With a title like that, who wouldn’t want to read it? I got a good laugh out of it, so I might as well try it out.
Morino is a lot like us today — she graduated with a degree, but she can’t find a job. After a long search, she ends up at Fujisonic as a secretary. However, what she didn’t know is that “personal robotics” actually means “adult toys”. I don’t know how job searching in Japan works, but isn’t that something that should come up in an interview?
In the first chapter, we establish that Morino is a girl who is completely green. No relationships, no experiences, ect. So when their usual product tester, an adult star named Michiko, can’t make it, Morino bravely steps up to the plate. And by that, she goes to their product testing room, where a bunch of the (all male) office is to watch her test the product and give feedback.
I’m a little flabbergasted she’d go that far for a first time, but her mindset is “I want to do good at my job”. Errr… wow. She has guts! I don’t think I could test out their “ultimate toy for women” in a room while a bunch of dudes stare and ask questions. She’s really nervous and sits there describing it when Miura, the lead product designer, barks out “Just take your clothes off already!”. That sounds wrong, but he meant to “get it over with” so he can “get his data” and figure out what needs to be changed.
Well, she fails to test the product because she’s so nervous, but Michiko ends up showing up and showing us how it’s done, basically. Morino feels relieved because once it came time to do it, she couldn’t. While she’s out grocery shopping she runs into Miura giving a presentation on robotics. He graduated from university with an engineering and robotics degree, but the company he joined after college went under during the recession, so he joined that company. I feel a little bad for him after reading that.
That night, she fantasizes about Miura yelling at her to take off her clothes and ravishing her. Dayummm Gina, so that’s the type of guy you like! She’s one of the last to leave at work that day, so she goes to watch one of Michiko’s videos to see if she can learn anything (this is for both work and personal reasons haha) and when she’s watching it, Miura walks in?!
AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH AH AH AH AH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
OMG HOW EMBARRASSING
He puts his hand on her shoulders and asks, “Need a hand?”
And at that moment, I would have died of embarrassment, run away, never return, change my name, leave the country, goodbye!
He smiles and tells her he’s just kidding and warns her not to work hard. Morino somehow doesn’t die of embarrassment in this. Kudos to her. The rest of the chapter is spent talking about the director of the department, Ayanokouji and Michiko’s relationship. I feel bad for them. They obviously love each other, but because Ayanokouji has a child, Michiko doesn’t feel like she’s fit to be a mother. Ayanokouji doesn’t take care of his daughter directly, his mother does, so I don’t know why they can’t ease into a relationship and ease her out of the industry and into being a housewife (I know that doesn’t sound very progressive of me, but I’m thinking in terms of Japanese culture, not American) A few more pages are devoted to Morino elaborating on her fantasy of Miura, this time adding that “Need a hand?” situation.
For the new product they were testing, they’re going to release an “instructional video” to go along with it. Michiko is there to do the filming, but the male actor is sick. Miura volunteers to take his place.
M-M-M-Miura?! What? Does he like Michiko? This novel is a little all over the place in tone and characters. He does, but Michiko shuts him down and tells him she loves Ayanokouji. They do the scene, but he only uses the product and doesn’t actually go all the way with her. (Of course not, he’s the obvious love interest, can’t have him do that with another woman lmao) A coworker I forgot to mention earlier who has a crush on Morino asks her on a date, but at the end he totally kisses her without asking and pisses her off. I’m really glad when I see the sudden kiss for what it is — an unwanted advance. If the girl likes him and there’s chemistry, that’s one thing. When it’s a sudden kiss to try and provoke things, and the heroine is all “omg he kissed me… i think i like him now even though i liked this other guy the entire time” it kinda really ticks me off.
Anyway, at the next meeting, they are going to film another instructional video and they want Michiko and Morino to test it together, a sort of teacher-student thing. Morino agrees, and ends up having a good time, partially due to Michiko being a good instructor and partially due to Miura watching her. I’m going to be honest, from the outset I thought this was going to be a lot raunchier than what it is, ahahaha. Afterwards, Michiko announces she’s quitting the industry.
Whooooaaaaaaa~! Well, she does it because her love for Ayanokouji hurts too much. She’s always wanted to open a reggae bar, so she’s going to try and do that. Meanwhile, Ayanokouji takes a day off and asks his daughter if he can marry again. She agrees and Ayanokouji proposes to Michiko. Aww, it’s a rather sweet scene.
At their wedding, Miura confesses to Morino that he likes her. She tells him her feelings and that’s the end of that. The next day at work, Ayanokouji’s friend, a top talent scout for the adult industry, scouts Morino as the next big thing. She tells them she hasn’t done anything with a man before, which delights the scout.
Oh god, this all feels so sleazy, I can’t even…
Miura is clearly not happy with the way things are going, but since Morino seems receptive to the idea, he doesn’t say anything. They have little moments of heavy petting, but Miura always stops them short because he knows how Morino is set on doing her job. Meanwhile, Morino just wants to get it over with and be with him.
The last conflict of the story is contrived and utterly stupid. Michiko’s bar opens and they talk about what’s going on between her, Miura, and becoming an adult talent. Michiko tells her to tell Miura everything she’s been thinking and wanting. Morino is a lightweight, so by time they finish their talk and her drink, she’d dead-ass drunk. It is then, Michiko does something really weird. She sends her home with the talent scout (her old manager) instead of Miura, who is sitting right next to him. Like, what? That’s so out of character for her. As her manager, she probably trusts him, but why send home a girl with someone other than her boyfriend? That is so freaking dumb!
And of course, she does that so they can have a scene of the scout forcing himself onto Morino. Surprisingly, Miura doesn’t come to save her. She leaves of her own volition after telling him no. Oh my god, I think that’s a first for me!
She does see Miura outside the love hotel, so he was on his way to get her, but she’s more worried about the rumor that he’s leaving than what happened to her. I don’t know if she’s stupid or just one-track minded. Anyway, she calls a cab and goes home without him, despite him basically begging her to come with him. The next day at work Ayanokouji plays a little bit of matchmaker and asks Miura and Morino to test a product together. It’s some sort of synthetic tongue, and Miura stays fully clothed, but it basically makes them so hot and bothered that come nightfall they finally go all the way.
It was a sweet scene, though not as sweet as it should have been, considering the long-form buildup. The first time Ayanokouji and Michiko were together was a way sweeter scene. Oh well. After that, Miura quits to work as a robotics researcher and Morino stays and becomes a key tester. She doesn’t work in the adult industry outside of testing the products they create at her job. They’re both happy and it’s a rather sweet ending.
I don’t know what to make of this. It’s all over the place in tone and plot. The one thing I liked is that there are some rather progressive views about certain things in it. I guess I have this morbid fascination with the adult industry and how their stars handle things like intimacy, considering that the most intimate of acts is their job. How do their SOs feel? How do they do it? So in that aspect, the subplot with Michiko was far more interesting than the main plot with Morino, simply because of that curiosity of mine. The main plot needed to be handled better, though. I feel like a lot of the conflict between Morino and Miura was simply due to the author not knowing what to do with them and drawing things out that didn’t need to be drawn out. The love scenes were creative and done with more than the main couple, so I suppose in that aspect, it did rather well. But I like having cute romance to go along with my steam, so it’s not very titillating in the end.
It’s not good, but it didn’t really make me rage, aside from one part. I guess we’ll chalk it up to lost potential.
My heart scale is defined as follows – 5 hearts = a story everyone will fall in love with, regardless of preferences; 4 hearts = a well-done story that people who love the concept will adore, and people who don’t may end up liking it; 3 hearts = if you like this type of story or this type of hero, then you will enjoy this, but those who do not like either of those things will probably not; 2 hearts = it had potential, it squandered it; 1 heart = just a waste of time from the get-go; 0 hearts = why was this made?