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Romantic Killer, Vol. 1

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I received a free digital ARC of this manga from Viz Media via NetGalley. Anzu has been chosen by a magical fairy to meet her dream guy and be surrounded by “hot guys” until she finds him. The fairy is holding her favorite things hostage and her parents have moved to America, so she has her house all to herself. Anzu is resistant to this plan because she prioritizes video games, chocolate and her cat to having a boyfriend. Overall, this was not my favorite manga because if Anzu was happy with her life without a relationship I think that is fine. The art was nice and it had some funny moments within the shojo cliches..
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What a fun and interesting storyline! I have to say that this story is definitely original and super entertaining!! Riri, whom I call the bean wizard, forces Anzu to become a shoujo heroine. She puts her in situations that force her to be close to the love interests, meanwhile she couldn't be less interested in them. All she wants are her games, cat and chocolate back! She must fight and keep herself from falling for Riri's tricks. Now this is an anime and I am definitely watching it!
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OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK SO HARD!  Anzu is me, just sub out books for games and keep the cat and chocolate and I am THERE.  She is my Sister from Another Mister for sure.

I just LOVE how this book is playing with the shojo tropes of the mysterious new boy in school, the best friend from childhood who is secretly in love with her (though I am PISSED at the imp for completely ignoring the poor guy's lack of consent with it all.  I hope the imp gets it's due!), the parents conveniently out of the picture, the forced proximity of living with a love interest, etc.  

I got this via NetGalley and immediately after reading it ordered the physical copy for the store and me and pre-ordered the eCopy of volume 2 on evil Amazon, because I need it as soon as it drops!  I will also buy the physical copy via my store once volume 2 is available as well.  

If you are tired of the same shojo tropes being played out over and over again, this is a refreshing breath of pure oxygen.  It's funny, with a serious thread running throughout it.  I LOVE how Anzu isn't just going to give in to the imp and while I DO want her to win, I also want her to find love that will let her be herself, games, chocolates, cat and all.  So conflicted, lol!

5, HIGHLY recommended, stars.  

My thanks to NetGalley and VIZ Media LLC for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.
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This was ok, the art style was nice. I would buy this for the library because I’m sure the kids will enjoy it more than I did.
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This manga was really cute and the story idea was adorable. I actually just finished the anime series so I decided to read the first volume of the manga. The way the story pairs up in the manga and graphic novel are very similar so if you enjoyed one you would like the other. I can't wait to read more because the anime series was really good and gives me a lot of hope for a really good manga. All of the characters are really likeable so far, especially Anzu. She is a really funny main character and doesn't fit into the stereotypical girly main character which is really nice. Really good rom com style manga.

Thank you #NetGalley for a copy of this manga.

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this volume but ultimately, I had a lot of fun reading it! 

I wasn’t expecting it to be in full colour so that was a nice surprise! The art style was okay for me, though some hilarious expressions are drawn! 

I loved Hoshino, she was hilarious and contributed to a large part of the humour of the volume for me! Yes, it’s a little bit silly here and there but it’s also a lot of fun and something you can enjoy reading easily!
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I absolutely adored this book and am looking forward to the rest of the series as well as starting the anime!
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This was such a cute start to what seems like it’s going to be such a cute series! I love that there’s a little magic and that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but still feels like it has a lot of heart. The art and premise set Romantic Killer apart from other romances and I’m so excited to see where this series is heading!
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"According to the ministry's population data for 2021, the number of births in the year came to 811,604, the lowest since the survey began in 1899, with the total fertility rate, or the average number of children a woman is expected to have in her lifetime, standing at 1.3" (Japan Times, 2022). So, there is some truth in the premise of this manga. While the decline in birth rate has been stilted for a bit, Japan has been able to do almost nothing to raise it significantly. Well, in the manga universe, nothing is short of impossible. A magical fairy to spur the lackluster romantic life, check. Clichés shojo plot with clever and witty banter amongst characters, check. Reverse harem where the girl only wants her cat, video games, and chocolates, CHECK!! This is a very light-hearted story. It got me in stitches without thinking about how outrageous the whole situation is for our main girl. I mean, can't they leave her be and let her enjoy her snacks, video games, and the company of her cat? Anyway, I have a high inkling that I will read the next series and all that follows. Overall, Romantic Killer is a fun read that covers various important themes and involves a bit of magic. Anzu is a smart character who, in her teens, funnily enough, knows that she should spend time on herself rather than going after boys. And I am 100% on board with that.

UPDATE: A new Netflix series is coming out based on this manga. So excited!!
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This was very hilarious in parts, but I have some conflicted feelings. The fairy who steals our MC’s games, chocolate and cat seems to think that all people should be interested in romance. And also, that playing games, eating chocolate, and owning a cat mean you can’t date???

Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m ace and so don’t get the humor, but I’m hoping in future volumes that the fairy who is putting Anzu in all these shoujo romance tropes learns that 1) people don’t have to be interested in romance and 2) that you can be in a relationship even if you play games, eat chocolate and own a cat.
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I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to like this or not but I thought I'd give it a shot and I'm so glad I did! It took a little bit for me to get into the groove of the story but it was pretty funny as it went on. I really love that the main character Anzu is totally disinterested in romance and just wants to play her video games and eat chocolate while she cuddles her cat. I'm honestly looking forward to the next volume to see what other hoops the magical imp Riri makes her go through to try and ger her to fall in love.
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This was a really fun manga. I was unsure about it as its not really my usual but I was curious enough to give it a shot. I am glad I did because this was a fun ride. I found the premise to be really funny and the way the fairy made it all work made me laugh. This definitely wasn't anything like my usual fair but I definitely had a good time and would highly recommend this to anyone who is into this sort of romance comedy.
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I'm now obsessed with this series and definitely plan to purchase it! The story follows Anzu, a teenage girl who is obsessed with playing games and doesn't care to date. She is essentially transported to an alternate reality where she's forced into experiencing all of your classic shojo tropes. 

I highly recommend this for any shojo fan. I was laughing so much and the comedy style reminds me a lot of Star-Crossed!!! by Junko which I'm also a huge fan of.
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The premise of this is amusing. There will be a lot here to keep teens (and adults) entertained. I, for one, can't wait for more.

For Libraries: YA suitable and amusing.
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So the first volume was cute and hilarious and can't wait to pick up the rest of the volumes. Also. is perfect to read in October! Can't wait to watch the show on Netflix!
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This manga had me in stitches. I love the premise and the utter shenanigans that ensue. Clever and witty, the writing in this one is probably one of the best I've read in a while. 

Anzu is living her best life. She plays video games, has a beloved cat and lines up her chocolaty snacks to enhance her game nights. But there is a baby crisis and no one is falling in love any more. To combat this population crisis, an avatar appears and takes away Anzu's cat, video game and tasty treats and sends her parents off to America. Alone, catless and video gameless, Anzu must either cave and play the game of romance OR attempt to beat the game by not falling in love. Can Anzu resist just about every romantic cliche and trope thrown her way or will she fall for the older, hot, aloof classmate thrown her way? Or will the best friend from elementary school who comes back grown and hot win her heart? 

What I loved most:
The social commentary 
That cockroaches are too unmentionable and so they are covered with cake slices 
The ridiculous romantic situations
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I enjoyed this first volume of Romantic Killer.  It's a fun send-off on the clichés in the shoujo manga genre and features a spirited, if dense, gamer girl as a protagonist.  For a first time mangaka, the art is fairly clean and the panels easy to follow.  The plot is amusing and it is kind of fun to see what terrible set-up our heroine will find herself in as the tale progresses.

Story: Anzu loves three things: gaming, chocolate, and her beloved cat.  Her life is complete - until a spirit suddenly appears and decides to help Japan's declining population by ensuring Anzu doesn't end up a single old maid.  Anzu has ideas of her own but will have to play along with the fairy since he is holding her chocolate, cat, and gaming consoles/games hostage.  Cue a 'hot guy' love interest who gets into the cross hairs of the fairy!

The humor of the story is Anzu trying her best to foil the fairy and get her games/cat/chocolate back as quickly as possible. In this first volume, we had the amusing clichés of childhood friend to boyfriend, suddenly running into the hot guy and knocking him over into a compromising position, her parents suddenly transferring out of town and leaving her alone in the house, and a whole lot of 'disasters' that cause the hot guy to have to stay at her place.  You can visibly see Anzu gritting her teeth through all the hoary clichés.

The art is clean and the characters are decently drawn; there's nothing remarkable here but it is a good clean shoujo style. Wataru Momose  throws in some shounen caricatures to further emphasize that Anzu isn't the girly type at all and can keep up (and beat) the boys at their own games.

I was never bored and this kept me invested to the end.  I greatly look forward to volume 2.  The author won an award with this debut piece that resulted in the series being formally published here.  Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
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Thank you NetGalley for this ARC!

Oh my gOSHHHH. This manga is SO CUTE AND SO FUNNNYYY. I will say I was not expecting it to be cutesy when I started reading it - I definitely thought Romance Killer made it like this serial killer romance lol whoops. But this is so fun! My favorite manga/anime of all time is Lovely Complex and our heroine reminds me so much of Risa.
She’s hysterical, the boy is adorable and fun (reminds me of Kyo from Fruits Basket just slightly less angry) and I’m looking forward to the development of these romancessssss.
I’ve always hated harems because it’s usually a boring boy surrounded by beautiful women but I am HERE for this reverse harem where the girl only wants her cat, chocolate and video games.
10/10 I cannot wait for the rest of the series and will definitely be adding to my library!
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Romantic Killer is a comedy romance shojo series from Wataru Momose and published by VIZ Media. Romantic Killer was first released as a full-color vertical webcomic series, and even won the Shonen Jump 2nd Vertical Scroll Manga Award. And like most independent webcomics, it retains a bit of a tongue and cheek vibe to it that I think is missing from most manga series. It’s snarky in it’s commentary and ridiculous in it’s setup, but that makes this one of the more refreshing new reads.
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Romantic Killer Volume One is a full-color manga that won first place in Shonen Jump’s 2nd Vertical Scroll Manga Award.

Romantic Killer Volume One
Written by: Wataru Momose
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 4, 2022

The main character of Romantic Killer is Anzu Hoshino, a first-year high school student who’s more interested in playing video games, eating chocolate, and her cat than in relationships with boys. One day, a magical creature transports Anzu to an altered reality where she no longer has access to her games, chocolate, or to her cat. The magical creature sets her up with a life right out of a shojo manga, which includes finding a way for her to live alone and to encounter a “hot guy” that she can start getting to know.

The “hot guy” is a transfer student named Tsukasa Kazuki, and he has girls fawning over him… but he’s not interested in any of them. Anzu keeps having run-ins with Tsukasa, which are caused by the magical being’s interference. It gets to the point where Tsukasa has to stay the night at Anzu’s, because the magical creature is manipulating the weather. But during that time, Anzu finds herself starting to feel comfortable around Tsukasa and thinks they could start becoming friends.

Well, the magical creature has taken things a step further, and has caused massive flooding at Tsukasa’s apartment, and nothing new is available for a month. Which, of course, means that Tsukasa is stuck staying at Anzu’s place. Things are awkward until Tsukasa says he’s not interested in romance, and Anzu thinks she’s beaten the magical creature. But, right at the end of the volume, the magical creature creates a previously non-existent male childhood friend for Anzu who has a crush on her. And thus begins a “reverse harem.”

While this story may be on the fantastical side, I do have to give Momose credit for the setup as to why this is happening to Anzu. It involves the innocence of human children’s hearts as an important energy source for the magical creature’s world, and since Japan has been suffering from a declining birthrate, the Japanese branch is having energy shortages. The magical creature is in the middle of a project to make people like Anzu (who prioritize their hobbies are careers) fall in love to help increase the birthrate. I thought this was an interesting way to incorporate a societal issue in Japan into a manga.

I also liked Tsukasa’s portrayal of being cold and distant, but not because he’s a jerk. It’s due to the girls who keep trying to hang around him and him trying to get rid of them. Unfortunately, they don’t take the hint. But as he spends time with Anzu, he lowers that cold façade around her. By the end of this volume, I don’t think he’s become interested in her romantically, but that could possibly change with the addition of Junta Hayami, the “childhood friend.” Of course, since Junta was introduced at the end of this volume, it begs the question of whether or not we’ll see the magical creature add any more “hot guys” into the mix in future volumes of the series.

Romantic Killer is done in a comedic way, and it’s a nice light-hearted manga that you don’t have to think too much about as you read it. In some respects, the art isn’t quite as strong as it could be, but the fact that this title is in full-color helps to blunt some of that criticism. I also thought it was an interesting visual choice to give Anzu male-leaning facial features whenever she feels cocky in her interactions with Tsukasa.

This series has an interesting concept behind it, even if it comes off as a little goofy and fantastical at times. However, I’d be more than happy to read future volumes of the series if VIZ Media makes digital review copies available for them, because I’m genuinely curious to see how this story progresses. According to the publisher’s writeup about the series in the back of the volume, there are only four volumes of Romantic Killer, so it seems like there’s the potential for the concept to not get run into the ground and become stale.
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