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Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in class, and the last thing she wants is the humiliation of standing next to Atsushi Otani, the shortest guy. Fate and the whole school have other ideas, and the two find themselves cast as the unwilling stars of a bizarre romantic comedy duo.
Lovely Complex Plus is actually volume 17 with the final chapter called Love Com Final. The first two chapters are about before Koizumi Risa and Otani Atsushi met each other. The third chapter is about their first encounter and a little bit of what happens to them after the ending of Lovely Complex.
*Contains a side story called Hoshi ni Natte mo Aishiteru (Even When I Become A Star, I'll Still Love You) in vol 12: Reina wakes up surprisingly in her boyfriend's room. But it seems that she passed away three days ago...
In 2004 Lovely Complex received the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo.
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First read it when I was burning through a bunch of manga desperate to find a good ending so it had a 7. Rereading it now and its so funny it makes up for the slow romance...solid 9
Feels like I am the only one complaning..
Don't get me wrong. This is a very funny manga and I have no complains regarding any character... Except maybe a few?
First off, let me tell you that I've been reading a lot of oneshots lately. Maybe that's why a long series tires me out sometimes? Whatever be the reason, I must admit that a few things in Love com disappointed me. Actually, I'm not a very big fan of shoujo where the girl falls in love first. I still read them though, because sometimes they turn out good.
Love Com, however, didn't.
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When Haruka appeared and Otani acted jealous, I was hoping that the two main leads will realize their feelings soon enough and end up together. But man, was I ever so wrong? Risa realized it first and gave her best to confess to Otani but he turned her down. I was fine with it, thinking maybe he'll realize it soon. BUT NO! He kept being mean to Risa and pointing out how he doesn't see her as a girl. It took him two volumes to admit that he likes her. I know it was meant to be funny, and sometimes I laughed as well, but to be honest it felt very sad. Moreover, after realizing her feelings for Otani, Risa started to cry a lot, which I didn't like. I pictured her as a tall and cool girl yet my hopes were shattered. Honestly speaking, I don't dislike Otani. But it's just that he was extremely childish and mean sometimes and I couldn't help but feel sympathetic towards Risa. It's as if all he ever thought about was himself. Though later on, he did become more mature and nice. But his act when Risa confessed was horrible.
Of course he is short and he feels awkward dating a tall girl, but I think the situation for Risa is equivalent. Besides, a girl being called 'giantess' by the guy she likes and continuously being told that she is a nuisance and that he would never date her is heartbreaking enough. Even though the dialogues were said in a comical way, Idk why Risa seemed sad. Of course she would be.
I know this manga aimed to make us laugh, and it surely succeeded, but it's not one of my preferred types. If you are looking for a manga where the couple are always bickering and turn the most serious situations into funny ones, you are at the right place. Since most of the comments are positive, I think the manga is fulfilling for a lot of readers. I honestly feel happy at how some of the situations were portrayed perfectly. But it's just me thinking that I'm probably not going to reread this manga anytime soon.
Maybe I'll properly review it again sometime. But that's all for now..
Pretty good :D
The focus on comedy was great! And it was nice that their love was based on the fact that they get along well and have fun together.
I did get a bit annoyed though because of how stupid they acted sometimes ;; But other than that, the characters were very lovable. I liked all the main pairings: Risa x Otani, Suzuki x Chiharu, and Nobu x Nakao.
The friendship moments were very cute also! ♡
i have watched the anime and the movie too. The story is funny. Actually risa is a common girl which hope that she can get love she wants. But otani is a hopeless boy that have no idea about risa's feeling.
uhm,, i love volume 17 very much!!!!
happy go lucky romance
no major threat on their relation, no real NTR here just a swift straight romance it's funny most of the part
moreover, it's complete series
An adorable, hilarious, shoujo comedy, though it does have some flaws.
The premise: Risa, a first-year in high school who finds herself romantically entangled with Otani, her friend.
The dilemma: Risa is 5'7". Otani is 5'1".
The result: A light-hearted, humorous romance manga that has great character development and a unique plot. It does a decent job of defying common shoujo stereotypes.
This manga is not a deeply profound, life-altering discourse on romance and friendship. It's great for some laughs, and I fell in love with Risa's persona. Unlike many other shoujo mangas, LoveCom has likeable characters. Risa isn't afflicted by that shoujo stupidity and romantic desperation that plagues many protagonists; Otani is not your stock supposedly-perfect-but-gets-weak-when-it-comes-to-love romantic interest. The characterizations are consistent, and both of them are supported by a funny and enjoyable cast of side characters.
Some flaws with the series: some of the arcs and dialogue feel a bit fabricated. The grandpa arc is one that I particularly dislike, and the events surrounding Mighty had me mentally screeching, "But this would never HAPPEN. And if it did, it would be CREEPY." Dialogue felt unnatural at times also-- I could definitely perceive that Umibozu was used as a common interest between Risa and Otani, and it felt quite strained at times. Their giant/dwarf act did grow tiresome as the manga progressed. But these complaints are not serious ones-- there's nothing offensive to either the readers' intelligence or the audience's sensitivity here. Just genuine, cutesy romance.
Overall, LoveCom is a series I'll definitely reread for the comedy. The characters are lovable, the romance is "d'awww"-worthy, and the plot puts an unusual spin on the archetypal shoujo norms. If you're a shoujo fan like me, I highly recommend checking this out.
THE BEST Shoujo Out There
Lovely Complex (or just Love Com) is honestly one of the best shoujo manga reads you will probably ever have in your lifetime. I actually can't begin to explain how this thing grows on you in such a short time. The characters are so full of life and personality that you'd be crazy not to love them. The humor is superb, I mean I literally roll around laughing and I've read the manga three times and seen the anime at least four times. It never seems to get old. Otani and Koizumi just keep you coming back for more humor, laughs, sad times, and good times. Their relationship isn't like the typical shoujo mangas where they fall in love all at once and both of them are absolutely perfect together. No. This manga is full of give and take and changing how you see people and, wow, it's amazing. It's a work of art in fact. I can't explain it but trust me when I say that this is a literal must read.
... Last updated on December 7th, 2014, 11:58am
One of the best shoujos!
This manga brings back so many memories for me haha! But I re-read it recently and it's just amazing! I used to be into shoujo but now I've kinda grown out of it because they were all so repetitive and nothing seemed to amaze me anymore. But this manga is not only very non-stereotypical, it's amazing and very funny. Like if you think you can't laugh at manga, I dare you to read this because you'll be in stitches. Also side note, the anime is awesome also! I'd say, like with most anime-adapted manga, to read the manga first but make sure you defenetily watch the anime later because it's halairious! Highly recommended manga! It's like my title says: It's one of,if the best, shoujo mangas ever!
Apart from being one of the best Shoujo's I've read, its also one of the most hilarious. Its rare for me to actually laugh while reading a manga, but the funny situations and smart comments here and there makes you laugh. Moreover it has its dramatic moments which will make you sympathize with the characters. Even though I haven't experience what Risa has experienced but I found myself sympathizing with her, crying and laughing with her. I think she is an unusual shoujo character,definitely very interesting and not boring girl with no personality like other shoujos I've read. Otani on his own is a different story, even though he's small, I found him to be very manly and cool indeed, very responsible, compassionate, even dense at times. This is my second time reading it and I'm still impressed, never boring. I also watched the anime before but for me it doesn't even compare to the manga. highly recommended!
One thing's for sure, there's definitely no manga like this in the shoujo world! I watched the anime like twice a while ago and just now decided to read the manga (stupid of me). If anyone is wondering whether to watch the anime or read the manga first, I highly highly suggest you read the manga before anything.
This manga was pretty spot on to the anime but of course, had more to it. I really really love Risa. Her willpower and all that she went through for that little shorty is very strong and admirable. She's also not like other shoujo girls, when she cries it's not because she's weak, you can really feel how hurt she is and sometimes it's actually funny when she's crying hahahahaha! That's another thing; there's definitely comedy in this manga. HILARIOUS~ Her friends are also very funny and their personalities go really well together. Otani at first I didn't really like but I found later on that it really balanced with Risa's feelings. Since Otani isn't the type to say "I love you" or mushy mushy stuff easily actually makes it more meaningful when he does have those moments and you tend to appreciate it a lot more. But nevertheless, you can definitely feel how much he loves her through actions. Their relationship is so different but it's very strong since they have so much in common but sometimes i wish they didn't argue so much, it sometimes feels like they're back to just friends.
All in all, great balance of comedy and romance and you definitely won't get bored! Recommended for anyone who is in dying need of something different with a spoon full of laughter