Wow, it’s been a long time since I did a manga spotlight XD. I’ve been on a manga reading spree lately and one of the titles I’m reading now is To-LOVE-ru (in Japanese it’s pronounced as to-ra-bu-ru, meaning “Trouble”), a new series by Yabuki Kentarou-sensei of Black Cat fame.
To-LOVE-Ru is your standard romance comedy, a genre which I am quite fond of, I won’t deny. So basic set-up is about Yuuki Rito, your average wimpy-type protagonist who’s been harbouring a crush towards the angelic Haruna-chan, his class mate since junior high, but he’s unable to confess to her since he gets extremely nervous around girls. One day, he’s taking a bath when a naked girl suddenly appears in his bathroom, and introduces herself as Lala, an alien from Planet Deviluke and also the Princess of it as well. She’s been running away from her father, who’s trying to look for a suitable husband for her, but she doesn’t want it. Through a series of events, Rito-kun ends up as one of her husband candidates and they start living together.
One of the best aspects of To-LOVE-ru I would say is the girls of the story. Lala-chan plays the “active” one of the story, causing mischief with her inventions, her superhuman strength and her innocent child-like thinking at times, but she does have her mature moments and she can be quite insightful at times as well and most importantly, she doesn’t have annoying “hyper-genkiness” typical of most girls her stereotype.
The other girl, Haruna-chan, is the “perfect” girl of the story, shy, cute and petite, so there’s not much to say about her (and the story hasn’t focused on her yet anyways) except to sit down and admire her XD. My favourite is the Rito’s imouto, Mikan, whom if you didn’t know wise, would say she’s the twin of Winter Garden’s Puchiko. She has the same look and personality already… all she needs to do is start drawing 4-koma’s ^^. I want her to appear more XD.
Another moot point is definitely the art and Yabuki-sensei’s art is a sight to behold, with crisp and clean lines. Also, the proportions are done nicely and realistically as well, making it even more pleasing to my eye. He also knows his moe as well, as Lala’s joshikousei look made me do a double take, most likely from the awesome zettai ryouiki she has…. yeah.. it’s the zettai ryouiki definitely. The rest of the girls shine as well, and I can see he’s done a lot of research on fashion for the clothes worn in the manga.
So for those interested in getting the manga, it’s currently being scanlated by the great people of KEFI. Thanks to them for giving us this nice new series, I’ll be looking forward for the future releases :).