After failing the entrance exams to her school of choice, Hiyo Osora gets an acceptance letter from SM Academy. But she didn't even apply or take its exam! When she arrives, there's something amiss—all the students are... monsters!? And the head of the student council says he's her fiancé right before he sprouts giant black wings! What strange fate brought Osora to SM Academy, and what supernatural fate awaits her after this!?
Love Monster was a great shoujo manga. If you like the romance type, with funny characters, and a serious plot on the side then you're gonna love this manga. The story revolves around a girl named Hiyo who goes to a school for monsters where you meet Kurou who is one of the leading monsters in the monster society because he is a crow. One of my favorite parts about the manga was learning all about his past with Hiyo and seeing their relationship evolve into something much, much bigger than the two of them.
Later in the series you find out what their destiny and
the fates that they're meant to follow and it honestly just kind of melts your heart when you see how much they truly love each other.I would have liked to see a little more character developement from some of the characters especially Hiyo, but I loved all of them just as much with or without it. What can I say? I'm a sucker for love. -_-"
The ending is one of the cheesiest I've seen in a shoujo manga, but you really love it because it fits with the whole story. It's completely cute and adorable so I recommend this series for anyone who just wants to feel all warm and fuzzy inside at the end. ^^
The art was great and the premise, especially toward the end, was amazing. What I couldn't stand was the fact that the heroine was so mind-numbingly stupid and useless. Hiyo, even after discovering her powers, spends chapter after chapter being saved by people. Various powerful monsters fall in love with her simply because she's virtuous and nice (meaning: because she is the heroine) and don't seem to mind at all that she's so stupid that she needs to be pulled out of every little thing. Hiyo aside, I loved the other characters especially the background for her parents and their generation
of monsters. It added a lot of depth, though it's a shame that the entire story had to revolve around someone so redundant.
First it was okay,
Then it was bad,
And then it stunk.
Very similar to Rosario+Vampire, the main character is thought to be human but also like Rosario+Vampire, the main character turns out to be a powerful monster. But if it were between Rosario+Vampire and Love Monster. I'd pick Rosario+Vampire, not the sequel, but the original.
Moving on, the manga has interesting characters however the writer and moreover the story doesn't take advantage of this fact and digresses steadily and quickly, the story can almost be split into three parts; the first being the best of the three and then the second part gets worse and the third part;
worse. Though it starts off smutty but that only lasts for one volume (yeah, the author lost momentum that fast).
Its quite a waste of potential and clearly the ending was complete rubbish. It wasn't a bunch of cliche lines or lines from adverts, the reader becomes confused and frustrated over the turn of the events since the ending seems to not be a part of the story but attached to it. Like before the story was being developed, the writer decided upon the ending and when they had enough of writing, they forced the ending upon the story instead of slowly, step-by-step made the story lead into the ending: it seemed to me that the writer was at a rush to end this manga and at a loss of how to end it.
The ending left the reader completely disoriented.
In a sentence, the ending was ridiculous.
Generally, the illustrator got MOST of the art proportionate. Even though I say most, this in itself is a feat since numerous stories can't even achieve that. But the illustrator could have definitely refined the characters look to be more mature and detailed the general art.
Overall, it was okay so it was a good; almost very good but not quite but, I still wouldn't give it a 7. I guess the main factor that let the story down was the lack of details... In everything.
The story, the art, the characters; there was no details nor development.
So after all is said and done, it's you choice whether you read this or not.
Oh dear, where to start... A long, long time ago, back when the scanlations for this manga were still coming out, I used to love it. But re-reading it many years later with a more critical eye, Love Monster only stands out from the myriad of shoujo work through 3 aspects: self-insert fantasy, uneven pacing, and a rushed and strange ending. Let's take it one by one.
Story - 4
You know how sometimes an interesting idea with lots of potential pops up? This could have been it, but Miyagi proved to not have the writing ability to expand the plot too much outside the broad strokes
from the beginning. The biggest fault is probably the pacing: the story starts out decently paced but quickly devolves into monster-of-the-week syndrome - except instead of monsters, you have characters assaulting Hiyoko. Any important details are rushed through in favor of fawning over how cute and dainty and perfect Hiyoko is.
The final story arc kind of flips Kurou's character around, all this being explained through a very weak and nonsensical reason after he reverts back. I suppose the ending does make some sense because it's constantly foreshadowed (especially after meeting Kurou's mother and Hiyoko's father), but it's STILL just the Hiyoko and Kurou Show, while the other characters are of absolutely no relevance.
There are some aspects I would've liked to see more of: multiple-chapter plots, like Kurou and Hiyoko's families or the competition between schools; the supernatural abilities, especially training and use; and the monster social hierarchy (which we see a glimpse of with the crow families). Unfortunately, every interesting plot point is shoved aside to make room for the forceful and unstable romance between Hiyoko and Kurou (are you starting to see the pattern?).
Characters - 3
Love Monster is guilty of introducing a ton of characters and not doing anything worthwhile with them. 90% of the time a male character is introduced, he falls in love with Hiyoko and tries to assault her (not exaggerating); if a female character is introduced, she will try to harm Hiyoko but eventually end up befriending her. The whole "pure heart" aspect becomes sickening fast, frankly.
ALL characters get little to no personality development and mostly remain as they were introduced, save for their heel-turn moment after falling in love/friendship with Hiyoko, who is probably the most useless and annoying shoujo protagonist I've encountered after Kurumi from Haou Airen. As a consequence, despite the side characters being more interesting than Hiyoko and Kurou, they get very little screen time that doesn't tie in to Hiyoko somehow.
As for Hiyoko and Kurou's relationship, I didn't feel it at all. Without revealing too much, the "you don't know something and I'm not telling you either, figure it out yourself" trope is INFURIATING. And let's not forget that in the first few chapters: Kurou imprisons Hiyoko in his tower, then, when she naturally tries to escape, he rips her clothes off, ties her to the bathtub and forcefully fingers her while she keeps saying "no!". If that's not sexual assault, then I don't know what is. And I truly hope no reader takes these actions as anything other than abusive and creepy.
Hiyoko and Kurou are so one-dimensional and static that they don't work as anything other than a Mary Sue self-insert character (Hiyoko) and a "tall, dark and handsome" blank slate (Kurou). I would have given this section a 2 if it weren't for Yuki, Gin, Haine and Shou - and even Maki (at least she never stopped hating Hiyoko!). Ultimately, though, I think the most interesting character is Kurou's father.
Art - 5
Every character is either handsome or cute. Simple as that. Not an ugly or even average character to be seen. In an attempt to make the girls look even cuter, Miyagi dresses them up in frilly clothes so much that they end up resembling dolls more than humans (which is...fitting, considering their mental development). A particularly jarring example is Kurou's mother, and while her fashion sense is explained, her character still came across as an example of "trying too hard to shock and be original".
While pretty characters are normal and expected for shoujo, what I could not get past is how badly full body shots are done. The boys are significantly taller than the girls to make the girls look even more cute and dainty, but when Kurou and Hiyoko stand side by side it's like putting an elementary school student next to a college student. Seriously, she's absolutely tiny compared to him and it's quite jarring to see. Aside from that, there are only about 4 character templates (2 for each gender) which the author adds small details to so you can tell the characters apart somehow, so everyone ends up looking quite same-y.
Enjoyment - 4
The first chapters were entertaining to read solely because the world building is interesting and the character interactions would make for a varsity-tier drinking game based on the number of times Hiyoko is sexually assaulted (I am not joking). Past that everything becomes repetitive, with new characters assaulting Hiyoko - sexually (male) or physically (female) - and her being pushed around without doing anything to prove she has a personality of her own. In the end, Love Monster isn't enjoyable to read even as a trainwreck, and the whole experience feels like cramming for your most hated subject.
Overall - 3
While the supernatural aspect is interesting, there is too little world building to make reading this worthwhile, if you're into that. The characters themselves could have been good, yet ultimately fell prey to cliches and lack of development in favor of a stale romance plot that's been done so many times before and brings nothing new to the table. I would advise avoiding this, especially given its length; there really is no point in investing the time to read 80+ chapters of such an all-around disappointing work.