"Zig-Zag" and "Venus in Love", vol 1

“Zig-Zag” and “Venus in Love” are two mediocre manga series written by Yuki Nakaji. “Zig-Zag”, which is still currently running in LaLa magazine, is about 3 male high school students whose lives seem to revolve around flowers. One of the guys Takaaki looks like a little girl and has a crush on his older cousin Marika. Takaaki’s roommate, the mysterious Sonoh, ran away from home. He’s the first son of a family that is famous for arranging flowers. And lastly, Tatsuki, who is obsessed with the small and meek Mei. This first volume lays down no story and seems to serve only the function of character introduction.

“Venus in Love” gets more to the point. This manga is about Suzuna, a naive college freshman, who is living on her own for the first time. Her new neighbor, Eichi, a boy is also in love with the same guy Suzuna has developed a crush on — Fukumi. Sigh … Sigh … Get over Fukumi and move on …

Both stories, so far, are so innocuous that they are basically inert. I don’t feel the need to actually buy anymore “Venus in Love” because it’s not funny or daring enough and “Zig-Zag” I can read from the Lala mags I already get. I imagine the story hasn’t progress very much in the past 3-years.

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