Nina likes her next-door neighbor, Kyousuke, however, although he is aware of how Nina feels for him, it seems that he treats Nina as her sister, until a girl named Yuiko enters their life and begins to make a move to catch Kyousuke’s heart.
Labeled as romance, comedy and drama, the manga sounds really ordinary as other stories of unrequited love, but still, Nanba Atsuko creates a good manga that keeps you to be inspired while you enjoy every page of it. After all, the story is just another reflection of young romance from the immaturity towards your love interest, and eventually, you will learn a lot from your experience.
Along with the 38 chapters, the pacing of the story flows slowly because you have to witness mostly the character development of Nina as she gradually finds herself towards becoming a grown-up girl. The different emotions of the characters are widely expressed especially when Nina bursts out her feelings. She is a good example of a young girl in her teenage life who is still confused with her own feelings when it comes to romance. The events in the story are quite predictable, but I’m pretty sure readers still enjoy the lightheartedness of the romantic events. Moreover, though considered as a cliche, the manga offers the reality of romance as the series knows how the world revolves at present times.
Atsuko’s artwork is good which has strong visual points with the shoujo-like eyes of the characters, well-done shading and the expression of the characters are appropriately portrayed. However, in some angles, the settings are not well-detailed enough and are not fairly contrasted, but overall, the art is simply good.
Tonari no Atashi is just another typical story of teenage romance yet gives you the best from it. I would recommend this manga to anyone who experiences mixed emotions in their romantic stage of life, whether you are in your adolescence or not.