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Love★Com, Vol. 1

(Lovely★Complex #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  15,548 ratings  ·  270 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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Apr 23, 2012 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
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Story is repetitive and kinda annoying. There's like no funny parts and the drawings are just standard.

Story is about a guy and a girl who constantly bicker with each other yet have all the same interests.
Problem is that she is "gumbo-sized" meaning way too tall (5'7") (my height is 5'8" lol) and he is really short hence why they're not in love. But they get along really well as friends.
They set themselves up on a double date and their double dates end up liking each other instead of them lol
Oct 16, 2008 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
Feb 14, 2014 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.
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
Feb 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Dropping after chapter 1. I don't like the idea that there's some way to "be a woman", I don't like the art style, and I don't like the way the love interest is behaving at this part of the story. I watched the anime and I thought I might enjoy the manga, but it's not working for me.
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So wholesome and sweet. I love that this manga makes people question superficial notions like height. If someone was an absolutely perfect match for you in every way but their height would you cast them aside just because of that? I needed this hug of a manga today so dearly. The nostalgia came rushing back instantly and I was just as excited reading this nearly 15 years later.
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, romance
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 22, 2016 rated it 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.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I really enjoyed the start to this quirky series. The romance is pretty basic, but I love the "hate to love" plot that runs through it. And I'm surprised that in book one, the groundwork has already been laid for a cute little romance between our two main characters. In these slow-build romances, you usually don't see a character voicing doubts until at least 5-10 volumes in. Still, we're off to a great start, and I can't wait to see where this goes.
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.
Jul 24, 2008 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
Silvia  Gutierrez
Jan 26, 2015 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
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This rom-com between the tallest and shorted duo is wonderful to watch. Seeing them grow is worth it.
Karas Jim
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honest and natural humor and love, perfectly playing around stereotypes
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-shojo
The Following is the script I wrote for my youtube channel "Initial Thoughts on Love Com"

And today I'm doing my initial impressions of the Manga series Love Com aka Lovely Complex by Aya Nakahara. I originally read this series back in college or something, I have been meaning to reread it for the channel for a while now and it takes care of the "read a Romance manga" challenge for Manga Hoarders' reading challenge so why not. I'm trying out a new style for my videos so here's the spoiler-free wh
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Welcome to the third installment of "Ale Reviews Manga"! (Yeah, I'm not exactly sure how long this series is actually going to last...)

Love★Com, short for "Lovely Complex", is a cute and light high school rom-com about a girl who is "tol" and a boy who is "smol". Both suffer from inferioity complexes due to their personal struggles with their own respective height. Besides their height difference, they have a lot in common, something they continously try to deny though it is obvious to everyone
Theresa ♫
Oct 30, 2011 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.
Dec 24, 2012 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
nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)
Mar 23, 2014 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
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.
K. B ଘ(੭ˊᵕˋ)੭* ੈ✩‧₊˚
This is something new that I've read. A short guy and a tall girl's love story. It's filled with comedy. That's what I like the most. Love and comedy should always go together. Small-fry and Giantess!! Haha! So funny and cool! I love the art, its different than the ones I've seen before. Characters are also very interesting ones.
Feb 27, 2011 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.
Ayah Gamil
Sep 09, 2014 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!!!
Mawia .
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this story i saw the anime more then 5 times,I just love Lovely complex, and i'm dying now because reading Lovely complex looks like a dream come true
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
...a short guy, a tall girl, height complexes and funny dialogues. Loved it. Already ordered the next book in the series.
Usagi Tsukino
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, shoujo
This review is for the Italian edition.
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Completely different from the usual Shojo Manga out there, unique.
I did not want to add all 17 volumes right now, because I felt like that would somehow be unfair to my year's book challenge (I read A LOT of manga, but typically I don't update it). So I'll just sum up the whole manga here.

It was quirky, and they (Koizumi and Otani) are both idiotic. They are a great couple once it happens, and not mushy. It's been a long time since a romance shoujo manga has hooked me, and this one grabbed my attention such that I finished it at 1:45 AM today, and I have been
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I made an offhand remark that the dynamic in this is very similar to Kageyama and Hinata in Haikyuu and I stand by that. This is a cute series, and I absolutely love the relationship developing between the characters, it's very nuanced and you can tell there's a lot more there than first meets the eye with how volatile they are. It starts to delve into body image issues and the way others perceive and project onto an individual, and I think it's so great reading about a relationship where the gi ...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 Love★Com) 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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Other books in the series

Lovely★Complex (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • Love★Com, Vol. 3
  • Love★Com, Vol. 4
  • Love★Com, Vol. 5
  • Love★Com, Vol. 6
  • Love★Com, Vol. 7
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