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After constantly transferring during middle school (Warau Kanoko-Sama), Naedoko has entered Takara No Tani High along with Tsubaki. Follow her adventures as she tries to restore the Newspaper Club's status without being noticed by the Broadcasting Club or Student Council...!
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W.O.A.W. - Such a breath of fresh air...
FINALLY, a shoujo where the female lead isn't a bimbo and the male lead isn't your average popular guy! The story is fairly original even if the setting isn't, and the characters are beyond amazing.
Tsubaki may seem like your average cool male lead, but he's anything but. He's sane, logical, and places Kanoko above everyone else. There's no stupid ex-gf's or other angst following him. Just him and his love for Kanoko which is wonderful (and often hilarious) to see. Kanoko on the other hand is one of my favorite female characters of all time (right up there with Sul from Cheese in the Trap). She's strong, incredibly intelligent, and I love how she thinks.
I would read this just for the characters. The whole manga is pure fun, and the political edge it has is fascinating. All in all, a fantastic shoujo.
Rating is a bit lower than I wanted to originally give it as it's not completed. Hopefully, the mangaka won't screw things up before then, although the way this story's going right now, I doubt that'll happen.
... Last updated on March 4th, 2012, 1:02am
It's very shoujo-like and involves a lot of school politics. If that sounds interesting to you, definitely give it a go. The main character is a scheming mastermind, but is dense to the feelings of her best male friend, who is coincidentally the hottest guy in the school (lol.), she changed schools a lot which gives her various other different and interesting acquaintances. The plot is pretty solid and the characters are fascinating. It's only a little text heavy and I guess some people may find it a bit boring. All it all it's an overall well executed manga, and if the authors keep it up I can only recommend it.
Edit: I didn't even realize this was a sequel. So much for requiring knowledge of what happened, right?
... Last updated on February 25th, 2012, 11:23am
Probably my favourite shoujo
Ok, so I am just reading it all in one go right now, but Kanoko is just too awesome for words. A lot of manga get comments saying "she's not your typical shoujo heroine", but few move as far away from the stereotype as this. I know it's not the same, but the relationship between the male and female leads reminds me more of the excellent and twisted Sundome than it does most shoujo, it's really so funny to see the boy so powerless.
... Last updated on February 3rd, 2012, 6:35am
It's one of those rare ones amongst the barrage of new shoujo manga coming out. I absolutely love it, but it's not 100% fresh because she's just too dense in THAT WAY. Though it definitely makes the plot more enjoyable with this flaw of hers
I recommend reading the prequel to this "Warau Kanoko-sama." The prequel was great and creates a background to the main guy and girl characters. But now on to this one, honestly it is an adorable manga. I LOVE the main character girl because she is sooo different from the typical manga shojo girls. She is kinda like that girl from "my student council president is a maid" but I think that this girl is better than her. Anywho, check out this manga if you are looking for a smart not easily falling head over heals for the guy girl
... Last updated on January 20th, 2012, 11:57pm
Yes this manga is definetly the best school life romance manga i heve ever read. The plot is interesting and you cannot gues it, the story line. the story line is to strong and adorable. the mangaka dare to make a move. thanks
I like this series, and so should you too.
Koi Dano Ai Dano is the non-episodic sequel to the great episodic series Warau Kanoko. In the previous series, Kanoko finally transferred schools for the 108th time, and decided that was enough; now we follow her attempt at becoming a more refreshing kind of character in high school, together with the main romantic lead of WK, Tsubaki.
Warau Kanoko really hit many of my sweet spots: a clever, strong female protagonist who uses her mind to fix things, and not too much romance. Kanoko is a great lead, and now that the story in Koi Dano is more serial, and concentrated in a single school, let the mind games begin!
Fans of Skip Beat! might like to know that romantically, Kanoko and Tsubaki are quite alike to Kyoko and Ren; Kanoko is very dense when it comes to herself (in things like friendship and romance), while Tsubaki is a cool, hyper-competent romantic lead who is extremely possessive and jealous, bordering and often dipping into outright childishness. It is through the eyes of Tsubaki that we get to see Kanoko's cuter sides, while other times we get to see her at work as a political mastermind fighting in the wars of the Three Kingdoms of Takara no Tani high school.
The writing and direction is clever, and bears well under repeated rereads. Different plotpoints are woven well together, and the past is not an unknown country, but one that is often alluded to. It is also funny, though not in a slapstick or absurdist way. Most of the comedy grows from the interactions of characters, and a panel in a previous chapter might well bloom into a punchline in the next one. The humour isn't laugh-out-loud, but more of that constant, unstoppable maniacal grinning you get when you can't just stop, and have to continue. This series is much recommended to everyone.
... Last updated on February 5th, 2012, 10:40am
A really unique series with a whole new plot method for shoujo. No heavy drama or frustrating triangles- and you're /still/ hooked for more. Chapters are slightly episodic with Kanoko talking about the various social conundrums in high school, but there is a main plot line.
It's funny without making lame puns and genuinely entertaining. The relationships are really sweet too, and the characters humanity is showed here and there, which is really nice, because we all like looking into a character's psyche, but not soo much that we feel like we're reading some heavy psychology genre.
The relationship between Kanoko and Tsubaki is also really entertaining- you can't help but root for him, and it's lovely to see the female lead (very, very) slowly start caring about the lovesick male lead for once, instead of the other way around. And Tsubaki makes lovesickness look cool, which is just plain cool itself.
Edit: As for someone commenting that a good looking guy would never like a woman who isn't on the same level of good-looks as he is, I say psssh because frankly: 1) I could name so many couples. 2) No matter how good or bad looking someone is, if you spend a lot of time with them, you get pretty much immune *speaking with experience* so looks are really not as important as personality. 3) Tsubaki is in love with Kanoko's personality anyway and that's what makes her attractive to him and THAT'S what makes him such a likable character to me.
Though I believe this series is better than the prequel (prequel was a bit too episodic) I do recommend reading it if only for the sake of watching the start of Tsubaki's infatuation with Kanoko. XD
A manga I definitely recommend for its refreshing layout. You'll never look at people the same way again- not without a tiny Kanoko talking in your brain!
... Last updated on March 17th, 2013, 6:26am
I FELL FOR IT.
This is my ideal manga (female and male lead). The lead characters are just too strong. No dumb stupid moments at all. Because I love this manga so much I even ordered the volumes online. Now I have a copy each of Volumes 2 and 3. =)) I don't understand them, though. Haha.
P.S. if i could give it a rating higher than 10, i would.
... Last updated on September 29th, 2011, 1:34am
Koi dano Ai dano is certainly different than most shoujo manga. It has a fresh plot and unique characters (but not annoying though). Reading this manga and the main character's observation of her surrounding always leaves me with a "that is so true!!!" feeling. This manga is definitely a MUST READ, especially for those who are sick of stupid, weak, and only-ever-thinks-of-love kind of female characters. Moreover, i find it interesting to see the male character who is head over heels for the female character instead. Their relationship is just too adorable to miss.
It is SO GREAT that you should STOP READING THESE REVIEWS and GO START READING this manga!!! HURRY! NOW! DON'T WASTE ANY MORE TIME!!! hahahaha