Synonyms: Koi Shita Gari no Blue
Published: Not available
Genres: Romance, School, Shoujo
Authors: Fujiwara, Yoshiko (Story & Art)
I dont recall what it is that first drew me to this manga, but whatever it was, god bless.
This is a story of "a fake love turned real".At first, it sounds a little stupid, with the 'fake girlfriend/boyfriend' thing, but as the story develops, it gets actually really good.
“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...?
It really reminds me of Bokura Ga Ita, because of the complicated relationships and because of the numerous love triangles; but this is what makes the story so interesting.
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 sympathize with every character and understand their motives, insecurities and thoughts and perhaps even admit that you'd do the same in their situation 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 character of Riku makes up for this loss) However one thing I have to congratulate Fujiwara on is the expressions of the characters. They are absolute comedy gold, and make the characters all the more lovable.
All in all, it was a pretty pleasant read, that made me laugh at times and feel kinda emotional at others :]