Fall in Love Like a Comic! Volume 1 by Chitose Yagami
Illustrated by Chitose Yagami
Translated and Adaptation by Mai Ihara
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Elena Diaz
Designing by Izumi Hirayama
Main Editing by Nancy Thistlewaite
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shogakukan
Published in 2002
Fall in Love Like a Comic Book 01
5 out of 5
Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 5 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5
Rena, a high school student, has a secret she keeps from almost everybody at school. However, when Tomoya finds out she’s a professional mangaka, she asks him out in order to improve her love scenes. But what will happen when she actually falls in love with Tomoya?
Side Story 1: Tomoya Okita: A Boy Like in the Comics: We all know that Tomoya is love with Rena, but how was he before having Rena? Was he always the shoujo bishie we all know?
Side Story 2: Magical Project: Debut manga of Chitose Yagami. Yuzu is currently going to magic school, but she is not any good at any of the spells. So, when she has to change her pet, Ro, into a human, she tries her hardest. However, he can only change if both of them want it.
This manga and the second volume to this series are the only ones I own by Chitose Yagami, and I have to say that I really love them. The artwork looks so amazing. I love how the manga-ka drew the characters (especially Tomoya) and the romance scenes. The kiss scenes looked very yummy and good. And for the Magic Project side story, Yuzu reminds me of Sakura from Card Captor Sakura. xD
However, the plot is very cliche in shoujo manga, but I still think it is pretty sweet. I usually like my manga with a lot of romance, kiss scenes, and/or smutty scenes; and this manga has most of that in it. Though because of this, it makes it hard to do a review on shoujo manga, since you can’t say too much or you will ruin everything for people. Anyways, I like how Tomoya teases Rena. It’s so cute since Rena usually “melts”. The characters are all pretty funny and energetic, but sometimes it is kind of annoying — not enough to stop reading though.
Overall, pretty much a simple and predictable manga, but it is still pretty good. ;) The side stories were also kind of cute; and I also love the freetalks since they gave tips on how to make manga. :D
Now for how VIZ did with bringing this manga into English. VIZ did an excellent job on this one, I hardly have any complaints. The only one is the translation for the “squueee” SFX. ;)
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Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.
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