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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-933617-61-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Love Master A

Love Master A Vol. #02

By Sakura Eries     March 30, 2008
Release Date: April 08, 2008

Love Master A Vol.#02
© Go! Comi

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kyoko Hashimoto
Translated by:Christine Schilling
Adapted by:Brynne Chandler

What They Say
As Aria makes a name for herself in the student council, she creates almost as many problems as she solves! February is approaching fast, and it seems like the perfect time to confess her feelings to a fellow student council member - until the school president says there won't be any Valentine's Day allowed!

The Review
As the freshman student council president, Aria creates almost as many problems as she solves.  After a destructive incident involving the first years' student council at the school's self-study area, Aria finds herself personally responsible for the damage to the building and the huge repair bill!  As a result, the school places Aria's student council under the jurisdiction of Takara's second years' council.  Still, Aria is determined to defy Takara's group's high-handed ways, especially when the second years' council starts forcing the smaller school clubs to disband.  During this tumultuous time Jin loyally supports Aria, and he finds himself wondering his feelings for her go beyond mere friendship.

Love Master A wraps up in Volume 2, and as far as I'm concerned, it's not a moment too soon.  The plot simply isn’t that compelling. The potential love triangle between Takara, Jin, and Aria never really goes anywhere, and you can see the final outcome between Jin and Aria coming a mile away. Hashimoto tries to keep things interesting with her characters’ extreme actions, from the way Chisato throws her power around to ruin Valentine's Day to the way the first years' council storms the self-study center, but it isn’t enough, mainly because the characters and their relationships don’t feel that developed or believable. Even at the very end of the story, Takara’s attraction to Aria remains baffling. From the embedded mangaka notes, Hashimoto does seem to have put a lot of thought into her characters and their backgrounds; unfortunately, that effort doesn’t come through in the actual manga.

Story thus far, brief character intros, embedded mangaka notes, words of thanks from the mangaka, translation notes, and ads for other Go! Comi titles are included as extras in this volume. 


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