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Book Review: Our Not-So-Lonely Planet Travel Guide, Volume 1

Carefree and easygoing Mitsuki and serious and insecure Asahi might seem like they’d be oil and water. But they’re determined to make it work. Especially after Asahi had a bit of a health scare. Now they’re knocking one of their biggest goals off of their bucket list: A Trip Around the World. And after they do that, Mitsuki proposes that they get married. Let the adventure begin.

This is an absolutely adorable Boys’ Love manga. Adorable. Mitsuki is the vibrant, bouncy, bisexual outgoing himbo of a man. You know the kind of guy who just lightens up the mood just by being there. While Asahi is a super sweet and shy guy with some serious hidden depths. Super adorable. But because homosexuality isn’t as accepted in Japan as it is in other countries, there’s concerns about being out to their friends and family.

While Mitsuki knows his own mind, Asahi worries that Mitsuki is going to be throwing his life away if he ‘settles’ for him. This thread is sort of the core conflict that runs through the story while each chapter is a new place that they’re visiting on the trip.

It’s here where the artwork really shines and the story takes a back seat. The renderings of the food and locations of each country on Mitsuki and Asahi’s journey is gorgeous. Stunning. Like some of the food looked so good that I started to get hungry while reading this. This is the perfect manga for anyone missing out on travel during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Even the realities of flying on a Japanese airline were a hit – and yes… the airplane food is better on ANA and JAL than it is on any of the American carriers.

Trust me.

(That’s a picture of the menu in Coach… COACH!)

Anyway, back to the review. I enjoyed this. It looks super cute. Honestly, this is a wonderful pick-me-up manga.

So I’m happy to give this.

Five stars.

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I received an ARC via NetGalley

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