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Absolute Boyfriend: v. 1 - Yuu Watase
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Absolute Boyfriend: v. 1 - Yuu Watase
Date: 28/09/11, updated on 28/09/11 (17 review reads)
Advantages: Funny, romantic, good character development
Disadvantages: A little bit similar and samey to other manga of the genre, aimed more at females
"Shojo Beat is a shojo (girls) manga magazine formerly published in North America by Viz Media. Released in June 2005 as a sister magazine to Shonen Jump, it featured serialized chapters from six manga series, as well as articles on Japanese culture, manga, anime, fashion and beauty. After its initial launch, Shojo Beat underwent two redesigns, becoming the first English anthology to use the cyan and magenta ink tones common to Japanese manga anthologies. Viz launched related "Shojo Beat" imprints in its manga, Japanese light novel, and anime divisions to coordinate with the magazine's contents."
Yuu Watese is a female manga artist born in Japan in 1970 well known for the popular series Fushigi Yugi and Alice 19th; she is one of the most popular girl's manga artists around today.
After being crushed by yet another rejection Riiko Izawa confides in a weird cosplaying handsome young man who can promise her an absolute boyfriend in return for her recovering his mobile phone. Much to her shock days later a fully naked unconscious young man falls out of a crate delivered to her home with an instruction booklet. It's just lucky her parents are on a long holiday as once this sleeping beauty awakes he has nothing but love making on his mind.
Riiko Izawa-A 16 year old high school girl who is obsessed with increasing the size of her bust and obtaining a boyfriend. After being rejected by boys her own age in school numerous times she takes a chance on a mail order boyfriend through details obtained from a mysterious young man who she returns a lost phone too. Little does she know that this mail order boyfriend is really a prototype sex toy for bored housewives and can cost almost 1 million dollars which needs to be paid up in instalments otherwise an immediate return may result, unlike chobits this hunk is a pricey find.
Night Tenjo- Age 0. After being activated al he wishes to do is to protect and love Riiko as he has been programmed today but he soon goes above and beyond this duty as he has super human strength and is an awesome cook to boot. He is also tall blond and handsome, what more could you want in a man?
Soshi Asamoto-Age 16 Riiko's childhood friend for years, he is her next door neighbour and also pretty darn handsome, tall, dark hair, glasses and even has a job while able to maintain good grades in school. It is very apparent from the first volume that he has secret feelings about Riiko which she is totally oblivious to.
Ishizeki-Age 16 and living with Soshi , he was the last boy to reject Riiko before she received Night. I have to say although he is handsome he is also an arrogant jerk who strings girls along and talks about them behind their back so Riiko probably had a lucky escape.
Kronos Heaven sales man- A weird, mysterious, seemingly cosplaying, dark and handsome young man responsible for distributing Night and similar items, he disappears as soon as he arrives.
Act1: The Lover Shop-Riiko gets rejected for the last time, finds a phone owned by a Kronos sales man and purchases a mail order boyfriend with all the features.
Act2: Three-Day Boyfriend- Riiko has the naked unconscious Night fall on top of her as she opens the package from Kronos. Riiko tries to hide him from the neighbours and get on with daily life when she comes cross Ishizeki whom insults her in front of a group of his friends. Somehow Night feels what Riiko feels even when miles away and punches Ishizeki's lights out and takes Riiko home. It seems Rikko is becoming the object of many a man's attention however as after hearing what has happened Soshi also gives Ishizeki a wallop.
Act3: The purchase-Riiko and Night have a full day together and she realises she will miss him when her free 3 day trial expires. She is half considering keeping him when the Kronos sales man returns to inform her that he will cost 1 million dollars.
Act4: The Milion-Dollar Man- Riiko must pay 300 dollars to the Kronos Company within one week otherwise Night will be taken away. Riiko and Night get involved in a seedy underground cosplay strippers club.
Act5: Dinner- Soshi gets up the courage to invite Riiko round for a dinner date and it makes us think did Rikko order a mail order boyfriend too hastily as her heart starts beating quickly and feelings seem to be mutual.
Act6: Let's Go To School!-Kronos end up taking pity on Rikko and instead of paying for him she must teach Night how to become human and show emotion to improve the range for other customers. This involves Night going to school with her and much jealousy and suspicion by other class members ensuing. So we have to ask where her parents are when all this is happening.
The storyline is a little like Chobits by Clamp except with a little gender reversal and it does have aspects of art and character development like Yuu Watase's previous work though more modern ideas such as internet purchasing and mobile phones.
The first Volume has an artists profile, manga advertisments and a preview of a full length novel called Kamikaze Girls which isn't bad considering the manga is only £5.99 at retail value.
Summary: A good starter Shojo for older female teens
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