This second volume of Aoi House in Love! not only brings this zany series to an end but also the overall Aoi House story, which included two volumes.
Writer/Artist: Adam Arnold / Shiei
What They Say
When the rest of her club-mates end up missing in Silent Hill, it's up to Elle Mathers and the members of rival anime club Uri House to come to the rescue.
Most readers of the now defunct Newtype USA are familiar with the 4-Koma comics at the back of the volume featuring the American Otaku playing jokes off established anime series. If you are not familiar with those characters, then that is your loss. However, not all is lost because the creators of those gag strips eventually pooled their talent and created the Aoi House series. This two-volume series introduced readers to two male protagonists trapped in a college club populated by yaoi crazed fangirls. Seriously hilarious hijincks ensued until the follow up series Aoi House in Love!. The first Aoi House in Love! volume was a whirlwind tour of anime and video game spoofs as the Aoi House club attended a convention that introduced them to their archrivals, the Yuri House.
The final volume of this series, or the second volume of Aoi House in Love!, picks up with the Aoi House club members driving home from the con. They are all there except their leader Elle, who went home with the Yuri Club for a romantic hookup with that club’s president. While I’m not a huge fan of how the Alex-Morgan-Elle love triangle broke down with Elle going after another guy, I do recognize the authors motivation. Along those lines, and perhaps to slightly placate readers like myself, Elle spends the last half of this volume often sadly watching Alex and Morgan together. Could Elle be wondering what could have been? Could she be such a nice person that she gave up on Alex so her friend, Morgan, could be happy?
This volume takes a turn away from anime-related gags as the author forces the characters through a horror-themed story. Much of this story reminded me of Princess Resurrection, with old-school horror characters making appearances. I do have to give the author props for using the Evil Dead version of the ‘Necronomicon’ as a prop. Will the Aoi House club ever escape from this horrific world of ice cream and octopus monsters?
The final chapter of this story rushes through the remaining college years of Aoi House. While there is no flow and it could have been excluded, it ultimately works to show fans how the characters finished school and then what became of them afterwards. Who married who and what do they do for careers. I did not find this volume as funny as the first three, but I do appreciate all the extras. There is the story of Double-O-Boo, the ladies man action loving Echiboo hamster that always gets his woman. Plus extensive Aoi House notes, fan art, a long preview of the artist’s other title Amazing Agent Luna, and color pages of the Aoi House comics that were published in Newtype USA from January to December 2007. Last, but not least, the post-college Elle wakes up in bed with two other people, yuri fans unite!