7 Jan 2013

Love monster manga review

English: Love Monster
Synonyms: Love�Monster, Rabu Monsutaa
Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 82
Status: Finished
Published: 2002 to 2006
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
Authors: Miyagi, Riko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Margaret

What if your future wasn’t yours?
What if you were promised to someone else?
What if that person wasn’t human?

An old legend, a boy, and a girl.

After failing the entrance exams to her school of choice, Hiyo Osora gets an acceptance letter from SM Academy. But she didn't even apply or take its exam! When she arrives, there's something amiss -- all the students are... monsters!? And the head of the student council says he's her fiancé right before he sprouts giant black wings! What strange fate brought Osora to SM Academy, and what supernatural fate awaits her after this!?

I won’t lie, the story disappointment me a little, I expected something a little darker in theme. The first few (20+) chapters will make you wonder if the summary is of the wrong manga. It isn’t dark, at all. It has so much potential to be but the characters and the lack of plot development make it fluffy and sweet, no difference from other manga except in the characters themselves being monsters and that adding a little salt to the sugar sweet mix.It is perverted and everyone seems to be, either captivated by the heroine, or wants to hold her captive for lecherous purposes or because of her special-ness.

Not to say that it is all predictable, not at all, you don’t really know what’s going to happen until you turn the page and see what new character flies in and tells you their motive, which they do instantly, most want the same thing. No good drama here. And the only reason it lacks any predictability is because there are so many random characters who so far (halfway through) serve no real purpose other than adding an extra chapter in an otherwise short manga.

That being said it gets better, it just takes a long, very long time for it to get there. More than halfway through. The ending chapter is what give this manga any justice and the 2D characters get depth. And the twist in the story makes it interesting and give it purpose, otherwise it's just recollections of the high school lives of monsters.
The chapters seem repetitive because the new “villain” is always after the same objective. To top it off the villains lack villainess, for those who don’t know villainess is that extra ingredient that makes and evil person (villain) evil. 

There are four main characters but in reality there are far too many to name. They each add humor to the story, whether by words or by expressions. Some are smart, cute, funny and a very few are dark and secretive.
The heroine is a cliche and as dumb as a dead goldfish at times but it's part of her charm. Even though her power is so "magnificent" she is ALWAYS being saved by someone, preferably Kouro, the main guy of the story
Every few chapter, three or so, has a new characters introduced, which makes it hard to remember their names. 

The art was cute nearly gorgeous at times. Hiyo is drawn to look like she a middle school-er but all is forgiven since her attitude reflects that of a young teenager. Everyone is drawn normally and added their animal characteristics, at times it looks like them cosplaying. It looks very well drawn when they use their power or when the characters morph in their monster self.

Apart from some things that I dislike here, I really enjoyed this one. I cannot say more.:)
Love Monster is an enjoyable, good and a-worth-reading manga.It sounds a little harsh but underneath it all the story is quite humorous and romantic. And if like me halfway through you are thinking, "Hey the only thing it needs are vampire.s"..wait for it. 

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