Thursday, 2 July 2015

Manga Review : Stray Love Hearts by Aya Shouoto

Title: SLH - Stray Love Hearts
Original Title: S. L. H. 
Author: Aya Shouoto
Artist: Aya Shouoto

Year of Release: 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Harem, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Supernatural

Status: Completed
Chapters (Translated in English): 20
Volumes & Chapters: 5

Volume 1 Chapters 1-4      Volume 3 Chapters 9-12       Volume 5 Chapters 17-20
Volume 2 Chapters 5-8      Volume 4 Chapters 13-16


On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Kozue Hiyoki is visited in her dreams by a man who steals her heart- literally! Determined to find him and retrieve her stolen heart, Hiyoki, with the color of the man’s hair and the tattoo on his chest as her only leads, enrolls in the S-Hall dormitories of St. Nazareth Academy, but quickly realizes that its residents are not at all like she expected… For starters, they’re all guys! 

There, Hiyoki soon discovers that she has the ability to look inside her dorm-mates’ dreams, which may be the key to uncovering the identity of the thief who stole her heart…. But perhaps her biggest challenge is that most of the guys won’t let Hiyoki into their rooms, much less their hearts!

My Thoughts

Review covers 20 chapters 

Hello everyone and welcome back to Katie’s Corner! Today is a manga review day and I have something out of ordinary for you. Have you read any work by Aya Shouoto so far? If it’s your first try, you will get the feel of her immensely. My other favourite work by her is Pureblood + Boyfriend a. I’ll cover it some other time. Okay, now let’s get back to the story

Why I loved this series so much that I even re-read it 3 times and also fourth time to cover it ere? The answer is pretty simple. First of all, the entire plot is pretty interesting with the whole main protagonist’s heart being stolen and all that jazz… second? Heh, this is my favourite – lots of bishies. Oh I guess you may not know what a bishie is. Hot looking guy in plain words, but doesn’t bishie sound more fun? You get drool over any guy there, maybe except Azusa, but that was only for me, who know maybe you’ll like him the most.

The person who makes you droll a lot and at the same time frustrates you even more is Cain  - the student council president. From eh very first pages he just makes an entrance as the bad guy, and it would have sticked perfectly to him if we are not shown his good sides throughout the story. I think the guy didn’t even understand why he wanted to monopolize Hiyoki in the very beginning. Pathetic as it seems, he makes an amazing character and fan girl material for a long time.

The story catches your interest from the very beginning with a unique idea. Okay, the harem is not that new, but how Hiyoki ended up in the harem, that’s what was interesting. Shouoto sensei doesn’t disappoint in the fantasy and mystery division. She brings to life so many interesting ideas and no matter what kind of hypothesis you try to conclude she just takes and breaks all stereotypes as a will as your ideas, presenting something absolutely new and interesting.

I hope you’ll find some time to read this great story. Set yourself with Hiyoki on a journey to retrieve her heart and have fun in a world of hot guys. There are only 20 chapters, but every one of those is full of secrets that wait for you to unravel them. Enjoy it to its fullest and don’t forget to share your thoughts below. Stay tuned for more reviews as well as promos. Keep searching until you find your next favourite book or manga. Happy reading!




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