Absolute Boyfriend (Shoujo) by Yuu Watase Rating: 7.5/10
Synopsis: Absolute Boyfriend, also known as Zettai Kareshi, is an amusing shoujo about a rather impulsive, clumsy and overly self conscious teenage girl who has been rejected by every guy she has developed feelings for… Riiko Izawa’s comeliness is hardly noteworthy and she attributes her continued rejection to her average physical traits. Virtually a pariah in the world of teenage boys, Riiko only has one male companion, a bespectacled young man named Asamoto Soushi, who has been her friend since childhood and who takes it upon himself to check on Riiko occasionally, seeing as her parents work far away. Like many siblings, they quarrel almost constantly, mainly because of Soushi who enjoys teasing Riiko about her shortcomings and misfortunes.
One afternoon while walking home from school, she passes a few couples who seem very much in love, and this adds to her despondence. However, her depressing thoughts are suddenly interrupted by the shrill ring of a cellular phone which had been dropped accidentally onto the ground. She answers the phone and agrees to return it to its owner, who turns out to be a very unusual but handsome man who claims to be a salesman.
Feeling immensely grateful that his precious phone had been returned, he insists that he return the favour and asks if there is anything she would like. After insisting on this incessantly, she blurts out in mild frustration that she wants a boyfriend. Riiko then returns home with his business card and sometime later she visits the obscure website that is written on it and is intrigued to discover an online “Lover Shop” which provides ideal lovers who exist solely for the purpose of their respective owners. Not thinking much of it, she decides to order a free trial version of a very attractive model, which is in fact a human robot, and configures it so that it possesses all of the traits she desires in an ideal boyfriend.
Riiko is shocked when her order arrives at her home the very next day and when she opens it she becomes even more shocked when a sleeping Adonis falls out. After successfully activating it, the handsome teenager comes to life and declares that she is his. Now living under the same roof, she has to remind herself constantly that he is not human, lest she fall prey to his irresistible advances. Riiko now has the responsibility of keeping his true identity a secret especially since his pulchritude is unparalleled and because he has taken up the role of protective and loving boyfriend to the average girl that nobody wanted.
Artwork: Not painfully simplistic but also nothing fantastic. Backgrounds are often left out but when drawn, they are done rather well. A fair amount of detail goes into the characters’ apparel and the characters themselves are drawn appropriately. Riiko does in fact look average and Knight is one delicious looking cybernetic robot ( I refuse to call him a cybernetic ‘doll’ xD) However, he’s not the only one that’s hot… There are some very funny captions here and there which help bring about comic relief.
Mood: I seriously enjoyed reading this shoujo and I read it all rather quickly seeing as it only has around thirty chapters. I literally laughed out loud sometimes while reading it…there’s always something interesting/silly going on. This manga in general really plays with the emotions, I was into the story to the point where I wanted to strangle some of the characters…
In all, it held my interest to the very end and so I would not hesitate for a second to recommend this to every single, average looking, flat chested girl out there who is in dire need of a boyfriend. Just get a sexy robot that everyone will mistake for a real human….problem solved. Actually, I would prefer that you exercise patience and wait for that special guy to sing to you that you are amazing just the way you are…♫ ♪ lol xD I looove this shoujo! Some of my friends have also read it and they love it too. Guys, I’m sure you will also find it amusing as well so just give it a chance. You’ll definitely enjoy it!
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Dr. §trangelove – 7/10 “Decent manga for passing an idle hour or two. Interesting premise with the robotic boyfriend, even though I was kind of disappointed by the lack of, well, robotic mayhem and/or mass destruction. Even if you don’t like it that much, it’s still only 30 chapters you lazy bastards.”
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Status: Complete (6 Volumes/33 Chapters)
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Romance, Sci-Fi, Tragedy
Age Rating: 17+
Year of Release: 2003-2005