Sunday, February 7, 2010

GROG - Love*Com Vol. 8 and 9

Title: Love*Com (Lovely Complex) Vol. 8, 9
Author: Aya Nakahara
Illustrator: Aya Nakahara
Copyright: 2008 (Japanese 2001)
Price: $8.99 each
ISBN: Vol. 8 – 978-1-4215-1741-4
Vol. 9 – 978-1-4215-1742-1
Summary: Tall Risa Koizumi and short Atsushi Otani are finally dating! The problem? They can’t seem to move from being friends to being a couple. Mainly, this is due to Risa’s lack of experience of being a girlfriend (or rather, no experience at all). In volume 8, Risa and Otani finally go on a date to an arcade, but just as things seem to finally be working out, Otani’s next door neighbor, Mimi, declares that she loves Otani and will fight Risa for his love. In volume 9, Otani seems to have no problem telling others he loves Risa, but never seems to tell her. This issue causes Risa to ditch Otani and go to the school festival with Haruka. 
Thoughts: I absolutely love the play on the covers for volume 8 and 9 as each person is the central focus with their two love interests. Unfortunately, I’m growing weary of the series. Risa is a fun character, but she doesn’t seem to have the drive to focus on her future. She lives for the moment and when all of her friends begin focusing on their futures, it really shows how immature Risa is. Plus, Otani continues to berate her and call her “useless”, “lame”, and many other demeaning things. Though it’s helping her realize her problems, she doesn’t seem to get better. When it can’t seem to get worse, Otani pulls a romantic moment and all is well…for a moment.
Will Teens Like It? Probably. It covers a lot of insecurities teens have and almost every character has an aspect of your close friends in there, magnified.
Things to be aware of: Nothing really. No sex. No nudity. No foul language. Just immature language. A major plus it is so clean.
Bonus: I first picked this series up because of a review I saw on Luckily, I’m not the only one reading this currently so if you want to be “spoiled” by someone else, go to Comics Worth Reading (a very good blog).

I reviewed library copies. WOO. Go Library.

1 comment:

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! It is so funny. I have many teens who love this one too-great pick!:)