Shiharu is a high school student who loves kids, lives in an orphanage, and works at a daycare... Until the handsome uncle of two-year-old twins offers her a raise if she'll be their babysitter. Often relying on memories of her mother's actions for guidance, Shiharu quickly finds herself falling in love with her new makeshift family.
Love so Life was adapted into two Drama CDs; first titled HCD Love So Life released on March 25, 2010, and second titled Toikimeki☆Kirameki Bunkasai (ときめき☆きらめき文化祭) was bundled with Hana to Yume magazine 2013 #20 issue sold on September 20, 2013. The series has been published in France by Éditions Delcourt since September 12, 2012.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a shoujo manga that made me squeal so much. I was recommended “Love So Life” by a friend of mine many years ago and while the cover looked cute, I was annoyed by its being incomplete at that time. I’m a fast reader, so it’s even worse when the manga is still updating. Nevertheless, I kept it on my list to read and when it was done, I read it quite quickly, only stopping when I had to focus on finals. The friend that had recommended it to me said that she loved fluffy shoujo series that were
over-the-top adorable, and while I looked at some of the others she suggested, “Love So Life” took the cake for cutest shoujo. I’m sure if you read through the first few chapters, you’ll know exactly what I mean whether or not you’re familiar with the shoujo genre.
Already the synopsis paints the manga as a sweet little story from the beginning: a teenaged girl who is good with kids and lives in an orphanage is hired as a babysitter for the twins of a busy news reporting uncle. Shiharu is young and pure as an angel, and Matsunaga is attractive and extremely grateful he’ll have a hand with these kids that aren’t his. The questions you’ll probably have are (1) what happened to Shiharu’s parents? (2) What are these kids like? And (3) how handsome is Matsunaga exactly?
The answers to all these inquiries and more are answered fairly neatly in the length of this manga. If you’re down for a lovely and light slice of life manga, this is definitely it. I know a lot of people enjoy manga that instantly captures your attention and keeps you riveted and furiously flipping the pages, but “Love So Life” is so pleasantly relaxing. It does indeed become addicting, but it’s certainly not a stressful read.
I must give credit to the mangaka for being so incredibly creative. Almost every chapter is a new situation with the twins. Shiharu is always trying to find a way to keep them occupied and teach them something new while keeping them out of trouble. She constantly remembers what her mother taught her and what she observes from other children to work better with the ones that she is in charge of. I was never bored while reading this. Realistically, there are a lot of things children are up to, like making mischief in a kiddy pool, going trick-or-treating, meeting new friends, and so much more. Akane-chan and Aoi-chan never had a dull moment in the manga.
As to be expected, the growth of the twins over the span of the story also fostered Chiharu’s growth as a young woman. While she was already quite mature in the beginning (as described by her friends and Matsunaga-san) because she was seen being very responsible with the younger ones at the orphanage and studied dutifully, she seemed to open her eyes a little more with the help of the twins. The two of them were still emotionally growing and Shiharu became more and more attached to them, loving them like they were her family rather than some kids she had to babysit. She paid attention more and more to the feelings of those around her, which assisted in her job as a children’s caretaker.
Of course, characteristic to classic shoujo, the main love interest is Matsunaga-san, who doesn’t disappoint readers with his attractiveness. At first he appears very tired all the time from his job, so much that right after he arrives home, he collapses on the floor. As Shiharu takes care of the twins for him, he turns out to be a very nice man, always thanking Shiharu for her work, being kind to her, and thinking to include her in family plans.
The one tiny complaint I have is that the attraction between the two starts a little bit early, already in the first few chapters. I guess it’s understandable seeing that Shiharu is so cute and dependable, the kind of mother figure that Matsunaga-san admires, and Matsunaga is without a doubt good-looking, with a good career, and young-looking despite being older. The one thing that helps it is that the manga stretches their relationship for over 100 chapters, so you sort of forget about the rushing in the beginning. They are, of course, a good shipping.
The other thing I like about Love So Life is that there are a lot of things to focus on besides the twins. They definitely make up the biggest part of the plot, but there is also like I mentioned before, Shiharu’s relationship with Matsunaga, her best friend Rio’s boy problems, even a love triangle. I was never bored through the course of this manga and find it absolutely amazing that this is Kouchi’s first work.
The art style is a little bit simpler than I’m used to in shoujo, but it still does the job. The twins always look very precious with chubby faces and huge eyes. It’s so funny to see Shiharu and others being affected by how adorable they are when they say certain things or wear matching clothes. While Matsunaga is described as attractive, sometimes I found the line of his chin to be a little too long, or his face shaped a little strangely. Clothes-wise, though, I liked everyone’s selection, and hair was drawn fine.
Aside from how dense Shiharu could be sometimes when it came to her feelings and the romantic ones of others, I enjoyed this manga a whole bunch. I laughed out loud multiple times and found it very sweet at others. An avid shoujo reader would eat this up instantly, and I think a newcomer to shoujo would enjoy this immensely as well. Shiharu’s a delightful character and her interactions with the twins are pleasantly memorable. Love in many forms is present in “Love So Life,” true to its name.
I fell in love with this manga!!!!!
the characters are so freaking cute and amazing. I finished this manga in one go. I am addicted to aoi and akane (the little kiddos) they were so cute, some parts of the chapters made me cry they were so cuuteee uuugghhhh . And Nakamura was so adorable, i just fell in love with her character.
this is the most pure, innocent and lovely manga I have ever read, truly, i have read almost 2000 romance mangas and believe me, this manga made my heart warm and filled with love. this manga is a little bittersweet.
the way the sibling
love each other, care for eatch other makes you truly warm, the way Nakamura looks after these kids is just honorable, the way this 16 years old girl teaches the kids about everything makes you want to rise your children just the way she does.
the mangaka is a true artist , i mean i have never seen such beautiful art, the babies and the children are drawn so finely and lovely and cutely.
gosh , if you love romance , slice of life and shoujo you ought to read this manga without a doubt.
if you don't read this manga you are going to be a criminal.
I loved everything about this manga.
The development of characters was written and shown very nicely.
and what i loved the most about LSL is, that there is no jealousy and stupid characters in this manga, nothing makes you want to drop reading or annoyed.
well, i really do recommend anyone to read LSL.
if you want a feel-good manga that is a slice of life but things/character development still happen, this is most likely for you. it’s adorable!
regarding romance, there is a bit of an age gap but it’s not as bad (or squicky) as say, bunny drop’s was. i think it was only like 5 years or something?
the art is beautiful and the lines are very clean. it's also pretty consistent if you care about that. however it does in some moments fall into that shoujo style stiffness or the hands/fingers look awkward. but it’s good enough that you can tell that akane and aoi are children
and babies and old people are old people, unlike some other shoujo manga were everyone looks just young.
this is like the ultimate feel-good "everything’s sweet and nothing hurts" manga.
This manga recieves a 10/10 so its a complete 100% of an awesome manga!
If they ever decide to create an anime for this manga, I really HOPE and PRAY they follow this manga closely! If not it will be a waste of time and effort on their part.
You know the saying " the books are better than the movies?" Well it will be the same case for this manga, I want to be able to have the visual and auditory happiness. (If that makes any sense LOL)
Anyways, this is the type of story where one can imagine our selves in the shoes of the
characters. Or relate to what they do or why they did it. It is well written, (even though I read it through scanlations once it is in english and available for Americans I will be ready to buy one), each character is alive in the manga. All the emotions. And especially the twins, how they grow up, its like we are also raising them too LOL, the relationship status between Shiharu and Seiji. (I think this is acceptable right? I am not giving away to much information?) At any rate, I think it took me a year to finally finish this series, and I am a little sad that it is finally over, but I am so glad the author decided to have a sequel! Not to mention it is all about the twins! I am so excited to read more from this author, even though she does not have other works so I wonder what's gonig on through her mind right now?
The art is amazing, and captured wonderfully. At any rate I am glad I read this and finished it.
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