Chiemi Yusa's high school record is far from perfect. She's already been suspended twice for fighting, and she's not even half-way through her first year! In danger of getting expelled for starting yet another brawl, her teacher approaches her with an unexpected offer: get her classmate Akifumi "Deranged Devil" Hirata, the nastiest fighter in the whole school, to clean up his act, and her record will officially be cleared. Reluctantly she accepts, and immediately goes on the attack. But as she's waiting for him to retaliate, she discovers that he has more in store for her than just a fight!
In Love Attack, you'll find a rollicking brawl of a good time as the roughest guy and girl in school get themselves into trouble—and find themselves in love.
Love Attack starts off as a great romance manga. If you've read the other reviews, they are spot on in that respect. The two main characters are fun and funny, they have a great relationship, and they have what looks like it might be an interesting set of friends and classmates.
And then it all goes horribly wrong, making it one of the most frustrating manga I've ever read.
Story (5): Story starts off great. Violent girl with a hyper-active sense of justice meets misunderstood delinquent. They fall in love quickly, and then slowly start a relationship. It's a promising start
to what could have been a really fun and unique manga (especially for shoujo, which usually doesn't have this level of comedy or fighting).
And then the jealousy plot arcs start pouring in. Basically, that's what you get for the rest of the manga--these plot arcs cover all but a handful of chapters in the rest of the manga. A new character is introduced, jealousy and misunderstandings ensue--usually because the main characters are extremely dense and refuse to learn from past mistakes--and (eventually) gets worked out. And then it happens again. And again. By the fourth time, the manga just ends, even before the arc is fully resolved.
Art (8) : The art is great. Definitely a shoujo style, but with good fight scenes, interesting facial expressions, and an attention to detail in backgrounds and expressions that shoujo often misses. Just great.
Character (7): I loved the two main characters at the outset. And then, they prove to be absurdly stupid when it comes to trusting each other and not doing things that could destroy the relationship.
As for their friends and classmates, you only really, kinda-sorta get to know two of them (Yukari and Ohno); they are likable and interesting. The teacher seems cool, but she exists mostly as a plot device. Their are other people hanging out with the two mains, but you learn nothing about them. Oh, and there is also the heroine's father, who is a great source of comic relief.
Instead, you learn about the four people who try to break up the main couple's relationship. There is some good character development here... but honestly, most of the time, when talking about these people, I just wanted it to get back to the main couple.
Enjoyment (6): I loved it at first, and then the enjoyment was slowly sucked out of this; by the tenth consecutive chapter of the third time someone tried to break the main couple apart, I was just frustrated.
Overall (6): That's an average score. It starts out a solid 10, and the last third of the manga I'd give about a 4.
I'd strongly recommend reading the first couple volumes. After that? Continue at your own risk.
I was excited for this manga since Girl Got Game, which was written by the same author, is one of my favorites. And for the first few chapters I really enjoyed it. It was funny, the art was great, and the relationship between the main couple was developing at a nice steady pace.
Thennn the homewrecker arcs started appearing. The first time it was fine, quite comedic actually, but then there was another...and then another. The whole story just became repetitive. First a new character would show up and try to seduce one of the MC's. Then the other person would assume that the other was
cheating and get upset/jealous without actually confirming with the other person as to whether or not it was true.
Not to mention it ends with a cliffhanger. The author for whatever reason decided to continue the manga with a different series and the translation for it cannot be found anywhere.
I forget just how I came across this manga, but it's for sure one of the best I've ever read. The story and characters are pretty unique, with some lovely typical shoujo scenes written in as well.
All the characters are really well made, the story is so fun and enjoyable to follow. I cracked up alone in my room multiple times while reading or re-reading! The relationships are very touching as well as entertaining, and I enjoyed every page. It's seriously amazing. Go read it :D
The plot description showed A LOT of potential and I was pretty instantly captivated. However, the storyline only went down from there. Two troubled people in a relationship; there are many things you can do with characters like that.
Admittedly, Love Attack! has many extremely funny moments that nearly made me cry, but the humour and romance just wasn't enough to compensate for the terrible storyline. It started really good and then got silly. You've got a jealous crossdresser, a psycho bishounen, among other things.
The arc with Tachibana and Shigeru felt like the author was trying too hard to make it connect with
the audience. It very vaguely reminded me of the story arc in Mars with Masao Kirishima, except this time very poorly done.
The only reason I kept reading this was because of the comedy. If you want a funny read and don't care much for plot, this one's for you.
The art was very pleasing to the eye, something I really liked. There was a lot of expression and emotion in the art, which made funny moments even more hilarious.
Akifumi and Chiemi are pretty unique and similar characters. It's not every day you see a couple like that! In shoujo anime/manga, most couples are opposites. You've got the bad boy and the shy girl, the stupid guy and the smart girl, etc. However, I really wished that the two of them would show more personality. I felt that the only thing I really remembered them for was when Akifumi got jealous or Chiemi got jealous. It seemed that jealousy was the only thing that drove the plot along.
This was enjoyable up until the 2nd story arc, then I lost interest, except it still maintained its comedy, so I finished it. A little disappointing, since it showed a lot of promise at first. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who enjoys a good storyline.