Sunday, September 9, 2012

Manga Review: Ai Ore!, Vol. 6: Love Me! [Paperback]

I've finished "Ai Ore! Vol. 6" by Mayu Shinjo.

Product Description

Reads R to L (Japanese Style) T+ audience.

Mizuki is the female “prince” of her all-girls school and the lead guitarist in an all-girl rock band. Akira is the male “princess” of his all-boys school and wants to join her band. Love may be on his mind, but romance is difficult when everyone keeps mistaking Mizuki for a boy and Akira for a girl!

The members of Blaue Rosen and Akira’s schoolmates have found themselves at the same beachside resort for summer vacation. Akira wants some alone time with Mizuki, but will he ever be able to shake off Ran and Rui?

About the Author

Mayu Shinjo was born on January 26. She is a prolific writer of shojo manga, including the series Sensual Phrase. Her current series include Ai-Ore! and Ayakashi Koi Emaki. Her hobbies are cars, shopping and taking baths. Shinjo likes The Prodigy, Nirvana, U2, and Glay.

Product Details
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (August 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 142153875X
ISBN-13: 978-1421538754

My Review:

This volume opens with Akira arriving with Banbi, Ran and Rui where Mizuki and the girls are vacationing at.  Mizuki is very surprised, stunned and shocked because she didn't expect Akira to be there.  She brought a skimpy bikini which she doesn't want Akira to see her in.

Akira has a match with one of Mizuki's friends and he loses.  She makes him strip and people are taking pics of him.  Banbi saves him by taking off his shirt and then all the girls start owww and awwing over him.  He starts posing and Mizuki and the girls are surprised that he has a nice body.  The girls make Ran and Rui strip too and they are fascinated by Ran's bod too.

Akira's friend Ran forces Akira to cross dress on the beach which makes him self-conscious.  The girls think he looks cute in his swimsuit.  Mizuki is gets distracted by Akira's outfit she forgets she is wearing a skimpy outfit herself.  Ran and Rui are checking out Mizuki and they comment on her bod.  Ran is determined to make Mizuki his.

Akira manages to get Mizuki alone and he asks her to meet him at the hotel he is working part-time tomorrow night.  He gives her a ticket to book a room and she is hesitant but he insists.  Then everyone has fun on the beach and then they go their rooms to get changed.  Rui barbeques for everyone and it's delicious but he only had a few things to eat and is starving.

Mizuki is in her room when she realizes the pendent that Akira gave her for Christmas is missing.  She rushes out of the room and tells her friends to let Akira know that she went ahead to run an errand.  She runs by Ran and Akira to the beach and starts looking around.  Then we see everyone in their rooms and Ran overhears a report on the radio that there is going to be downpour.

Mizuki is still looking for the pendant when Ran arrives and helps her.  He finds her pendant and they are on their way back when they notice the path is flooded.  They head to the hotel and end up with the room left a one bedroom with one bed.  Ran's seductive moves aren't working on Mizuki and she finally tells him he has eyes like a "dead sardine". Mizuki falls asleep and starts dreaming of Akira.  She is smiling and laughing and Ran kisses her.  She kisses him back thinking that he is Akira.

Meanwhile Akira is having jealous thoughts that Ran would be trying to seduce Mizuki.  He leaves and Rui catches up to him and slaps him one to wake him up.  Rui apologizes but mentions that Akira is a cute girl and Akira belts him one.  We see Rui smiling in the background.

The next day Mizuki and Ran arrive back to the cabin where everyone is relieved to see them.  Ran admits to Rui that he kissed Mizuki when she was sleeping.  Now he is conspiracy with him.

Mizuki decides to stay with Akira overnight at the hotel but the concierge tells them all the rooms are booked for that night.

We also see Akira being followed by a man who wants him to audition in a singing competition.  The company seem to like him and decide to debut him as a girl and then later reveal he is actually a boy.  Akira agrees if they allow him one thing.

Meanwhile Muziki gets a phone call from her best friend who left the group and will be in town.  Muzuki is very happy and she tells everyone.  Then her friend arrives and they start singing and Akira joins in.  Then the scouting agent arrives and tells Akira the managers have granted his wish.  Mizuki asks Akira what does that mean?

Then the volume ends!


Manga in series:

1.  Ai Ore! Vol. 1
2.  Ai Ore! Vol. 2
3.  Ai Ore! Vol. 3
4.  Ai Ore! Vol. 4
5.  Ai Ore! Vol. 5
6.  Ai Ore! Vol. 6
7.  Ai Ore! Vol. 7 - November 6, 2012
8.  Ai Ore! Vol. 8 - February 5, 2013

Thanks Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

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