Title: Fall in Love Like a Comic Vol 1
Author: Chitose Yagami
May Contain Spoilers
Rena Sakura is living every girl’s dream – she’s an up and coming manga artist. Her biggest worry is someone at school will find out that she draws racy comics, and she’ll be expelled as a result. One day in the library, she runs into handsome, popular Tomoya Okita, and flustered, she runs away. When she can’t find the script for her latest romance comic, she flips out – could she have dropped it when she collided with Tomoya? Did he find it and read it? Life is about to get a lot more complicated for Rena!
Right Stuf finally released my copy of Fall in Love Like a Comic, which has been in confinement, waiting for parole. I really need to do a better job placing orders for books that release around the same time, so I can still take advantage of the free shipping and yet receive my books closer to the release date.
This was an extremely fast paced story, with little character development and a plot measuring zero on the believability meter. It was still entertaining, despite its painfully thin plotline, and was highlighted by crisp illustrations. The character designs are very attractive, and the panels focused on Rena and Tomoya’s relationship.
In order to bring that all important air of realism to her comics, Rena’s editor suggests that she consider falling in love. When Tomoya finds her work in the library, he presents the perfect opportunity for her to compile a little research into the land of romance. Tomoya has rejected every girl who has asked him out, but after Rena gracelessly asks him to be her boyfriend, he surprises her by accepting. What follows is a humorous glimpse through the pages as Rena discovers the ups and downs of being in love.
The characters have about as much depth as a sticky note. Rena is energetic and easily flustered, and being Tomoya’s girlfriend is like a comic come to life. He’s the perfect guy! Gorgeous, mindful of her feelings, and romantic, he’s the most popular guy in school, and nobody can understand why he’s going out with Rena. Having such a sought after guy for a boyfriend isn’t easy, and Rena has to learn to adapt to new feelings of jealousy, as well as the giddy emotion of love. As she rides this bumpy roller coaster, she finds that it’s not exactly helping her with her work. When she’s sucked into a void of depressions because things aren’t going smoothly with Tomoya, (and he might have to kiss another girl!) she can’t create her comics at all. Who knew that actually being in love would be so much work!
For a quick, light-hearted look at first love, Fall in Love Like a Comic was a fun romp. Believable? Deep plot? Heck no, but Chitose Yagami doesn’t bother pretending that her story is anything other than a romp through the fantasy land of romance.
Rated for Older Teen