Love Desu. ~Short Story Collection ~ (ラブデス ラブデス。~短期集中連載集~) by Kuzushiro follows the bad kids in school. Bad girls, who are passionately in love with each other and beat the crap out of each other to prove it. This is not a manga about abusive relationships; in this manga, the violence is a form of affection.
We’ve talked about this before, but I’ll remind readers that I am not opposed to violence between equals. And, in “Love Desu,” – which I would translate it as “It’s Love (Death).” – Shouko and A-ki are equals, alright. Each with murderous intent and a fondness for violence, they hash out the details of their relationship through such heart-warming tactics as a needle in the eye, or a knife through a hand. But it’s only because they both want to be the neko in bed. ^_^
In “Nikochuu,” Mai-sempai smokes and Aika has picked up her bad habit. Ultimately, what she really wants is to capture what Mai tastes like when they kiss. Yanki girls smoking on school property and being rude to the classmates around them, but ridiculously cute in private is utter squee for me. I adore nasty women.
So, yeah, I know that this book isn’t going to appeal to everyone (maybe, anyone). But I love this manga with all my love.
Thank you, thank you Kuzushiro-sensei for this manga! It’s just about perfect. ^_^
Art – 9
Story – 10
Characters – 10
Yuri – 8
Service – For me, 10. YMMV
Overall – 10
Yuri needs more yankis.