Takeo Goda, the male lead for Viz Media’s My Love Story!! is quite unusual. Bishonen tend to dominate the cast of shojo manga, but Takeo’s looks are about as far from a stereotypical pretty boy as you can get. Still, he possesses tremendous appeal in this hilarious romantic comedy. I had the opportunity to take a look at Volume 4 of the series, and you can read on for the review. (For my review of other volumes, click here.)
Back cover blurb
Sunakawa’s older sister, Ai, has had a secret crush on Takeo since she was little. But Hayato Oda, someone who goes to the same collage as her, is making some aggressive romantic advances. Can Ai sever her feelings for Takeo and accept Oda’s feelings? Meanwhile, a girl other that Yamato has realized Takeo’s appeal…!
Suna’s sister Ai returns for another arc. I honestly didn’t expect to see more of her, except maybe in references to the past, but she’s back, thanks to the meddling of her classmate, Hayato Oda. Oda’s a handsome, irresponsible airhead who is in love with Ai, but she’s rejected him because of her persisting feelings for Takeo. So Oda goes to see what kind of guy has captured Ai’s heart and of course gets thrown for a loop.
But instead of backing down, he decides Ai must confess to Takeo or she’ll never get over him. So he finagles a group outing to the MM Land amusement park with the Sunakawas, Yamato, Takeo, and himself. His plan: separate Yamato and Takeo so Ai can be alone with Takeo. However, Ai is supportive as ever of Takeo/Yamato so we get layers of comedy with Yamato and Takeo frolicking in a kind of Disneyland parody with Ai and Oda fighting in the background.
Then it’s time for the Shuei High athletic meet. Sports is where Takeo shines (in his own uniquely hilarious fashion), and although Takeo (and almost everyone else) insists he’s not popular, Yamato grows increasingly anxious that another girl will steal him away. Her fears look like they’ll materialize when a cute classmate that Takeo helps in the relay race starts following him around. While the ultimate resolution feels contrived, it is funny watching Yamato’s friends help her scheme to keep her hold on Takeo’s affections.
Extras include story thus far, notes from the creators, and a bonus chapter set when Takeo and Suna are kids.
Suna might be the popular one, but Takeo is the center of a lot of female attention in Volume 4. Ai returns, along with a classmate determined to get her to confess her feelings to Takeo. Then Takeo’s character and physical prowess in the school athletic meet grab the attention of another pretty girl. While it is nice that Takeo’s not being viewed as just a big bear, I really hope the trend doesn’t lead to him acquiring a harem.
First published at The Fandom Post.