Review: Mr. Bride by Natsumi Shiba

Mr. Bride
Vol. 1
By: Natsumi Shiba
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Publication date: Aug. 31, 2021
Genre: Romance Manga

Hayami is the it-woman at her job — she’s cool, confident, and admired by all. But her has-it-all exterior belies a dark secret… her house is a mess, and she’s no good at taking care of herself! Enter Yamamoto-kun — her colleague who thinks the world of her, and who refuses to let her slobbish behavior slide. Soon he’s over at her house often enough that she asks him to move in with her! Where will this roundabout relationship take them?!



When Yamamoto-kun shows up to Hayami‘s house unexpected, her secret of being a messy housekeeper is revealed. Yamamoto-kun is a huge neat freak and has always looked up to Hayami at work… he also has a crush on her. So, when Hayami and Yamamoto-kun come up with the plan of Yamamoto-kun being her wife, things quickly become complicated.

I will be honest, I’m not sure why he has to be called her wife. It implies that only the wife in a relationship does the cooking and cleaning, and that’s a bit archaic. Considering this was published 2 years ago, I’m a little horrified that this is still perceived as a thing. He could have easily just been called her husband, but no, a wife…. or better yet, maid.

With my one huge grievance aside, I did really like this manga. It had me laughing out loud and gasping at the various things that take place. I mean, Yamamoto-kun clearly has a crush on Hayami, and she has no clue. So she sometimes throws off mixed signals that she likes being around him all the time and doesn’t want to lose him, but then freaks and says that she just doesn’t want to lose her wife. However, that’s also due to the fact that she’s also battling her developing feelings for Yamamoto-kun. So, it’s all just a moment waiting to happen.

In the first volume they move in together and start fielding questions from others on what their living situation is. Just as it started to get really good and feelings started to happen, the volume ends. So I’m really looking into diving into the next book.



Favorite part…

Yamamoto-kun‘s brother shows up to his new place to help him settle in, only to realize that there’s a woman there. He starts questioning Hayami and her intentions when it comes to his little brother. That’s when they tell him that it’s an arrangement of convenience. Which calms his brother down. However, shortly after saying that, Yamamoto-kun tells his brother in confidence to not screw this up for him because he’s in love with her. This scene happens maybe five minutes after he tells his brother his feelings for her. Which, of course, had me laughing.


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One Thought on “Review: Mr. Bride by Natsumi Shiba

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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