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Love Mode Vol. 1 (Love Mode #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,040 ratings  ·  23 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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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
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
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 ve
Leila Anani
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.
Jun 27, 2008 Rhapsody rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Oct 14, 2014 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
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. :)
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
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
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
Roclaf Alter -Ego
Beginning of a cute story. (multi volume series)
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.
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).
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.
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 4 of 5 stars
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.
Heather C
Decent story but the translation was very rough. I'm continuing on to the next volume.
Brittney Bower
I read up to part of chapter four, then it was not much crazy teen drama.
Hannah Givens
Pretty standard for BL manga, but I think it was the trendsetter.
Uh...uh....More please!!
❤❤❤a very entertaining read!
Nina marked it as to-read
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Yuki Shimizu (志水ゆき Shimizu Yuki) is a Japanese mangaka. 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.
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