Josei Review: Make More Love & Peace

Make More Love & Peace
Art and Story by Takane Yonetai
Published by Luv Luv Press imprint of Aurora Publisher Inc.
ISBN10: 1934496529
ISBN13: 9781934496527

Review by Linda Yau

I was very surprised when I realized that there was a continuation to Make Love & Peace, and I find that I enjoyed this volume more than the first volume. Surprising enough, there wasn’t that much sex scenes drawn as there was cuddling scenes. While I cannot excuse for the fact that there was still sex scenes, it was not every three pages as I had noted from my first review of this story.

Since this is the second volume, readers have already met Ayane and Koichi, so the main point of the second volume is more plot driven, to mention of Ayane’s insecurities with several new competitors for Koichi’s attention. I would recommend reading Make More Love & Peace if you want to see how it turns out for the love birds.

Following the title story, there are two more short stories. In the second story: Just Like a Romance Novel, this talks of aspiring librarian-to-be, Maki and her sempai/pursuer Kazama. I loved Maki’s explanation of why she wanted to be a librarian. It also made me curious to find out the truth of what this manga character said of the Japanese library system.

The third story is The Way You Look At Me and dealing with Mio and Norito’s relationship. Mio is a make up artist with a secret that Norito eventually finds out, but would this secret harm their relationship?

Those are the basic summaries of the three stories. Now I was at the point where I can write off Josei manga as nothing but sex scenes and no substance except for fluff scenes, but Luv Luv Press or rather this second volume defies my expectation. I definitely look forward to more publications from this publication, as I enjoy finding out if there are hit or misses in terms of Josei mangas.

2 Replies to “Josei Review: Make More Love & Peace”

  1. Hum, I’m definitely getting this. 🙂

    Btw, it’s a misconception that Josei Manga are only about sex, Suppli, Walking Butterfly and the recent books of Nana are classified as Josei, too. 😉 It’s a shame that LuvLuvpress only publishes the sexy stuff. 🙁

  2. @Suzu

    This is definitely a nice book to get.. but so far Luv Luv seems to publishing sex, and mature romance. Suppli never got translated to English, so only Japanese readers can say it is a Josei or not. I watched the drama.. a while ago, and that seems josei material with an older woman and younger lover.. Nana as far as I am concerned it is going to be for older teens.

    It is a misconception, but with Luv Luv seeming to be publishing label with the only defined Josei materials, it is probably the responsibility of publishers, librarians, educators, and influences that can change the label for other possible Josei titles.. ^_^

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