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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 0-345-48264-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Love Roma Vol. #03

By Jarred Pine     August 09, 2006
Release Date: June 27, 2006

Love Roma Vol.#03
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Minoru Toyoda
Translated by:David and Eriko Walsh
Adapted by:David and Eriko Walsh

What They Say
Time passes so quickly... especially when you're in love for the first time! Hoshino fell for Negishi the very first moment he saw her. But that was in their first year of high school, and now they're about to start their second. Will growing up change their love?

All of a sudden, it's time to start planning for the future. They're in the same school now, but someday they'll graduate. Negishi finally meets Hoshino's family, but someday they'll have to start their own. And when they take their first trip together, it seems like it's over almost as soon as it's begun. Can young love stand the test of time - or is time the only thing that can take it away?

The Review
The awkward, yet terribly cute relationship between Hoshino and Negi continues to grow in a volume that is filled even more of those "firsts": first need for space, first overnight trip, first time meeting the parents (for Negi), and first . . . boob grab. That's right folks; Hoshino has slid into second base!

This third installment definitely sustains everything that readers have come to enjoy about this lovable love romance manga. There aren't quite as many laughs as previous volumes, but there are a couple moments that are worthy of outbursts that rival any that have been had up until this point. The lack of humor this time is filled in with more moments of sentimentality and lovable charm. Minoru Toyoda's artwork pulls off these moments with full spreads that bring everything to a nice climax. So while you might not giggle as much as previous volumes, I guarantee you'll leave this book feeling warm and nostalgic.

The one reservation that might be had at this point is whether the romance here is a little too sweet. Yes, they have their share of issues as they grow up together, but it is almost too simple, too serene. However, after sludging your way through the swamp of angst-ridden, shoujo romances, the tone of this book is like a cold mango bubble tea on a summer day.

Translation continues to be absolutely perfect, the English script doing a great justice to each character, especially Hoshino. The print reproduction is a little washed out in parts, but overall a good job and there are nice extras included.


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