Manga Review: Not Your Idol Vol. 1
Updated: Apr 19, 2020
Thank you to Viz Media for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
When I began reading Not Your Idol, I was struck by two things, the beautiful artwork, and the objectification of the female characters. This is a running theme throughout the manga, but it's necessary to the story. We immediately see that Hikaru is not typical like his male classmates, just as Kamiyama is not typical among her peers. I was pleasantly surprised with how the themes of misogyny, assault and its aftermath, victim blaming, and gender roles were handled. I think the story is interesting and the characters are fantastic. The pacing was quick and the story draws you in, it leaves you needing to know what happens next.
I'm looking forward to Vol.2 and I will definitely be adding this to my personal library!