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Love Mode, Vol. 1 (Love Mode #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,265 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Sakashita Izumi, your typical straight high school student, gets into a sticky situation with a gay translator, Takamiya Katsura, when he is mistaken for a male escort! After a night of passion and romance, is Izumi developing feelings for another man? Izumi's confusion and denial is catapulted into the stratosphere when Takamiya showers him with compliments and affection ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published November 8th 2005 by Blu (first published 1996)
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Mar 07, 2016 Summer rated it it was amazing
One of the best m/m manga series I've ever read. The story starts out when a young man name Izumi get's mistaken for a male escort with the same name. I know this sounds ridiculous, but this is manga so it's not the craziest thing I've ever heard. Izumi considered himself heterosexual before this one night encounter but rethinks things when he realizes he enjoyed it. The other man, Katsura, decides to court Izumi with quite a bit of resistance but Izumi eventually admits his feelings. Their stor ...more
Mar 31, 2015 Gigi rated it really liked it
awww so cute!!
Aug 29, 2011 Sophie rated it really liked it
In this case, the four stars are for the series as a whole - I'd rate this book with three stars.

I'm pretty sure I stumbled across this series pretty early on in my manga reading "career", but for some reason I never actually read it. It's possible I was put off by the fact that it doesn't focus on one pairing, or because people said that the artwork wasn't to everybody's taste.

In either way, I'm very glad I finally read it. It's not perfect, but it was still very enjoyable to read. Since I didn
Jun 27, 2008 Rhapsody rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yaoi/shounen-ai readers
I love this series. Beautiful art and compelling love stories. Readers beware: this is yaoi, which means that the love stories are all between men and other men. This first one is about a high school boy who is mistaken for an escort by a man hooking up with a stranger through a dating service. Gosh that sounds so utterly disgusting... But people, it's a graphic novel for crying out loud, it's not real-life stuff. I went with it and really enjoyed watching the misunderstanding resolve itself and ...more
Mar 28, 2011 Cat rated it it was amazing
This is a long series which starts with focusing on two couples and then expands from their lives to others they know. Its a very moving and in-depth series which isn't typical for most BL manga. Most BL manga have 1 or 2 volumes at most to handle their plotlines but Love Mode gets much more time to deal with a wide array of situations. Everything is handled decently and its very entertaining but filled with drama. The situations aren't exactly very original but the way they're handled and how d ...more
Yuu Sasih
Nov 19, 2014 Yuu Sasih rated it liked it
Typical age-gap story with nice, older seme and tsundere-like teenage uke, but I love the execution of this story. Shimizu-sensei really do knows that she was writing a homosexual relationship and stumble there without jumping into rape or forced-sex bandwagon. Well, it seems like that, at first, but that because Takamiya was mistaking Izumi for a host he asked and thought that Izumi's unwillingness to have sex is because he was acting as a good, typically-japanese host (yea, I love how Shimizu- ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Redfox5 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Yaoi I ever read. And I still loved reading it the much as I did the first time.

Izumi is mistaken for a gay escort when he mistakenly picks up a rose dropped on the floor by the real escort. He decides to spend the day with Takamiya anyway as he's been stood up and has nothing better to do. They go horse riding, have some dinner and a have a little to much to drink and before you know it, Izumi is naked in bed with Takamiya.

I didn't think about it much at the time but re-re
Anne Freya
Jan 04, 2015 Anne Freya rated it really liked it
Yuki Shimizu adalah salah satu mangaka BL favoritku sejak pertama kali baca karyanya yg berjudul ZE.

Setelahnya aku sempat menjajal vol 1 Love Mode ini, tapi tdk dilanjutin lagi ke vol 2 krn ada 2 alasan : pertama, gaya gambarnya yg kurang bagus yg sbnrnya wajar saja krn ini karya pertamanya di tahun 1996 sementara ZE yg dibuat di thn 2004 tentu saja sudah jauh lebih bagus gambarnya. Alasan kedua yaitu krn ceritanya tdk fokus di 1 pasangan utk seluruh volume di seri ini, tapi pasangan yg berbeda
Leila Anani
Feb 24, 2014 Leila Anani rated it liked it
A boy gets mistaken for a rent boy, but gradually falls for the man who 'hired' him.

This is actually better than it sounds. If you like older man/younger boy romance you'll definitely want to check it out. Artwork's not too bad, its fairly sexy, but there's enough character and emotional build to make this work.

The somewhat manipulative owner of the escort service is a great character. Hope to see more of him in subsequent volumes.
Oct 14, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Ahhh, Love Mode! What a great manga. I read it ages ago. It's a simple story of mistaken identity and ensuing awkwardness, which of course leads to typical yaoi hijinks. If you like yaoi, you have got to check this one out! Definitely worth the read. :)
Aug 24, 2013 78sunny rated it really liked it
4 von 5 Sternen
Dies ist wieder einer dieser Mangas, die bei einer Rebuy-Bestellung mit in den Warenkorb gekommen sind, weil sie Yaoi waren und nur 0,99 gekostet haben.

Die Geschichte ist recht einfach. Izumi ist der Meinung er ist hetero, wird auf der Straße aber mit jemandem verwechselt und gerät somit an einen Mann, Katsura, der ihn verführt. Im Laufe des Mangas kämpft dann Izumi mit seinen Gefühlen und damit sich selbst einzugestehen, dass er auf Männer steht und sich in Katsura ver
Aug 16, 2015 Kati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-bl, in-german, 2015
The power imbalance in this relationship - a teenage boy and a man (possibly) twice his age - was a bit too much for me. But the setting, the B&B Agency, was quite interesting and I know that the series gets better later on. Still, only 3 stars for this one.
This was simple and drama free. Izumi is picked up by Katsura, who thinks Izumi is an escort. Katsura is gay, Izumi is straight. Izumi is simple and childish, so he goes along with Katsura on this date. Not much of Katsura's character is revealed, he just thinks Izumi is cute. They have sex at the end of their date and Izumi is questioning his sexuallity, he watches straight porn but it has no effect on him but he claims to hate homosexuals. I didn't really like the relationship, Izumi hates wha ...more
Jennifer Lavoie
Nov 08, 2013 Jennifer Lavoie rated it it was amazing
I read this when it first was released in the US many years ago, and despite loving it, I was only ever able to get the first three volumes. Now I have them all, and I'm currently bed-ridden and I decided to read through them all - rather than do schoolwork.

The story is just as good as the first time around. The art style is definitely old and not as pleasing to the eyes as other yaoi manga today, but I still enjoy it. I like the interactions between Izumi and Takamiya. Some might say it's unre
Jan 23, 2015 Lelyana rated it really liked it

One misunderstanding leads to a true love, just my thing.
But I keep on wonder, why didn't Izumi questioned about Takamiya's tendencies of paying an escort for sex ... LOL
Awe much?
Roclaf Alter -Ego
Jun 25, 2014 Roclaf Alter -Ego rated it liked it
Beginning of a cute story. (multi volume series)
Mar 11, 2012 Vespertine rated it it was amazing
My favorite Boy's Love/Yaoi manga of all times !

It may not have the best drawings of all times but it certainly has all that matters : expressive drawings, engaging romance, well-rounded and very likable characters, interesting dynamics, comedy, drama, hot and sometimes kinky sex, host club, dark past and simply... PLOT !

After reading this one, I tended to find other mangas of that genre pretty cliché, shallow and overdone.

In a word : not the perfect manga but one that you'll remember and cheris
I actually don't know how to rate this, being it my first yaoi novel, but I liked it. And some parts I really liked. So, I go for 3.5 stars atm. Let's see how the other yaoi novels I have on the shelves will compare to it... Next is either I Want To Be Naughty or Barefoot Waltz.
✟ℜoxanne✟(Death by ßook Avalanche)
I have read 1-9 in this series so far and so this review covers 1-9. This is one of the best yaoi series I have read. I am defintely going to carry on with collecting the rest of the series as it hasn't let me down yet. I like all of the characters and the stories are all great in their own way. The first book is a little slow but book 2 picks things up very well. Highly recommended to lovers of Yaoi! I wasn't disappointed!
Monika Robinson
This is the first yaoi manga I ever read, so it holds a special place in my heart. Even though I didn't really like the couple in the volume 1 (Takamiya and Izumi), I kept on reading. And when I started volume 2, I didn't regret it because Reiji and Naoya are my favourite couple of this serie (and the other couples are really great too).
Jan 21, 2016 Kathleen rated it it was ok
A traditional yaoi: unlikely premise, old-school art, not much plot, outdated attitudes toward gays, slurs, etc. That said, it does have some touching moments; the lead's fears are real (to him.) And I liked that every chapter ends on a laugh.
Jan 27, 2008 L. rated it did not like it
The by far worst volume of the series. Either get through it and hang on as the storyline gets progressively better (leaving these boring characters behind) or skip this volume altogether and read 2 +. Don't worry, you won't be missing anything.
Laura (ローラ)
I don't read yaoi titles often. It isn't my genre. This is one I've read before, and I don't mind reading over. There's actually a bit of plot, and the characters and relationship dynamic are usually quite interesting.
Sep 24, 2010 Jenre rated it really liked it
Shelves: yaoi
Really cute read. One of the 'fun' yaoi books with lots of the great devices I've come to love from the genre.
Miguel Angel
Aug 17, 2016 Miguel Angel rated it really liked it
Really interesting, art was good and the story was funny, I really liked the Izumi character.
Heather C
Decent story but the translation was very rough. I'm continuing on to the next volume.
Brittney Bower
Oct 15, 2013 Brittney Bower rated it liked it
I read up to part of chapter four, then it was not much crazy teen drama.
Hannah Givens
Sep 01, 2013 Hannah Givens rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, lgbt, manga
Pretty standard for BL manga, but I think it was the trendsetter.
Mar 05, 2014 Shaundra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Uh...uh....More please!!
Jan 15, 2013 xartemisx rated it it was amazing
a very entertaining read! ...more
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Associated names : 志水雪

Name (in native language) : 志水ゆき

Zodiac : Sagittarius

Blood type : O

Shimizu-sensei hit it big with Love Mode and is currently working on the popular Ze for the publisher Shinshokan. She's very health conscious and loves motorcycles. Shimizu-sensei's introduction to boys' love manga was when she read an issue of the magazine June. Before that she had hated BL.
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