I remember the first time I read this manga, I was about 10 years old. I thought it was brilliant and hilarious, and loved every panel of it. But after reading it now, I can see so many flaws in not only the storyline, but also the characters.
The story itself is a unique idea, but is poorly executed. Most of the chapters consist of Momo complaining about how people view her as a slut and isolate her because of her tan skin. Not only is this highly unrealistic, but brought to the utmost extreme. Let me explain what I mean.
Most people might think of her
that way at first glance, but they most likely wouldn't isolate her as much as the characters in this manga did. It was as if every single character in this manga was a complete idiot. Not to mention, all of the characters always fell for Sae's tricks. Who is Sae? Sae is the conniving little bitch who makes it her top priority to make Momo's life a living hell. Basically the plot consists of her doing everything possible to Momo. Even going as far as to have someone rape her.
Which brings me back to the plot being unrealistic, with millions of plot holes. Not only is the extent that Sae goes to unrealistic, but how the characters react to it are unrealistic too. The whole entire time Momo acts like a complete idiot. She continues to do nothing about what Sae, even when Sae was blackmailing her. The whole entire time, she could have reported Sae. Yeah, it wouldn't be as "exciting", but it would be the smarter thing to do. But no, instead, Momo continues to complain about how much her life sucks.
They also never explain why Sae would go such extremes just to ruin Momo's life. What does she have against Momo? Instead of answering these questions, the writer decides to just throw more unrealistic dilemmas at us to keep the story going.
Then there's Kairi. The only interesting character in this show, who shows the most character development. Not to mention, he gives the manga some comedy. The comedy is probably the manga's best point. You can't help but laugh at many of the scenes.
While all of the characters in this manga seem to be idiots who lack common sense, by far the most boring and painful character to see....is Kazuya. He has absolutely no personality. It was honestly just plain painful reading his dialogue. He makes everything needlessly dramatic, instead of taking the smart way out.
To be honest, it is an interesting read, I admit that I somewhat enjoyed it for some of the chapters. But the whole series of basically just Momo switching back and forth from Kazuya and Kairi. Sae going to ridiculous lengths to ruin Momo's social life. It not only lacks common sense, but also any real development.
As for the art, it was nothing special. Wasn't bad, but wasn't really good either.
I apologize for any misspellings or grammar errors in my review.
Sep 30, 2012
Alright, let me start this review by saying that I am usually not very into shoujo. There are very view shoujo manga that I actually like. At first Love Strip seemed like your average cliche shoujo, with a guy who is about two times bigger than the heroine, a childhood freind romance (sort of), and a heroine who's brain is seemingly filled with nothing other than "He is so cute" Oh my, he loves me" and "Kyaaaa".
The story is in one word: sex. Literally there is at least two sex scenes in every chapter. It starts off with the heroine being a "nerd who isn't ... intelligent and needs help from a perverted bishounen" Who might I add, hardly even HELPS her. He basically focuses more on her breasts than her actual grades. I mean he somehow always finds a way to either grope or rape her.
You want to have me tutor you?- Time to have sex.
You got a question right? - Time to have sex.
You got a question wrong? - Time to have sex.
You miraculously got into the school? - Time to have congratulations sex.
Your going to die soon? - Time to have sex.
The world is ending? - Well then, I think it's time for some goodbye sex.
Think I'm overreacting? When you read manga, you'll see why. Because I honestly cannot see how this is "cute". If anything it's disgusting and revolting. To the point where I was actually laughing at just how idiotic it was. The bishounen who I can't even remember the name of says he "loves her" but really, it's merely sexual attraction. I mean, throughout the whole entire manga, did they ever once have a NORMAL conversation? Or even a conversation at all that wasn't about sex or just him teasing her? Did he ever once say anything about her actual personality that he liked?
At one point she grows a backbone and tells him that he's not even teaching her ( which she was right on. For once.) and that he's only having sex with her. What does he do when he hears her say she won't be his sex toy? He throws a hissy fit and says he won't teach her anymore. I honestly cannot even comprehend how anyone could call that love. Love (to me at least) is where your happy just talking to each other, you don't need to touch them to be excited. What was happening in this manga was not love.
On another note, the art was a bit strange but pretty good. It wasn't really unique, but it wasn't horrible either.
I did not enjoy this manga, and if you are looking for a good shoujo, then I recommend something like Torikagoshou no Kyou mo Nemutai Juunintachi, not this.
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