Ai just loves her big brother, Yuzuru! He's so kind, so reliable and so cool! He always protects Ai from trouble and when she cries, he cheers her up! He's the perfect big brother. But, bad things happen soon. Her parents divorce and she and her brother are separated! Now, after nine years, one day, Ai, now 14 years old, finds a tall boy in front of her school! Who is this boy?
Review in a nutshell - This is a below average shoujo romance manga with an incest paint job. I don't think I would recommend it to anyone. Please stay away. Now here's the full review.
Let me tell you readers straight. I like to read and watch incest romance stories. I like it when they are innocent and cute. I like it when they are perverted. And I like it when they tackle the infamous taboo. But I only like it when the anime or manga fully commits to one of those themes. Unfortunately, True Love does not do that. Its trying
to fit into the innocent category with some added drama. But does this in a really predictable way.
I'm gonna talk about the characters first. The female lead is just your standard shoujo girl. She has those big eyes that scream innocent and gullible. Shes pretty much a reaction character. She does nothing in the overall plot. Not once did she do anything note worthy by herself. Stuff was constantly just happening to her. She has zero control over the plot. She thinks alot, but does nothing. The male lead, a.k.a, the romantic interest is not any better. He has hair that covers his eyes to make him look cool and mysterious, just like in all other generic romance manga males. Unfortunately, thats the only thing that defines his personality. The artist obviously wants us to think of him as a cool and mysterious dude, but if you've ever read a shoujo romance manga, you've most likely seen this done before and better. And more importantly, he's the female leads older brother. But he has no interesting or unique quality. The romance between them is very predictable in a bad way. You can figure out most of the events in the manga long before they happen.
The side characters are a little more interesting than the two leads. First, we have the female leads best friend. She starts off as just a distraction that also happens to like the male romantic interest. But she eventually becomes bit more interesting as she fears rejection or disinterest from the male romantic interest. Then we have the male best friend. He starts off as the main guys generic comical best friend. But he actually grows out of it as his words and actions take a semi serious turn. He's legitimately interesting. Finally we have the parents of the siblings. The mother wants her daughter, the female lead to have a normal boyfriend and is very supportive, while the father is very protective in a comical way. They're decent as characters and fill their roles pretty well.
Now lets talk about the story. Without spoiling anything, I'm gonna make you understand why the story is a failure. In an incest story, what would an author do if he/she wanted to rid the sibling characters that are in love from any guilt of being together? Whatever you just thought right now, is what happens in this manga. Yeah, thats what happens. And you know what, even the build up and presentation of it is done very poorly. Every bit of drama and struggle becomes meaningless.
The art style is just your average, run of the mill shoujo romance art style. Theres alot of staring between the large and sparkling eyes of the female lead and the eyes that are covered by the hair of the male lead. The art style does its job, sure. But its not memorable.
Overall, True Love is average (I'm talking about the manga, not actual love) The fact that its an incest romance doesn't make it any less or more interesting. The incest aspect is just kinda there, and for the most part the manga does almost everything you'd expect from a standard shoujo romance manga.
If you've never read a shoujo romance manga and if you don't know what I meant when I was talking about the story earlier, then give it a shot. Otherwise, please avoid.