Book Reviews

Book Review: Ossan Idol! by Mochiko Mochida (Volume 1)

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Genre: Manga, Idol, Graphic Novel
Series: Ossan Idol!
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Miroku Osaki is 36 years old, unemployed, and unhappy. Having been bullied in his childhood and even into his adult life, he became a shut-in after being unfairly laid off. For a long time, the only thing that brought him joy was online gaming. Then, he tried the popular idol game called “Let’s Try Dancing!” It was addicting… and transformative! Inspired by the game, Miroku decides to turn his life around. He begins singing karaoke and going to the gym, where he meets Yoichi, the director of an entertainment company who encourages Miroku to pursue his dreams.

Miroku only wanted to be good at the game he loves, but when he accidentally uploads a clip of himself singing and dancing, it goes viral! Can he really become an idol, even at his age? Suddenly, it doesn’t seem so impossible!


My Review: Ossan Idol! is the first idol manga I’ve read but I’ve seen and adored my fair share of idol animes. I quite enjoyed this volume.

Miroku is so kind and gentle and innocent! He is a ray of sunshine in this story and I love how inadvertently infectious his personality is. He is definitely the center of the group that forms.

I like the friendship that forms between Miroku and Yoichi as Yoichi helps Miroku turn his life around. Yoichi sees Miroku for the great guy he is, recognizes his worth, and doesn’t judge him for his appearance.

This is shaping up to be a delightful and funny story. I’m looking forward to the next volume. It’ll be interesting to see what Miroku, Yoichi, and Shiju  do next towards their goal of becoming idols.