Monday, October 13, 2014

Manga Review + Giveaway!: My Love Story!!, Volume 2, by Kazune Kawaharaand Aruko

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Volumes: 6+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:

New at love, Takeo and Yamato excitedly begin their romantic relationship... but between friends who badmouth Takeo and a judo tournament that will separate the two for a month, are they going to survive as a couple beyond the honeymoon stage?


This series continues to be adorable and heartwarming. It again proves why the first volume caught me so well.
There’s some more bro-mance between Takeo and Sunakawa. I am still impressed by how good of friends they are to each other. Then there’s some minor drama between Takeo and Yamato. I do like that the drama isn't overdone, it’s not long-lasting or made a huge deal of. It’s subtle and sweet, even. Something happens to worry one of them, but they don’t simmer on it forever, and they’re still very close.
The chapter with Yamato’s friends is a good example. Yamato loves Takeo, she loves that he’s big like a bear, and she doesn’t see him as even slightly scary. She talks him up at the first chance, and doesn’t really understand how other people don’t see him like she does. It causes some upset when her friends don’t see what she does, but Takeo shows them what’s so great about him.
It’s adorable, how much she likes him, and how genuinely, innocently happy the two are together. And it’s sweet that they just want everyone, especially Sunakawa, to be as happy as they are.
There's also a chapter where something bad is going on in Sunakawa's life, but he doesn't say anything, and it puts Takeo in a bad spot, not wanting to overwhelm but still wanting to be there. I liked how it wrapped up.
I could just go on and on about this series, so I’m going to stop now. This series just makes me happy with how sweet it is, and I am really excited for the next volume.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, and Erik Jansen from MediaLab PR. Thank you so, so much!


 And now, since I ended up with an extra copy of this volume, I have decided to do a giveaway.
I do realize that this is the second volume, and so you have missed the goings-on of the first volume, but I do think that you can read this volume just fine without reading the first volume. And also, since there is only one other volume out, you can easily buy it, if you would rather.
The giveaway ends at 12:00 AM on Monday, October 20th (i.e. on October 19th, Sunday night).

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