Sunday, November 15, 2009

GROG - Vol. 1

Title: Love.Com: Lovely Complex Vol. 1
Author: Aya Nakahara
Illustrator: [Same]
Copyright: 2001 (First Printing 2007)
Publisher: Viz Media
Price: $8.99
ISBN: 978-1-4215-1343-0
Summary: Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in her class. Atsushi Otani is the shortest boy in his class. Somehow, Koizumi and Otani often wind up together and fighting, which provides lots of entertainment to their classmates. In this first volume, Koizumi and Otani are stuck in summer school and decide it is time to find someone to “go out with.” The winner does whatever the other one says, but in working together, will they discover something more?
Thoughts: Obviously, this title is a “shojo” title in that it is a love story between tall, boyish girl and small, effeminate guy with lots of drama ensuing. Surprisingly, to me, the title is weak and doesn’t “stick out” like other shojo titles I’ve read. The art of this work is just like every other shojo title (which is fine by me) and the plot is the same. It feels like a title that may disappear in a few years. More reviews to come as I read the series.
Will Teens Like It?: Teens who love shojo will want this title, otherwise, it’ll probably be skipped.
Things to be aware of: The usual teen drama, i.e. discussions on sex.

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