Manga Spotlight: To-LOVE-Ru

To-LOVE-ru

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 :).

13 Comments

  1. suguru Said,

    January 29, 2007 @ 5:09 am

    That is a good manga series–I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t get the anime treatment someday. Lala-chan reminds me a lot of Lum from Urusei Yatsura, which is never a bad thing in my book.

  2. Ryan A Said,

    January 29, 2007 @ 5:17 am

    Ah, this is a fun one! Lala belongs in a nudist community.
    I think it feels a bit like FLCL x DNAngel; fun fun. ^^

    cheers

  3. aurabolt Said,

    January 29, 2007 @ 5:32 am

    PHAIL!!

    You didn’t mentioned Zastin x dog XD

  4. Danny Said,

    January 29, 2007 @ 7:34 am

    i read this just for the art!

  5. cclragnarok Said,

    January 29, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    I guess you haven’t gotten far enough to see the Eve clone?

  6. Skh Said,

    January 29, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    I just started to read that a few days ago, it’s pretty funny and have very nice art.

  7. sagematt Said,

    January 30, 2007 @ 3:58 am

    I don’t know… I’m up to chapter 10, and I do want to read more, but this feels quite generic. I’ll read the rest and comment again.

  8. ZmmCool Said,

    January 30, 2007 @ 4:05 am

    Ara ~
    Nice manga ~
    I love school-life-romance-comedie ~ :D

  9. Ronin Said,

    February 2, 2007 @ 12:29 am

    LOL I’ve had up to the latest chapter (which is 34, I think). I’m pretty way~ ahead. XD

    The scenarios are so engaging, and do I have to mention a lot of ecchi moments of Rito? :P

  10. Haesslich Said,

    February 22, 2007 @ 6:02 am

    Bad news. As per the KEFI page, they’ve dropped the project ‘due to lack of time/interest’.

  11. Anonymous Said,

    February 24, 2007 @ 12:38 am

    Nuuu~! T_T

  12. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    February 24, 2007 @ 2:24 am

    Now that sucks :X. Just when they introduced a new character and potential haremette.

  13. Haesslich Said,

    February 24, 2007 @ 11:36 am

    Well, they say that Manga-Heaven will take over the project… but they’ll be doing the volume scans, which means long delays. That or ‘two years’ is the quote on their boards. Apparently, Ocean’s overloaded and nobody else was willing to work on it, so… off it went.

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