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Love Roma is a story of love at first sight - literally. When Hoshino sees Negishi for the first time, he asks her to be his girlfriend. Shocked, Negishi nevertheless agrees to allow Hoshino to walk her home, where he explains why he is in love with her. Touched, Negishi begins to feel something for this strange young boy from her school.
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Very enjoyable read
Hoshino and Negishi were a great couple. My only nitpick was
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It was blatantly obvious they would stay together in the end even after being away from each other, but I would have liked to see an epilogue chapter showing 5 years later.
... Last updated on October 19th, 2016, 8:03pm
Laidback and Enjoyable
Love Roma was a really refreshing story in a lot of ways. Hoshino is a pretty interesting protagonist in that he's blunt and honest with how he feels, and he isn't enormously indecisive like most manga characters. Negishi is a little less interesting overall but she does play off Hoshino well, and the dynamic between the two is what drives this for the most part.
Things do unfortunately tend to get a bit stale on the long term I find. Like many other series here they have one major joke that they sort of drive into the ground after a while, namely the fact that Hoshino is super blunt and honest and Negishi gets easily embarrassed/angry in response. That's fine for the most part because it's still entertaining I find but sometimes it did feel overused. Another small problem is that while the comedy is pretty good overall, the series doesn't have enough serious moments. I didn't want a lot more serious scenes per se, but near the end of the story there's one or two serious chapters that are some of the best written in the series. A couple more serious chapters scattered throughout would have really helped the pacing I think.
A lot of people complained about the art style, and to be honest I really didn't hate it. As long as characters are expressive and I can tell people apart I really don't mind for the most part how it looks. There's always gonna be an exception I guess but nevertheless I found the art style here fine enough, in fact there were times I thought it looked really good and stylized. This is always gonna be a subjective issue of course but know that the art is fine.
I just liked this ultimately because it's about two kids developing a relationship while not being too overly sappy. There's no "perfect school prince/ess" characters in this story, everyone's a little more down to earth for the most part with both good and bad parts. I recommend reading this if you want a lighthearted romance series that also avoids a lot of general shoujo cliches.
If you're looking for a serious manga then get out.
Think about Doraemon, Yotsubato, Sunday Comics, etc. Well that is the overall feel for this manga. One you could read over and over again without worries, just pure entertainment and has an actual lessons to it too. In fact there is character development.
As for the art, it's very comical. It fits the story. And honestly, if it wasn't for the style It would be less funny so the art is a plus story wise. So I don't get the complains. I mean, do you guys complain about Doreamon's art, nope. Because it fits.
... Last updated on December 17th, 2015, 12:27am
I actually thought the character design was decent. But the mangaka had crude, thick lines, and the characters' faces literally looked distorted or different in every panel (This was improved later on). Sure, this manga managed to avoid every cliche in the shoujo world, but that didn't make it interesting. There was rarely any conflict because everything was easily and quickly solved by the simple and straight-forward leads in this book; and maybe that's more realistic.
There were suggested mature themes in this book, but the art is a tad bit too simple and childish to put 'sex' in this manga. It just...doesn't work for the amusement of the reader. How Hoshino boldly expressed his desires to Negi...was really awkward.
Definitely unique, but not exactly in a good way. This manga gives you some laughs, but I just can't say...it was my cup of tea.
This manga was so adorable and sweet. At first it seems very simple, but as the story progresses their relationship develops and you begin to see their cute little relationship quirks. You can't help but be happy for them while simultaneously relating to some of their first love experiences. I appreciate that there was very little drama filling the pages. The little drama there was seemed to fit the story and the situations very well.
I'm rarely put off by art styles, so this manga didn't bother me one bit. If anything I like that it was different than the norm, and it didn't take anything away from the story line. For those of you who decide not to read this just because of the art, then it's your loss.
Cute, sweet, funny, and even philosophical at some points, this is the romance manga everyone should read. The art is definitely unique but that doesn't make it bad. In fact, by the time you get into it the art is the ONLY way you could see them being drawn. Besides, it's not the art that makes it great, it's the characters. Five volumes was only too short for me.
The story is ok but that is it. There is no drama or anything at all. It is just about a boy who is a straight forward guy that says anything on his mind and the girl is a easy going girl who gets embarrass because of his straight forwardness.
Not worth it
Well this manga was long & very childish... Can't either agree with the Catagori, Awesome Main lead. First of all... ART: The art was so bad. The mangaka dosn't get any improvements at all between the 1 - 5 vol, I think he get even worse lol...
STORY. Well Can't say that the story was so facinating,i found it more easy going & cheap... to streight lined, no drama or a fling on the sid.
Characters : well, Streightful guy? & easy going girl? Sub characters boring? except the guy that was talking about *** all the time (haha) Summery This manga wasn't that special, i wouldn't pay to read this manga. 4/10
... Last updated on January 4th, 2011, 2:01pm
The story is wonderful. Simple and lovely. The love relationship is so innocent and sweet that it really feels like high school love relationships. It isn't like a typical shoujo manga would be but it is a different pace at the relationship.
I will admit that the art style is somewhat crude and weird that it did made it difficult to read in the first place. But after a while, you get use to it.
It is a must-read romance, if not, a different pace in romance would be suggested.
Sweet and simple
Compared to most shoujo manga, this story is really strange in that there's no bullying, neither of the main characters are super popular or particularly good looking (although they certainly are very cute!) and well, basically nothing super dramatic happens. I wouldn't think this is seinen if I didn't see it tagged as such, but it is such a sweet story I recommend it to everyone, male, female, old or young. This is really a high school romance story. You can really feel the growth of the characters, and it's very realistic in its portrayal of relationships. In this story you get all kinds, unrequited love, mutual love, respect, and so much more. This is one of those stories that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Although the art may seem strange to you at first, it really grows on you (at least it did to me), and the simple style is fitting of the sweetness of the story. I'm finding it kind of difficult to put my feelings into words but, to put it simply, you should read it!