Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Manga Revew: L-DK, Volume 1, by Ayu Watanabe

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Volumes: 18+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:


Aoi Nishimori is a high school girl who lives alone in her own apartment, but to her surprise, she discovers that the prince of her school, Shusei Kugayama, has moved in next door! To add to this, a series of crazy happenings result in the two living together under a single roof! Shusei is known to be a heartless guy and Aoi particularly hates him after he coldly rejected her best friend, so a life of cohabitation seems like a recipe for disaster. And yet, Aoi somehow can’t stop her heart from pounding when she’s with Shusei...


I was so excited for this series, and now I’m a little disappointed. Which sucks.
The first part is pretty rushed. We find out that Shusei is the popular guy in school, who gets confessed to and fanned over all the time, and who doesn’t like it. He moves in next door to Aoi, who lives alone. And by the end of the chapter, something happens with Shusei’s apartment and so he stays with Aoi.
They get in to a bit of trouble at times, what with trying not to let people know. Shusei doesn’t really care, but Aoi does, trying to keep it from her best friend who liked Shusei.
Mostly, the characters seem very one-dimensional. Aoi is exaggerated and easily embarrassed, pushing Shusei away. She tries not liking him for her friends sake, though, and I liked that she did seem to have a true friendship with another girl, who didn’t freak out upon finding out about Shusei. Shusei definitely has his jerk moments, like when he tricks her into staying handcuffed together for a day. But I also think that he truly doesn’t have an interest in most girls, gets annoyed over the way they fan over him, but is starting to like Aoi. I don’t see why, as she annoys me, and their chemistry is so one-dimensional, but still.
This volume was disappointing, but I will be giving it a couple more, because I see potential in it. I hope it gets better.

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