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Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Volume 1: 12/03/20

Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Volume 1

Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Volume 1 by Naru Narumi is the first volume of a manga about a girl's crush on a ramen loving girl. The manga was first published in a magazine aimed at older male readers and later adapted into an anime. I came across the manga via the 2018 anime.

The protagonist is unhealthily obsessed with new girl Koizumi who has recently transferred to her high school. She wants nothing more than to go on a date with Koizumi and be her girlfriend (a plot point downplayed in the anime). She stalks Koizumi around Tokyo to different ramen shops, where she learns about ramen, and slowly gets her own appreciation for ramen.

But mostly, this manga is made up of vignettes of eating specific kinds of ramen in specific places. Volume 1 includes my favorite ramen (and my favorite anime episode): "horse oil" ramen as the protagonist misreads the kanji. It's actually black garlic ramen and so so delicious!

Volume 2 was re-released in translation in May 2020.

Five stars

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