Review: DameKoi, “Please Love the Useless Me”

by Rakka   Tags: review anime

Also known as: “Dame na Watashi ni Koishite kudasai”, DameKoi, or “Please Love the Useless Me”.

Unfortunately, not licensed in English.


The unemployed Shibata Michiko is betting everything she has on her romance with a younger man—literally. In order to keep him happy, she deprives herself of the things she wants and buys him expensive clothing and accessories. Since she’s flat out broke, she needs to find a job before she starves to death and loses her young love interest. However, Michiko discovers that the boy was never interested in her romantically. Depressed at being dumped and after a series of unsuccessful interviews, she bumps into Kurosawa—an intimidating former boss she used to dislike.

(from MangaUpdates)

Why You’ll Love it

Character growth: Shibata doesn’t remain useless and weak-willed forever, and Kurosawa doesn’t remain just the mean former boss. Their personalities don’t completely flip, but neither do they remain static. And the romance isn’t just a “moment of realization”. (Okay, it’s still a fairly tropey josei romance.)

Not your lovey-dovey romance: the couple(s) aren’t just falling over each other, and there isn’t unnecessary drama. It’s comfortable and (mostly) down-to-earth.

Out-of-Context Image

Shibata: “I got…a piece of meat.” (hugs tightly)
With credit to the scanlators, Phoenix Serenade Scans, and the original author.

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