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Aishiteruze Baby, Volume 1

Review

Aishiteruze Baby, Volume 1

Being a parent is hard, especially when you're 17! Kippei is a playa and is happy that way, but one small girl might be his undoing. When his cousin Yuzuyu is left with his family after her mother's disappearance, Kippei's older sister decides that he is the perfect person to look after Yuzuyu. Now, instead of going on dates, Kippei is learning to make bento boxes. The girls in his class are jealous that he no longer is paying attention to them, and one girl decides to do something drastic.

I'd been resisting reading this book because I was already a fan of CROSSROAD, and I read BABY & ME in Shojo Beat. I figured it would be like those two teens-creating-their-own-family stories, and it is a little, but Yoko Maki's characters are lively enough to support their own story. Kippei is a typical good-looking boy who thinks of girls and little else, but his interactions with Yuzuyu show him also to be a guy who truly likes women. He tries to do the best for Yuzuyu, and when he makes a mistake, he's willing to work to fix it. Yuzuyu is portrayed as very cute, but she generally acts like a five-year-old instead of being too wise for her years. 

This first volume is slightly disappointing only because the troublemaker is drawn as overweight and not very good looking, but Kippei's treatment of her is even-handed, and readers can see the growth he's undergone. Maki's art is shojo-cute, with lots of flowers and sweetness, but nothing out of the ordinary. Overall, I found this first volume to be a nice beginning to a fairly short (seven-book) series. Recommended for fans of realistic, family stories who also enjoy a cute boy and a little romance.

Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith on April 4, 2006

Aishiteruze Baby, Volume 1
by Yoko Maki

  • Publication Date: April 4, 2006
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN-10: 1421507110
  • ISBN-13: 9781421507118