Love Me, Love Me Not (manga)

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Love Me, Love Me Not
Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare (cover art).jpg
Cover of volume 1 featuring Yuna Ichihara and Akari Yamamoto
思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ
(Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare)
Manga
Written byIo Sakisaka
Published byShueisha
English publisherViz Media[1]
DemographicShōjo
ImprintMargaret Comics
MagazineBessatsu Margaret
Original runJune 13, 2015May 13, 2019
Volumes12
Anime film
StudioA-1 Pictures
ReleasedMay 2020 (2020-05)
Live-action film
Directed byTakahiro Miki
ReleasedAugust 2020 (2020-08)
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Love Me, Love Me Not (思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ, Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare)[2] is a Japanese shōjo manga written and illustrated by Io Sakisaka and serialized in Bessatsu Margaret starting in June 2015. An anime film adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures is scheduled to premiere in May 2020. A live-action film adaptation is scheduled to premiere in August 2020. Viz Media licensed the manga in English under their Shojo Beat imprint. The first volume will be released in March 2020.[3]

Plot[edit]

Yuna Ichihara is in the spring before her first year of high school and is pained to be separated from her best friend Sacchan who is moving away. On her way to the train station, she is stopped by a random girl who asks her for money for her train fare. Although Yuna is somewhat afraid and reluctant, she gives the girl money, who in turns give Yuna her bracelet as a promise she will meet her tomorrow to pay her back. On the same day, Yuna runs twice into a boy who looks like the idolized prince of her childhood. After the girl, named Akari, returns Yuna's money, they head home together only to find out that they live in the same apartment building. The girls instantly become friends. However, they find that they explore love in completely different ways, and Yuna may be in love with Akari's brother and Akari in love with Yuna's childhood friend.

Characters[edit]

Yuna Ichihara (市原 由奈, Ichihara Yuna)
A shy girl who loves to read romance shōjo manga,[4] but has never experienced love herself. Her best friend, Sacchan, moves away after they graduate middle school, and Yuna worries that she will be alone in high school.[5] However, when she unexpectedly meets Akari at the train station and befriends her. Due to Yuna's wary and shy personality, she is initially suspicious of Akari following her home, when they are actually just neighbors in the same apartment building. She is in love with Rio, Akari's step-brother.
Akari Yamamoto (山本 朱里, Yamamoto Akari)
Yuna's apartment neighbor who is also a first year in high school. She initially has a boyfriend at the beginning of the series,[6] but he later breaks up with her. Her step-brother is Rio,[7] whom Yuna is in love with. She thinks that Yuna's childhood friend, Inui, is a good guy and initially tries to push the two together but stops when she finds out that Yuna is in love with Rio. She eventually grows closer to Inui and falls in love with him. Akari's mother married Rio's father recent to the series beginning, and hates that her mother doesn't trust her and Rio alone together.[8] She does not know that Rio loved her.
Rio Yamamoto (山本 理央, Yamamoto Rio)
Akari's step-brother and the boy of Yuna's affection. He is asked out by many girls but claims he only likes pretty faces, and rejects the girls.[9] He knew Akari before his father married her mother and was in love with her.[10] Akari's mother knows this and is suspicious of Rio spending time alone with Akari.[11] Rio develops a close friendship with Yuna early on in the series, often confiding in her when he found himself frustrated over Akari. He eventually falls for Yuna, but is hesitant to confess.
Kazuomi Inui (乾 和臣, Inui Kazuomi)
Yuna's childhood friend. Akari describes him as a "good guy" and wishes that Yuna and him would get together. Inui has often been referred to as an "airhead" by Akari due to his carefree and sincere nature. He and Akari both develop feelings for each other, but he rejects her confession out of consideration for Rio's feelings.

Production[edit]

The series was announced in Bessatsu Margaret's June 2015 issue.[12] Sakisaka reflected on plot lines in her previous series, Ao Haru Ride and wanted to display love experiences in a different way.[13][better source needed]

The original Japanese title was inspired by a tagline from an advertisement campaign for acne from the 1980s that became popular among schoolgirls; the tagline claimed certain locations of where acne appeared on the face foretold if the person or the person's admirer like or are ignoring each other.[14]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13)ISBN 978-4-08-845467-2March 2020 (2020-03)ISBN 978-1974713097
2 February 25, 2016 (2016-02-25)ISBN 978-4-08-845528-0
3 June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24)ISBN 978-4-08-845596-9
4 October 25, 2016 (2016-10-25)ISBN 978-4-08-845653-9
5 March 24, 2017 (2017-03-24)ISBN 978-4-08-845732-1
6 August 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)ISBN 978-4-08-845804-5
7 December 25, 2017 (2017-12-25)ISBN 978-4-08-845868-7
8 April 25, 2018 (2018-04-25)ISBN 978-4-08-844025-5
9 July 25, 2018 (2018-07-25)ISBN 978-4-08-844066-8
10 October 25, 2018 (2018-10-25)ISBN 978-4-08-844109-2
11 February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25)ISBN 978-4-08-844172-6
12 June 25, 2019 (2019-06-25)ISBN 978-4-08-844213-6

Anime film[edit]

On April 22, 2019, it was announced by Shueisha that the series will receive an anime film adaptation by A-1 Pictures. It is scheduled to premiere in May 2020.[15]

Live-action film[edit]

A live-action film directed by Takahiro Miki will premiere in August 2020. It stars Eiji Akaso as Kazuomi Inui and Minami Hamabe as Akari Yamamoto. Riko Fukumoto plays Yuna Ichihara, and Takumi Kitamura plays Rio Yamamoto.[15]

Reception[edit]

Volume 3 debuted at #4 on Oricon's Japanese Comic Ranking[16] and peaked at #2[17] and sold an estimated 325,010 copies in Japan.[18] Volume 4 debuted at #1 and sold an estimated 168,863 copies in its first week alone.[19] It sold an estimated 293,419 copies in a month and consistently ranked from October to November.[20] Volume 4 debuted with 168,863 copies.[21] Volume 5 debuted at #6, selling 110,175 copies[22] in its first week and peaking at #1 in its second week with 121,903 additional copies sold.[23]

The manga won the 2017 Shogakukan Manga Award in the shojo manga category.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-07-04/viz-media-licences-downfall-prince-freya-blue-flag-love-me-love-me-not-manga/.148637
  2. ^ "別冊マーガレット公式サイト". 別冊マーガレット公式サイト.
  3. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-07-04/viz-media-licences-downfall-prince-freya-blue-flag-love-me-love-me-not-manga/.148637
  4. ^ Chapter 1 page 33
  5. ^ Chapter 1
  6. ^ Chapter 1 page 34
  7. ^ Chapter 1 page 60
  8. ^ Chapter 4 page 42
  9. ^ Chapter 2 page 37
  10. ^ Chapter 5 page 33
  11. ^ Chapter 4 page 39
  12. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (May 10, 2015). "Story, Title Revealed for Blue Spring Ride Creator Io Sakisaka's New Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "Sakisaka Io Interview - Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare (Trans.)". Oh darling, begin again.
  14. ^ "恋とニキビのカンケイ" [The relationship between love and acne]. Rohto Pharmaceutical (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 25, 2019. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Io Sakisaka's 'Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare' Romance Manga Gets Anime Film, Live-Action Film". Anime News Network. April 22, 2019. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  16. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, June 20-26". Anime News Network.
  17. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, June 27-July 3". Anime News Network.
  18. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, July 18-24". Anime News Network.
  19. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 24-30". Anime News Network.
  20. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, November 14-20". Anime News Network.
  21. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 9-15". Anime News Network.
  22. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, March 20-26". Anime News Network.
  23. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, March 27-April 2". Anime News Network.
  24. ^ "第63回小学館漫画賞に「空母いぶき」「恋雨」「ふりふら」など5作品". Natalie (in Japanese). January 23, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2019.

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