Living Game by Hoshisato Mochiru (1961) is a romantic comedy
about two young people in Tokyo, Fuwa and Izumi, and their
struggle for a home. It first appeared in the weekly manga magazine Big Comic Spirits in October
1990 and now fills 10 tankoubon and spawned one music CD: The Living Game Original Album.
Just at the moment Fuwa finds his dream apartment, an earthquake damages
the new office building where Fuwa and his co-workers are about to move in. Fuwa's new apartment is
nearby and quickly becomes a temporary office.
Shortly after, the president announces that she has hired the daughter of an old friend. The girl, Hiyama Izumi, is only fifteen years old. Normally she would be in high school, but she has lost all interest in school due to a long history of family problems
|Fuwa Raizou works in a small, crowded office and lives in a tiny one-room apartment. He longs for open space.
His dream seems realized when he finally moves into a bigger apartment and his company prepares to move into a new spacious office.
Neither proves to be what he expected, however. An earthquake damages the new office building just as Fuwa and his coworkers are about to unload the moving van. Fuwa's new apartment is nearby and quickly becomes a temporary office.
Hiyama Izumi has some trouble finding an apartment because nobody wants to rent to somebody so young, but she finally finds a place of her own. Although it's in a run-down building and in a seedy part of town, she is happy to begin setting up her new home.
Soon after she moves in,
however, the building becomes slated for
demolition to make way for a new development
project, and she is evicted. Having nowhere to
go, she is completely distraught -- until Fuwa
offers to let her stay temporarily at his
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