日常茶飯美 Beautiful Life [Nichijousahan Bi – Beautiful Life] by Haruko Moto

Published 2010

read it online here

Fumichi is a person who doesn’t care about anything. who doesnt have interests, or wishes. he doesnt indulge in anything, be it clothes , books ,any sort of possession is useless to him. He works in a bar as a full-time waiter in exchange of being allowed to sleep there.

one day he encounters a restaurant owner who brings over his little daughter Iyo to the bar while he gets shitfaced drunk. theres a costumer who molests Fumichi and catches him off guard when he takes out the trash and beats him up for being told off.

Iyo and her father finds him and he gets scolded while lying on the top of the trash for letting the father have refills when he clearly already had enough.

he brings Fumichi back to his restaurant and makes him take a shower eat and watch over Iyo. Sazawa insists on Fumichi to be a part-timer at his restaurant and even to quit his job in the bar after he discovers Fumichi has encountered the previously mentioned costumer who forces drugs into the thin man and rapes him in the same pile of trash.  he repeats the washing up process 3 different occasions and makes Fumichi to quit his job and move in to their place since Sazawas wife died when Iyo was born.

I gave it 3/5 stars because the art was decent enough but I had problems with the way the father was glorified. just because a person has a kid and they cook for them and buy plush toys doesnt make them a good person, personally I didnt like the way he forced his “kindness” onto Fumichi. i didnt like that the characters had absolutely no personality traits and the way Fumichi fall in love with Sazawa just because he behaved towards him as a decent human being. with that logic Fumichi could have fallen in love with the bars co-waiter or owner or whatever.

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