Thursday, 26 March 2015

Manga Review : Love So Life by Kouchi Kaede



Title: Love So Life
Original Title: Love So Life
Author: Kouchi Kaede
Artist: Kouchi Kaede

Year of Release: 2008
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Status: Ongoing
Chapters (Translated in English): 86

Volumes & Chapters: 15 Volumes (Ongoing)


Volume 1 Chapters 1-4             Volume 7 Chapters 34-39               Volume 13 Chapters 70-75.2
Volume 2 Chapters 5-10           Volume 8 Chapters 40-45              Volume 14 Chapters 76-84
Volume 3 Chapters 11-16         Volume 9 Chapters 46-52            Volume 15 Not Translated
Volume 4 Chapters 17-22         Volume 10 Chapters 53-57
Volume 5 Chapters 23-28         Volume 11 Chapters 58-63
Volume 6 Chapters 29-33         Volume 12 Chapters 64-69



Summary

Shiharu is a high school student who loves kids, lives in an orphanage, and works at a daycare... Until the handsome uncle of two-year-old twins offers her a raise if she'll be their babysitter. Often relying on memories of her mother's actions for guidance, Shiharu quickly finds herself falling in love with her new makeshift family.

My Thoughts

Review covers 84 chapters 


An amazing slice of life manga. It may lack a bit of romance in comparison with other shoujo mangas, but it compensates in other aspects such as comedy and cuteness. The story is very lively and progresses fast. You will fall in love with Shiharu the babysitter, the twins – Akane and Aoi and well you will love a lot Seiji’s on and off modes. If you have to babysit your kid brothers or sisters, which I sometimes do, there are a lot of tricks to keep them occupied and to stop a brawl without shouting.

Unfortunately the manga is still ongoing. I say unfortunately, but I’m very happy that I do need to say goodbye to my favorite characters. If I am not mistaken there are only 2 more volumes, however, I would like to get more. But, well, we’ll see how the author decides. I am really looking forward when Shiharu and Seiji finally reveal their feelings. And they take the twins back to live with them. Wishful thinking?

Now that I am sitting down to write my thoughts, I have quite a hard time. In this manga there is nothing spectacular, but just that makes it so amazing. I am not making any sense, am I? The everyday of twin’s life, that’s what is so amazing and compelling that you do not really want to put down the manga. The little adventures such as a trip to the supermarket, or strawberry hunting or even pancake making are amazing to put away our troubles and have something positive.

Even if you do not really like kids, you will Akane and Aoi. Their cuteness is irresistible and trust me you will find yourself liking them more and more though out the manga.  However, please bear in mind that Akane and Aoi are just one of a kind. Do not try to find them in all kids out there. Your expectations might be crushed. Mine were, so I am talking about personal experience here. Another thing to say is that the translators did a really amazing job. The kids’ dialogues are so natural, that you really think that the kids should talk this way.

I hope you will take up this amazing manga. It really is spectacular when you come back home stressed and you need something fun and calming to read. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did and will understand what I meant by “It is spectacular while having nothing spectacular” Enjoy it to the fullest! Happy reading and don’t forget to share your thoughts with me!

XOXO


Katie

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