Saturday, November 21, 2015

Manga Review: My Love Story!!, Volume 4, by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: April 2015
Volumes: 10+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Takeo Goda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don't want him! (They want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!

Sunakawa's older sister, Ai, has had a secret crush on Takeo since she was little. But Hayato Oda, someone who goes to the same collage as her, is making some aggressive romantic advances. Can Ai sever her feelings for Takeo and accept Oda's feelings? Meanwhile, a girl other that Yamato has realized Takeo's appeal! A bonus story about Takeo and Sunakawa when they were in preschool is included in this volume!


While this volume didn’t grab me as much as the previous ones have, it’s still adorable. No matter what this series does, the characters are what’s driving it. The way Takeo and Yamato react to things and think is what drives every reaction.
The first half of the volume, we get to see a lot of Ai, Sunakawa’s older sister, and a friend of hers who’s in love with her. We see more of what Ai is going through, being in love with Takeo and not wanting to tell him, all while another guy is pushing her, wanting to be with her in the same way.
I like Ai, and I like her decision in the end, though I feel for the guy, as well.
The second half, we meet a classmate of Takeo’s. They have to work together, and then she gets to know him, and he helps her out at every opportunity. Clearly some hero worship, to a big crush, is developing. And this time, Yamato starts catching on and worrying.
Yamato is jealous, she has that tendency, and it’s interesting to see her feelings put to the test. All while Takeo is completely oblivious, until she talks to him. But the only thing Takeo is ever thinking of, especially when it comes to Yamato, is Yamato. He has no line of vision for anyone else. It’s sweet.
That storyline isn’t fully over, I don’t think, and while there might be drama and worry, I don’t doubt that these two will work it out.
The volume ends with a cute side story from when Takeo and Suna are kids, and Takeo helps them out of trouble. Very cute, sweet story.
Overall, a very nice volume. I’m loving this series, and am looking forward to the next one.

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