His mother constantly berates (and occasionally beats) him, asking what happened to the "real" Ritsuka, and his only defender and friend, his older brother Seimei, was recently killed. Soubi tells him that Ritsuka's true name is "Loveless," and that Soubi was assigned by Seimei to. To ask other readers questions about Loveless, Volume 1, please sign up. Be the first . I think this is the first manga volume I've ever read all the way through. Get Read & Download Ebook loveless 10 vols as PDF for free at The Biggest ebook library in Raburesu) is a Japanese manga series written.

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Granted, conservative is not always bad. What did I like about the book? Well, I like most of the characters, although at the beginning of the book Ritsuka is a little snot and I wanted to punch him. He's quite a bit like Sasuke from Naruto.

Arrogant, self-absorbed, and completely devoid of empathy. In the beginning. We quickly learn that "devoid of empathy" is far from the truth and that Ritsuka, like most heroic protagonists, can't stand to see others in distress.

Unlike most other heroes, he avoids having to witness distress by being an asshat. Go figure. Soubi is still up in the air with me. He's a little too much the mysterious gentlemen trope, and his lines seem a little more sloppily written than the other characters.

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It seems as though the author doesn't have a very good read on exactly what kind of person Soubi is, either, and he seems to blunder through the book just going along with everything unless he feels like being a prick. Actually, I don't like Soubi. Oh, I love this one. The third major character is my favorite. Yuiko is an adorable classmate of Ritsuka's who desperately wants to be his friend despite his tendency to say disgustingly mean things and make her cry.

She talks in the third person, is illiterate, and doesn't always get what people are telling her, but she's so full of the right kind of oblivious pep that it's hard not to like her. Honestly, I wouldn't mind if the manga were about Yuiko, but it's not, so I digress.

I'm interested in seeing the dynamic between Yuiko and Ritsuka develop, especially as it's rather obvious that Yuiko has a thing for him. There are a few other characters brought up, but they were either introduced in confusing segments that don't make a whole lot of sense, or they're someone I want to get into when covering the plot.

Which is all over the place, by the way, and that's one of my biggest complaints. The plot is a bit of a mess. There's so seemingly unrelated things going on that it can all be hard to keep track of, and that's not a good thing when the audience is still getting used to the bizarro world this story takes place in. Which I haven't told you about yet! So here's the deal with the version of Earth portrayed in Loveless: Everyone is born as a Kemonomimi.

What the hell does that mean? It means that at birth everyone is born with cat ears and a tail.

These magically go away when a person loses their virginity. With such an open display of who is and who isn't a virgin, there's this totally overhwhelming sexual overtone throughout the story, and I can't imagine what it would be like to live there. Can you imagine your parents knowing the exact night you lost your virginity because you walked home without your ears? Holy cow.

Not only is this vaguely explained, but it takes a while for that explanation to happen. I spent the first half of the book wondering why the hell some people had cat ears and some did not. What was the significance?

I was really hoping for the second species appeared out of nowhere deal, like Love and Tentacles, but I didn't get that.

Ah well. Additionally, there's an odd dynamic in this world that isn't fully explained by the end of the book and I don't really understand if there's a true logic behind it at all. There exists in this world a type of magical dual where two individuals whose souls are connected engage in a battle of words.

The two individuals take up the rolls of Combat Unit and Sacrifice. The Combat Unit indirectly battles the enemy Combat Unit by Which can do anything so long as it's in favor of the protagonist. I don't really get it. And the Sacrifice, who does not engage in combat, accepts all the physical pain that the Combat Unit would normally endure.

Which, I admit, is pretty cool. I've always like shared or transferred pain dynamics, like the Elf siblings in Hellboy II. Now what's the driving force behind all this man-boy sex, virgin catfolk, and word battles? Well, I don't know yet. Some evil organization is after Ritsuka, and that's about all we know in that regard.

Soubi is here to help him, and that's all we get. It's not spelled out at all. In fact, whenever someone should be developing the plot in that direction, the character literally says "No comment. There's a subplot involving Ritsuka's apparent amnesia and his crazy ass mom. Now, honestly, this subplot is awesome and bizarre enough that I almost want it to be the sole focus of a story.

Somebody with some Hollywood connections, make this part of the series a movie. Just this part. Oh, let me tell you about it first. At some point around two years before the start of the book, Ritsuka lost his memories and replaced his old personality with a new one, which originally resulted in a diagnosis of split-personality disorder.

This personality change has caused Ritsuka's mom to go off the deep end, and she no longer regards her son as her own.

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She harasses and beats him while sending herself into hysterical crying fits, often embracing him as she inflicts pain. She seems to want to bring out the old Ritsuka by being a mother, such as making his favorite meals, but can't bear to see the new kid.

She regards Ritsuka as a demon inhabiting her son's body, and is so persuaded by her own insanity that she at one point bites a chunk out of Ritsuka's neck. This mom is a serious nut. Naturally, the story drops a few things that hint at other developing plots or things in the works, but none of those have really panned out at this point. Such is the way of series, I suppose. One of the largest flaws in this book, and it's something that plagues it from cover to cover, is an inability to focus.

In the same panel Soubi will be talking about the death of his enemy, and then he will randomly blurt out "I love you" without finishing his first thought. Naturally, the entire focus of the scene then shifts to Ritsuka freaking out about his confused prepubescent heart, and not the dead people. This is constant. It will throw you off. The other thing that's going to throw you off?

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The panels are filled with lots of little micro-texts that are supposed to give some life to the characters and show you what they're thinking, but Kouga just tossed these text bubbles wherever they would fit, and it doesn't make reading the book a seamless event. Instead you will jump all over the panel reading in what you think is proper order, only to unscramble the words once you reach the end.

It's a real pain. Also, fault of the format, some of the word balloons are trapped in the binding and have been rendered unreadable.


Maybe TokyoPop should consider framing their pages. Now, as this is a manga, I have to comment on the art: Most of the time, the art is phenomenal. Chapter beginnings in particular have such a great attention to detail, that you'll find yourself drinking up the shadows before moving on to the next page.

However, this isn't always true.

I'm not sure if Kouga has an intern, or if she spends too much time sleeping, but there are a number of panels where the character being portrayed looks like somebody else. For instance, Ritsuka has white hair in a number of panels which made me think I was looking at Soubi. That's not a good thing, and it makes the story that much more confusing.

Despite its flaws, Loveless did draw me in by leaving many things hanging. Also, Yuiko. So, while it wasn't even close to the best manga I've ever read, and it's riddled with inexcusable flaws, I'm going to continue reading the series. If there's one thing the story has done properly, it was to hook me. If we see more of the disturbed mother and Yuiko, the other books should hook me too. Aug 02, Jody Mena added it Shelves: This is such a great manga!

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It started off a little slow, but by the end, I was so sucked in that I didn't realize I'd reached the end until I turned the page and it was over! The characters are quite interesting and varied, as are the relationships between them. The magical battles, and the method of using words to battle, was really unique in my opinion, or at least the way it's executed is unique, since its different from all the gaudy latin spellcraft or oddly-named special moves that most m This is such a great manga!

The magical battles, and the method of using words to battle, was really unique in my opinion, or at least the way it's executed is unique, since its different from all the gaudy latin spellcraft or oddly-named special moves that most magical battle stories usually involve.

I also liked the metaphor of Ritsuka piercing Soubi's ears, it was very sexual and erotic, but in an innocent way, without being graphic or dirty. The one thing I wish would be explained is the purpose of the fighter unit pairs, how they came about, or why they exist, who the 'higher ups' are, or at least something more about the whole magic battle situation. Guess I'll have to wait until the next book to find out - can't wait!

May 09, leila rated it it was amazing Shelves: So I went through this strange shounen-ai period for a while, I blame 4chan and teenage sexual confusion. Also having no straight friends, but I don't really blame them. I think I have the first 6 volumes of this series.

I only download a manga when the art and the story completely blow me away, which they did in this, utterly, when I first read it. In short, it was the art and amazing binding! It's the best I've seen in such a long running series. Don't take my recommendation too lightly just because you don't like the "messy" style of FLCL that I mentioned above. This has a much wider appeal.

View 1 comment. May 25, Kathleen Mitchell rated it it was amazing. This book is amazing. Yes it is rated yaoi by most fans and romance is listed on the genre but when you read it you will notice little to no yaoi at all.

I love the main characters, Ritsuka is a boy who has had a hard past and is still struggling. Soubi is a knight in shinning armour but not in a way Ritsuka would expect.

Even though there is no yaoi, after this book you will be saying to yourself, "where's my yaoi". I personally felt like I was cheated out of it, I wanted more yaoi. It's an ama This book is amazing. It's an amazing book. Definitely worth reading Sep 19, Titan rated it it was amazing Shelves: So many elements of Loveless come together in this first volume that make it a pleasure to read over and over and over again--the relationship dynamics, the worldbuilding, the characters, the dialogue, the illustration, the subject matter Kouga Yun's drawing style is mouthwatering, and Loveless is one of my favorite manga for its aesthetic and concrete qualities.

Sep 10, Alex Erazo rated it it was amazing. I love this book with a passion.


I can't get enough of it. I love how Yun Kouga uses fantasy and combines it with forbidden love and hints of hate, confusion, lust, and yearning. Yun Kouga uses beautiful vocabulary and lures the reader in in such a great way, you feel as if you're actually there in the story. The characters are also very easy to relate to, the story itself is very powerful and emotional. I love it, and can't get enough! I've re-read this book many times as well, and can never st I love this book with a passion.

I've re-read this book many times as well, and can never stop reading when I start. Hm, another one where I was surprised by how much I ended up liking it. It's very strange, but intriguingly so. I'm especially fascinated by the dynamic between Ritsuka and Soubi like most people who read this, I suppose , especially because it's a weird mix of - it isn't really sexual, but it's also not non-sexual?

I don't know, at this point, rather than creepy I find it really, really intriguing because of that and from what I've read so far it also doesn't really become sexual, so I can se Hm, another one where I was surprised by how much I ended up liking it.

I don't know, at this point, rather than creepy I find it really, really intriguing because of that and from what I've read so far it also doesn't really become sexual, so I can see myself reading more about it. Mar 17, Sadie Forsythe rated it it was amazing. This review is only of volume one, as I haven't read them all and I don't believe I would give latter volumes as high a rating.

I'd call this shouen-ai. There isn't any sex, but there are definite sexual undertones. The artwork is lovely, the story is engaging, and the mystery keeps you reading.

I have enjoyed it so far and This review is only of volume one, as I haven't read them all and I don't believe I would give latter volumes as high a rating.

I have enjoyed it so far and will finish it in time. Sep 15, Paula rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 13, lindsey rated it it was amazing. JUST A TAD and there is sorta a yaoi thing going on so if that bugs you then i wouldnt read it cz its with a little kid and an adult so it is sooorta creepy.

Jun 16, Samantha Rizzuti rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was pretty good. Kinda confusing at the beginning; I kept thinking I had missed some pages because Ritsuka's personality seemed to be changing very quickly Sep 29, Noran Miss Pumkin rated it it was ok Shelves: The drawing is uneven and the story line confusing at best at times, yet there is a charm and intrigue to this manga-I will give it another volume or two to progress.

It is hard at times who is girl vs boy-since all faces have feminine features. Oct 29, Yvensong rated it liked it Shelves: My feelings are certainly mixed on this one. I am going to withhold on a full review until after I can find a copy of 2 to read. The story captivated me enough to want to continue, but there's an aspect that is uncomfortable for me. Mar 02, General H. I finally got the newest Loveless manga from Japan, so I went back to the beginning.

I love this series.

The whole Shota aspect isn't something I care for Kouga Yun is a wonderful mangaka! Jun 04, Bean rated it it was amazing. The loveless series is amazing.

Yun Kouga is a a master at creating deep characters that develop as the story progresses. Feb 03, narajaponesa rated it it was amazing. Not many manga can take you back to your high school self. This one did it in an instant. Well done. Very sad, dramatic, sometimes funny, cute, and confusing anime series that has a lot of yoai in it o.

Apr 19, Mysteriousme rated it it was amazing. I love this series soo much!! I love Ritska, and Soubi, and Yoji, and Natsu!! Jun 27, Anke rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: One day at his new school, a 20 year old stranger called Soubi shows up, claiming to know Ritsuka's brother, Seimei. Turns out they were a Fighter and Sacrifice unit. When Seimei died, Soubi became Ritsuka's fighter unit. One person fights using spells, the other withstands the damage. It seems Soubi is gay, and I think he has a boyfriend, but he loves Ritsuka.

Whether or not this is because he is bonded to him now as his fighter unit, I have no idea. But they're investigating the murder of Ritsuka's brother's death now. And they have to fight off a team who wants to take Ritsuka to the people who killed his brother. Lastly, people who have not lost their virginity have the tails and ears of cats.

Once those disappear, they are 'adults'. It took a while to understand that this was the case. And it was a little weird. Who would I recommend this to?

I'm not sure I know anyone who would read it. Maybe Melissa.Go figure. She is visibly embarrassed, but as the story progresses, she gains confidence and pride over making her own choices.

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Rondo of Princesses Toradora! They study the Japanese art of flowers. Yes it is rated yaoi by most fans and romance is listed on the genre but when you read it you will notice little to no yaoi at all.