Journal of anime ramblings, fiction works and reflections
The first time I read Love Celeb (by Mayu Shinjo) was during eighth grade and it became my favorite – after only three chapters from the first volume. My reason for it becoming an instant favorite was because it was romance, Gin was sexy,
there was sex(I was a perverted child, I admit). And Gin is sexy.
I completed the manga – and by completed I don’t mean stopping at some random point that I’m satisfied with (as is my norm) – I read all seven volumes (37.5 chapters) of it. It’s not the best shojo manga that I’ve read and the story was a bit lackluster, but I can overlook all of that…because Gin is sexy.
Seriously though, it wasn’t really great and at one point I lost interest in finishing it but I pulled through because I wanted to see how it ended, because so much UNNECESSARY CRAP was happening!
By the way, this is not a rant.
Basically the story is centered on Nakazono Kirara, a sixteen year old virgin whose lifelong dream is to be successful in the entertainment world. To do that, Hanamaki, her manager, tells her that to get what she wants and be successful, she needs to sleep with someone with great authority.
Enter Fujiwara “Gin” Ginzou, the most powerful man in Japan, who saved Kirara from getting raped. His grandfather is the prime minister and his father is a wealthy business man and politician.
And in .03 seconds of saving Kirara, Gin claimed her as his property (because she blurted out that it would have been her first time to her would-be rapist). Gin is known as the “Virgin Killer” – and that makes Kirara very attractive to him at the moment.
It didn’t take long before he pulled enough strings to give Kirara her dream and Hanamaki tried to sell her even more to Gin, just to please him. Gin tried to get her to sleep with him but she wouldn’t – although she was like putty in his hands whenever he started getting frisky with her. Within three chapters (and we’re still just in the first volume), Kirara fell in love with Gin but still didn’t give in – although she wanted to.
From there, the story is all about Gin trying to get Kirara to give in, thinking he can buy her with money – because with money everything is so easy – then, his perspective changes and he begins to fall in love with her – the generic love story.
What I loved about this is that they both had a happy ending.
What I hated about it is Kirara’s character, and the crap load of conflicts that were thrown into the manga. If the conflicts made sense then I’d have appreciated the story a bit more.
There was Shin Takano, Gin’s rival, who swindled Gin’s brother into signing some papers that gave Takano control over Gin’s property and he stripped Gin of his authority. He also tricked Kirara into believing that if she became his lover then he wouldn’t publicly disgrace Gin. She became his lover.
Gin was publicly disgraced.
The next conflict involved Makoto Jingu, Gin’s rival and politician who used Kirara as a means to bring about Gin’s downfall. Gin was put in prison for assault and battery because he saw a naked photo of Kirara that Jingu had. Jingu planned to sue for damages but Kirara pleaded for Gin. Jingu told her that if she became his woman, he would withdraw the lawsuit.
She did that. The lawsuit was withdrawn and she broke up with Gin afterwards.
But Gin was really in love with Kirara so he fought for her love and got her back and she apologized to him.
There were other stupid, little conflicts but those were the major ones that pissed me off. I’ve never come across such a weak and easy heroine in my life.
If I were Gin, I couldn’t even look at her because I’d probably pummel her six feet under.
Kirara is just one of the most unbelievable characters I’ve ever come across – in both anime and manga. She allowed herself to be used for stupid reasons and was just too gullible for my liking. It really affected how much I enjoyed the manga – and the stupid conflicts affected that too.
I rate the manga at a 6/10…and I think that’s still a bit too generous but as I said; it isn’t that bad – as ridiculous as it is.