Mizuki is the female "prince" of her all-girls school and the lead guitarist in an all-girl rock band. Akira is the male "princess" of his all-boys school and wants to join her band. Love may be on his mind, but romance is difficult when everyone keeps mistaking Mizuki for a boy and Akira for a girl!
When the lead singer of Blaue Rosen announces she is moving overseas, Akira does all he can to convince Mizuki and her bandmates to let him join. But will a resistant Mizuki allow him into her band, much less her heart?
Ai wo Utau yori Ore ni Oborero! was published in English as Ai Ore! Love Me! by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from May 3, 2011 to May 1, 2012, as well as in eBook format from June 17, 2011 to July 2, 2012.
This review will be relatively short. I'm actually reading translations and have gone as far as Vol. 4 chapter 18. This is a note to say that I have not completed the work but there's not much more for me to go...roughly 11 more chapters.
This story is actually very good. I am pleasantly surprised. I tried to read this story about 4 or so times before I buckled down and finished up to the translations so far which is the amount I have read up to. The problem had nothing to do with any sort of confusion. It's to do with the acclamation towards seeing the abrupt difference in gender roles. For example in most gender-bender stories the male and female role are rarely juxtaposed. Normally it's one character who's swapping gender and in those cases the lover knows about the change early on or eventually finds out early on.
In this case these two are not even swapping genders they just get mistaken for different genders and when they're together the contrast is more striking. Mizuki is the girl who looks liike a guy until she actually puts on girls clothing and is most definitely a girl...one of the most beautiful. Akira is a guy who gets mistaken as cute young girl and when he wears female clothing---which he's inclined to do through some extenuating circumstance, or another---he's uber cute as a girl.
Even Mizuki when she first met Akira she thought he was a girl and was confused by him. The story really reflects the insecurities of growing up, puberty and gender, sexuality and sexual roles. Mizuki's complex is something that started in elementary school when she grew taller than the other girls in her school. So she's been dealing with those issues and understanding them. In one scene you can tell she was having gender role problems because she can't bring herself or even think of another girl in a sexual manner but due to her looks you can tell that she feels life would be easier if she did. This is the same as when another male has an interest in her, who 'looks' masculine. When she's with him she's a girl and her role is defined as such.
Akira has no such problem dealing with who he is, since he seems extremely confident. So even his issues of playing gender roles bugs him, like dressing like a girl since he's a guy; and even having male admirers. It isn't displayed as some sort of insecurity. Just a nuisance. However he's in his predicament because he's the baby of his family of four boys. Coming from a line of renowned fighters he's extremely strong but being the youngest and probably due to the lack of milk in his diet (you'll get what I mean there) he's a bit stunted resulting in his feminization.
Take note though this does take getting used to. I had to struggle to realize that she's a girl not a guy since she fits SM's role of the ideal guy and Akira is definitely ieal girl for SM. However, after that the story flowed it was good.
There are, as with much of SM work attempted rapes...surprisingly one by a girl onto another girl. Mizuki's character is almost very similar to any other girl. However, she's extremely innocent/naive to sexuality. So that can be a bit annoying for the reader but luckily SM managed to make it more comedic, so her naivete doesn't grate---as testimony to this at times she appears to be a tease when she just doesn't realize the affect she has on her guy. Nonetheless she does love him. For Akira is extremely strong and confident in himself. It makes you wonder if he's been with a girl before due to his confidence. Either way he's your typical guy who comes on a little strong but I think it's because he doesn't realize how naive Mizuki really is.
All in all it's actually a fun read and I really enjoyed it. It's not long by any stretch of the imagination or complex topics to understand. It's just familiarizing and realizing that gender swapping is a bit extreme here. ^_^read more
Most people think it's hard to understand at first, but don't let it confuse you! The "gender-bending" is easily overcome once you get into the second and third chapters when more happens between the characters Akira and Mizuki. Personally it won't take much time to read and it is extremely enjoyable, I'd recommend it!
Woah! i just get a tingling feeling of exiting energy run through me when i hear about this manga. It has changed the way I've thought about couples and it changed my view on love.
The story line is cute because of the characters. What you see on the outside doesn't say anything about the inside. What i mean is that the characters have unexpected personalities, for example the main character, Mizuki is a handsome beast that everyone loves but there are sides to that person that no one ever knew before. I know this isn't very helpful but i can't spoil the story too much. Once you read it you'll be squealing like a person who has been shot with cupid's arrow!
I consider the plot and storyline to be good and typical because it's a shoujo manga after all. There isn't much depth to this manga. It'll keep you hooked but once you stop reading it, it doesn't really grab your attention again. Of course there are some smutty scenes but don't worry it's not rated R ones.
Shinjou, Mayu is one of my favorite mangaka and her drawings are decent. You can tell her drawings apart from other mangakas. (not sure if that actually is a word)
The way how she draws her characters i would have to say....they are REALLY handsome! I'm very pleased with her way of drawing handsome characters.
Speaking of characters, i would have to say that her way of portraying guys are not really true. From what i see all of her guy characters has jealousy problems. I guess that's what makes them cute. It would be troublesome if those character traits do exist....*shivers* it's good that it's only a manga. I love how each one of her characters have a different traits. Especially Akira.
Overall, i think it's very good to read this manga because you get hooked easily. I've actually read this manga over more than once. If you can't get enough of this manga try reading Mayu's other mangas, just like it did.
Thanks for taking you time and reading this review, i know it's a lot to read and your eyes may be bursting right now :]
I really hope you didn't waste your time reading this and regretting it. If not, please rate this as helpful. Thank you very much! read more
This one was new to me, not the gender bender theme but that it was an interesting twist. Putting aside the ecchi thoughts of Akira, the story was interesting. This is worth reading (if you can get past the ecchi scenes). I loved that Megumi kept playing hard to get but AKira was very persistent that it made the story more funny! The moment when a man becomes more manly in front of the girl he likes was something that would make you forget that he was actually cute.