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Crown of Love, Vol. 1 by [Kouga, Yun]
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Sixteen-year-old Hisayoshi "Kumi" Tajima wasn't looking for love. But after he accidentally bumps into teen idol Rima Fujio, he can't stop thinking about her. Living worlds apart, he'll never have a chance to meet her again. Until Rima's former agent Ikeshiba gives him the perfect opportunity--by turning Hisayoshi into an idol himself! Too bad Rima only sees him as competition for Ikeshiba's attention...

About the Author

Yun Kouga began her career as a doujinshi and debuted in 1986 with the original manga Metal Heart, serialized in Comic VAL. She is the creator of the popular series Loveless and Earthian, along with many manga and anime projects, including character design for Gundam 00.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 148182 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: Shojo Beat (April 9 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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HASH(0xa308e1f8) out of 5 stars Flawed but Interesting May 23 2010
By Ellen W. - Published on
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Hisayoshi Tajima is a handsome but apathetic high schooler. Girls love him, but he doesn't have much of an interest in them. He's inherited great skill at the violin, but he doesn't care about that, either. Then one day, he meets teen idol Rima Fujio on a train. He falls in love at first sight, but doesn't think he has a chance with Rima. After all, she's an idol, and he's just a regular high school student. But he can't forget her, and starts following her work and writing to her. Rima's manager Ikeshiba takes a strong interest in Hisayoshi, thinking he has the potential to be a great idol. Hisayoshi isn't interested at first, until Ikeshiba mentions that he could get closer to Rima if he were in the business. He decides to go for it against his father's wishes. Now the only obstacle for Rima's affections is Rima herself. She sees Hisayoshi as a rival for both popularity as an idol and her manager (and crush) Ikeshiba's affections. Hisayoshi is hurt, but decides to keep pursuing Rima. Will pure sticktoitiveness help him get the girl?

I thought this was a pretty interesting manga. Hisayoshi is a pretty good hero. He's serious, aloof, and kind of stuck up, but he's not a mean person. His devotion to Rima is admirable; it contrasts his apathy about everything else and shows that he's really serious about her. I liked Rima better than Hisayoshi. She's a bit of an airhead, but she's serious about her work. She knows what she wants and she'll do what it takes to get it, and that makes her seem mature despite her bubbly nature. The two make an interesting couple because they're so frank with each other. Unlike most shojo, there's no confusion over intentions or who feels what. Hisayoshi flat out tells Rima that she loves him, and though she puts on a front at first, she doesn't mind telling him she hates him and why. The honesty here was refreshing; I get so sick of manga where there's nothing to stop the hero and heroine from getting together except some misunderstanding. It's unnessesary and frustrating, and a time waster besides. Ikeshiba is aloof, but unlike Hisayoshi, he jokes around to keep people from guessing what he's really thinking. He's perpetually cheerful, even when he's struck by Hisayoshi's father. He's ok, but I've seen that kind of character plenty of times before. I liked Takezawa, Hisayoshi's classmate who's in love with him. She starts out pretty pathetic, pining after Hisayoshi and getting hurt that he likes Rima, but she eventually gets up the nerve to say something. She's earnest like Hisayoshi and Rima. There's also an annoying kid side-kick type of character, Shingo Tachibana. He's forgetable, but I just know he's going to end up being important to the plot. Finally, there's Hisayoshi's parents: his father, an abusive genius violinist, and his submissive mother. They were pretty typical characters on their own, but they give Hisayoshi an interesting background.

The story is ok. It's probably this manga's weakest point. It starts off kind of slow, and scenes begin and end abruptly. There are flashbacks in different places, too, and the result is kind of confusing. It was interesting enough to hold my attention, though, so it's not so bad.

The art is pretty good, though dated. Hisayoshi and Rima get the most attention, and they're both very pretty. Side characters, though, don't get much detailed and look kind of rushed at times. Also, I had to laugh the first time I saw Hisayoshi's father because he looks like a girl. Which isn't uncommon in manga, but this is not that kind of manga. Oh, well, I guess it's because he's a musical genius.

Overall, "Crown of Love" is a pretty good little manga. It has interesting characters and a serviceable plot, and it's a little different from the average shojo. Nothing really ground-breaking, but different enough to hold my attention. At only four volumes, it's nice for a quick, light read.