Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki (弱キャラ友崎くん, Jaku-kyara Tomozaki-kun) is a Japanese light novel series written by Yūki Yaku and illustrated by Fly. Shogakukan has published 12 volumes+Short Story Volumes/Drama CD since May 2016 under their Gagaga Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with art by Eito Chida has been serialized via Square Enix's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Gangan Joker since December 2017, the manga also received spin-off manga serialization on Apr 25, 2020 illustrated by Yoshida Bana. It has been collected in 6 tankōbon volumes for main volumes and 2 tankōbon volume so far for the spin-off manga. The light novel is licensed in North America by Yen Press and the English translation is by Winifred Bird and in few multiple languages. An anime television series adaptation produced by Project No.9 has been announced and broadcasted on January 8, 2021 and aired until March 26, 2021.
Tomozaki is one of the best gamers in Japan, and in his opinion, the game of real life is one of the worst. No clear-cut rules for success, horribly balanced, and nothing makes sense. But then he meets a gamer who's just as good as him, and she offers to teach him a few exploits...
- Main: Light Novel
The series was acquired for print publication by Shogakukan, who published the first light novel, with illustrations by Fly, under their Gagaga Bunko imprint on May 18, 2016.
Later, Yen Press has licensed the novels and is set to publish an English translation on July 30, 2019 under the title Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki.
- Main: Manga
A manga adaptation was made/illustrated by Eight Chida has been serialized via Square Enix's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Gangan Joker since December 2017 Japanese release. The serialization has so far 6 volumes and later the main adaptation licensed for official English translation on November 20, 2021 and released around December 2021 by Comikey.
On April 25, 2020 the manga also announced spin-off series titled 『七海みなみは輝きたい。Nanami Minami wa Kagayakitai.』, illustrated by Yoshida Bana and serialized by Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday Gene-X. The spin-off series also licensed by YenPress on August 21, 2021 and released the first volume around February 2022.
- Main: Anime
The anime production was announced on around October 2019 and season 1 aired on January 2021 from January 8, 2021, with an additional anime-original episode written by Yuuki Yaku and character design by Akano Yane following the series on January 8, 2021. It was directed by Shinsuke Yanagi and produced by Project No.9.
The light novel series ranked eighth in 2017, seventh in 2018 and third in 2019 and 2020 in Takarajimasha's annual light novel guide book Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!, in the bunkobon (文庫本) category.