B.O.D.Y. vol. 2

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BODY2Summary: Everyone thinks 16-year-0ld 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: In this volume, we see some relationship development. Ryoko and Ryunosuke are finally going out, but Ryoko is always worrying about the girls that see him during work. To reassure their relationship, Ryunosuke tells her he’s quiting his job. Much to their surprise, his boss was never around for him to quit. Ryoko then decides to help out.

She meets a surprisingly young boss, and he quickly tells her that he’s never going to let Ryunosuke go because he makes so much money for the business. He then challenged her, if you make the same amount of money that he does during a month, he will let Ryunosuke go. I don’t know if Ryoko is dumb or what, because she agreed to the challenge. 

Ryoko is then thrown into the world of hosting. Transformed into a “Night Girl” (I don’t know what to call them. lol) she catches the attention of a rich man who’s a regular at the club. He then pays for her to spend the night with him. Ryoko refused and caused a scene. She leaves the car, and started crying. To the dismay of the client, the boss cancels the arrangements and follows Ryoko into the streets. He then comforts her, and tells her not to cry. Out of nowhere, Ryunosuke appears, and demands to know what’s going on. 

Okay, I saw that last scene happening. I suspected from the beginning of this volume, that the boss will become the third wheel in their relationship, and that a love triangle will definitely form. I know I’m jumping guns but, seriously, this wouldn’t be a shoujo manga, if there was no love tension happening. At first, I thought the boss might have been the bad guy, but as the volume approaches the end, he’s actually a pretty nice guy. He didn’t force Ryoko to sleep with that customer, and I respect him for that.

Conclusion: B.O.D.Y. is becoming a better read. Even though the story is filled with a lot of cliches, I still find myself being pulled into this story. I was very happy with some development between the two main characters. The Boss, who was introduced in this volume, seems to be a great rival for Ryunosuke. I have the next volume in my to read pile, so I’m definitely looking forward to the next volume.

Overall Grade: C+

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+