A Galaxy Next Door Vol 1 by: Gido Amagakure

Released: April 26th, 2022

I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ever since their father died, Ichiro Kuga has struggled to support his two younger siblings on nothing but a small inheritance and his passion for drawing manga. But it’s becoming harder to keep up with his growing responsibilities and deadlines, especially after his last two assistants quit to follow their dreams. Just as he’s nearing his breaking point, the beautiful and scarily competent Shiori Goshiki applies to become his new assistant. But there’s something almost otherworldly about Goshiki, and soon Kuga finds his reality turned upside down when she suddenly declares them engaged to marry!


I stumbled on the summary of this book on Netgalley and knew I needed to give it a read! After losing his father Ichiro works hard, as a manga author, to provide for his two younger siblings and ensure they’re well taken care of. Life can get a little hectic trying to balance the responsibilities he faces as an older brother, as well as an artist with deadlines but Ichigo is determined to provide for his family and still pursue his dreams of being a successful manga author.

Though the loss of Ichigo’s father is discussed, overall, this is a very sweet and light-hearted read that had me giggling in joy and secondhand embarrassment.

Shiori and Ichigo are so adorable and somewhat socially awkward, Shiori because she’s not from our planet, and Ichigo because he’s more introverted and isolated due to all his responsibilities. From start to finish both characters had me cracking up and cheering them on.

Another thing I loved was that the author included some translation information in the back, in case anyone’s newer to Japanese culture. I also found out there’s an actual name, in Japan, for a common trope I adore [at least in media lol]…the trope is called: kabedon and it’s when one character slams their hand against a wall trapping the other character. So many Jdramas, and Kdramas, I’ve watched have had me squeeing, in fangirl, when the main love interest does this to the hero/heroine.

I’m so glad I stumbled onto the summary of this book and I cannot wait until more volumes are translated to English!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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