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Ai yori aoshi. Volume 3
Fumizuki, Kō.
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Publication Information:
Los Angeles, CA : Tokyopop, [2004]

Physical Description:
211 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
General Note:
First published: Tokyo, Japan : Hakusensha, Inc., 2000.

"Pages and panels read from right-to-left"--Colophon.

"True blue love"--P. [4] of cover.
Reading Level:
Older teen age 16+.
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On his way home from school one day, Kaoru Hanabishi runs into a young woman in traditional Japanese clothing. She is very lost, and he ends up helping her in her search to find someone. Having failed in their quest, the two retire to Kaoru's apartment, where they find out that he was the one she was looking for all along.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Kaoru Hanabishi is a good-hearted college student who has severed ties to his super-rich family. One day on the subway, he runs into a gorgeous, easily confused young woman in traditional kimono and sandals. She turns out to be his childhood friend Aoi Sakuraba, who has been madly in love with him for her entire life and wants nothing but to marry him, worship at his feet, cook all his favorite foods, scrub his back, warm him with her naked body when he's cold, address him as formally as possible and so on. If Fumizuki's long-running manga romance (the title translates roughly as "True Blue Love") sounds a little bit like a Stepford Wives fantasy, well, it sometimes is. But there's a catch: Aoi is from a power family, too, and they strongly disapprove of her relationship with black-sheep Kaoru. This work is in danger of being a ridiculous sex farce, and Fumizuki plays Aoi's wide-eyed passion and Kaoru's guarded affection for all the comedy it's worth. But it's actually more a comedy of manners: the formality of old-money Japan contrasted with the informality of its modern culture. And Fumizuki has a real fondness for the whole cast-if the artwork is a little on the generic-manga side, the depth of characterization fleshes out Kaoru and Aoi considerably. Be forewarned: as in the immensely popular Love, Hina, there is a lot of overly-coy nudity, and most of the jokes revolve around Aoi's generous bosom. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

At 18, the sheltered and proper Aoi Sakuraba, heir of the powerful Sakuraba Group, ran away from home to find Kaoru Hanabishi, the boy she fell in love with as a child, and announced her desire to marry him. Kaoru had become a poor college student after breaking ties with the wealthy family that raised and mistreated him. Luckily, Aoi's family eventually accepted him. As the story now unfolds, Aoi and Kaoru must avoid scandal by masquerading as landlady and tenant, under the watchful eye of Aoi's longtime tutor, Miyabi. This book features a lighter tone than its predecessor, as the members of Kaoru's photography club join the cast. With elements of both the craziness of Ken Akamatsu's Love Hina and the warmth and charm of Kosuke Fujishima's Oh My Goddess!, this will appeal to fans of either. Tokyopop rates the series for ages 16 and up; nudity is prevalent and suggestive enough that some libraries may wish to put it in the adult section. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.