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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Tra edition (July 1 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421571447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421571447
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Kazune Kawahara is from Hokkaido Prefecture in Japan and was born on March 11th (a Pisces!). She made her manga debut at age 18 with Kare no Ichiban Sukina Hito (His Most Favorite Person). Her best-selling shojo manga series High School Debut is available in North America from Viz Media. Her hobby is interior redecorating.

Aruko is from Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan and was born on July 26 (a Leo!). She made her manga debut with Ame Nochi Hare (Clear After the Rain). Her other works include Yasuko to Kenji, and her hobbies include laughing and getting lost.

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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 25 2015
Format: Paperback
I'm not rating this 5 stars because it is the best book in the world but more because it thoroughly entertained me, and I can honestly say I truly enjoyed this. And why would this merit 5 stars to me? Because I can not stand romantic shoujo, but there is nothing *not* to like in this quaint, adorable first volume to this series. There are no gimmicks, no cross-dressing, no vampires, nor do we have to wait 18 volumes for the star-crossed pair to tell each their feelings! For Takeo and Yamato it is love-at-first-sight. The glitch? Takeo isn't the kind of boy that girls usually go for, very tall, burly, square-jawed, large nose (and for comedic effect) overly large lips. The story is really cute and sweet. Takeo's friend is the exact type girls fall for but by contrast Takeo is always the gentleman and knows at heart how to treat a lady right; he just hasn't had a chance before. Really adorable story for romantics. I'm usually critical with shoujo but found this one a pure joy to read even quite open to continuing on with the series!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ddd94ec) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dea88a0) out of 5 stars This shoujo manga is amazing!! July 26 2014
By ShoujoManiac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My Love Story is one of the best shoujo manga I have ever read!! Takeo Gouda is not your typical bishounen protagonist with a charming personality, noooo, you have a macho man with a variety of funny facial expressions but a sweet, caring personality. His character basically says "Don't judge a book by its cover." And soon a girl named Rinko Yamato will soon find out. This manga has everything that a heart hungers for. Love, friendship, comedy, and trust. I especially love the friendship between Takeo and Sunakawa. Makoto Sunakawa, Takeo's best friend for more than 10 years, is always looking out for him. Even though he seems to be a cold person he really cares for Takeo, helping him out and also really admiring him too. It just shows how tight their friendship is. Just writing this makes me smile. It's a story that will never bring you down.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9deabd5c) out of 5 stars So Much Heart July 16 2014
By RStringini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I didn't know what to expect going into My Love Story, but I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this first volume. The story is sweet and funny. The characters are entertaining and relatable. The humor runs a little on the over the top side, but it also keeps the story moving at a quick pace, and Takeo makes for a great lead character. While this is a shojo series, the story is very accessible to both male and female readers, and while the back of the book shows a T rating, the first volume is very tame. Seriously, for something a little different you should check out My Love Story. It'll keep you smiling the whole way through.

(And for a similar series, just with two guys instead of a guy and a girl, check out His Favorite.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9deac060) out of 5 stars Definitely recommend Sept. 12 2014
By Jude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
~4/5

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]

I wasn’t too sure what to expect with this volume, how fast it would move, or what the art style would be like. And I must say, that this volume was just plain cute. All around adorable, and very funny.

Takeo, the main character, is a big guy, who can easily intimidate people. But he’s actually the type who wears his heart on his sleeve. He falls for girls easily, and he really just wants to help people when he can. He’s a nice guy. His best friend, Sunakawa, is the good-looking guy that every girl wants to date. But he’s actually rather straight-faced, with little interest in girls and who wants to study.

And then Takeo saves Yamato from a pervert on the train, but when she tries to repay him and bake him goods, he thinks it means she likes Sunakawa, because all the girls he’s liked before have.

I wasn’t sure what the relationship between Takeo and Sunakawa would be, given that all the girls fall for Sunakawa. I was surprised to find that they are seriously just really good friends. Takeo admires Sunakawa; he’s really just his best friend—there are absolutely no hard feelings. And Sunakawa just wants Takeo to be happy as well. I also like how Sunakawa jokes around with Takeo, for instance by setting him up near the beginning of the book.

I was also surprised by Yamato. She is seriously just adorable. The way she runs after Takeo in one scene, and then how she tries to hint and flirt with him. I admire her courage, the way she goes after him, and the adorable way she succeeds. Her and Takeo are just super cute together.

The artwork was not quite as good as I was expecting (although still good, don't get me wrong), but the characters were. This was an adorable volume, and I really can’t wait to read more.

Also, I hadn't realized that there were going to be longer release dates between volumes in this series. I'm not surprised, since there aren't very many out in Japan, but that still kind of sucks. Now I'm just going to have to wait longer than I thought for the next volume.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9deac3b4) out of 5 stars Shoujo Surprise: First Volume of “My Love Story” Captures Common Feelings of Inadequacy Feb. 18 2015
By Red Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
“My Love Story” is the newest American release by KawaharaKazune, the author of the popular, uncouth love story “High School Debut”. Having won a slew of awards in Japan, a warm American reception was expected for this slow-starting manga that reaches for your heart (and man-card).

This charming tale opens on the day of middle school graduation for Gouda Takeo, the burly Judo captain. He is attempting to escape from his adoring kouhai to find the girl he is in love with—A classic confession scenario. When he catches up with her, however, he finds that she is already confessing to someone else: his best friend, Sunakawa Makoto. He can only look on as Makoto openly rejects the girl, in a manner that Takeo finds stunningly hurtful.

As the two head for home (they of course live in the same apartment building), Makoto points out a groper on the train. Angered, our Takeo stomps over and easily strong-arms the pervert off the train at the next station. The police arrive to question the parties involved, when the groper quips that the girl was ‘asking for it’ because she was wearing an ultra-mini. At this point, Takeo loses his cool and actually punches the guy smack in the middle of the face—And with a meaty hand like his, it looked as if the point of impact was pretty much the entire visage itself!

The next panels are of the following day: Takeo lounging around his room eating junk food due to suspension for the violence (in front of the police, no less). Makoto drops by to pass on the notes from school that day, when Mrs. Gouda pops in to announce the arrival of a guest, named Yamato Rinko. Neither boy can place the name, but it turns out to be the girl from the station… And when she enters Takeo’s messy room, his love is born.

Rinko explains that she asked the cops for Takeo’s information so that she could thank him properly. She takes out a homemade cheesecake and the trio eats together. Accidents bring them together a few more times, while Takeo struggles to come to terms with the fact that a girl so pretty, talented and sweet would never fall for him.

But let’s cut to the chase: this series is called “My Love Story”, and Takeo is the main character. I could never ruin that sweet, also accidental, confession scene for new readers, so I will just leave it at that! In any case, this book is a touching view of the oft-overlooked self-critical male.

Now, shoujo’s target audience is girls and women, but there are a few men out there who enjoy a sweet story every once in awhile. Taking a gander at my manga collection, I found a ratio of exactly two male-centric shoujo stories for every eleven female-centric. This is a quite a staggering number, considering that shoujo claims to be story-oriented (a feature any gender can enjoy), but usually only depicts the theme-du-jour from a female standpoint. What about us guys who yearn for a cutesy, dramatic, intricately-woven slice-of-life? There are just not many books out there for people like us.

Shonen, power-of-friendship sagas are a dime a dozen, but you have to really dig through the plethora of manga now on the market to find a spectacularly ordinary story that can whisk you from the confines of your reality, to the hopes, dreams, and desires of someone in another place. And when this occurs, we start to realize how similar we all truly are. Because when it comes down to it, we have all traipsed through feelings of inferiority or unworthiness at one point or another. These darker times are part of what makes us human; our experiences build us into the complex people who we are today. In this series, there are some brilliant moments brimming with unanticipated optimism, and the first volume of “My Love Story” does a truly marvelous job of encapsulating a turning point in Gouda Takeo’s life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9deabf00) out of 5 stars Hysterical and filled with heart April 28 2015
By residentgrigo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My 9/10 mangaupdates review: Kazune's previous manga are nothing special but this one is a HIT on all fronts as everything works.
The art is beautiful and has impeccable comedic timing. I actually smiled while reading and that is rare. All characters are further lovable and the romance is just too cute. Best of all it really goes somewhere over time and there is a (back)story and character development for all cast members. Even the drama feels heartfelt. The very strong critical and award winning reception the manga got is very well deserved and i am looking forward to more volumes. What a find! Go on the read the similar and even better Angel Densetsu (10/10) from the 90s if you aren't familiar with it and the recent Last Game (9/10) next which has a slower paced romance.
The Madhouse anime is a well done adaptation btw. so watch that version too.


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