Jul 29, 2008
Lovenista is a Shoujo, Smut, Romance that’s rather different from the usual shoujo manga’s take on love & dependency, which would have been great if it was executed well enough.
It’s about a love struck high school girl (Yun Morokawa) who hasn’t been able to keep a long-lasting relationship but that all changes when she meets a notorious guy (Hiromichi Kondou) in her school. Though I must say that the way the relationship began was a little odd, because it didn’t seem believable. It goes like this: she meets a guy she normally wouldn’t go for, however she ends up falling blindly in love with him
anyway. At least the various relationships that occupy this manga are very captivating; especially the main one that is full of strife and some surprising turns of events.
The main couple involved in this manga are very typical for your average school-based shoujo romance. We have your cute but gullible heroine and your handsome but mysterious hero. They each have dependency issues that make their odd relationship interesting but their qualities were rather lacking. The characters on the side are pretty much the same; they’re interesting but lack substance.
The most appealing factor of this manga has to be the artwork, with a lot of effort put into the character designs, the detailed backgrounds and the sensual romantic moments. The characters not only have nicely defined features, their sense of style is portrayed well and the sensual moments certainly get heated.
Overall the word that comes to mind when I think of Lovenista is ‘unrealistic’. Sure the ‘make-up artist’ theme worked well with the stunning art style and romance was interesting except it just wasn’t satisfying, when it came to its typical shoujo ending.
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