Much to Akira’s dismay, his lecherous tutor from middle school, Sho Kasuga, has suddenly reappeared. Akira has a secret from his past that he doesn’t want Mizuki to know, and he’s terrified Sho will reveal it!
After hearing some of the reviews of the first few volumes of Ai Ore!, I was ready to give this series a permanent pass. Future reviews said the series got better, so when this volume became available for review, I decided to give it a try. I did like the first part of the volume, but the second part really negated the first, leaving me feeling rather icky about the whole thing.
Akira, the boy who looks like a girl, and Mizuki, the girl who looks like a boy, are preparing for their first date. It was really cute watching them prepare, as they went into places they didn’t normally go. Mizuki going out to by a skirt, and Akira looking at suits with his friend Bambi. It was like watching an innocent romance with all their nervous feelings, and I really felt for both of them over the misunderstanding that gets them into their first fight. It was all very sweet.
But when Akira starts to be more aggressive, it stopped being fun and cute. I still liked Mizuki. She still has an innocent air about her. But not Akira. He went from seeming cute to sleazy. After he “confesses” to Mizuki, he becomes all leers and suggestive with her. It was a big contrast to the first half of the volume. It was a little too big for my tastes. It’s like Akira did a 180°, and I wasn’t comfortable with it all. As a result, my enjoyment of this volume dived.
Ai Ore! tried to trick me into thinking it was cute rom-com, but it couldn’t hide its true nature for long. It does have good art, and Akira and Mizuki do look suitably gender neutral. There is also a good variety of character designs, so there isn’t any trouble telling the characters apart. I almost thought I could like Ai Ore!, but the icky feeling I got at the end will keep me from continuing with this series.