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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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Don't quite get the hype...
Around six years ago, I picked up this manga and read it up to volume 12... I can't remember why I dropped it, either do to lack of interest or lack of new chapters. After seeing the constant hype and recommendations, I tried it again just yesterday. I read up to volume 7, but just felt to disinterested and skipped right to the ending. I didn't feel like I missed anything at all...
I quite enjoyed the early stages of the manga, it was funny, spunky, and offbeat. And then around volume 6/7, Risa turned into a complete crybaby, constantly needing the goading of her friends to do anything. I guess the main reason is because I found it hard to identify with the characters. Other than the main two, the rest of the gang lacked personality and development.
Normally when I reread manga, I have a sense that I've read it before, or I know what's coming. With this one, I have absolutely no recollection. Six years after the first read, all I remember about it was that it's a shoujo about a person who's tall and a person who's short. In short (no pun intended), it isn't memorable at all...
That said, the art is lovely, and the humor is nice (though I got bored of it...).
All the high way to Lovely!
I watched first the anime, then the live action movie, and now I've just finished the manga, I Love it so much! This is the kind of Masterpiece Shoujo, that even when you now the story, IT'LL ALLWAYS SURPRISE YOU, and make you laugh OUT LOUD XD, even in the final chapters it keeps surprising me, in it's unique, cute way.
... Last updated on April 17th, 2012, 6:53pm
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
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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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
I think this manga/ anime is one of the best i have read and watched. It makes you laugh out loud, cry, and have those heart warming moments. The best thing about this is probably that its so hilarious and great in every single chapter.
hillarious and cute
This manga is hillarious and the drawing style is cute yet simple. Although this manga contains cliche's and the generic shoujo formula, the characters and art are what made it work. This is why character development is so crucial. I loved the characters, including the side characters as well. I would recommend this if you're looking for a funny, highschool shoujo.
... Last updated on August 4th, 2011, 1:19am
A fun, insightful read so far!
I'm only on volume five, and I am having a fantastic time! This mangaka has talent! She spins a story that is compelling: funny, angsty, recognizable, and paced with awesome beats of speed and then savoring! My heart strings have been pulled by the expressive art and psychologically sound story; I've spewed out several guffaws.
Edit: i took a point off for a bit slower, less interesting arcs in the latter volumes, but a worthwhile read to the end. And... I'm taller--by 2"!--than Risa! Nooeees!
... Last updated on August 10th, 2011, 1:58pm
I think this was the first manga I've ever read, and I didn't even finish it, which makes me angry at myself because I don't remember where I stopped. But, even though it's been a VERY long time since I read most of it, to like the 56th chapter I remember it almost crystal clear. The beginning of this manga I didn't really enjoy, because it was too insane. I mean, nobody gets that excited over every little thing unless you're four, but I endured it and kept on reading. I'm glad I did. It's not like I fell head over heels over this manga, but it was good enough to read. Over all, the plot was unoriginal but realistic, so i didnt mind it a whole lot. Um, i didnt read the whole manga but i did watch the anime which had an O.K ending, which i'm surprised at because a lot of good manga i've read had an either stupid ending (Girl Got Game, Karin, or Chibi Vampire) , a rushed ending that didnt satisfy me (High school debut, InuYasha), or the series is still ongoing (Kimi Ni Todoke). So i highly recommend this manga for anyone who likes a good laugh and romance, but not too much.
'twas nice until...
...when things got a bit bland in the near-end. Probably it's becoming a bit serious, a bit predictable, a bit boring, a cliffhanger (like, nobody knew what happened 10 years later or so), or maybe anything else -- just bland.
Other than that, I LOVE this manga that I can read it over and over again. The overall mood was drawn very nicely -- from serious, to wacky, to that giddy feeling and to refreshing -- since I'm more into visualization than anything else. I couldn't find any romance manga close to this -- or probably I am yet to read it.
Very realistic too! Well, aside from some scenarios that obviously can't be real, anyone can tell that this can possibly happen between a tall girl and a short guy who always hang out with each other and argue like there's no tomorrow.
I love their "nande yanen?!" gags as well. Made me more interested with Kansai-ben and Kansai culture.
I agree with the comment about the "cliché" thing. It's of the same genre (romance) anyway, so what else would anyone expect? I'd prefer reading or knowing a story full of clichés but pulled out nicely than reading or knowing an original but dull story.