If I Hadn’t Fallen in Love with You by Suji

5
(2 customer reviews)

Yamato Corporation is one of the leading companies in the food industry. It lives by its motto, “A blissful food for all.” When the loud Head Chef Nono Seiji meets the new branch manager, the prim and proper Kakeru Misato, the two did not exactly get along due to Kakeru’s dislike for oily things. Nono took the said affront as an insult to Chinese cuisine. But when he finds out the real reason behind Kakeru’s behavior, he makes it his mission to make Kakeru food he will actually eat. What Nono didn’t count on are the feelings that came with it.

 

CreatorSuji
Japanese Title
Japanese Title (Romaji)Kimi to Koi ni Ochiteinakereba
Japanese PublisherJulian Publishing
English PublisherRenta, Medibang, Toomic

Where to Buy/Read

EbookRenta

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2 reviews for If I Hadn’t Fallen in Love with You by Suji

  1. Phya

    Trigger Warning – Anorexia

    I wasn’t expecting a younger seme till literally the second it happened. Both characters are written so well and thier relationship balanced that everything between them feels natural. I was even conflicted of adding the trigger warning because the issue is handled so delicatly and with respect. Left me satisfied, happy but a little bit hungry.

  2. midgeyu

    My main feeling upon finishing this was that everything was just OK. And I think that’s because there was SO MUCH going on in this one volume that there wasn’t space to develop any of the potentially interesting elements out like they deserved.

    Setting: it’s a food-focused corporation rather than the typical vague “office,” and the workplace stuff swings between the audit department politics and the more relaxed atmosphere of the company cafeteria, which gives a lot of potential for different micro-culture clashes…but ultimately the work aspects don’t get into much detail, so it could’ve taken place in vague “office”.

    Backstory: This is kind of a spoiler, but they are childhood friends? It could’ve be interesting to talk about working with a childhood friend, but the author only uses this connection to fast-track the romance kinda clumsily instead of actually developing it at a natural pace.

    Characters: The contrast between personalities and jobs had a lot of potential for cool dynamics, but that contrast got usurped by the childhood friend connection. Nono basically remains “static” as a character and doesn’t change much from beginning to end, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because he didn’t need to change necessarily. But Misato does enter the story with a pressing issues (his eating disorder and the stress of his new position in the company) but his issues got dropped for the childhood friends and romance plot. I especially found this frustrating with his eating disorder because in theory the story is about Nono helping Misato make peace with food, so to speak, but that really only exists in the first half and doesn’t reach any manner of resolution in the end so far as I can tell.

    In the end, I really wish that the childhood friends subplot did not exist and this manga just focused on strangers getting to know each other and falling love with food as a plot vehicle. Maybe if the story was longer, the childhood friend subplot could’ve worked out, but it really felt like the mangaka decided to stick that in midway to justify ramping up the romantic pace.

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