Episode 38 – There’s No Way a Side Character Like Me Could be Popular, Right?

Hello Light Novel Podcast listeners! In this episode, we are talking about Tentai Book’s premier title, There’s No Way a Side Character Like Me Could be Popular, Right? We’ll be keeping our discussion to just the first volume. This is a School Slice of Life Romance Comedy title. There will be SPOILERS!
We’re also covering some new licensing announcements from Yen On, Seven Seas, and Sol Press.


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TITLE: There’s No Way a Side Character Like Me Could be Popular, Right?
AKA: 友人キャラの俺がモテまくるわけないだろ? — “Yujinchara no Ore ga Motemakuru Wakenaidaro?”
AUTHOR: Sekaiichi – 世界一
ILLUSTRATOR: Tomari – トマリ
TRANSLATOR:” Alejandro de Vicente Suárez
PUBLISHER (English): Tentai Books
RELEASE DATE (English): May 29, 2020
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/3fkJJBE
PURCHASE (Google Play): https://bit.ly/3mj5l4X
PURCHASE (Bookwalker): https://bit.ly/35yQKw9

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): July 25, 2019
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 3

“I just love you sooooooo much, Senpai!”

My name is Tomoki Yuuki, a second-year student in high school. I’d say I’m a fairly normal student, save for the fact that everyone avoids me like the plague because I apparently look like I’m out for blood. Ike Haruma is the only one that doesn’t steer clear of me. He’s your typical ‘perfect guy’ in every sense; the protagonist with no real flaws that you see in any given story.

Life at school was going on as usual… until one day Haruma’s super popular little sister confesses to me out of the blue?! Though she later clarifies that her feelings toward me are anything but romantic and that she has an ulterior motive, I end up accepting my new role as ‘fake boyfriend’ as a favor to Haruma.

Believe it or not, the moment I start going out with her, Haruma’s idol-tier childhood friend and my super hot teacher get involved with me too!

Wait a minute, this can’t be a dream rom-com scenario setting itself up for me, can it?! I mean, there’s no way a side character like me could be popular, right?