Kaiju Girl Caramelise, Volume 1 by Spica Aoki

Posted December 14, 2022 by Silvia in Manga & Graphic Novels / 16 Comments

Kaiju Girl Caramelise, Volume 1 by Spica AokiSeries: Kaiju Girl Caramelise #1
Published by Yen Press on June 25, 2019
Demographic: Shōjo
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Supernatural
Source: Purchased
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Suffering from a rare, incurable illness that causes frightening changes to her body whenever she gets worked up, loner Kuroe Akaishi spends her high school days avoiding her classmates, especially class idol, Arata Minami, and his groupies. But when Arata starts making her heart skip a beat with irritating regularity, Kuroe soon discovers that her illness actually has a big—make that MONSTER—secret! Romance turns her into Love-zilla . . . literally!

Published in a seinen magazine but written and illustrated as a shōjo manga, Kaiju Girl Caramelise doesn’t fail to attract anyone with a passion for kaiju—monsters, like Godzilla—and a love for very cute art that simply stands out!

I fell in love the moment my eyes landed on the cover, and then my emotions took over when I started turning the pages . . . This manga is not only lovely, it is funny but also heartfelt, especially as it deals with the judgmental attitude that way too often leads many to be insecure and feel unloved. It comes naturally to sympathise with Kuroe Akaishi, whose classmates call her ‘Psycho-tan’ and have made her an outcast at school. I mean, doesn’t this make you want to turn into a kaiju yourself? Yet, Kuroe’s rare disease seems to escalate when she’s lovesick . . . After all, love is said to be the most powerful feeling of all, right? And it looks like it’s quite uncontrollable, too!

A surreal yet relatable story that warms your heart and makes you root for the heroine. Although Kuroe is the one turning into a giant (adorable!) Love-zilla, you’ll see who the real monsters are.



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16 responses to “Kaiju Girl Caramelise, Volume 1 by Spica Aoki

  1. This one looks like so much fun, I haven’t ever tried Manga but I really love the sound of this one. I will definitely add it to my list of Manga to try out. I just love stories that you can easily relate to.

    Great review darling!

    • I’m glad I caught your attention with this manga! I too love stories I can relate to and find it fascinating when this is possible even with science fiction stories. I hope you will enjoy it 😊

  2. Love- zilla! You know, as a kid I was a huge Godzilla fan. I don’t remember how old I was when I watched it but I fondly remember the one with Jet Jaguar- Godzilla vs Megalon? And the one on the island with the baby Godzilla and praying mantises. Okay, I digress. Anyway… this sounds great, and beautiful cover too!!

    Have you ever used Alicebooks? I’m trying to get some artbooks of one of my favorite artists and it looks like some are available through that site. Just wondering if anyone’s had experience w/ them.


    • Haha! No, no, it’s always nice to hear from a Godzilla fan, and it’s refreshing to hear the older films in the saga mentioned instead of the newer ones. Is it possible that the one you’re referring to with the baby Godzilla and praying mantises is Son of Godzilla? And this manga is really great for those who like kaiju films 😉

      No, I’ve never used Alicebooks, but if you were to buy there, I’d be happy to hear about your experience with them.

      • I think that is the one! I love that movie. the island, the mysterious girl who lives there… it’s not even the monsters! I always thought the island was really cool and the weather crew or whatever they are doing all those experiements there… of course this is my little kid nostalgia talking too, ha ha!

        • An island has its charms and so does everything about it, including those who live there or are there for some experiment 🧐 . . . Who’s the nostalgic one now? Haha!

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