Komi-san Wa Komyusho Desu (Komi-san can’t communicate) by Oda Tomohito.
Magazine Published: Weekly Shonen Sunday
Summary (According to Mangakakalot): Komi-san is the beautiful and admirable girl that no-one can take their eyes off her. Almost the whole school sees her as the cold beauty out of their league, but Tadano Shigeo knows the truth: she’s just really bad at communicating with others. Komi-san, who wishes to fix this bad habit of hers, tries to improve it with the help of Tadano-kun.
Why do I recommend it: A really fun story with the interactions between the main characters being the star of the show.
The Signature Style of the Covers: Komi looking at us when she is at an event.
Warning: Spoilers Abound up until Chapter 70, and discussing about my thoughts on the characters who appears in the cover.
Volume 1 Event: Classroom, writing a conversation with Tadano.
First off, it’s obvious that I have to talk about the main character herself, Komi Shouko, looking at us while writing something on the blackboard. In everybody’s eyes, she the goddess of beauty, charisma and intelligence. But as you all know in the description, she has a communication disorder. Her life changes when she attends Itan High, a high school that focuses on personality, and she met with one special guy…
Usually, an average ordinary high school boy would be a sore spot for manga viewers. But in Tadano Hitohito (the one behind her), he’s the antithesis of the troupe his extreme averageness (magically having the average scores in test exams and physical attributes) and uniqueness (a flower like hair decoration, a past of being a chuunibyou, being the class president despite everybody hating him for sitting next to Komi and having borderline mind reading skills).
After a blackboard writing session between them, Tadano becomes Komi’s first friend (even sometimes he can’t be helped into being attracted to her) and decided to help her achieve her goals of making 100 friends.
By the way, other dudes in the same class, hate on Tadano as much as you want (but not to the extent of kidnapping him though), but the way that none of you even appear as a topic character just made it very easy for Tadano & Komi to date each other if this continues (a ship that, obviously, I support because their interactions when alone is very sweet), cause Komi still doesn’t have a guy friend after maybe, technically Najimi, & e appears more than 50 chapters ago and the way that Tadano’s ability & behavior…
Guy 1: K-komi san, I liked you…
Komi: (Looks at him intensely due to fear, while she’s trying on her wedding dress).
Volume 2: Event: Komi having Ramen with Tadano & Najimi (this is his/her first name)
Osana Najimi is a very special childhood friend, e travels a lot, able to befriend with any people (to the point of being a human celebrity Facebook account) and additionally, once e got over the anxiety of Komi, has a very mischievous personality to pushing Komi to her limits in her dreams of making friends in high school. Also a really likable character.
I think that with even with the latter characters having more development in their personalities, they just couldn’t compete with the power pack that is Tadano & Osana.
Also, the cover of the volume is for only one mundane chapter, but seeing the alternatives there are no other choices.
Event: Komi & Najimi fishing for goldfish at the Summer Festival, also appearing with Tadano is Yadano Makeru (a girl who hates to lose) and Nakanaka Omoharu (a Chuunibyou)
Despite that really colorful cover that showcase the various emotions in the festival, the volume itself (mostly about Komi during summer) is kinda boring given that it was just Komi lounging around in summer. With the only 2 special events comes from her hanging out with Tadano and co in a water amusement park and the Summer Festival
To make it easy, I’ll talk about Yadano Makeru first (the girl in pink, wearing glasses and having a crepe), whose quirk is that she will give a lot of justification when she loses, basically an irrevelant character, next.
Nakanaka Omoharu (the one with an eyepatch) is a chuunibyou, someone who thinks like they are a fantasy chracter or someone whose mind has not reached puberty (Tadano once has this symptom), at least she offer something new like inviting Komi to play video games.
Event: Sports Festival.
In truth, this cover doesn’t really offer any notable character for me to talk about, and the only quarter-relevant character among them is the one looking at Komi in a way that she’s looking at the way. Her name is Inaka Nokoko, who comes from the countryside and wants to acclimate herself to the city life. Next.
Event: Onemine & Otori preparing Komi’s maid outfit while Tadano looks on (in his maid’s outfit) at the Culture Festival
While the volume is probably not finished yet, the first half of this is all about the antics in the Culture Festival. Now for the 2 new characters that should have been better friends if she connect with earlier.
On the right, we have Otori, probably a character that we will see again since she manages to do get Komi into being more relatively active in a social situation without Najimi’s urging. Taking your time? Equipping yourself with a chainsaw? No wonder Komi is able to utter something in front of her.
On the left, we have Onemine, the big sister of the class, and has no reason to appear later than all the other characters. She’s caring, genuinely nice for a change and amusingly, she supports the ship between Komi & Tadano.
There you have it, the currently 5 volume of this 4-koma manga. Hope you’ll like it.