Ranked #1806
Venus wa Kataomoi (Manga)

Venus wa Kataomoi

Alternative Titles

English: Venus in Love
Synonyms: Platonic Venus, Love for Venus
Japanese: ビーナスは片想い


Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 58
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 5, 1999 to Jul 5, 2004
Authors: Nakaji, Yuki (Story & Art)
Serialization: LaLa


Score: 7.781 (scored by 466 users)
Ranked: #18062
Popularity: #3655
Members: 1,323
Favorites: 38
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College: A time for new friends and new loves—and getting confused about which is which. It seems like Suzuna is on track to land Eichi, the guy of her dreams. But her other new friend—the beautiful Hinako—has some interesting information regarding Eichi that's going to force Suzuna to take a second look at the whole situation. She's about to discover that love can come with some unexpected competition.

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Ashihara, Suzuna
Fukami, Shinya
Ikeuchi, Yuki
Kaji, Hinako
Kashiwagi, Honoka
Uozumi, Eichi

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Jul 6, 2008
It's a great manga! If you like school's stories with love and funny situations, you have to read this manga. You'll enjoy it!

I like this manga because I like stories like marmalade boy: teenagers who find their first love and they must pass hard situations; but the story always have an humor tone and the characters are amused and cheerful, though at times they are serious and matures too.

I really recommend this manga, especially to the girls ^^. It's very beautiful and amused.

P.D.: I'm sorry if some words and frases are wrong, I'm spanish!
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Dec 10, 2009
May contain some spoilers, please read at your own risk.

This manga had a lot of loopholes. Events were too shallow and rarely were there any big conflicts or challenges, which makes it a lot less realistic. Also, events happen very fast and if any challenges are met, they are often resolved quickly by very random acts of hugs or kisses, which again shows the unrealistic nature of the manga. There was often a lack of capturing the right sort of emotions or mood that was needed to reach a certain point for a particular event to progress. For example, Hinako and read more
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Dec 7, 2010
I would highly, highly recommend this manga to anyone who enjoys a light-hearted romance with some comedy.

Unlike most other romance manga, this story starts off with unexpectedly, surprising you. While the romance between the two main characters takes a bit to develop, once they're in love, there's a lot of interesting stuff that happens. You'll find yourself wondering what's gonna happen next.

The art is not complex, though it is not simple nor ornately drawn. I'd say the art is just about right, allowing you to appreciate it while letting you pay more attention to what's happening in the story. The author really illustrates the character's read more
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Well, its from the same mangaka. So,expect the same humour, similar art and characters but the settings and plot is different.
Both are about meeting a boy that the main girl doesn't like at first but, of course, falls in love with.
Both are about a girls journey through life in which she meets many boys that she likes.
A high school romance that'll leave you wanting for more.
Both have twists and surprises.
If you liked Atashi wa Bambi then you'll definately like Love for Venus.
The story is pretty much the same.
"Venus wa kataomoi" and "Good Morning Call" both tell us "warm-enough-but-never-too-cheesy" stories about the budding love and coming-of-age of a clumsy but kind-hearted heroine and her (first ignorant or clueless) "next-door" neighbour. Both works are light-hearted, easy and fun to read – with lots and lost of humour!

Here are some of the features the two have in common: being long-running series, they both introduce multiple characters (including some hilarious supporting roles) and storylines (meaning that most of the supporting figures get their own side-stories where they can, finally, act as heroes and heroines, be them comical or tragic); school setting (with all its shoujo manga-ish cliché’s, such as rivalry in love, jealousy, and plans for – and anxieties about – the future); love sprouting partly because of certain living circumstances/arrangement; coming-of-age stories, covering a longer (educational) period of the characters’ lives; similar visual style, what could be associated with the mainstream shoujo trends of late 1990s and the Millennium.

Personally, I found „Venus wa kataomoi” emotionally more mature and detailed, therefore overall more engaging and inspiring than „Good Morning Call”. Still, I would encourage You to check out both of them – moreover, I would also add „W-Juliet” and „Itazura na Kiss” to my list of recommendations of „rite of passage” shoujo opuses (for the New Year 2014). :)

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