Manga Review: Loveless, vol. 1, by Yun Kouga

loveless01_coverLoveless is an… interesting manga. The story follows a sixth grader named Ritsuka whose brother is murdered before the book takes place. Some time later, a college student, Soubi, approaches him, telling him repeatedly that he loves him and that he knew his brother.

The middle of this manga is slow and kind of boring, but the start and end are very well done and kept my attention. It’s weird, it’s funny, it’s cute, and it’s engaging. The protagonist, Ritsuka, has a lot of emotional trauma which makes for an interesting character. Soubi has a lot of mystery around him and I hope it is revealed later, because that in my opinion is a great angle and I want to hear more about his life.

Note that there is some mature content in this manga. Though there is only one brief kiss between the two characters, there’s a certain amount of sexual tension between Soubi and Ritsuka that makes this story far more adult then most other manga series aimed at the same age group.  

Overall, if you can get through a couple awkward scenes, the first volume of Loveless has a lot of great concepts and I loved it. I give this manga an 8/10. The story is great and enjoyable, characters are lovable and frankly I can’t wait for more.

-Cameron S., 12th grade

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