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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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The closest manga to depict high school romance.
Lovely Complex is about a girl called Risa, and she's exceptionally tall for a Japanese girl. The second main character is a boy, Otani, he's exceptionally short for a Japanese boy. When people see them together, they are reminded of a comedic duo in Japan which has 1 tall member, and 1 short member. Because of this comparison, Risa gets mad and yells insults at Otani. Otani being as stubborn as Risa, yells insults back.
That's how they became friends. Risa and Otani are surprisingly suitable for each other, having friendly arguments constantly, and otherwise sharing their hobbies together. Aside from the insults to their heights, a real complex about their height issue is almost never touched upon. Maybe twice or something. Lovely Complex mainly deals with the budding friendship between Risa and Otani, and their constant arguments (but it's definitely not a love-hate relationship), while sometimes bringing in secondary characters to propel the storyline forwards.
Personally, to me, Lovely Complex is the best manga when it comes to realistically portraying a high school romance. Risa and Otani start out as friends, they don't suddenly start crushing on each other. The longer they are friends, the more Risa starts to like him, until eventually she does.
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But get this - Otani isn't quite there yet and still likes her as only a friend.
I have never read a manga that did that, and I'm pleasantly surprised how Lovely Complex deals with this issue, it feels so realistic.
Aside from the realistic portrayal of the character's feelings, Lovely Complex is downright funny. There's some nice jokes here and there, and some that will crack you up. I personally find Risa's 'ugly' faces hilarious, and it really adds to the humor.
I'm so glad that Risa isn't one of those generic shoujo girls who cry in every chapter and when they're about to get raped by gangmembers, the Jerk With A Heart Of Gold comes and saves her. Risa is spunky and funny, and none of those things happen in Lovely Complex (except for the crying part, which is completely acceptable when it happens), and Otani isn't the jerk with a heart of gold. Sure they constantly bicker, but never once has Otani said he hates Risa, he's always shown as having great fun with her.
I adore Lovely Complex, I really do. The perfect mixture of realistic romance and comedy, it's just an overall awesome story to read. Try and watch the anime if you can as well, since it sticks close to the manga, seeing those funny moments in action is double the fun.
... Last updated on December 13th, 2010, 3:02am
Enjoyable anytime even the second time around. =D
I love the story to pieces. I would say my personal favorite shojo manga mostly because I find her alot like me. There were many times when i was thinking...oh man there is going to be drama...or...crap how do you get out of this one. Situations such as oh a love rival and the classic "meeting the ex" but there is just so much love in this manga.
"Live, love, and laugh out loud along with Lovely Complex." =D
Let me start off by saying: this is the ONLY manga where I've ever still been interested in the story after the two main characters get together. I mean, usually, if the characters get together early on in the story, it becomes entirely uninteresting to me after the case. Not Lovely Complex. Not at all.
This manga is extremely heartwarming, hilarious, adorable, and basically an all-around fluffy dose of happiness. The characters are great, the plot is very well developed, and... it's really just lovely.
... Last updated on February 6th, 2012, 7:17pm
as a tall girl (177cm) I feel that this is surprizingly accurate. I hope Risa gets a boyfriend, because that means i might have hope.
Lovely Complex Complex
I loved this manga, absolutely, and after I finished it, I checked out all of Aya Nakahara's other works and they were maybe not as good, but still, amazing. I love how the manga takes time for love to grow, with unpredictable settings...Unlike other shoujo manga with their bright personalitied girls Risa, seems to actually have some pride. She won't cling and cry all the time around Ootani. She'll act angry when she's out there, and cry when shes alone. And I felt so good when when Ootani finally accepted her
One of the best.
I absolutely love everything about Lovely Complex. Risa is a character that isn't annoying, but she's genuinely funny and bubbly. You find yourself rooting for her even though she's goofy and a bit strange. Ootani is sometimes insensitive to Risa's feelings for him, but you can tell he's a good guy and starting to change his attitude towards her.
It's a heart-warming manga that makes you laugh, cry, and go "Aww!"
I started out watching the anime series first, which was also great. Lovely Complex is a wonderfully crafted manga that I would recommend to all shoujo lovers. The characters are loveable, the art is pretty great, and it seriously makes you laugh out loud.
Another thing that's so amazing about this manga is that it balances angst with humor so well.
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When Risa is first rejected by Otani, she's crying buckets and it's so heartbreaking. But then Nakao-chi says he wants kuma curry all of a sudden, to which Nobu-chan replies, "Darling, just stop talking."
... Last updated on August 28th, 2011, 11:48am
Another one of those rare rated-10 shoujo mangas
Cliches are cliches because they've been proven to work. A bad use of cliches is when a manga fails to put a refreshing spin on it. A good use of cliches is when a manga takes them and just RUNS with it and turns it into something that you want to keep on reading even if you don't really know WHY it's appealing.
Lovely Complex is an example of the GOOD use of cliches. I agree with everyone who said that high school romance is depicted realistically in this -- it definitely is. There's also plenty of comedy that catches you by surprise and a cast of characters that are fun and unique in their own ways. The plot doesn't get bogged down by drama and the romance is dealt with an adept hand. Otani and Risa as the leads are entertaining from the beginning to end, and I experienced their emotions with a rare clarity. Lovely Complex is a rare and entertaining manga that I'd buy just so I can keep it on my bookshelf and remember the fun emotions it gave me.
I've been avoiding reading this manga for a long time, mainly because I just found the pairing of a girl taller than the boy to be too weird. But after reading the first chapter, I was surprised how little it bothered me. On the other hand, this weird pairing is actually really funny. This is one of the few shoujo mangas I've read where the characters are actually very realistic and likable. Koizumi is very good-hearted, and while she isn't very smart, she isn't too stupid or annoying. She doesn't fall in love at first sight either and her love for Otani never wavers. Despite how short Otani is, he really is pretty manly and I like how he is usually very loud and talkative and straightforward, but he is shy about his feelings. Only some points off for Otani for the recently scanlated chapters where he would rather trust that busty woman over Koizumi. :\ The author really does a good job developing their relationship, as I could really feel like the characters grew from friendship, to a sort of platonic love, into true love.
The artwork is really pretty. The author can really capture emotions in a realistic way while having many LOL moments. Lovely Complex definitely makes it into one of my top favorite shoujo mangas! Highly recommended!
An unusual romantic comedy.
I'll admit it now before continuing with my review of the manga - LoveCom does use plenty of plot devices commonly found in more generic shoujo manga (such as getting sick, jealousy, etc.). However, the characters themselves are so unique that the manga doesn't feel at all like anything I've read before. Most of all, the situations and their outcomes actually feel realistic despite the exaggerated personalities of the characters. Conflicts and their resolutions aren't the illogical jealousies or any other strange situations that are badly resolved in any other manga. It was also great to see that the characters didn't fall in love and get together right away; their relationship developed over time as feelings slowly became clear to the individuals themselves.
Most of all, though, I love the fact that Koizumi and Ootani just aren't your typical shoujo manga protagonists. It's easy to identify with Koizumi when she faces a challenging situation and can't always overcome it easily. Ootani is also a far cry from the perfect princes of romances - in fact, he's one of the most flawed love interests I've ever read about (he isn't particularly handsome, intelligent, nice, humble... oh, and he's short, of course). It's the realistic dynamic of their relationship that makes the sweet moments genuinely heartwarming, the conflicts heartbreaking, and any other interaction just plain funny. It really is an excellent manga.
Awww...it's really over...
I loved this manga - never a dull moment, with plot twists at every turn. It was a blast to read, and I highly recommend it.