B.o.d.y. Vol. 1

Warning!!!! Reading this blog will lead to some spoilers!!! So beware if you wish to continue!

BODY1Summary: Everyone thinks 16-year-old Ryoko has weird taste in guys because she can’t stop drooling over Ryunosuke, the strong silent type who sits next to her in class. When she discovers he works for a host club — where women actually pay men to date them — will she finally wise up? Only one thing’s for sure in B.O.D.Y. — you can’t put a price on love!

Review: So this one is filled to brim with cliche shoujo plot devices. But there’s something about it that makes me wanting to read more and more. So the basic premises of this manga is that girl falls in love with a boy, but to her horror he works at a host club, and also happens to be one of those guys that rakes in the money.

Ryoko, was pretty much in love with him, when they go to school together. Simply because, he was a pretty dilligent student, plus, he was the strong and silent type. Because of that, her friends pretty much hated on her for liking strange guys. One day while walking home from a kareoke bar, she spots a guy who looks very similar to Ryunosuke, and at first didn’t think that they were the same person. But against all odds, it was!

Pretty much disgusted at his line of work, Ryuko decides not to like Ryunosuke no more. But because of that, Ryunosuke wants to make her his girlfriend. Personality crashes, a lot of fighting, and Ryujo still doesn’t fall for any of Ryunosuke’s tricks.  Eventually another guy comes in her life, which she thinks is the most perfect guy for her. But guess what? He only wanted to get close to her in order to meet Ryunosuke who he has a crush on. Yep, if it doesn’t sum it all, he’s gay! The end of the volume, sums up with Ryunosuke stealing Ryoko’s first kiss. In a frenzy, Ryoko storms out of Ryunosuke’s house.

Conclusion: As you can see, when I said there are a lot of plot cliches in this manga, it doesn’t really go against the story at all. In fact, it makes it kind of an interesting read. I wasn’t one bit bored of the volume at all, to my surprise. Because without all the cliches, this will just be one of those boring and forgetful reads, that you have wasted your time on. All in all, for a cliche ridden manga, it has definitely gotten my attention.

Overall Grade: C+


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