What do you get when you take a woman who’s struggling with trying to keep her depression under control, while also trying to rid herself of a returning eating disorder, and wanting to live up to her parent’s expectation of being a proper adult? Oh, and throw in trying to find her own sense of confidence and to correct her view on sex, which her only real knowledge of it is from yaoi manga and doujins.
Published by Seven Seas Entertainment, who’s also the publisher of numerous popular titles such as Monster Musume, Akuma no Riddle, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, their latest release is one that everybody should be reading. Told using a 4-koma (comic-strip) format, My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is an autobiographical manga of Kabi Nagata, a twenty-eight year old woman who’s trying to get her life sorted out and figure out exactly what she wants from it. Now, most people who read the title will probably think that the manga is only going to cover the topics of her sexuality and how it relates to her being lonely. When you pick it up and read through it, you actually find out that there’s a lot more than what the cover says.
Yes, the reader will learn about Nagata’s sexual experiences and her longing for companionship, whether it’s platonic or romantic. There are a lot of other topics that are discussed before those come up, with the most prominent topic that repeatedly shows itself is her battle with trying to come to terms with her own desires of being independent versus her parent’s expectations:
“For me, my parents’ opinion was everything. I wanted my parents to approve of me. I wanted them to accept me, even if I didn’t try hard enough. “
Aside from her long fight with her mentality of trying to look good in her parents’ eyes, Nagata also tells us about her on and off struggle with an eating disorder that would eventually lead her to starvation until she was able to get back on track. As she’s jumping from job to job, during a certain interview somebody tells her a few words that gives her a new outlook on what her life could be; she starts to question whether or not if she was truly able to accept herself and her emotions.
As much as I would like to continue on about how deep My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness can get, I think it would be a lot better if you picked up the book and read it for yourself. Whether you’re reading it for its occasional jokes and dramatics or wanting to learn about how Nagata overcomes some of these obstacles in her life, anybody who reads it will find something in this manga that they will be able to relate to in their own life. Maybe you’ll learn something about yourself that you’d never considered (I know I did).
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is truly a one-of-a-kind that needs to be read. Head on over to Amazon to order your copy and learn about Kabi Nagata’s experiences to better understand who she is as a person!