My Love Combine-Up! Vol. 1 opens with the road, “This is a slightly silly love story about some good, eager high-school kids.” That is an correct description of what follows, however it’s Viz Media’s content material disclaimer on the second-to-last web page that could be a fair stronger indicator of what this sequence is like. Whereas Viz Media’s parental advisory warnings often point out intercourse, violence or different kinds of “mature” content material, the caption after the advice for teenagers aged 13 and up right here merely states: “No cinnamon rolls were harmed in the making of this manga.”
This tells readers quite a bit; each that the characters within the story are “cinnamon rolls” and that this story is supposed for individuals who already use the phrase “cinnamon roll” to explain their favourite characters who’re “too good for this world, too pure.” That is an correct evaluation of My Love Combine-Up!‘s three leads, Aoki, Ida and Hashimoto, in addition to the overall tone of the sequence. My Love Combine-Up! is pure shojo romance fluff; nothing in its first quantity stands out as problematic in any means that might shut down the healthful feels delivered by first-time manga writer Wataru Hinekure and artist Aruko.
The story begins off as a love triangle with a queer-inclusive twist, virtually like a shojo equal of the groundbreaking shonen romance Blue Flag. Aoki is in love with Hashimoto, the woman who sits subsequent to him at school, however when he borrows Ida’s eraser, he notices she’s written Ida’s identify on it and assumes she’s into him. Ida sees Aoki with the eraser and assumes it is Aoki who’s into him — and it rapidly turns into clear that Aoki is into Ida. How does Aoki really feel about all this, and can there be additional mix-ups that make this entire scenario extra sophisticated?
Aruko is the artist behind the equally healthful shojo romance My Love Story!! Sadly, the assessment copy’s decreased visible high quality makes it tougher to pretty decide the artwork (Viz’s public preview pages have way more vibrant strains and detailed shading than the assessment copy). Nonetheless, two issues we are able to say in regards to the artwork are that it is way more targeted on characters than backgrounds, which are sometimes nonexistent, and that Aruko continues to attract nice hilarious facial expressions.
Boys love followers will discover quite a bit to get pleasure from about My Love Combine-Up! Nonetheless, it is noteworthy that the sequence has not been marketed as BL however fairly as mainstream shojo. A sequence with homosexual and bi lead characters getting this remedy is certainly a constructive factor, and the manga as a complete is brimming with positivity — a top quality that makes it stand out. It isn’t probably the most unique manga on the planet — the Cinderella play scene will possible get shojo followers occupied with how Fruits Basket dealt with an analogous state of affairs way more memorably. It’s, nonetheless, inclusive and high-quality feel-good fluff, and typically, that is all you really want.
My Love Combine-Up! is now on sale from Viz Media.