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Love★Com, Vol. 1 (Lovely*Complex #1)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  13,083 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in class, and the last thing she wants is the humiliation of standing next to Atsushi Otoni, the shortest guy. Fate and the whole school have other ideas, and the two find themselves cast as the unwilling stars of a bizarre romantic comedy duo. Rather than bow to the inevitable, Risa and Atsushi join forces to pursue their true objects of a ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by VIZ Media LLC (first published 2001)
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Kat Stark
Feb 29, 2016 Kat Stark rated it really liked it

Type: Manga
Volumes: 17
Chapters: 68
Status: Finished
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo

This whole series was adorable as fuck.

Tall gal, short guy. Slow-burn romance that goes from annoyance to friendship to something more. There were some points that were just plain heartbreaking, but the comedy really struck hard when I got too down. I love a story that can make me laugh as much as this one did. I also really love how it goes through the process from friends to lovers, because the char
Jul 15, 2015 Emma rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite manga series. I read the whole series, and was devastated by the fact that it ENDS. I want it to go on and on forever. I want to keep seeing these wonderful characters and what they're up to.
The basic idea of it is this: Risa Koizumi is 5' 7". Atsushi Otani is 5'1". They're constantly fighting, a fact that the rest of the class finds very amusing, and for it they have been nicknamed 'All Hanjin-Kyojin', after a famous comedy duo.
The whole series is all about the relat
Nov 16, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, comics
Not a bad romantic comedy. The characters are nice (I get so tired of inexplicably mean characters in school stories) and the setups actually make a certain amount of sense. It's cute and light, and I like the art more than I thought I would from the cover. There isn't an awful lot of tension in the interconnecting relationships, but that's not always a terrible thing.
Feb 14, 2014 Jennette rated it it was ok
it was ok , I didn't really like it , it was just a school romance and people being silly , I read volume 1 to 3 , I got bored with it.
Apr 01, 2015 Alessandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, read-in-2015
Bellissimo! *-*
Aug 13, 2008 Smaileh rated it really liked it
Risa Koisumi is the tallest girl in her class; Atsushi Ôtani is the shortest boy. They can't stand each other, especially since everyone at school compares them to a comedy team--think "Mutt and Jeff." Then they wind up having to go to summer school. There's a new boy --Suzuki--in their class. Risa is instantly attracted--after all, Suzuki is as tall as she is. Ôtani offers to help her get together with Suzuki if she'll help him get together with her friend, Chiharu Tanaka. What follows, as you ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Irmak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Koizumi ile Otani o kadar tatlı ki yiyeceğim nerdeyse. Lise yıllarımda animesini izlemiş ve bayılmıştım. Özlemişim resmen.
May 22, 2015 Verónica rated it really liked it
Ainsss me encanta, quiero más! :P
Aug 12, 2016 Zaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Nice beginning. The story felt a bit dated but the relationship between the 2 main characters was good.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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3.5 stars

This is a series review.

Once again, upon reread, I’m finding that this manga isn’t quite as amazing as I remembered. It’s funny how much of a difference familiarity with a genre can make, sometimes for better or worse. I loved a lot of the first manga series I read unreservedly and Love*Com was no exception. I still admire this series quite a bit and it definitely stands out in my memory more than a lot of others.
Theresa ♫
Oct 30, 2011 Theresa ♫ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fellow humans in search for a HILARIOUS story based on an irony

I LOVED THIS SERIES!! I watched the entire series through the anime, but Lovely Complex is my absolute FAVORITE anime of all time. And I'm pretty sure that the anime and the manga are alike (which is AWESOME because I can't stand it when they make the anime different from the manga).

Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in her class, with a height of 170 cm (5'7" I believe...). Atsushi Otani is the shortest boy in class, with a height of 156cm (5'1"--which is tall
Yuu Sasih
This rating and review is for the whole completed volumes.

3,5 stars.

Risa Koizumi is 172 cm, and Atsushi Otani is 159 cm tall. Both getting insecure toward their height, yet they're always being paired as a comedy duo. And when they're used to each other, they're slowly falling in love. But how more than 10 cm differences would work on them?

I just finished reading this now. I dropped it when I first read it back in 2005, because I still couldn't get the idea of 'a taller girlfriend' at that time.
Oct 19, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
This is honestly one of the few Shojo series I've developed a genuine affection for. Risa Koizume, The tallest girl in school, and Atsushi Otani, the shortest guy, are constantly and unwillingly paired together (occasionally by chance but mainly due to nudges from their amused classmates, mutual friends even a teacher). The general amusement stems from Koizume and Otani's circumstantial resemblance to a Japanese comedy duo whose entire shtick revolves around a height discrepancy. Tired of being ...more
Silvia  Gutierrez
Feb 03, 2015 Silvia Gutierrez rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-and-anime
Well I have to say the beginning was very interesting, the whole idea was funny, but I'm really tired of all the stories where the girl has to do all the job to make the guy fall for her. I spend half the series begging the female to dump that Midget, god, I still want it. The last 3 volumes of the series where really boring, I had to stop reading cause it was not interesting and many chapters where not necessary. I guess I didn't like the MC at all, other that the Manga is well written and the ...more
Kübra Erkul
Jan 03, 2016 Kübra Erkul rated it it was amazing
ilginç bir şekilde animesini daha komik buldum. ama şöyle de bir gerçek var otani mangada daha az öküz, o yüzden kararsızım hanisini daha çok sevdiğim konusunda.
ama animesi de mangası da çok ama çok tatlı. absürt komedi pek sevmem genelde ama yeri geldi sesli kahkaha attım, yeri geldi saçımı başımı yoldum. çok eğlenceliydi çookkk:)
Sep 19, 2016 Shanu rated it it was amazing
First read in 2010.

Whole series re read in September 2016.
I had really good memories about this series and i even think i read it twice in 2010.
Re reading this, i have to admit i'm underwhelmed with the whole thing and it proves again that revisiting you're childhood books isn't a great idea.

I still really love both of the characters and at some point, i felt a ping of sadness for Koizumi, but overall, there is many unrealistic scenes, Otani and Koizumi show more friendliness than love for eac
Ayah Gamil
Sep 09, 2014 Ayah Gamil rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Well, I read this series back in high school and I totally loved it!
amusing, hilarious and one of the BEST manga I've ever read. It was based on friendship and high school drama. Back in 2008, I was hooked I never wanted it to end and I totally felt empty when I finished reading it!!!
Joanne Hansteen
Nov 27, 2015 Joanne Hansteen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this manga, and I am SUPER excited to be reading the manga to one of my absolute favorite series. it's going to take some time (and money) to collect all of these, since theres like 17 volumes, but that's okay. I can't wait to read the next one!
Fairly basic shoujo manga. Two characters who despise each other will inevitably get together.

Nothing all that special. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't all that interesting either. The hook that the girl is super tall and the boy was super short was different, but nothing to keep me particularly invested in their otherwise common shoujo romance.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Mar 23, 2014 Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) rated it really liked it
Finally got around to reading this after seeing the live action movie and a bit of the anime. This was freaking adorable, especially the banter between Otani and Risa. Curious as to how long it'll take for them to finally realize that there meant for each other, what with being 100 percent compatible and all. Also love the art style. Heard its compared to another manga series We Were There. Like it better here. As for the cover however, at first I thought it was a guy for some reason. It looks o ...more
Sailor  Mercury
Jan 03, 2016 Sailor Mercury rated it really liked it
1 Star for Risa- she's weird, loud, funny, and the opposite of a "pretty" girl. She isn't attractive and doesn't try to be. She loves eating, playing video games, watching TV and making odd, weird faces. She's great and a refreshing, unique protagonist. She's not exactly as deep as the ocean, but she's deep enough because you can relate to her and what she feels and goes through. She's so flawed, but also kind and fun and you can't help but love her. She's someone
Aug 13, 2015 Brittney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I’ve never reviewed a traditional manga for Comic Corner before, but now that we’re entering the month of love, I thought it would be appropriate to look at a romantic comedy. Love*Com is adorably fun with a unique sense of humour and a story that’s easy to get into.

Risa has some problems finding love: she’s too tall and all the boys are intimidated! But while forced to attend summer school, she meets Suzuki, a handsome boy who’s taller than she is. It’s love at first sight, but getting close to
Julie Decker
Aug 25, 2014 Julie Decker rated it liked it
Risa is 5'7" and that is gigantic for a Japanese high school girl. She's so tall that no one wants to date her! But classmate Otani, a 5'1" boy, has the opposite problem, and despite that they're always paired up (even by teachers), and sometimes referred to as a comedy team because their arguments are hilarious. There's no way a boy that short can date a girl that tall, and they don't like each other that way ANYWAY, so they vow to help each other find partners even though they also sort of hav ...more
Ania Lewis
Apr 27, 2014 Ania Lewis rated it really liked it
Lovely Complex is a Japanese manga (or a Japanese comic book) about an average freshman girl searching for love. Risa Koizumi is the 5’7’’ outgoing female protagonist of the story. She is friends with another freshman named Otani Atsushi. Otani is the 5’1’’ humorous male protagonist of the story. Together, Otani and Risa are known as a comedy duo since they argue all the time. They are forced to attend summer school where Risa meets a boy named Suzuki and hastily falls in love while Otani falls ...more
Mar 12, 2016 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shoujo manga fans
Shelves: manga
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Cassidy Johnson
Jun 20, 2014 Cassidy Johnson rated it it was ok
When I first read this series, I fell in love. I loved all of the characters, and I wanted the two main characters to fall in love. But I lost interest fast in this series since the plots became more and more general. Plot generally goes as follows for the first ten or so books: one becomes friends with the opposite sex, the other one thinks that their girlfriend/boyfriend is cheating on them, the couple fights about the misunderstanding, and then they make up. There was a place and time in my l ...more
Lovely Complex seems to be a shojo series that has all the tropes you'd expect from that genre. There is really nothing surprising here, nor is there much to be disappointed with.

The premises is cute: Koizumi is unusually tall with a name that means Little Spring; Ôtani is unusually short with a name that means Big Valley. The two would be perfect for each other, if they could ever could admit it.

Nakahara's illustrations are clean, attractive and professional. She does a decent job of giving t
Feb 27, 2011 Joyzi marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Fans of Shoujo
Recommended to Joyzi by: Recyl
Imagine a love story wherein the girl who was the tallest in the class and the guy who was the shortest fallen in love with one another.

This is probably one of the funniest and romantic anime I've ever watched.
Chisom A
Feb 12, 2015 Chisom A rated it really liked it
I liked this book and could really relate to it. I could see where the story was going and, unlike Hana Kimi, it wrapped up the volume well. Although it was wrapped up well, the STORY ITSELF in the beginning and middle surely could have been better. It's like the opposite of what I said for Hana Kimi! So basically It's about this girl that's really tall and this boy that's really short, and they both try to over come their daily struggles with their height - and find love. It leaves you wonderin ...more
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Aya Nakahara is an award-winning Japanese comic book author who made her debut in 1995. She is most famous for her Kansai-dialect romantic comedy series Lovely Complex (also known as ラブコン or LoveCom) which as well as spawning a feature film and a 24-episode animated television series has been translated into many different languages and has been published across the world.

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