Lovely Complex [mini-reivew]

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Lovely Complex [mini-reivew]

Postby MrDisco » September 5th, 2009, 5:50 pm

Just finished reading the shojo comedy 'Lovely Complex'. From wiki:

"It was published by Shueisha in Bessatsu Margaret from 2001 to 2006 and collected in 17 tankōbon volumes. Love★Com is a love story between a boy and a girl. The girl, Risa Koizumi, is 172 centimetres (5 ft 8 in) tall—much taller than the average Japanese girl. The boy, Atsushi Otani, is 156 cm (5 ft 1 in)—way below the height of the average Japanese boy. Because of this, they are called the "All Hanshin Kyojin" after a popular comedy duo that has a similar height difference.

During summer school, a very tall student named Ryouji Suzuki (from another class) shows up and Risa immediately falls for him, as she has had bad luck with boys in the past because she is tall. There is a girl that Atsushi likes as well, so Risa and Atsushi decide to put aside their differences and help each other get their love interests. But as they get to know each other better, Risa's feelings for Atsushi begin to blossom, and her love life gets complicated from there."

So to be blunt, this was a lack luster series. Save your time and money and find a better series to read. The art work is horribly generic, the romantic situations are predictable and cliched, and the resolutions to these matters come quick and fast. Risa is pathetic, and Otani has the emotional maturity of a rock. Through out the series Risa desperately tries to win Otani's affection, while her constant insecurity over her height gets tiresome. oh and she's a video game nut, but that character trait is quickly ignored and never developed beyond the first volume. Throw in some side characters with their side plots and you've got yourself a manga.
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