Venus in Love 2Posted: March 3, 2009
I actually really like this series, which is surprising since it’s mostly just a fluffy light read. I think the thing that gets me about it is that all the characters are happy all the time, or are in the process of trying to cheer up someone else. There are probably excessive amounts of stupid jokes being passed around, but it’s hard to begrudge the characters this since it seems to please them immensely. I’ve never seen a series with a mood as upbeat as this one, and it’s probably a good palate cleanser between volumes of Basara, where the characters often have murder in their hearts.
Anyway, yes, tennis camp, tennis practice, some bonding between Suzuna and Eichi, and a new love interest for Fukami that is neither of them. I was hoping for more of an interesting rivalry between Suzuna and Eichi since I’ve never seen a love triangle where one of the possible matches for the boy was another boy. Suzuna and Eichi don’t really seem like rivals, though. They seem… like a future couple. All signs point to yes for this, but on the other hand, Eichi is gay. How will this work? This mystery, transparent as it looks (Eichi and Suzuna will totally hook up), also piques my interest a bit.
A few downer bits are introduced, including a recent death of someone close to Eichi and… well, a random car accident. The former was actually handled quite well, since it was a real downer for Eichi and he both took the anniversary well and was supported by Suzuna. There was a nice cry-on-my-shoulder scene, which is somehow even nicer in this series since the mood is so happy all the time that even this seemed bittersweet in its way. The story did not pause for the car accident, though, which I found to be a little disturbing. Everyone smiled their way straight through that one, which I suppose was fine since it wasn’t very serious.
Venus in Love: if you don’t mind the light read, it is guaranteed to make your day a little happier.