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Aishiteruze Baby
by Master_M2K on August 12th, 2008, 1:03pm

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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Aishiteruze Baby is a Shoujo, Slice of Life, Romance, Drama that deals with the delicate issues surrounded child care and family values.

Plot / Story
Just like several other shoujo romance manga the story is about a high school pretty boy (Kippei), who a bit of a player. However this is until when his is stuck looking after his 5 year old cousin (Yuzuyu) whose mom abandoned her. From here on their relationship grows into something special. There's nothing particularly ground-breaking about the story but it does give the reader a nice warm feeling when reading it, as our unlikely protagonist develops a motherly bond with Yuzuyu.

These two characters are what make the whole experience worthwhile, with plenty of cute and dramatic moments. Kippei also gets into a bit of romance and is able to show plenty of his charm but his overall development throughout the story is whatís important. Apart from the girl he gets into a romantic relationship with, the rest of the characters donít play much of a role in this short but sweet story.

Drawing Style
This manga has beautiful artwork with rigid but decent environments and a lot of detail put into the character designs and facial features. However the panels and speech bubble arrangement can get pretty messy at times and one of the girls (Kokoro) tends to look somewhat unappealing.

Overall / Enjoyment
Overall Aishiteruze Baby proved to be a very enjoyable shoujo manga to read. I'm a regular guy who doesnít often read any shoujo manga and yet I found this story very heart-warming, as itís full of a lot of social issues and the everyday troubles of looking after a kid. The story never really felt dragged out and it flowed at a steady pace. Thereís a decent amount of comedy, romance and drama and none of these elements seemed overbearing, which can be both good and bad. This manga really isn't for everyone but I seemed to enjoy it, for its casual, heartfelt story.

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