In this raunchy, moving, funny manga for adults, high school student Minami’s girlfriend, Chiyomi, shrinks down to six inches tall — and moves in with him!
Originally appearing in the underground/alternative manga magazine Garo in the 1980s and adapted for television several times, the Japanese pop culture sensation Minami’s Lover is the story of two high schoolers’ romantic relationship when one of them shrinks down to six inches tall. Everyone thinks Chiyomi has disappeared, and suspicion naturally falls on Minami, identified as her boyfriend in her diary. But after inexplicably finding herself in such a state, Chiyomi moves in with him. As depicted in Uchida’s clean, loose line and Zip-a-Tone textures, the two soon adapt to the unusual circumstances, devising ways for Chiyomi to use the toilet, brush her teeth and hair, attend classes, and more. After some silly sequences of trial and error, they even figure out a sex life. But in addition to learning how to navigate logistics, jealousy, and the cat, they’re also growing up (if not taller). Uchida uses the conceit of a teen couple literally learning how to take care of one another to examine gender dynamics and intimacy.
Please note: This book is a traditional work of manga and reads back to front and right to left.
About the Author
Born in Nagasaki, Japan, Shungiku Uchida (the pen name of Shigeko Uchida) is a prolific writer, manga-ka, singer, and actress whose work is widely adapted into film and television. She won a Japanese literary prize for two bestsellers: the prose, semi-autobiographical Fatherfucker, which details the abuse she suffered as a child, and a manga series, We Are Reproducing, about pregnancy and single motherhood.
H. Paige was born and raised in London. She studied Japanese at The University of Manchester and spent a year in Fukuoka, where she studied courses on tourism, animation, and pop culture. She began freelance translating in 2021 and currently works in London.
Darkly funny, sexually frank, and unexpectedly heartbreaking, this slippery parable defies expectations at every turn. — Publishers Weekly
Minami’s Lover takes a fantasy trope and plays it completely straight — a rare kind of speculative fiction defined by unblinking attention to the personal horror of the strange.
— The Comics Journal
A truly exceptional graphic novel... about trying to find love in unconventional ways and unconventional places. — Cinema Sentries
Milky Way is a strong debut that exposes the pitfalls that can arise in love and lust. Miguel Vila is definitely a talent to watch.
— The Turnaround Blog
Minami’s Lover dives into the dark side of sex and love in the eyes of a schoolboy. Unfiltered and unforgiving, it is definitely not your regular teenage romance series, but far more interesting.