by Master_M2K on June 13th, 2008, 2:37pm
Rating - 8.8 / 10.0
User rating of this review - N/A out of 5
Story/Plot - 4.5 out of 5
Characters - 4.5 out of 5
Drawing Style - 4 out of 5
Enjoyment - 4.5 out of 5
Overall - 4.5 out of 5
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Moe Kare!! is a Shoujo, Romance, Comedy, Drama revolving around an interesting love triangle full of love, jealousy and heartache. The story is certainly typical for a shoujo manga however this doesn’t stop it from being a very enjoyable manga to read.
Of to an unconventional start; the story begins about an otaku girl (Hikaru Wakamiya) who’s always dreamt of getting a prince charming for a boyfriend but one day her first kiss is stolen some stranger. She later meets a guy (Takara Honda) that looks exactly like the one who stole her kiss but he doesn’t seem to be the same person. During the fast-paced beginning it is easy to wonder, what exactly going on here? Not to mention the number possibilities about both the guy’s identities, but thankfully it is all cleared up by the end of the 1st Volume and the messed up high school love triangle begins. From this point on the story becomes truly interesting, with plenty of light-hearted comedy and heavy drama for anyone to be satisfied with.
To make this a love triangle, three characters must be involved and here we have Hikaru, Takara and Arata. Hikaru starts of as nothing much but as she goes through, love and heartbreak she develops so much into a great heroine. Then you have your likable bi-shounen protagonist Takara and Arata; and with Takara being such a stiff unsociable guy, it is fun seeing his exact opposite, Arata and his playful ways. There are quite a few named supporting characters but they rarely play any major role in the story, except one that appears later on.
The artwork is pretty standard for a shoujo manga, with nothing amazing about it to set itself apart from the rest. The characters tend to frquently switch to the chibi look, to add some cutesy hilarity to the situation but sometimes it just fails. Although during normal situations, the characters and the scenery looks plain gorgeous.
Overall Moe Kare!! turned out be a shoujo manga that even a guy like me could enjoy from beginning to end. Sure there were some things I really didn’t like, such as Arata’s annoying attitude in the beginning and I was bothered by the few Yaoi moments. Also the way the characters lips looked in the chibi moments weren’t cute. Yet these are only minor issues that don’t necessary have a huge impact on the overall feel of the manga. With it also being at a manageable length, this is certainly a manga that any shoujo reader should check out.
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