Love Roma is a story of love at first sight—literally. When Hoshino sees Negishi for the first time, he asks her to be his girlfriend. Shocked, Negishi nevertheless agrees to allow to Hoshino to walk her home, where he explains why he is in love with her. Touched, Negishi begins to feel something for this strange young boy from her school.
In most romance anime/manga, it can take a pretty long time before the guy/girl asks out the one they love. This of course is the main thrust behind the plot, and the main drive behind the character's actions. Clearly none of them have taken lessons from Love Roma's main character Hoshino, who confesses his love on the first page. In the first speech bubble. ON THE FIRST FRAME.
Love Roma then already starts out unusually compared to your typical romance manga. This isn't a story where the end is the relationship, but rather it is a story about the relationship.
It is hard to define this
manga as shonen/seinen or even shoujo; to be honest I don't think this matters as it has a very 'neutral' target audience in that anybody could read and enjoy it. Of course this means there are not going to be any super-dramatic relationship troubles (pregnancy, cheating, not putting the lid down after business in the toilet etc). This manga will not stir up 'strong' emotions; rather it is very relaxing and you will feel 'happy' and 'pleasant' after reading it (no I'm not high). It will give you that 'warm, fuzzy feeling' inside.
So now to the art. You can tell by the front cover this is not your typical manga either. Please don't let it put you off. Trust me, it will grow on to the point where you couldn't imagine the story being presented in any other way. A good way to describe the art-style would be (and oh boy I hate this word) 'indie'. And to be honest, it was a breath of fresh-air compared to lots of other manga art-styles. Minoru Toyoda's characters are bold and very stylistic (if a bit simple), but his designs convey his character's emotions just as well as more highly-detailed artwork.
In addition, the simple yet functional backrounds along with just the right amount of dialogue (no epic walls of text covering half-the artwork here folks) make this a very easy manga to read. Love Roma is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a slice-of-life/romance manga. Don't come to it expecting the greatest story ever told. Just let is whisk you away to a world with non of the evils of our own. You may even learn something about your own relationship from it.
Let me start off saying this manga is a refreshing change from the typical, "Guy meets girl. Guy jumps lots of hurdles. Guy finally gets girl. The End" romance story. Rather then the characters getting together at the end, half way or even early in the manga something truly unique happens. The story begins with the Male lead confessing to the Female lead on the very first panel of the very first page.
Love Roma focuses on the "Relationship" and the trials they go trough as a cupple rather then the trials they would face getting together. there are no love triangles, no unnecessary drama, no
dramatic teenage angst. Just loads of laughs and a warm, light-hearted story about two people that fall in love and how they make their relationship work.
As i mentioned above the story is rather unique with the pair getting together right away. this leaves room for lots of funny and romantic scenarios as the two learn more about one another. Love Roma takes full advantage of this.
The artwork is.. Different. its a unique style that may put some people off at first glance, but don't be so quick to judge a book by its cover. the artwork quickly grows on you and soon you think nothing of it, it just fits.
One of the best parts of Love Roma is its characters. Having the story be about how their relationship develops, naturally its character development goes hand in hand. you get a good feel for the characters and their personalities as they reveal little quirks, pet peeves , likes and dislikes. you could also say that you get the feeling that you "know them" as the story progresses.
Anyone who has ever been in, is in, or one days hopes to be in a committed relationship is sure to love this manga. Love Roma is will bring a smile to your face from its humor, and leave you with the "warm fuzzies" with its romance.
If your looking for something that will make you laugh, leave you mushy and your tired of all the messy drama. Look no farther, Love Roma is for you.