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Loveless 1 (Loveless #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  10,232 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
When 12-year-old Ritsuka discovers a posthumous message from his brother Seimei indicating he was murdered, he becomes involed ina shadowy world of spell battles and secret names. Togheter with the mysteirous Soubi, the serach to find Seimei's killer and uncover the truth begins!

But in a world where mere words have unbelievable power, how can you find true friendship and h
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 2006 by Egmont-Verl.-Ges (first published January 1st 2002)
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Mar 25, 2011 Kiki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, manga
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Mar 19, 2009 Kati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-bl, 2009, in-english
It's kind of weird to call this manga "yaoi" since there's no sex at all and the main hero is a 12-year-old boy. But it doesn't fit in the "non-yaoi" category either because of the way Soubi restores his energy - through a kiss. But Soubi is adamant that he feels no sexual desire for Ritsuka, he says that maybe one day they will have sex but not until Ritsuka grows up.

Besides that, this volume is overall rather weird - Yun Kouga tries to raise interest without revealing the plot and that leads
Jul 11, 2014 Yodamom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loveless- great story but I'm uncomfortable with the relationship age gap. He's 11 and the other one is 20. The middle schooler is kissing him, but it not like sex, perhaps a power thing ? but the older one says things like now I'm getting hard...... I really have this cringe thing going on when I got the ages. I know it's a Manga, not real but ... well I'll move on the rest of the series before I put my judgmental Judy cap on and slam the hammer down. I've only seen glimpses and there could be ...more
Jennifer Love
Dec 28, 2012 Jennifer Love rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fantasy
Strange, and really just downright borderline disturbing. Sorry, but as a parent I just couldn't shake the creepy feelings away. I gave this book that chance that so many other reviewers had encouraged me to, and read the book in its entirety in a couple of hours. But it's just not for me.

This was my first dip into manga, and I can't necessarily say for certain that it will be my last. But the next time I dive in this pool, I'm going to one of my manga-expert friends and asking them where I sho
Marvie 嫌 悪チキン
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I think this is the first manga volume I've ever read all the way through. It's odd. And a little queer, which I guess is good. Unfortunately, it's also a little confusing. I like the general idea, but in terms of actually getting to a story, this collection is lacking. Not sure if I want to continue reading it.

Twelve year old Ritsuka's brother has died. And the Ritsuka we get to meet only has memories from the past two years. He has forgotten the things that come before. There's a traumatic eve
Mar 24, 2014 Niklas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You also never told me to not love you"
Aug 05, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, japan
Beautiful art and a captivating story. I don't need anything else.
Jul 07, 2013 Raven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. No matter how many times I read it, I still enjoy it more every time.
Jackie Keswick
Jun 26, 2012 Jackie Keswick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, favorites
Compared to many, I'm a manga novice. I didn't grow up with Disney. Art classes were purgatory. As a writer, I tell stories with words. Telling stories with pictures never really got me. But the few mangaka I've recently been introduced to are slowly changing my mind. Yun Kouga is certainly one of them - mainly due to Loveless.

Some people find this story disturbing, given that the main characters are both male. When I see a good love story, I tend not to worry about gender. Finding love is somet
Jody Mena
This is such a great manga! It started off a little slow, but by the end, I was so sucked in that I didn't realize I'd reached the end until I turned the page and it was over! The characters are quite interesting and varied, as are the relationships between them. The magical battles, and the method of using words to battle, was really unique in my opinion, or at least the way it's executed is unique, since its different from all the gaudy latin spellcraft or oddly-named special moves that most m ...more
May 09, 2010 leila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
So I went through this strange shounen-ai period for a while, I blame 4chan and teenage sexual confusion. Also having no straight friends, but I don't really blame them. I think I have the first 6 volumes of this series. The only other manga I actually own are the 2 FLCL volumes, so I hope this says a lot. I only buy a manga when the art and the story completely blow me away, which they did in this, utterly, when I first read it. A friend lent it to me, but a few pages in I thought "I MUST POSSE ...more
Kathleen Mitchell
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So many elements of Loveless come together in this first volume that make it a pleasure to read over and over and over again--the relationship dynamics, the worldbuilding, the characters, the dialogue, the illustration, the subject matter... Kouga Yun's drawing style is mouthwatering, and Loveless is one of my favorite manga for its aesthetic and concrete qualities.

Alex Erazo
Sep 10, 2010 Alex Erazo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book with a passion. I can't get enough of it. I love how Yun Kouga uses fantasy and combines it with forbidden love and hints of hate, confusion, lust, and yearning. Yun Kouga uses beautiful vocabulary and lures the reader in in such a great way, you feel as if you're actually there in the story. The characters are also very easy to relate to, the story itself is very powerful and emotional. I love it, and can't get enough! I've re-read this book many times as well, and can never st ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Sophie rated it really liked it
Hm, another one where I was surprised by how much I ended up liking it. It's very strange, but intriguingly so. I'm especially fascinated by the dynamic between Ritsuka and Soubi (like most people who read this, I suppose), especially because it's a weird mix of - it isn't really sexual, but it's also not non-sexual? I don't know, at this point, rather than creepy I find it really, really intriguing because of that (and from what I've read so far it also doesn't really become sexual, so I can se ...more
Sadie Forsythe
Mar 17, 2012 Sadie Forsythe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is only of volume one, as I haven't read them all and I don't believe I would give latter volumes as high a rating. I'd call this shouen-ai. There isn't any sex, but there are definite sexual undertones. Poor Ritsuka is really a pitiful character, even if he does have the backbone of a much bigger/older person, and Soubi is darned sexy even if he decries any sexual appetite. The artwork is lovely, the story is engaging, and the mystery keeps you reading. I have enjoyed it so far and ...more
Sep 15, 2008 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, yaoi
i read through all of the series that was published in english (books 1-7) in one day. this series was really good though not at all what i expected when i picked it up. the authors insights into the power and use of words were interesting to say the least. i can't wait for the rest of the story.
Nov 13, 2009 lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i LOVED the art in this manga. also the main character is very lovable even though its called loveless. i believed it was a fantastic series xD
though i did find it a taaad confusing... JUST A TAD and there is sorta a yaoi thing going on so if that bugs you then i wouldnt read it cz its with a little kid and an adult so it is sooorta creepy
Samantha  Rizzuti
Jun 16, 2011 Samantha Rizzuti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
It was pretty good. Kinda confusing at the beginning; I kept thinking I had missed some pages because Ritsuka's personality seemed to be changing very quickly...but other than that it was pretty good! ^^ I'm probably going to read the next one soon.
My feelings are certainly mixed on this one. I am going to withhold on a full review until after I can find a copy of #2 to read. The story captivated me enough to want to continue, but there's an aspect that is uncomfortable for me.
General H. Sassafras
I finally got the newest Loveless manga from Japan, so I went back to the beginning.

I love this series. The whole Shota aspect isn't something I care for... but it's dark, it's depressing and aspects of it really hit close to home for me. Kouga Yun is a wonderful mangaka!
Jun 04, 2014 Bean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The loveless series is amazing. Yun Kouga is a a master at creating deep characters that develop as the story progresses.
Feb 03, 2009 narajaponesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not many manga can take you back to your high school self. This one did it in an instant. Well done.
Poeticly Correct◕‿‿◕
Very sad, dramatic, sometimes funny, cute, and confusing anime series that has a lot of yoai in it o.o
Apr 19, 2012 Mysteriousme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series soo much!! I love Ritska, and Soubi, and Yoji, and Natsu!! heehee I could totally 'fangirl spaz' all day.
Jun 27, 2008 Anke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good mystery, mixed with bits of magic-like qualities.
this book rocks. it is sort of hard to figure out if Seiemi, the elder brother is dead or not. at first it seems so, but later in the series, this changes. Soubi is one unusual character.
Jan 17, 2011 DrkReavyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Loveless. It's hard to say something about it without giving something away though.
I love Soubi.
Jul 29, 2008 Soubi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loveless is a Fantasy story that kept me hooked! I'm a big yaoi fan so this relationship between Soubi and Ritsuka is SOOO Cute!!
Chibi Fox
Mar 26, 2010 Chibi Fox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I <3 this series! Yay for Yaoi!!! *Note: do NOT read if you are uncomfortable of guy/guy relationships*
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