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And for Suzuna, it's a new life that begins! She is officially a college student and finally has her own apartment!
Right from the first day, it's love at first sight when she meets Fukami, one of the tennis club's members and best friend of her new neighbor, Eichi. In order to become closer to Fukami, she doesn't hesitate and signs up as well, but she finds herself with quite an unexpected rival!
ビーナスは片想い 维纳斯是单相思 비너스의 짝사랑 Love for Venus Tóc đuôi gà Unrequited Love Unrequited Venus Venus in Love
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Absurd invasion of personal space
Whether gay or straight, the people in this manga have no sense of personal space. It's downright creepy. People don't just let their male/female friends kiss them regardless of gender, it's creepy.
I was wondering if I should start this manga in the beginning because this is from the same artist who drew Zig Zag. I own the whole ZZ volumes but I haven't read them yet cos I thought the manga wasn't so interesting. This manga totally proves me wrong! Nakaji Yuki is such an amazing manga artist. When reading Venus in Love, my heart just goes doki doki hahahha. And at some points I don't really think reading this series is good for my heart -hitting my head against the wall-
This is a very cute shoujo series, I love all the characters. Everyone is so lovely and adorable. I read the whole first 7 volumes from 5AM till 9AM and still feel like "ooo I can never get enough of this manga". Suzuna is very lovable. There's no way I would hate her. She's so cute like a small animal and I would hug her any minute haha. I admitted that I was having a really hard time choosing between Eichi and Yuki... Cos they are boooooooth so adoraaaable. Ugh just kill me, kill me right now. I want both of them. No, don't take me to jaaaaail..... -blushing-
I wish there were more translations though since I cannot read Japanese. However, I'd recommend this to anybody. This is a very lovely series. Just read, you won't regret it.
Maybe I'll try to finish reading Zig Zag now <3
... Last updated on August 22nd, 2013, 2:29pm
i'd have NO REGRET to collect this comic-book version for (maybe) two years ago. 'cause some of them is so hardddd to found! and yeah, PERFECT SCORE will be enough to appretiate this. and i was looking forwards this mangaka's next manga
Everything is so happy...
The characters are always smiley and happy. It's a very stress-free manga.
I like it for the most part, but there's just one thing that bothers me,
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How easily the author turned a gay character bi. That character stated that he had no interest in girls whatsoever at the start. I wish the author had put more into this transition, It's not that I'm mad that he became bi (I've had a friend who realized she was bi after years of being gay, so it's possible), it's more like I'm disappointed in how easily the author changed his sexual orientation.
But overall, it's a cute manga. There are no characters you can hate, and it's really easygoing.
... Last updated on July 20th, 2012, 1:22am
This is one of my favorite manga! I bought the first book when it was first released and every few months, I looked forward to buying the next volume!
The story is super sweet and all shoujo lover would not want to put the manga down after you picked it up! The sweet and innocent love between Suzuna and Eichi just made me feel happy, sad & angry for them as the story goes.
I had already read it thrice and wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again. Highly recommended to all shoujo lovers!
Cheerful and heartwarming.
Venus wa Kataomoi is probably one of the most cheerful and heartwarming stories I've ever read, and it's a series that deserves to be read, enjoyed and treasured by many. The basic premise is simple, but the execution is flawless. Nakaji Yuki has managed to combine lovely art with a cast of wonderful characters that will make you laugh and cry with them as they find love and success in life.
The story follows Ashihara Suzuna as she enters university and meets a group of new friends in Hinako, Fukami, Eichi, and later Yuki. It's probably obvious from the title of the manga that a key theme is going to be love, but I think another one that is even more central here is friendship. The bond that forms between Suzuna and her friends is one of the best things about this story; they support each other through thick and thin, and even when they find romance with their respective counterparts, their circle of friends only grow.
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I loved that Suzuna and Eichi also started off as friendly, teasing and lightly bickering rivals in love, forming a really solid friendship before it graduates to mutual affection.
It's really rather sweet, and makes the developments that much more believable. As for their journeys through university to realizing their dreams, I found it both realistic and inspiring. It really rang true for me, as someone who's also going through the same process of discovering my interests and making difficult decisions about future careers.
What can I say about this great cast ensemble? Even the supporting characters were awesome; I can honestly say that there wasn't a single character in this series that I disliked. At first glance, Suzuna may appear to be your usual shoujo heroine; incredibly cute, with a slightly ditzy and clumsy side. But she's also quite strong, and not in the stereotypical "tough female" way. Her strength is in her naturally sunny disposition, positive attitude and compassion. Suzuna's cheerful acceptance of people is what endeared her to Eichi and Yuki in the first place, and it's probably one of the first times I haven't been at all surprised that a shoujo heroine has a number of suitors. She deserves every one of them! As for Eichi, he's sweet-natured and adorable with that mild jealous streak of his, while Yuki's constant bickering with Suzuna was a great deal of fun.
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It's doubly hilarious that both Eichi and Yuki were originally her love rivals, later converted into her loyal followers. Eichi and Suzuna made an awesome pair; I loved every bit of their developing romance and they're one of the few shoujo manga couples that I can honestly see working out.
The most refreshing thing about these characters was their willingness to voice what they felt openly, and if they weren't ready to put something into words, they at least made an attempt to show it through actions. One previous commenter pointed out that the characters are always chirpy, but read a little further and you'll realize that they have just the same problems people experience - romantic insecurities, misunderstandings with family and even tragedies in their past. The difference with Suzuna & Co. is that they face their problems head on - they don't keep everything pent up forever and add to misunderstandings. They pick themselves right up and move on.
As for the art, I found it quite lovely. Don't let the cover image put you off; Nakaji Yuki's art is clean, simple and very pretty. Since this is an older manga, it is a bit dated at the beginning, but the steady improvement over the volumes is evident and any inconsistencies at the beginning is ironed out.
All in all, Venus is a truly charming and cheerful series, and it's a real shame that it's so underrated. I don't regret having bought the whole series one bit, because it has so much reread value. It'll be fun to revisit with the cast every so often!
This manga is truly amazing, it's one of the only long-series mangas I've read and adored. The story line is fantastic and really well thought, pretty realistic too. The comedy in this manga is one of the sweetest I've read, it's so silly. I also like the development between Eichi, Fukami and Suzuna:
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Specially when Eichi turns straight after kissing Suzuna and from then on their relationships improves little by little, it's so cute!
Sadly, I'm still on volume 8, but I can assure you this is one of the best shoujou mangas I would seriously reccomend.
My first manga
Cutely enough, this was my first manga-and is one of my favourite of all time!
It's of course funny and light-but not in a fluffy annoying way. I think the main character is adorable! She never annoyed me (I'm sorry if she ever did anyone else though.)
I've read the whole thing and well, I personally loved it-and always come back to it when I'm in need of a feel-good cutesy shoujo fun!
i riiiiiiiiiiiilllllli like this manga so far. ive read up 2 vol. 9 i think. very lovable plot, bit strange how suzunas "love rivals" always end up having a crush on her xD
I think this series is somewhat creepy, since the characters seem to always keep a happy aura... Other than that, this book has been good so far. ^_^