Review: Fall in Love Like A Comic Volume 2 by Chitose Yagami

Book Information:

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 Walden Wong
Designing by Izumi Hirayama
Main Editing by Nancy Thistlewaite
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shogakukan
Published in 2004
ISBN 9781421513737
192 Pages

Series Information:

Fall in Love Like a Comic Book 02
Last Book in the Fall in Love Like a Comic Series

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

More like a collection of stories than a general volume. :)

  1. Heartthrob Vacation
  2. A Small Crush
  3. Happy Ending
  4. Hiroki’s Secret
  5. Nana and Mickey’s Heart-Racing Manga Lesson
  6. Bewildered Princess

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 4 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

Heartthrob Vacation

Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Rena and Tomoya finally confess their true feelings for each other and now they face a new challenge — an overnight trip! Rena wants to “further” their relationship, but what will Tomoya have to say about it?

The artwork still looks pretty cute; and I still love Tomoya’s designs. :D Though, his shoujo manga boy personality is kind of annoying, but I like his dominant side. xD And Rena remind me of myself (the love of smut, not the melting). :P Also the romance scenes are so adorable — made me feel as gushy inside. >.< Please note: This chapter talks about “first times” and sex, but no sexual acts happen (unless you count kissing).

Overall, it is pretty cliche for a shoujo manga, but I still found it pretty cute. :D

A Small Crush

Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Shiori, a relative of Tomoya’s, will be staying with Tomoya for awhile. However, even though Shiori is just a child, Rena still gets jealous. Will they be able to spend time together without Shiori getting in the way?

The drawings still look pretty, so no issues there for me. However, I love how the manga-ka drew Shiori — she looks so adorable. :D This story is also pretty typical in shoujo manga, but I find it funny how Rena tries to compete with Shiori. Also, the expressions while they interact with each other are just as funny. It also still has yummy kiss scenes.

Overall, it is a sweet story about jealously, but still shoujo cliche. ;)

Happy Ending

Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5

Concerned for her grades, Rena’s mom hires a tutor for Rena. When Keiko shows up, it appears that she knows Tomoya. Why does Rena’s tutor know Tomoya?

Awww… Come on, you have to know how this ends up without too much detail, right? Tomoya’s ex equals Rena getting jealous (again). Then you know they have to do something for them to get back together again, right? Like I said, predictable and cliche. Oh, the art is still pretty. ;)

Overall, I didn’t really like the story because it is basically the same as the other one.

Hiroki’s Secret

Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5

At Parent’s Day, Hiroki thinks his parents won’t be able to make it. However, will he be in for a surprise?

Drawings are still pretty good, and Hiroki is very adorable. Predictable, very. So I won’t go into that many details. It is attached to Tomoya’s and Rena’s stories though. :| However, there is one thing I didn’t expect — for that one couple that formed.

Overall, like almost all shoujo manga, it was pretty easy to know what would happen. :S

Nana and Mickey’s Heart-Racing Manga Lesson

Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Mickey teaches Nana how to become a manga-ka.

The drawings are very well done and helpful. Basically they were very short, sort of helpful, and cute tutorials. It was pretty interesting to read.

Bewildered Princess

Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Plot: 2 out of 5

Saki is very shy, but when she talks with puppets, she is able to talk normally. Takumi, the guy she has a crush on, is in a puppet show with her. However, how will she confess her love?

Art was all right, not as good as the other stories. Also, the plot was very meh, so were the personalities. However, I do like how creative the confession was.

Overall, this story was pretty average and not as interesting. >.<

For VIZ’s part, the stroke around some of the text was too big, so I couldn’t tell whether or not the touch up was done well or not. Also, the text placement was kind of bad. All of the other things (translation, etc) looked okay. :D

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Chitose Yagami
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Fall in Love Like A Comic Volume 1 by Chitose Yagami

Book Information:

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
ISBN 9781421513737
200 Pages

Series Information:

Fall in Love Like a Comic Book 01

Review/Rating:

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. ;)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Chitose Yagami
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble