A corrupting influence on morals or the intellect, that’s what love is, that’s how we act when we’re in love. That also happens to be the definition of the word virus. Coincidence? I think not!
Love is like a virus, at least according to Nagi’s Shinai Virus/Deep Love Virus. In this case I agree. Love is never easy, specially when the person you are in love with is your best friend. That’s the position Mako is in. Being labeled the best friend, she is there for Haruo every time his relationships go south which just happen to be a permanent direction for them. After one
spontaneous kiss she thought he finally felt the same way she did. That illusion vanished the next day when she met his new girlfriend. Not everything is as bleak as her love life, she still has Kendo club practices, if she can find a way to save the club from being disbanded. Devoting her time in helping her senpai to save the club is turning out to be just what she needed and who knows she might be a sneeze away from catching his virus.
In this short one volume we experience the joy heartbreak of first love. One thing can be said about both love and viruses, if you survive the bug, you’ll have a stronger immune system to back up the next one. Because let’s face it, the heart may forget but the body never does. Ok, I’ll stop with the virus analogy. In all seriousness this story was actually not bad just a bit predictable, but most romances are.
The story centers around these two people. Without realizing they became each others objects, possessions. That’s what happened in Deep Love Virus. They didn’t realize how much someone meant to them until they’re no longer there or willing to be there. Their relationship was constant, never changing until an unbalanced force walked in and disrupted their rhythm and their way of thinking. Be it another person or just a feeling, both are powerful in their way.
Personally, I would have liked for the story to have dedicated more pages to Kendo and the competitions. It being a romance and a one-shot made that difficult, Kendo was just a means to an end this time around. Shame that it was because even the club members could have easily extended the manga.
The art was nice and clean. I like the contrast of the main characters, dark haired Haruo and light haired Shun, were as different as their personalities. Maybe it was a fluke but I thought it was ironic. The clothing style for each character suited their persona.
Not perfect but better than average seeing as it shows what first love really is which is just your first.