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27th May 2008

Hate to Love You

Rating: ♦♦♦

I was really quite excited to get this release. I’m a big fan of Makoto Tateno. Yellow is one of my all-time favorite series. I was really looking forward to seeing what her early work was like.

Let’s just say that she’s come a very long way. Not that there’s anything really wrong with this story, it’s just not as polished and crack-like as Yellow or Hero Heel. It is kind of neat to see her progression in the artist that she is today.

So the story has a Romeo and Juliet feel to it, only with out Juliet and sans the whole suicide thing. Which is a good thing in my opinion. I do love star-crossed lovers, but I can really do without everyone dying in the end.

Masaya Konoe and Yuma Kazuki are students attending the same high school. Their families are business rivals and that rivalry has gone back several generations. Masaya has a love hate relationship with Yuma. He hates him because he’s supposed to, but in all reality he wants Yuma to pay attention to him.

After a fair bit of angst, we find that Yuma’s been hiding feelings for Masaya. Now the boys just have to find a way make their relationship work. It really is a cute story, it’s just painfully obvious that it was her first work.

Deux did a pretty good job with this release. The translation was very nice, but I’m always cranky when the companies don’t bring over the honorifics. I know that by now, it’s clear that we all want our manga in the most untouched state that is possible. I would of loved to watch the progression of what the boys were calling each other as their relationship progressed. Oh well, maybe Deux’ll get a clue with some of their other releases.

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