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Ai Yori Aoshi Volume 2: v. 2 (Ai yori aoshi #2)
by Kou Fumizuki
When the beautiful Aoi steps into Kaoru's life, to renew their engagement, he must return to the family that he ran away from, and he's not prepared to do that. Then the Japanese-raised American, Tina, tests the limits of Kaoru's gentlemanly restraint with her open flirtation.
Paperback Manga, 208 pages
Published March 9th 2004 by TokyoPop
(first published 1999)
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Not bad. While I generally like this series, I'm not sure if I will continue with it or not. On the one hand, the characters are fun, the artwork and storytelling are fairly well-handled -- Fumizuki has a knack for drawing lovely young women. On the other hand, the story is clichéd. This series fits squarely into the harem genre -- a handful of beautiful women all throwing themselves at a quiet and shy young man. There are dozens of examples in anime and manga, Tenchi Muyo and Love Hina being so ...more
Apr 14, 2012 Peter rated it 4 of 5 stars
Where the first volume was an adorable love story, the second volume remains such. However, the volume also introduces the classic Japanese "unwanted harem" trope, which I found completely obnoxious and overdone. Fumizuki did an incredible job working around this, and making the love story come out on top, but the trope takes it into relatively formulaic, episodic chapters. I'd give it three and a half stars due to the detractions.
Kou Fumizuki (文月 晃 Fumizuki Kō?, born 8 March in Fukuoka Prefecture) is a Japanese manga artist. Fumizuki's most famous work to date is Ai Yori Aoshi, a 17-volume work which has been turned into an anime series. His current work is Umi no Misaki, serialized in Young Animal Magazine starting in the fifth issue of 2007. Both of these seinen manga series are harem-type romance comedies in which a ...moreMore about Kou Fumizuki...