Based on Yoshi's hit novel series, "Deep Love" depicts the struggling life of Ayu, a 17-year-old high school girl who believes neither in a future nor the happiness it could bring her. By selling her body as a teenage prostitute, she's trying to justify her existence, which is as bleak as her heart: it's void of joy, sorrow, love. It's not until her encounter with a kind-hearted old lady that Ayu begins to realize the true meaning of happiness...
Ayu is a teenage girl whose life seems to be filled with only despair and emptiness, and she deals with it by prostituting herself. The story, from beginning to end, basically follows her life as she struggles through it- the people she meets, the choices she makes, and the impact those encounters had on her character and life.
With a premise like that, it is likely already obvious that this is not exactly a happy and light-hearted story. In fact, reading this manga is almost like watching a disastrous car accident about to happen- you know it's coming, you cringe, you can't do anything about it
except look on.
Most people who talk about how sad this manga is will likely relay the events that took place, the endless string of terrible things that kept happening... but for me, it was human nature itself and how desperation can spawn some of the worst choices a person can make. It's like watching something that could've been right but knowing (and seeing) that it has the very real possibility of taking a swift turn for the worst.
That said, I felt this aspect is both the strength and the weakness of this story. The author does a good job of touching you with Ayu's story, but at the same time, also did a tad bit of an unnecessary overkill in some parts. This story is something like a lesson in life- the choices you make have consequences and Ayu's life is like a string of cause and effect. To that effect, it works great... but I found that the author would throw a tragedy or two in there (to add onto an already massive pile) that kind of fell in the category of "shit happens"- which is fine, except for this type of story, it felt flat, forced, and unnecessary.
As a whole? It's a story with a great message, delivered without pulling any punches. If anything, that in itself already makes it worthwhile to read. I did, however, debate on whether to give this a rating of an 8 or a 9. A personal rating is an 8 in my book... but I think that has a lot to do with where I was/am in life when I read this, as well as, my age (over 30). To be fair, I think the story itself accomplishes and does well at what it had set out to do. For that, I give it a 9 (or an 8.5 if I could've done so)
Note: We're talking about a girl who sells her body here. Expect to see sex scenes and crude behavior.
Deep Love - Ayu no Monogatari is definitely not your typical girl-finds-guy and falls in love type of romance manga. I started reading with that mindset, and after 8 chapters, I was blown away. Deep Love - Ayu no Monogatari was not only atypical, but delivers such deep themes and story to readers that will fill you with either sympathy, happiness, or anguish by the time you finish.
The story is quite simple and straightforward. Ayu is a teenage girl who finds life meaningless, and thus sells her body in a society she sees as decadent and immoral. However, an encounter with a granny changes her
views, and, after listening to the granny's story of her long lost lover, Ayu becomes determined to change for the better. This is actually quite a bright summary, but the actual story isn't such a clean pavement. Many things happen along the way that will make you both love and detest Deep Love - Ayu no Monogatari.
The art is quite clean and beautiful. The mangaka pays very little attention to detail, and as such, I was browsing through each page quite quickly. This is not bad however, as it offers very clean pages and very simple, but appealing backgrounds in each panel, which keeps your focus more on the story and its characters, which are the strong points of this manga.
Despite how short this manga was, character development, that is, Ayu's development, is fantastic. I really sympathized with her as she struggled through the chapters. Ayu truly came alive in Deep Love - Ayu no Monogatari.
Overall, Deep Love - Ayu no Monogatari was very enjoyable. Its story, characters, and the themes on morality and suffering, all of it was just remarkable.
After reading a review that compared Deep Love to a car wreck, that alone was enough to spike my interest. It was on the last page that I realized why it was like a car wreck. At the end you’re left there frozen in your tracks staring, at nothing, long after the car and everyone else is gone. Unable to form any coherent thoughts just a dumbstruck expression on your face.
That’s what Ayu’s life was, a huge accident, one you see coming long before it hits you, yet you’re there staring at it getting closer because you are so stunned by its complexity. Wondering,
trying to pinpoint the exact point in time in the story her life spiraled out of control and coming out blank because there are so many you wouldn’t even know where to start or end.
Who was Ayu? A lost girl, who believed love was pointless. Living alone, selling her body for money not because she needed it, but because she felt insignificant. All that mattered to her was getting money, in her life that‘s what made the world go round. Not knowing that there was more to existing than just breathing and looking out only for yourself. Life has something new in store for Ayu and it comes in the form of an old lady’s kindness.
The word love gets thrown around everywhere in manga (in my share of read ones anyway) . In this case it’s not the romantic type of love, it’s the other kind. The type that’s so rare, yet a lot of us have it but take it for granted, not giving it a second thought. Not until we lose it. I was more surprised at myself, that I enjoyed Ayu’s story so much, even though it is the story of a girls sorrowful life and not a romantic comedy. It’s Ayu picking herself up just to be slammed to the ground again by an invisible force. The choices she makes to change her life, ones she regrets and ones she would do all over again.
This isn’t the type of story you laugh through, actually there are only smiles and heartwarmings, no LOL moments. If you want to laugh or feel all warm and fussy this is far from it. It’s a cruel life where the decisions you make will catch up to you, and I think that’s where this mangaka got it right. Life is unfair and sometimes will give you very few reasons to smile and though you might feel closed up and trapped, like Ayu, there is always someone who cares.
The art was a little on the plain side, but that same art showed me a cover that dared me to read it, a girl crying, for a second I thought I saw wrong. Let me be the first to point out that when a manga first words are, “Care to give me a blow,” it is bound to have some ecchiness. Guaranteed even. Though graphic in context at times it never shows any nudity, not in the completely naked anyway. It’s about her story, uncensored.
When all is said and done, though I agree with the car wreck, for me it was more like getting punched in the face and you don’t know who did it. In the end you’re left angry and stupefied at realistically sad story of a girl named Ayu.
That being said this is the best quote that sums up what this manga is about:
“Appreciation is the purest, and strongest form of love. It is the outward-bound kind of love that ask for nothing and gives everything. It is the antidote to fear. Although fear was the first feeling that developed during evolution, love is believed to be the second.”
Let me begin by stating that this review is for all the Deep Love Mangas (Ayu no Monogatari, Host, Reina no Unmei). This is my first review and i chose this manga to appraise, because it was the first one that made me cry.
I won't state the contents here, because it's difficult to describe without revealing something. Just read it yourself! I'd say you have to read it, because these topics are current and concern everybody.
The drawings aren't cute, but very pretty. The characters develop throughout the Manga.
Love and friendship play an important role. First they seem to perish due to the cruel
storyline but in the end you'll think how necessary friends and family are.
The story gets worse with every page you read. It's babaric, horrifying and endlessly sad.
I don't know if you're going to cry when reading this. But i know you're gonna be touched by this awesome Manga.
You will think about it several days and won't ever forget it!