Love Me, Love Me Not, Volume 1 by Io Sakisaka

Posted March 11, 2020 by Silvia in Manga & Graphic Novels / 14 Comments

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
This does not affect in any way my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Love Me, Love Me Not, Volume 1 by Io SakisakaSeries: Love Me Love Me Not #1
Published by VIZ Media on April 10, 2020
Demographic: Shōjo
Genres: Romance, School Life, Slice of Life
Source: NetGalley
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Four friends share the springtime of their youth together.
Fast friends Yuna and Akari are complete opposites: Yuna is an idealist while Akari is a realist. When lady-killer Rio and the oblivious Kazuomi join their ranks, love and friendship become quite complicated!

I still had to try any of Sakisaka’s manga, so I was happy to have the opportunity to review this one. The short—but to the point—blurb and the pretty cover totally grabbed my attention, and now that I read it I’m even happier!

This was such an enjoyable first volume with some funny moments and an artwork that is truly adorable, just like the heroines of the story. Complete opposites, Yuna and Akari are two girls with different personalities everyone can relate to. Which one you find more of your liking it really comes to your own traits, but there is still a chance you could recognise a bit of both—the idealist and the realist—in yourself. Find that hard to believe? Let these girls put some sweet thoughts in your mind. And just like they pique your curiosity with their vision of love, things get an interesting turn at the end, leaving you want to uncover an unexpected piece of the puzzle . . .

A lovely opening to a very nice shōjo that is not just about (chasing) love, but also about friendship and acceptance. Find your inner strength and go after what—and/or who—you want. And you do want this manga!


About Silvia

Through her creativity and blogging, Silvia has met people from different industries and collaborated with them on various projects over the years. Her strong passion for reading and her fascination for different cultures and languages have led her to develop a keen interest in the East-Asian continent. Off to see her? Follow the colourful book road . . . ♡

14 responses to “Love Me, Love Me Not, Volume 1 by Io Sakisaka

  1. Consider my curiosity piqued! I’m not familiar with this manga, but I am definitely intrigued.
    You always pick great reads, bestie, thank you for putting this under my radar! ?

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    • Always a pleasure! Also, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s going to be a live-action movie about this, so we’re probably (definitely) watch that together 😉

  2. “Find your inner strength and go after what—and/or who—you want.”

    Sounds like an awesome message and a pretty good manga! Every time I hit the graphic novel section at my bookstore I see a ton of manga, and it seems pretty popular- people are always hanging out reading it- I need to try some. 🙂

    I’m also a big fan of Oswaldo Kato and I think he probably does art for manga in Asia but I can never really figure out how to find the stuff he has art in. *sigh* lol!

    • I’ve started reading manga when I was in middle school, so a loooong time ago, lol I love them, they are great reads and so beautifully illustrated! I also end up catching up with the anime after, if there is one (you find there is in a lot of cases). I can’t recommend them enough, so many genres to enjoy ❤️

      About Oswaldo Kato, he seems to be doing manga as well, but apparently he is self-published and that is why his works are hard to find outside Japan. I checked his illustrations and I like his landscape concepts, they are interesting 🙂

      • Oh cool- that’s good to know! Yeah I’ve been having trouble finding more info on Kato’s stuff, but I absolutely love how whimsical and otherwordly some of his art is. 🙂 I would buy it in a heartbeat if I could find it… 🙂

    • I find fascinating when I can get more than one character because I can see a bit of myself in them, even when they are such complete opposites. Glad you enjoyed my review, Carole 🙂

  3. verushka

    This sounds so genuinely *feel-good*! I feel like it’ll make a bad day better you know? And make you a bit hopeful about all thingsp

    • Hi Nadene, so nice to see you stopping by 🙂 Glad you like the new look, and I agree with what you said, a good connection always works well.

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