by Yuu Watase; adaptation by Lance Caselman
published by Viz; $8.99 US
I thought Absolute Boyfriend Book 1 had some interesting observations about male/female relations, but now the series has turned into a sitcom-like sex comedy. Ever-more-implausible situations are devised to throw Riiko and Night together and then keep them apart.
Events are ridiculous. Riiko nearly gets killed trying to stake her claim on Night at the same time she can’t decide whether she loves him or Soshi. Then the three wind up on a vacation island as part of the pressure being placed on Riiko to have sex with Night.
I really wanted to somehow force Riiko to read the manga of Mayu Shinjo, whose books are about teaching young women to find their own voices and speak for themselves. Riiko’s more like driftwood, buffeted amongst others’ expectations for her, kept moving by a desire not to upset anyone. That’s a circumstance many girls find themselves in, but it can make for frustration on the reader’s part, since Riiko can’t be grabbed and shaken to gain sense.
But if you’re going to be in that situation, trying to decide between two guys gorgeous in their own ways isn’t bad.