Manga Review: My Love Story!! Volume Eight

My Love Story!! Volume 8 focuses Takeo Goda, a large high school boy who believed he would never have a girlfriend. Now he’s going out with Rinko Yamato, and the series primarily focuses on their relationship.

My Love Story!! Volume 8
Written by: Kazune Kawahara
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Volume 8 begins with Takeo encountering Rinko’s father for the first time when he carries Rinko home after she injures her foot. This leads to Takeo being invited over to Rinko’s house to meet her family. This is a plot point that needed to eventually happen, and this seems to be the right time to introduce it, since at this point in the story, Takeo and Rinko have been going out for a year. As a reader who’s been following this series from the beginning, it was just as nice for us to meet Rinko’s family as it was for Takeo. This storyline was handled well, by including the nervousness that Takeo feels and combining it with the light-hearted humor that this series is known for.

The majority of My Love Story!! Volume 8 actually focuses on Makoto’s older sister, Ai, who’s had a crush on Takeo. At college, she’s being pursued by her classmate Oda, and she keeps turning him down. But in this volume, Ai seems to be starting to accept the idea that nothing can ever happen between her and Takeo, but yet she’s not sure she can give Oda a chance. When Ai comes home from Golden Week, Oda crashes with Takeo in order to be near Ai. After a bit of drama, this particular storyline seems to basically be resolved. And with the way this particular arc ends, it gives the impression that a potential obstacle for Takeo and Rinko’s relationship has been removed. And honestly, I’m glad about that. Maybe it’s just me, but I thought Ai’s interest in Takeo bordered a little on the creepy side. Yes, Oda may not much better, since he was stalking Ai so much, but at least he’s much closer to Ai’s age.

However, with the resolution of that storyline, a new potential obstacle is introduced. Rinko has always enjoyed making sweets, and when a part-time position opens at a cake shop that she really likes, she applies for and gets the job. But there’s a highly respected male chef who works there, and he misinterprets Rinko’s interests in his sweets for interest in him. This storyline is just getting started when Volume 8 ends, so I think it’s very safe to say that this new arc will continue in Volume 9.

Fans of the series will not want to miss out on My Love Story!! Volume 8, because this is their opportunity to finally see Rinko’s family and what type of environment Rinko comes from. Also, readers won’t want to miss out on the resolution of the arc about Ai and her interest in Takeo. This volume is an enjoyable read that helps to progress the overarching story.

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