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Ai Ore! Love Me! Vol. 1 (Ai Ore! Love Me! / 愛を歌うより俺に溺れろ! #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  911 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Reads R to L (Japanese Style) T+ audience. Mizuki is the female “prince” of her all-girls school and the lead guitarist in an all-girl rock band. Akira is the male “princess” of his all-boys school and wants to join her band. Love may be on his mind, but romance is difficult when everyone keeps mistaking Mizuki for a boy and Akira for a girl!

When the lead singer of Blaue R
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by VIZ Media LLC (first published May 26th 2008)
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Jun 11, 2011 Alienne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Want the gist of my review in three words? Ew. Skip it.

Ai Ore starts out mediocrely; not good but not all that awful. But after the first chapter or so, it just collapses into cliched and, more importantly, disgusting. My first and most subjective complaint is the art. It’s just ugly. The art alone almost made me drop it four pages in. I wish I had. It’s almost a parody, how angular it all is. The male looking characters look like they have triangles for heads, slits for eyes, and got their clo
Jessie Potts
Jul 27, 2011 Jessie Potts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
I bought this manga on a whim, the back blurb sounded interesting and I was sad after hearing that TokyoPop was closing its USA Office. All I can say is WOW...was not expecting what came out of this manga at all; the back cover doesn't do it justice and doesn't actually tell what the story is about. Add to the fact that this manga is quite bigger than typical size and it was a fantastic buy.

First I must say that this does major gender bending as well as challenge the ideas of what a girl and bo
Just like in everything else, within the medium of manga, you will find exceptional storytelling and you will also find trash. Sadly for me, Ai Ore! falls into the trash category. I really should have known better because before I try most any series, I will meticulously review both the story (what reviews is it getting from sources I trust?) and the mangaka (what else has this author written?). If I had done either of these things, this would have been a no-brainer. But, as I mentioned in anoth ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Chrissie rated it did not like it
Absolutely disgusting. Selfish, dramatic characters with a rudimentary plot focused entirely on the shock value of putting the characters in sexual situations. a plot point even suggests that rape should be used as a punishment. Which is so morbid I can't even think properly.
Mar 11, 2011 Chocobox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shoujo-manga
I got curious about this after hearing about Shinjo Mayu's fight with Shougakukan (how they wanted her to just crank out Kaikan Phrase clones, until she got sick of it and left them for Asuka), and looked up some reviews on Amazon, where I read that you didn't need to read the original Shougakukan series (Ai wo Utau Yori Ore ni Oboreru), so I went ahead and ordered the first volume of AiOre. And, indeed, I didn't feel lost at all starting there (okay, it did take me a minute to realize that all ...more
Nov 23, 2011 Trish rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not that I have much knowledge or experience with manga, but I think I picked this one up based off of a short summary and recommendation I read online. I was curious about the gender play which is what initially intrigued me... but that's about all I could appreciate from this manga. Everything else is pretty stereotypical in terms of gender and heterosexual relationships, and then all the forcefulness and not to mention rape at the end was pretty awful. The idea of gender play that I thought w ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it
Mizuki is referred to as the Prince of her all-girls school, which sits right next to the much more poor all-boys school. What adds even more sparkle to her spotlight is that Mizuk is the lead guitarist for the band Blaue Rosen, a band that her and her best friend had made together. But now that her best friend is leaving for New York, the band will have to find a new lead singer! If only Mizuki would give in...
Next door, at the much poorer all-boys school, Akira is called the Princess of his sc
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Mizuki is the female “prince” of her all-girls school and the lead guitarist in an all-girl rock band. Akira is the male “princess” of his all-boys school and wants to join her band. Love may be on his mind, but romance is difficult when everyone keeps mistaking Mizuki for a boy and Akira for a girl!

When the lead singer of Blaue Rosen announces she is moving overseas, Akira does all he can to convince Mizuki and her bandmates to let him join. But will a resistant Mizuki allow him into h
Feb 01, 2015 Kerr rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, online

This is a series review of books 1, 2 & 3

Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book Blog

I didn't have this full description when I started to read it, I thought it was a band and that they were guys and no one knew Mizuki was a girl, I didn't realise it was a whole girlband and that they were all dressing like boys. Though I knew there was an attraction to boys looking like girls (in all boys schools), I didnt realise there was one for girls looking like boys in all girl sch
Feb 14, 2014 Jennette rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this series , I read volume one through seven and I cant get to get eight when I get money, not only is it super cute , its kinda hot , it seems like yaoi , because the girl looks like a guy and the guy looks like a girl , I absolutely recommend it .
May 17, 2015 Karine rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
This volume left me cut between two different emotions. On the whole I found the style of art to be fun, the aspects of gender fun when explored, and the added bit of sex talk to be a bit more accurate for a couple of 16-year-olds than traditional shoujo. However what actually legitimately shocked me was the end of this volume. I will state this now while trying not to spoil anything: there is a definite trigger warning for rape in this volume. Which is pretty heavy going for the first volume of ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Miss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So it turns out I can handle constant damselification or a completely improbable plot with no relation to reality but asking me to take both at once is too much. 1.5 stars
May 24, 2014 Hikaoru rated it it was ok
i doubt that i'm going to continue this.
there's so many scenes that makes me mad.
its intriguing, i can give it that.
however, i dislike the heroine and her school, including the students.
the blurb about the book implied about it being a story of gender bending idiots.
sadly, its shounen ai drama.
i like shounen ai.. but the existence of the heroine makes it annoying 'cause it won't be one.
if its a shoujo, i was more hoping for a cute story.

if my curiosity wins out, i might pick this up again. the n
Karen Chong
Feb 16, 2013 Karen Chong rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, shojo
Was trying something different. Found it to be kind of silly.
Dec 02, 2015 Shadowjac rated it did not like it
Shelves: shojo
This book is awful simply awful, so awful in fact I only skimmed the last 20 pages first off I love genderbend books like Your and My Secret: Volume 1 and After School Nightmare, Volume 1. But this book is the worst. As one reviewer said the art is so bad it looks like a satire of shojo manga. My huge beef with book is the rape or attempted rape honestly when I'm just skimming the end it's hard to tell, I do know earlier in the book that the main girl got her shirt torn
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Το πρώτο τεύχος των 6 κεφαλαίων, μιλάει για την σχέση των Akira και Mizuki η οποία και προκαλεί ποικίλες αντιδράσεις. Εκείνη, όταν πρότυπο του σχολείου της κι εκείνος, όντας αγαπητός αλλά μαθητής σε ένα σχολείο που αποτελεί παράδειγμα προς αποφυγήν, δεν είναι δυνατόν να είναι μαζί, όχι χωρίς να προκαλέσουν σχόλια. Η Mizuki προσπαθεί να διατηρήσει αποστάσεις αλλά ο Akira είναι αποφασισμένος να την κάνει να καταλάβει πως τίποτα δεν μπορεί να τους κρατήσει χώρια. Βέβαια, κάπου εκεί εμφανίζεται η υπ ...more

I was browsing the graphic novels and manga at the library and figured I would just pick up a few first volumes to see if anything new would reel me in. Weirdly enough almost everything I looked at was gender-bending. Ai Ore was one of those. Even more bizarre is the fact that the girl (who looks like a boy) in Ai Ore is named Mizuki… just like Hana-Kimi’s heroine. They’re very different characters though, so I should be able to keep them se
I absolutely love Shinjou Mayu's work, especially Sensual Phrase. When I realized this was by her, I hunkered down into a big comfy armchair expecting to have my mind blown.

It wasn't blown. Before I start having people object to my review, let me explain my stance.

The artwork in this was amazingly beautiful, just as you'd expect something by SM to be. She very lovingly illustrates her books, bringing the characters to life & helping to draw you into them. In this aspect the book was absolute
Judy (Geeky Reading)
Oct 07, 2012 Judy (Geeky Reading) rated it liked it
Shelves: own, manga
[Also available at my blog.]

I haven’t read anything else by Shinjo that I remember all that clearly; I think I read the first volume of Sensual Phrase several years ago, and I think I’ve glimpsed through another of her series. I never really had enough interest to invest in any of her manga, though. Mostly, they seemed dramatic and clichéd, but not something that I really wouldn't like, but I never got around to actually reading any of it. With VIZ releasing this recently, I decided to giv
Diana Dang
Jul 22, 2011 Diana Dang rated it did not like it
Mizuki's boyish features have her as the prince at her all-girls school. She rocks the stage with her all-female band called Blaue Rosen. Akira is considered the princess of his all-boys school next door because of his feminine frame. Akira wants to join Mizuki's band when their singer moved away. Mizuki was against it as first but finally gave in. What is in hold for these two??

This took me quite awhile to get into. In the beginning, I was really annoyed by the fact that the girl looks like a g
Jun 06, 2015 Jordan rated it it was ok
I have conflicted thoughts toward this...

FIRST THINGS FIRST: The short one is the boy. The tan haired one is the girl. There are a lot of awkward gender themes, even though it's not yaoi or yuri or anything. If it bothers you, no more further reading is neccessary ^^

Alright, art is wonderful, assuming you like the style, which is pretty typical of a shojo. They are relatively attractive characters, and obviously a bit... switched around. For instance, I admit that Mizuki wasn't too bad looking.
Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
Aug 30, 2013 Skye (Skye's Scribblings) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of Black Bird
Interesting twist - girl who looks like a boy, boy who looks like a girl. Definitely made for confusing romantic scenes (I had to CONSTANTLY remind myself Mizuki was a girl). Always thought this was Yaoi - imagine my surprise, although it certainly still looked and felt like it.

Loved the concept, but it was too sexual for my tastes - most definitely on the Mature side of Older Teen. Akira was way too forceful, and I never quite pinned down his character - he was gentle one minute and a beast th
Aug 07, 2011 Mazohyst rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, owned, teens, otafest
I haven't read a genderbender in a while. Even though I read the summary, clearly saying that this was a genderbender, the first few pages caught me in a surprise.

Ai Ore! consists of an all girl band who looks likes guys, and a guy who looks like a girl and wants to be in the band, and at the same time is in love with one of the members of band. Read this over and over again until you are completely familiar with it.

Genderbending aside... Actually, I'm not done with that. Throughout the whole vo
Oct 08, 2015 Jordan rated it it was amazing
This was one of the first mangas that I have ever bought. I loved this the first time I read it and still love it. I love the story line and and the character designs. The mix of personalities is great and I love how it captures what it is like to be unique. I can relate to the characters and that's what I like about reading manga. You're able to get a sense of what the life of the characters would be like. I can't wait to read the next book. ^-^
Mar 22, 2016 Sammie rated it it was amazing
Omg this book was so good, it has cross dressing and music and humor, its really funny :)

I so love Mizuki ,i can totally relate to her, she has a hard time expressing her feelings.

omg Akira is so funny, at first you think he's just some harmless guy but then he turns out to be a man with a mission ,and that's to become Mizuki's boyfriend :) he goes about is a crazy insane way but it is so funny :)

Can't wait for the next book :)
Feliza Casano
I was really enjoying this manga - it's very funny and an entertaining romantic read - until I reached the end of the volume. It seems light and like a typical romance at first, but it gets a bit more disturbing towards the end, to the point that despite how much I enjoyed the series so far, I'm not sure if I want to continue reading this series.
Loveliest Evaris
2.5 .. I love the female group Blaue Rosen; the 'gender bender' REALLY confused me at first, but I got used to it.. sort of ...

I hate Akira.. I hate him.. I don't like short boys going after tall girls, it's just not my thing. And the bipolarish switching from an adorable moe character to 'a man' wasn't very convincing. It seemed so out of character every single time. He doesn't even look like the kind of character that would be 'a man' around girls...

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Aug 09, 2012 Princess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls and boys who love romance and cuteness
Recommended to Princess by: I was actually looking for another manga from this author but it wasn't there,Ai Ore! came up
Oh man,this is sooooooooo cute and romantic.the characters are soooooooo cute,escepially akair and mizuki.First i thought akair was a girl, seriesley he looks really like a girl.I love the part when he gets so manley (its hot).Mayu Shinja, you rock.

Okay the story is like this,Akair is the male ''princess'' of his all- boys high school and Mizuki is the female ''prince'' of her all-girls high school.Akair looks like a cute little girl, but he is a male and Mizuki looks like a handsome boy,she act
Feb 05, 2014 Vanessa rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
What a way for the ending to destroy a good manga. The ending is the reason why I give it two stars instead of four, which is what I was intending all along. I'm not sure if I'll continue with this series after that awful ending. It just left a bad taste in my mouth.
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Mayu Shinjo debuted in 1994 in Shogakukan's Shōjo Comic with "Anata no Iro ni Somaritai". She continued writing for Shogakukan until 2007, with her works appearing in both Shōjo Comic and their other magazine Cheese!. She left the company to go freelance citing a dispute over working conditions and abusive treatment by her editor.
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