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)
GenreRomance,[1] coming-of-age[2]
Manga
Written byIo Sakisaka
Published byShueisha
English publisherViz Media
ImprintMargaret Comics
MagazineBessatsu Margaret
DemographicShōjo
Original runJune 13, 2015May 13, 2019
Volumes12
Live-action film
Directed byTakahiro Miki
Written byTakahiro Miki
Yōko Yonaiyama
Music byGoro Ito
Akira Kosemura
ReleasedAugust 14, 2020 (2020-08-14)
Runtime124 minutes
Anime film
Directed byToshimasa Kuroyanagi
Written byErika Yoshida
Music byYuuji Nomi
StudioA-1 Pictures
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2020 (2020-09-18)
Runtime103 minutes
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Love Me, Love Me Not (Japanese: 思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ, Hepburn: Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare)[3] is a Japanese shōjo manga written and illustrated by Io Sakisaka and serialized in Bessatsu Margaret starting in June 2015. A live-action film adaptation opened in Japan on August 14, 2020, while an anime film adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures premiered on September 18, 2020.[4] Viz Media licensed the manga in English under their Shojo Beat imprint. The first volume was released in March 2020.[5]

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)
Voiced by: Marika Suzuki[6]
Portrayed by: Riko Fukumoto[7]
A shy girl who loves to read romance shōjo manga,[8] 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.[9] 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. She confesses the first time but is rejected due to Rio's love for Akari. Later on, however, she confesses a second time and Rio happily accepts her as his girlfriend.
Akari Yamamoto (山本 朱里, Yamamoto Akari)
Voiced by: Megumi Han[6]
Portrayed by: Minami Hamabe[7]
Yuna's apartment neighbor who is also a first year in high school. She initially has a boyfriend at the beginning of the series,[10] but he later breaks up with her. Her step-brother is Rio,[11] 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.[12] She pretends to not know that Rio loved her but actually has known since the beginning of the series. Both are able to reconcile, with the help of Yuna, which gives way for both to be able to move on. By the end of the manga, Akari is living in America with her parents and eagerly awaits Inui who has decided to move to America to be with her.
Rio Yamamoto (山本 理央, Yamamoto Rio)
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki[6]
Portrayed by: Takumi Kitamura[7]
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.[13] He knew Akari before his father married her mother and was in love with her.[14] Akari's mother knows this and is suspicious of Rio spending time alone with Akari.[15] 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 due to the fact that his friend has also fallen for Yuna. Both compete for her affection, but eventually he musters up the courage to confess at the same time that Yuna confesses to him that she is still in love with him. Both become a couple and are happily attending college together at the end of the manga.
Kazuomi Inui (乾 和臣, Inui Kazuomi)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō[6]
Portrayed by: Eiji Akaso[7]
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. After he finds out Rio has moved on, he confesses to Akari. He faces some trouble when Akari's ex-boyfriend comes back into the picture and especially so when Akari decides to move to America, but he asks her to wait for him. By the end of the manga, he meets with Akari at the airport as he has decided to also live in America to pursue his dream and to be with her.

Production[edit]

The series was announced in Bessatsu Margaret's June 2015 issue.[16] Sakisaka reflected on plot lines in her previous series, Ao Haru Ride and wanted to display love experiences in a different way.[17][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.[18]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13)978-4-08-845467-2March 3, 2020 (2020-03-03)978-1974713097
2 February 25, 2016 (2016-02-25)978-4-08-845528-0May 5, 2020 (2020-05-05)9781974713103
3 June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24)978-4-08-845596-9July 7, 2020 (2020-07-07)9781974713110
4 October 25, 2016 (2016-10-25)978-4-08-845653-9September 1, 2020 (2020-09-01)9781974713127
5 March 24, 2017 (2017-03-24)978-4-08-845732-1November 3, 2020 (2020-11-03)9781974713134
6 August 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)978-4-08-845804-5January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)9781974713141
7 December 25, 2017 (2017-12-25)978-4-08-845868-7March 2, 2021 (2021-03-02)9781974713158
8 April 25, 2018 (2018-04-25)978-4-08-844025-5May 4, 2021 (2021-05-04)9781974713165
9 July 25, 2018 (2018-07-25)978-4-08-844066-8
10 October 25, 2018 (2018-10-25)978-4-08-844109-2
11 February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25)978-4-08-844172-6
12 June 25, 2019 (2019-06-25)978-4-08-844213-6

Live-action film[edit]

A live-action film directed by Takahiro Miki was released on August 14, 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.[7]

Anime film[edit]

On April 22, 2019, it was announced by Shueisha that the series would receive an anime film adaptation by A-1 Pictures. It was originally scheduled to premiere on May 29, 2020,[7] but was delayed to September 18, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4][19] The film is directed by Toshimasa Kuroyanagi, with Erika Yoshida handling the film's scripts, Yuu Yamashita designing the characters, and Yuuji Nomi composing the film's music.[6] The theme song for the film is "Gravity" by Bump of Chicken.[20] The main cast members from the live-action film also have cameo roles in the film.[21]

Reception[edit]

Volume 3 debuted at #4 on Oricon's Japanese Comic Ranking[22] and peaked at #2[23] and sold an estimated 325,010 copies in Japan.[24] Volume 4 debuted at #1 and sold an estimated 168,863 copies in its first week alone.[25] It sold an estimated 293,419 copies in a month and consistently ranked from October to November.[26] Volume 4 debuted with 168,863 copies.[27] Volume 5 debuted at #6, selling 110,175 copies[28] in its first week and peaking at #1 in its second week with 121,903 additional copies sold.[29]

The manga won the 2017 Shogakukan Manga Award in the shojo manga category.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Website for Love Me, Love Me Not". Viz Media. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "咲坂伊緒が贈る青春三部作、最終章! 映画『思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ』豪華声優& 初映像&初ビジュアルが解禁! ―4人の高校生が織りなす、切なすぎる恋―". Cho! Animedia (in Japanese). December 11, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ a b "'Love Me, Love Me Not' Anime Film Delayed Due to Coronavirus Disease COVID-19". Anime News Network. April 14, 2020. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  5. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (July 4, 2019). "Viz Media Licences Downfall, Prince Freya, Blue Flag, 'Love Me, Love Me Not' Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e "'Love Me, Love Me Not' Shōjo Anime Film's Teaser Reveals Cast, Staff, May 29 Debut". Anime News Network. December 9, 2019. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "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.
  8. ^ Chapter 1 page 33
  9. ^ Chapter 1
  10. ^ Chapter 1 page 34
  11. ^ Chapter 1 page 60
  12. ^ Chapter 4 page 42
  13. ^ Chapter 2 page 37
  14. ^ Chapter 5 page 33
  15. ^ Chapter 4 page 39
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Sakisaka Io Interview - Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare (Trans.)". Oh darling, begin again.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "'Love Me, Love Me Not' Anime Film Opens on September 18 After COVID-19 Delay". Anime News Network. July 20, 2020. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  20. ^ "'Love Me, Love Me Not' Anime Film Posts BUMP OF CHICKEN's Animated Music Video". Anime News Network. September 14, 2020. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  21. ^ "'Love Me, Love Me Not' Anime Film Features Cameos by Live-Action Version's Cast". Anime News Network. August 26, 2020. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  22. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, June 20–26". Anime News Network.
  23. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, June 27-July 3". Anime News Network.
  24. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, July 18–24". Anime News Network.
  25. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 24–30". Anime News Network.
  26. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, November 14–20". Anime News Network.
  27. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 9–15". Anime News Network.
  28. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, March 20–26". Anime News Network.
  29. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, March 27-April 2". Anime News Network.
  30. ^ "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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