Author: Kuzushiro (Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san; Kimi no Tame nara Shineru)
Length: 1 Volume with 7 Chapters
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance, Violence, Yandere, Yuri
Story: 7/10 and Characters: 9/10
The story is very simple: You have two high school girls, Akkii and Shouko, who are madly in love with each other. The problem is, they have some difficulties dealing with their feelings. And by that I mean that they are absolutely crazy for each other, but they get into very violent fights exactly because of this love that they can’t deal with very well. Putting it even simpler, right here you have a story about two yandere girls being in a relationship with each other.
This is seriously like the most promising setting ever! There is nothing more to the story than the two girls getting into brutal fights each and every chapter. Be it out of jealousy, thanks to a stupid misunderstanding, or simply because they just can’t voice their love for each other any other way, 50% of what you’ll see in this manga is them fighting.
For some people, this might simply be too stupid to read, since there really is nothing more to this manga than two yandere girls being crazy (for each other). However, I see this as something really refreshing and new. As crazy and weird as this might be, it’s pure entertainment. I’ve seen yandere characters in anime, but I’ve never seen two of them being in a relationship with each other, especially not a yuri one. Well, there could have been more to the story, like a plot that goes beyond their fighting and also shows how they met, etc., but I really can’t complain. For a short yuri story, this was very satisfying. The length was also just perfect.
Having any more chapters showing them getting into fights again would have probably killed the charm, so limiting it to only one volume was definitely the right decision.
For some reason, I was put off by the the art in Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san, which was also done by the same artist. The art didn’t feel right for a lighthearted story like this, and I’ve always felt as if this kind of art style would fit a darker kind of story way better.
Even if LOVE/DEATH is still a comedy, the art suits the story way better this time, and I believe that drawing scary faces like the ones you see below is one big talent of Kuzushiro. This was simply one of the best things about this manga, setting the perfect mood for what was to follow after causing such an expression to surface.
I think I don’t need to say anything here, since this is a pure yuri manga.
Total Enjoyment: 8/10
I do believe that Kuzushiro could have done more with a setting like this, but even with this monotone storyline, this manga still felt quite refreshing, making it a welcome read between your typical lovey-dovey romance ones. I actually hope that just like Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san, this one as well might get picked up to be made into a short-anime. Wouldn’t that be great?