My Love Story!! Vol. 2 (Story by Kazune Kawahara, Art by Aruko) (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
October 9, 2014 by Dennis Amith
The second volume of “My Love Story!!” was quite delightful and this time Yamato wants her friends to meet her new boyfriend. But how ill they react? Kazune Kawahara and Aruko’s “My Love Story!!” is highly recommended!
Image courtesy of © 2011 by Kazune Kawahara, Aruko. All Rights Reserved.
MANGA TITLE: My Love Story Vol. 2
STORY AND ART BY: Story by Kazune Kawahara, Art by Aruko
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA INC.
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Viz Media
RATED: T for Teen
Available on October 7, 2014
New at love, Takeo and Yamato excitedly begin their romantic relationship… but between friends who badmouth Takeo and a judo tournament that will separate the two for a month, are they going to survive as a couple beyond the honeymoon stage?
It’s the next step of Takeo and Yamato’s relationship and this time, she wants all her friends to meet her new boyfriend. But what will they all think when they see Takeo?
Meanwhile, Yamato’s birthday is coming up and Takeo wants to do something special but he is now aware that his best friend Sunakawa is going through tough times. Will Takeo choose to be with Yamato or is his friend Sunakawa?
Find out in volume 2 of “My Love Story!!”.
What is “My Love Story!!” about?
In 2011, mangaka Kazune Kawahara and illustrator Aruko began their manga series “Ore Monogatarii!”.
A Japanese romantic comedy manga series, the manga was serialized in Shueisha’s “Bessatsu Margaret” magazine and is published in the U.S. courtesy of Viz Media.
The manga series was made into an anime series courtesy of Madhouse in 2015 and a live action film adaptation was released later that year.
“My Love Story!!” revolves around a tall, athletic student named Takeo Goda.
While he excels in sports and well respected for it, he’s never been a ladies man. In fact, his childhood friend, Makoto Sunakawa, is the guy who all the girls in school have fallen for. But to Takeo’s surprise, he has turned them down.
One day, while Takeo and Makoto are riding on the subway, they see a guy trying to group a girl.
Takeo comes to the girl’s rescue, her name…Rinko Yamato.
And as Rinko is grateful for what Takeo has done and makes pastries (which he loves), Takeo automatically assumes that she has fallen for Makoto and so, he wants to make both of them happy by getting them together.
But what Takeo doesn’t know is that Rinko likes him and not Makoto.
How will Takeo deal with the fact that a cute girl actually likes him?
Meanwhile, Makoto’s older sister Ai, who has always liked Takeo, finds out that another girl likes him. And now, she is jealous.
How will everything work out for Takeo?
In the second volume of “My Love Story!!”,
It’s the next step of Takeo and Yamato’s relationship and this time, she wants all her friends to meet her new boyfriend. But what will they all think when they see Takeo? But when they all start reacting negatively, how will Yamato take it?
Meanwhile, the judo team has a match against their rival Bianca High School and they have never won in the past few years. They go to Takeo in hopes to help them win three out of five rounds, but that means Takeo must be apart from Yamato as he trains. Will he do it?
Also, Yamato’s birthday is coming up and Takeo wants to do something special but he is now aware that his best friend Sunakawa is going through tough times as his father is in the hospital. Will Takeo choose to be with Yamato or is his friend Sunakawa?
Possibly one of the more delightful romantic comedies that I have read, typically we have seen manga series that deal with the “ugly duckling”, who are particularly a female character that gets the attention of the very handsome guy.
Kazume Kawahara and Aruko’s “My Love Story!!” is much different in the fact that the main character Takeo is athletic, very nice and well-mannered, he just doesn’t have the looks, especially compared to his childhood friend Makoto.
Granted, love is in the eye of the beholder and to some, Takeo might be handsome (as Kazune Kawahara writes in her notes throughout the manga series of her love for Takeo’s looks), but he is often seen in many hilarious expressions throughout the book and it doesn’t help that unlike other male characters, his lips are fairly huge.
But you have to enjoy the storyline band root for the underdog because Takeo is a very cool guy!
In the second volume of “My Love Story!!”, Yamato really wants her friends to meet Takeo. As Takeo, Sunakawa and a few guy friends from their school go to meet Yamato and her female friends, her friends are shocked that her boyfriend is not Sunakawa but Takeo and are thrilled by their friends choice. How will Yamato feel when she hears her friends talking badly about her new boyfriend behind her back?
Meanwhile, the judo team really needs Takeo’s help to beat their rival Bianca High School and they just need to win three matches, Takeo is excellent in sports but for him to train and help the team, he needs to be away from Yamato. But can they do it?
And the next storyline features Takeo having to make a choice between Yamato’s birthday, which he planned and worked hard for so long and his best friend Sunakawa who is experiencing hard times. He loves Yamato and has wanted to celebrate her birthday but at the same time, Sunakawa has always been there for him. What will he do?
The second volume features three captivating stories and Kazune Kawahara does a magnificent job with the storyline and Aruko’s artwork is quite unique for this series.
If you love romantic comedies, “My Love Story!!” is highly recommended!
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