there's no way a side-character like-me could be popular right volume 1 light novel review

There’s No Way a Side Character Like Me Could Be Popular, Right? v.1 Review

Review of the light novel There’s No Way a Side Character Like Me Could Be Popular, Right? by Sekaiichi

Review is of the official English release from Tentai Books.

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Japanese Title: 友人キャラの俺がモテまくるわけないだろ? — “Yujinchara no Ore ga Motemakuru Wakenaidaro?”

Author: Sekaiichi 

Illustrator: Tomari – トマリ

Publisher (English): Tentai Books

Translator: Alejandro de Vicente Suárez

Release Date (English): May 29, 2020

Publisher (Japan): Overlap

Release Date (Japan): July 25, 2019

Volumes Released (Japan to Date): 3

Anime Series: None

Manga: None

Synopsis: “I just love you sooooooo much, Senpai!”

My name is Tomoki Yuuki, a second-year student in high school. I’d say I’m a fairly normal student, save for the fact that everyone avoids me like the plague because I apparently look like I’m out for blood. Ike Haruma is the only one that doesn’t steer clear of me. He’s your typical ‘perfect guy’ in every sense; the protagonist with no real flaws that you see in any given story.

Life at school was going on as usual… until one day Haruma’s super popular little sister confesses to me out of the blue?! Though she later clarifies that her feelings toward me are anything but romantic and that she has an ulterior motive, I end up accepting my new role as ‘fake boyfriend’ as a favor to Haruma.

Believe it or not, the moment I start going out with her, Haruma’s idol-tier childhood friend and my super hot teacher get involved with me too!

Wait a minute, this can’t be a dream rom-com scenario setting itself up for me, can it?! I mean, there’s no way a side character like me could be popular, right?