"Won’t you become my girlfriend?"
On the day of her high school entrance ceremony, Ao got asked that by Riku, a guy that she has only just met. But by that, he meant to ask her to become his fake girlfriend, just to pretend. Ao was surprised by the sudden request, but after knowing Riku's true feeling, she decided to agree to become his fake girlfriend...?
I'm sorry but reading this manga was the biggest waste of time on my part. Its a super generic story about a naive girl, her first love, overly dramatic misunderstandings, and of course, love triangles. One volume material stretched out into six long, painful volumes.
The characters and art are nothing special. Easy to look at, but nothing amazing.
As for the story, you can see every "twist" from miles away; by the end of the first chapter, you know exactly where the heroine, her friend, and the two male leads are going to end up. What makes a good shoujo manga--even a predictable one--shine is
the journey the characters take you on and Koishitagari no Blue kind of just takes you for a walk around your bedroom. Twenty four times.
Bottom line: if you want to waste your time reading six volumes of mediocre shoujo "drama", Koishitagari no Blue is the manga for you.
it's kind of funny that i can't find chapter 21 and on of this manga (since there's 6 volumes and chapter 20 is the end of the 5th volume) but i will be looking for it! I thought the drama in this story was realy amazing. I could never figure out how you can create such extensive and complicated dramas (althougth htis one isn't that complacted) i loved the strong storyline, my only compaint is what took the characters so long to figure out they needed each other badly? LOL i will be searching for the rest of the series
I dont recall what it is that first drew me to this manga, but whatever it was, god bless.
Koishi Tageru no Blue follows the lives of 4 high school students as they go through trials of love and friendship. This story has romance, friendship, humour, and drama without being too overwhelming.
The one thing that really strikes me about this manga that's different from your other typical love triangle shojou manga is that there isnt a 'bad' character. You can sympathise with every character and understand their motives, insecurities and thoughts and perhaps even admit that you'd do the same in their sitaution. Ao,
for example, isn't the type of mindless girl who would sacrifice anything for a boy, she values her friends just as much. The ideology of love/having a boyfriend is the most important aspect of a girls life that is presented is so many manga really irritates the feminist inside me but these characters, Ao especially, were a refreshing and realistic change.
The art is different, and admittedly can be messy at times; for those of you looking for hot bishies, you won't find any here (the charachter of Riku makes up for this loss) However one thing I have to congratulate Fujiwara on is the expressions of the charachters. They are absolute comedy gold, and make the charachters all the more loveable.
It's a fun ride, one that can be taken again and again - Its one of the few manga I can reread over and over and still love.