Jodi Scaife, Fanbase Press Social Media Strategist

Jodi Scaife, Fanbase Press Social Media Strategist

Mid-30s geek type with a houseful of pets, books, DVDs, CDs, and manga

Oreimo: Volume 4 opens with Kirino’s two worlds colliding when she runs into her best friend Ayase at a large doujinshi event in downtown Tokyo! Ayase knows nothing about Kirino’s otaku side, and it’s up to Kyousuke to save the day and try to keep his little sister’s popular school idol image intact. At the same time, how will Kirino’s new friends react when they learn she’s never mentioned them to her school pals? Can Ayase accept Kirino’s hobby, and will the girls still be friends at the end of the day?

I love manga, so I was excited to get to read Oreimo: Volume 4. While siscon (sister complex) isn’t my favorite genre, a female protagonist who is secretly into anime, manga, doujinshi, and adult games is something I can relate to personally, and I loved Kirino almost immediately; however, as creepy as he sometimes seems, Kyousuke took my heart as the top character in the volume with his desire and willingness to protect and aid his baby sister at whatever cost. 

MILD SPOILERS BELOW

*For mature readers

In the land of Tremont, the saying “When Nerr (the male god of love and sexuality) gets the Heir” means something is highly unlikely to happen. Nevertheless, when current heir to the throne Temmin is summoned to the capital on his 18th birthday for training to become king, he is instantly drawn the current Embodiment of Neya, the female half of the gods of love and sexuality, and no other woman can compare. The gods have complex rules, though, and Temmin’s lack of sexual experience prevents him from simply making an appointment at the Lovers' Temple. His only option is becoming a Supplicant, an official training position in the Temple lasting two years and two days, and accepting both Embodiments of the twin gods as his teachers; however, King Harsin, Temmin’s father, fears a prophecy that states the common people will benefit when the Heir devotes himself to the lovers, and he will do almost anything to stop his only son from bringing it to pass.

I honestly did not know what I was getting in Love Stories #1 from Image Comics. Based on the title, I thought I would be reading a girly comic involving relationships of various types and the ensuing hijinks. I ended up with demon-killing Norsemen and broken marriages in space . . . with aliens! Maybe it would have helped if I had known that the full title of the series is Love Stories (To Die For).

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