Aside from being transferred from school to school during her middle school years, Kanoko has entered Takara no Tani High School with Tsubaki. For some reason, she becomes the "Strategist" for Cultural Affairs Department in reference to the Three Kingdoms and ends up joining the Newspaper Club...
Koi dano Ai dano is a wonderful shoujo manga, if I must say. I can't even understand why there is so little reviews about this manga.
This is my first attempt to write a review and I chose this to be my first to write on about. I'm picky when it comes to reading. I read all kinds of manga as long as the story piques my interests.
First of all, what I like about it is that this is not your typical shoujo characters. If you think about it, the protagonist - Kanoko - is so amazing that in the long run, you won't care anymore
about what may happen on her lovestory. Yes, she's not popular, and not even beautiful (she's so cute though). What you'd like about her is her personality. She's funny and full of sarcasm, and I think you can relate to her musings especially if you're introvert just like her. But the most beautiful about her is SHE IS NOT WEAK that you'd be surprise about her reasonings and choices.
The other protagonist - Tsubaki - well, I'd think he's OP because he's the most popular, handsome, intelligent that you'd love him and dream, "I want to have a boyfriend like him", but you'd know why he's not because you'd see his flaws but still understand him. Tsubaki is a genuine character, that's his best characteristic. He's honest and sarcastic that when he's paired with Kanoko, you'd enjoy all of their bantings and spazz all the way.
The flow of the story was soooo great that you'd want to read it all night or what. Although, I'm a bit dissappointed with the ending. I wanted more of Kanoko's interesting musings and plans but it ended shortly. It's may have ended nice with their lovestory but I guess, I expected too much from Kanoko (yes, I love her). Anyway, they ended it nicely, you'd still smile for them.
The art is decent enough that you'd see their expressions and emotions, the character development was the best and the lovestory was romantic. All in all, I enjoyed this story so much that I wanted a sequel. I rated this 9 out of 10.
Ps. You may have heard that this story is a sequel of Warau Kanoko-sama but I assure you that it's independent enough that you don't have to worry about reading both stories. Though I suggest you must.
While the manga is not all that original itself, many factors set it apart from your typical shoujo manga.
This is a sequel to another manga which had less of a concise storyline but did help shape the characters to who they are and had set the mood for the sequel (which can be considered the "main/real" story). The author did a beautiful job connecting the two stories with the prequel being the "why" to the sequel.
Second (also the character review):
Being the sequel, the main characters are already well developed and here the characters just develop even more as they realize how, much they changed
from the prequel and how much they were influenced by the others.
Tsubaki (main guy) is basically your generic Mr. Popular School Idol guy with the cold sadistic personality but is actually really warm and sweet. What is different however is that he accepts Naedoko (main girl) for who she is, which is why this manga is a favorite of mine. Naedoko does not change throughout the entire series. She is that loner plain glasses girl that nobody really knows. Unlike every other shoujo manga I've read (which is quite a lot) she pretty much remained like that. There is no miracle make-over that turned the ugly duckling to a beautiful swan that captures the heart of the prince, none of that over cliched archetype, no Naedoko remained a plain "megane-ko" and Tsubaki accepts that.
Another reason this manga is a favorite, and why Naedoko is a favorite original is that she is one of the very rare strong independent woman character. Yes, she relies a lot on Tsubaki for advice and a push, but she solves her problem on her own, does not take bs from anyone, is calculative and manipulative, and does not show submissiveness. If you believe in girl power, this is your girl.
The art is nice, kind of typical. Its drawn well but not anything new, although I did notice a few errors like a sudden seat change in a scene.
That basically concludes the review that is longer than it has to be. Obviously with the high rating, i enjoyed it. And yes i recommend it 10/10 (im really bad at conclusions so just let it slide at that)
This manga has a very high rating and a lot of reccomendations, but still no review. I shall attempt to explain why I like this manga and recommend it anyone to read it.
This is in my top 5 manga (of any genre), I can reread it many times because it's so entertaining. There must be a new trend among shoujo mangakas to have smart, level headed female leads who always don't just have love on their mind. As most people may know that this is a sequel to Warau Kanoko-sama, but one doesn't have to read it (though I'd recommend to anyways). The manga is
about a 16 year old Kanoko who joins the newspaper club and starts to participate in school politics, because she wants to disturb the balance of power.
Story (8)- It's wonderful blend of (little) suspense, subtle romance, and comedy. The situations that arise in the story are handeled wonderfully, though you'd never have thought that club rivaliries could turn out to be so interesting. It's a good look at school politics existing at smaller level in a humrous way. But the story also examines school life, different sterotypes and cliques are satirized. The only thing I don't like about the story is that I wish it would concentrate on Kanoko being more active in her club than creating disturbances in others. She could get scoops for the newspaper club and make it more popular (one of her goals).
Art (9)- At first one feels there're too many panels on the screen with smaller representation of insignificant characters. But it's very well drawn, as it could be expected from a shoujo manga though I am glad the characters don't have the typical saucer eyes, too many close ups and flowery backgrounds.
Character(9)- Of course the main character is my most favorite and the top 3 reasons I read the manga. Other characters are caricratures, not having much depth but the guy who has a crush on Kanoko seems to be developing a bit. Although I think he had a better character development in the Warau Kanoko-sama. I know it's a high rating just because I like only one character and could care less for the rest.
Enjoyment (9)- Again I enjoy it mostly because of the female lead. Though the subtle romance does add to the enjoyment, since it's one sided and for once it's from the guy's side (yay!), cus usually it's the girls who are made out to have no pride in shoujo mangas when they are in the one sided love.*cough*Strobe edge*cough*
Overall (9)- I recommend it especially to teens, because it can help them to learn and examine themselves. Because Kanoko really doesn't have any special abilities, she doesn't stand out, yet she is behind the scenes puppeter (sp?), all she uses is simple psychology and her brains. I look forward to its official release by one of the American licenced companies because I'd defintly want to enjoy it anytime, anywhere.
This one also has really great ratings... I think it's quite good so far but I'll have to see what other story we can get from it, still too early to tell.
Basically, Kanoko, who has transferred schools 108 times before entering 10th grade because of her father's job, finally gets to her new high school along with her good friend Tsubaki. Kanoko is a master strategist, quite unlike the typical shoujo girls. She's calculating and has her faults. She's also oblivious that Tsubaki, typical shoujo perfect male lead like Ren, Yoh, Rui, etc, is very much in love with her.
There was one part where she asks him something about why he's helping her and he's like "Just get it already" while leaning over her. UHHHH. Come on! Even I am not that oblivious lol. Kanoko is so adorable. I really enjoy one-sided romance in manga, especially when it's the hot guy crushing on the oblivious somewhat nerdy awkward girl.
So far it's pretty good and I enjoy school-based manga (plus the battle between the different clubs is interesting), so I'll continue reading!