Manga Review: Loveless, vol. 3, by Yun Kouga

loveless3For those who have read ALL the reviews I’ve written of this series (see volume 1 and volume 2) and still think this book series isn’t interesting, you have to read the third book. This is where it starts getting intense; were we meet a member of Sempimal Moon.

The book starts off again with Soubi fighting Zero. Of course, the fight goes on but we first see Soubi’s true skills. This is where the first real mature violent content comes into play: Zero almost defeats Soubi; they step on his hand and hammer a nail into his hand. Being the fact that he is a beast when it comes to fighting, Soubi uses a frost spell that completely freezes them. As explained earlier, Zero and the others feel no pain, almost nothing at all– so they have no idea when they get hurt. That is their downfall; they get frostbite and have no idea. This, instantly ending the fight; of course good guy Soubi lets them stay at his house. If they lost, the person who sent them would not let them back at the school so they had nowhere else to go.

This is possibly the best of the three books so far. The combat is really good and I mean there fantastic. Once you get the hang of how they use the attacks with their words and how the partner system works the story is fantastic. Of course the minor amounts of mature content is still there; I didn’t notice nearly as much in this book as the rest of them, but a fair warning never hurt.

After all, I give the book a solid 9/10. A must-read if you like the series and a great reason to start reading it. Making the series get better is hard to do.

-Cameron S., 12th grade

Manga Review: Loveless, vol. 2, by Yun Kouga

loveless2WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS UNLESS YOU ARE 16.

I cannot stress this enough. This series is for mature readers. The first issue had some minor sexual tension and it wasn’t so bad; but this one– if you thought the first one was bad, this one is waaay worse. There’s no actual sexual content in this volume; just tension. This isn’t a bad thing for the right reader. Just be prepared for mature content. If you liked the first volume, it’s a great story and is worth reading.

That being said, this is now one of my favorite manga series. The story is developing slowly and at a rather reasonable pace. The characters are great and this one is far more towards Soubi, who wasn’t talked about much in the first book. I’m very glad about that because he is my favorite character, with questionable motives. The good news is this is rather good chunk of the book so more is explained throughout this book. I like having the focus more on one character for this book, so I hope it switches between the two main characters more. This is also the first time we get a major battle scene where Sobui and Ritsuka were working together, this is a great turn around for me. But still, kind of had some were tension between the two in my mind.

Overall, I give it a 9/10. A fantastic read I’m loving this more and more. If you couldn’t handle or didn’t like the content in the first one this isn’t really much better in that respect, but frankly, if you enjoy this series, it only gets better.

-Cameron S., 12th grade

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