Manga Review

Love Vibes

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Author: Erica Sakurazawa
Publisher: Shueisha
First Published: September 19, 1996
Genres: Josei, Yuri
Pages: 194
Format: Webpage
Source: Read Online

one-star
Synopsis:

Shouji has a girlfriend but is seeing Mako on the side. Unable to continue pretending she feels less for him than she does, she breaks it off with him. Shortly before that happens, Mako is hit on by Mika, who tells Mako that she's interested in both men and women. Mika wants to pursue a relationship with Mako, but is Mako's relationship with Shouji really over?


My Thoughts

Cheating is disgusting, whether it be emotional or physical, it is the undoing of a relationship because it destroys the trust that relationships are built upon. I know that there is some debate on this, but I’m of the camp that fully believes that both the person cheating and the person they’re cheating with (that are aware that they’re the side piece) are equally unforgivable.

With that in mind, it’s been documented that cheating is an issue in the gay and lesbian communities. This is clearly illustrated in Love Vibes, which is filled to the brim with cheaters. From the very first panel, Mako is a side chick and knows full well that she is. She ends up meeting Mika, a queer girl that prefers women but doesn’t label herself as a lesbian or bisexual.

“To me, it’s more about doing what makes me feel good than about being with a person of a certain gender.”

Mika is troublesome right from the start, going all-in for the clearly straight Mako under the guise of friendship, then guilts her for not recognizing her feelings. Mako finds herself stuck in the tug o war between her ex-flame and Mika, the whole affair was nothing short of frustrating to read. The romances never felt genuine for any character, and all seemed to be so capricious with their feelings and their actions. Characters go from professing love to cheating back to being together in just a few pages, and nothing really ever comes of it. This one really just wasn’t for me.


Warnings: sex


About Erica Sakurazawa

Erica Sakurazawa is a Japanese manga author whose works are mostly published in josei magazines. She has some works published in the adult manga magazine Manga Burikko.

Jamie

I’m a Filipino American blogger, historian, and lazy writer. I enjoy books, video games, anime/manga, and smoking hookah.

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