Saturday, January 23, 2016

Manga Review: So Cute It Hurts!!, Volume 4, by Go Ikeyamada

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: December 2015
Volumes: 14.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Kobayashi twins, Mego and Mitsuru, were named after historical figures, but only Mego has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinces his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests! After all, how hard can it be for them to play each other?

Megumu’s life has gone from weird to wonderful—she no longer has to cross dress as her brother, and her true love, Aoi, has asked her out on a date! It’s the beginning of a beautiful relationship, even if they have to stay two feet apart at all times or risk Aoi going into anaphylactic girl shock. Meanwhile, Mitsuru is back in his own clothes too, but he’s making war, not love! Can he defeat the school bully and win the hand of his sweetheart, Shino?!


In this volume, Megumu and Aoi go on their first date, impeded by their two-foot distance rule. Aoi is surprised by his own want to be closer to Megumu, and she’s unaware, but they’re both overly nervous. It’s a cute date, with Megumu equally excited over her history fandom and nervous about eating in front of Aoi.
Then Mitsuru has a surprise date with Azusa—surprise because he thinks she’s calling him out for a duel, when really she’s trying to go on a date with him. This is a struggle for both of them, mainly because Mitsuru actually likes Shino, and still doesn’t know how to develop that relationship.
I’m very wishy-washy with this series. On one hand, I like Megumu and Aoi, they’re adorable, and their date is very cute. I’m intrigued by Mitsuru and Shino, though I still haven’t decided where I stand with that triangle.
But on the other hand, the exaggeration, the sense of humor, the occasional text speak really gets on my nerves. One second I’ll be annoyed with the exaggerated chibi embarrassment, the next I’ll be thinking that Aoi is adorable.
I’m still reading, but I’m very on the fence with this series.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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