Friday, May 20, 2016

Manga Review: First Love Monster Vol. 4


I've finished "First Love Monster Vol. 4" by Akira Hiyoshimaru.

Product Description

Though Kaho and Kanade break up due to Kanade's own immaturity, the fifth grader soon realizes just how precious Kaho is to him. Which leads to the completely mature actions of chasing her home, serenading her with piano-accompanied love songs, and even making an emergency marriage proposal! Surely the age gap between the two means marriage is impossible -- but Kaho and Kanade tentatively exchange vows!  Meanwhile, it seems like a new threat is waiting to test the young couple's relationship -- and that busty high school girl and devilish college student are at the center of it!

About the Author

Akira Hiyoshimaru is the creator behind the manga series First Love Monster.

Product Details
Series: First Love Monster (Book 4)
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Yen Press (April 26, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316314889
ISBN-13: 978-0316314886

My Review:

Kanade has broken up with Kaho but he realizes he can't live without her so he follows her home with the help of college student Taga who drives him.

He serenades her with love songs accompanied with pianos and propositions her with a marriage proposal.  The tentatively exchange vows even though Taga informs them they are both too young to marry and he could find a better woman.

Taga also accidentally catches Kaho in her underwear after Kanade leaves her door open which embarrasses her and makes her cry.  I felt for her in this scene because she is doubting that Kanade sees her as a woman (he's only 10 yrs old and I would be worried if he was noticing her in underwear) and especially when Taga saw her because that is embarrassing since he's in college and he makes fun of her or torments her!

He seems to love to taunt/torment her which he does in a few scenes later in the manga when he comments on her body that it's not too hard to mistake her brother for her since she was so flat he couldn't tell if she was a man or woman and that her body has no significant value.

At the end of the manga Taga also catches her reading Kanade's diary and calls her scum of the earth for reading it.  She informs him she knows she is and the reason she did it was because she loved Kanade.  Taga calls her annoying and steals a kiss to make her stop talking and to torment her at the same time.

Taga happens to be my favorite character even though he loves to torture/torment Kaho which makes me really think he has the hots for her but won't admit it!  This reminds me of the manhwa "Chocolat" and "Very Very Sweet" both by JiSang Shin.


Thanks Hachette Book Canada/Yen Press for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

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