funny, and much more fun if you don't think about it too hard, as there are several cultural aspects that don't translate well. I wish the English-language publishers had included an explanatory note about registering marriages (Komugi and Tohru are married, but their marriage isn't registered, which apparently means it's not fully legal), and there are jokes about things like brother fixations and Tohru's grandfather drinking Komugi's bathwater that might feel a little, uh, extreme for manga newbies. The end result is a family comedy that I think will appeal most to established manga fans looking for an unconventional story about a young woman's long-overdue coming of age, aided and abetted by her deepening friendship (with a hint of romance...?) with her young brother-in-law.
Posted by: Julianka


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