Manga / Houkago Play

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Yonkoma manga about unnamed couples, at least one of whom will have a passion for video games. The first volume features an unnamed high school student and his likewise unnamed girlfriend, both of whom share a passion for playing video games...and each other, though they both have trouble admitting it. This alternates between the two of them playing video games and discussing them at length, and trying their best to express their feelings for each other.

The second volume stars a guy who looks like a shark and loves portable games, and his girlfriend who is more into manga than video games.

So far, there are six completed volumes (1, 2, 3, R, High Heels, and Maniax).


Houkago Play provides examples of:

  • Huge Schoolgirl: The Library Committee Chairman is absolutely gigantic (and strong enough to effortlessly lift other people by the collar and rattle them around), and has enormous Gag Boobs (the fluid, abstract art style means that they regularly appear to change size, but the smallest they've ever been is the size of small watermelons and it's not uncommon for them to be drawn as nearly as big as the rest of her torso!). She usually tries to look cool, but it's revealed that she actually has her fair share of insecurities.
  • Intimate Healing: To an extent. When he accidentally cuts himself with a fruit knife, her method of first aid is to bury her face into his hand and lick all the blood clean.
  • Minimalist Cast: In the first volume, there was the girl, the boy, the unseen store owner, and the voice of the boy's friend on a cell phone. It seems that all the other volumes will go in this direction as well.
  • Moment Killer: His cell phone. Also, any time the guy refuses to close his eyes before a kiss, the girl considers it a Moment Killer as well.
  • No Name Given:
    • The author simply refers to them as "the boy" and "the girl" in the afterword.
    • For the figurine for the girl, she's referred to as Girlfriend, and other sources back this up, even calling the boy Boyfriend.
  • Out of Focus:
    • The second volume stars a completely different couple, while the original pair only appear in two or three chapters.
    • The third volume focuses on yet another couple, though the others do show up from time to time.
  • Running Gag: The girl kicking the guy in the head when she gets mad. Also, "Go buy Met*l Gear!" in one chapter.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The soundtrack they were talking about is Live A Live.
  • The girlfriend thinks the game No More Heroes is sexually harassing her.
  • The Verse: Most, if not all, of the creator's work shares the same world with the same characters. Evident in the Out of Focus above.


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