One day, high school girl Sonoko forgets something so she goes back to get it. She glances out the window and sees a boy in the schoolyard, surrounded by unconscious and bleeding bodies!
The boy is Narusawa, and blood runs down his cheek, and he has a dangerous look in his eye. He is one of the toughest guys in the school, and had beaten up the guys at his feet. He senses Sonoko looking at him and turns to her.
Sonoko's school is co-ed, but the girls only have classes with girls, and guys with guys. At this school, most of the guys are the loud, rude, dangerous, violent gang-member type. Most of the girls know to stay far away from them. But, things are about to change when this kind of boy asks her to be his girlfriend—the dangerous Narusawa-kun himself! He waits for Sonoko after school and follows her around. He seems to really like her! What should she do?
Narusawa has a different side to him that he is willing to share with Sonoko. He can be kind and funny. What a strange couple they would make! There are a lot of obstacles in their path to love. Narusawa is willing to tackle them, but can Sonoko face her own fears?
A review for this manga, in my opinion, could easily be summed up with one word. Annoying.
In brief, the story is about a delinquent who suddenly confesses to an "ordinary" girl. She finds him repulsive and wants nothing to do with him, but then immediately realizes she has feelings for him after she rejected him. The rest of the manga basically covers the ups and downs of their relationship and the problems she has going out with a guy like him.
Sounds pretty typical, doesn't it? I should say now that the summary is the best part of this manga. Everything else goes downhill from the
First, characterization. Horrible. Sonoko has got to be one of the worst heroines I've ever come across. The entire story is pretty much based on her feelings of shame and embarrassment at having a delinquent boyfriend. She hurts him repeatedly and goes to extremes in trying to hide the fact that he's her boyfriend. She's constantly questioning how and why she ended up with a guy like him, how shameful he is, how her life would end if anyone finds out, blah blah rinse repeat. It could have been tolerable and even understandable in the beginning, except this happens throughout the entire story. In fact, the increasingly hurtful stuff she does to her boyfriend is what drives the WHOLE story forward.
Narusawa (the delinquent boyfriend), on the other hand, is very bland as a character. To begin with, we were never shown why he fell in love with Sonoko. That, in itself, isn't a big deal as most short shoujo stories are like this. The problem is how scripted his actions feel, like he exists just for the story's sake. He pops in, falls in love after seeing her for the first time (when he had just finished beating some people up and she was completely terrified), acts like a total idiot in love half the time, while the other half was being "stunned" and hurt by yet another stupid thing that Sonoko did, walks off all depressed until Sonoko runs to him in tears and he's immediately all smiles in his idiotic glory again. It's all very one-dimensionally robotic. Like Sonoko, this is also how he is throughout the entire story as well.
So is there any redeeming quality about this manga? There is, a little, which is why I'm giving it a 2 instead of a 1.
The manga, when you strip away Sonoko and the horribly bad romance, has a couple of funny moments. Narusawa and his delinquent buddies are hilarious sometimes with some of the weird stuff they get up to - mostly in that loser delinquent Yakuza-wannabe way. If you like that sort of humor, a scene or two in there may be your saving grace for this manga. Unfortunately, there's always Sonoko's whining to immediately kill any joy you may have had.
Art-wise, it isn't bad nor is it particularly exceptional either. Decent is a word that comes to mind. That's about all I have to say for the art.
All in all, the only thing this manga did for me was annoy the crap out of me. If it weren't because it's only 2 volumes, I would've stopped reading it before I was even done with the 1st. I should add that I read a lot of one-shots and short shoujo stories. I'm well aware of their shortcomings but still enjoy them in general. Love Junky, however, was simply impossible for me to even overlook the bad side - not when the entire manga IS the bad side.
If you enjoy reading a manga about a shallow girl stomping all over a guy's feelings and good intentions over and over and over again, then by all means, give this one a try. Otherwise, I'd skip it. There are plenty of better ones out there.
* Yes, I'm aware this probably wasn't a very well-written review. I'm just now realizing that it's quite hard writing a decent review for a manga I find so horrible.
Having come across this lesser-known manga quite unexpectedly, it turned out not to be a bad read at all.
Pretty simple and rushed in at first on how a scary-looking gang boss confesses his love for this ordinary girl in his school. That is basically all there is to the plot in the end in which the story shows the comedic and exaggerated trials of their love and how they overcome obstacles of their romance which is beside the point of my review here. The ending is pretty exaggerated and unbelievable though..
This is the aspect that I particularly want to talk about.
From first glance, on the manga's page, the art does not seem to be particularly unique, great or exquisite, and that IS true nonetheless.
What I didn't see coming was that the mangaka would throw-in some shounen art into the main male character.
Not only that, the way the mangaka draws the expression of the characters is very well done in my opinion. The emotions happiness, shock and anger are drawn and expressed very well in which the reader would be able to tell such emotions instantly.
The degree of the emotion is also very clear in which kept my attention for a few more seconds than I usually would just to appreciate and empathize with the characters.
Since the manga is not very long and is mainly a romantic comedy, their character development can be assumed to be not very deep.
However, I do like the pinch of realism thrown into it because unlike other super-shoujo manga, the characters truly have emotions and NEGATIVE ones that mean that the characters actually have to deal with tough situations for once.
A very exciting and rather action-packed (from a few of their "gangster" fights) manga that truly entertains even if its a short and lesser known manga.
Perhaps not a near-perfect type of original manga, but still nonetheless worth a read if you're feeling bored.