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Product Details

  • Series: Loveless (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421543249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421543246
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Yun Kouga began her career as a doujinshi author and debuted in 1986 with the original manga Metal Heart, serialized in >Comic VAL. She is the creator of the popular series Loveless and Earthian, along with many manga and anime projects, including character design for Gundam 00. Her works Crown of Love and Gestalt are also published by Viz.

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All in all, if you're a Loveless fan pick this up.
Sammy
Finally after waiting for four years I have the next volume to hold in my hand and read.
Akia Oshba
Aside from that, everything else is just like the previous mangas.
Tyler Yates

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Seikara on September 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
You might notice that volume 9 is published by Viz, since Tokyopop went out of business, so it's not going to quite match when placed on the shelf next to your other volumes, since the title font's different and there's no small image of the cover on the spine. (Don't worry, the books are still the same size.) If you've read the first eight volumes as published by Tokyopop, it might be a bit jarring - at least it was for me - to read the names given name followed by surname rather than the surname before given name (as they are read in Japanese)that you've become accustomed to (i.e. instead of reading the protagonist's name as "Aoyagi Ritsuka," it's now written "Ritsuka Aoyagi"). It'll just take some getting used to.

Otherwise, the story and art are amazing, as usual, and it leaves you wishing the next volume would come out soon.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By lauranne on December 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Gah- I wanted so much to like this.

I adore Loveless, and American fans have waited so long now for an English version of the series to continue since the sad death of Tokyopop, that part of me is happy the volume just exists, regardless of quality. Kouga's story and art don't disappoint, the visual presentation is nice overall, and I suppose the translation is adequate if it's all one has access to. But the spots where someone along the way at Viz doesn't respect the audience enough to make sound editorial decisions are jarring and obvious, and detract from the coherence of the story.

Other reviewers have mentioned the Westernized name-ordering, and though I'm not much bothered by Western name-ordering per se, it's just a symptom of an overarching editorial policy of minimizing cultural differences in the text, presumably to make things "easier" for the reader, that in the end doesn't make things easier, just more confusing and shallower.

The most glaring example of where minimization of cultural differences becomes a problem for the coherence of the text is in the spells. In the Japanese version, the spells use somewhat formal, archaic language that the English version doesn't convey well, and more importantly, they also pretty much exclusively use a pronoun with specific connotations ("ware"- "I/we") that Soubi abandons in a critical scene (for "warera"- just "we"). The difference doesn't come through at all in the English version and it makes the whole point of the scene unclear and confusing.

Another example is when Kio calls Soubi "Sou" in the English version. The Tokyopop version wisely used "Sou-chan", which is the correct translation, but since Viz has decided not to use honorifics, it can't use -chan, and the difference matters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Yates on September 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
After nearly 4 years of wait, the new Loveless manga is finally here! The amazing creation of Yun Kouga with the most adorable cover yet, in my opinion!

For anyone who doesn't know what to expect, some things have changed. The manga is designed much differently on the outside cover compared to the ones done by Tokyopop, but they remind me more of the original Japanese versions, which is amazing. Also, instead of reading their names as Aoyagi Ritsuka, the names are now read as, for example, Ritsuka Aoyagi. Aside from that, everything else is just like the previous mangas.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the new installment of Loveless, and be sure to support Vol. 10 when it's released in January 2013. You will NOT be disappointed you did! ;)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sammy on October 3, 2012
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I'm so happy Loveless is being published again here in the US. Viz did a nice job with the packaging. I'm thankful they included the color page. Just in general, the overall packaging is better without that big ugly border around the name of the book Tokyopop put on their books. As some other reviews have said, the names are read as first name first as opposed to last name first and then first name. I honestly don't have much of an issue with that but just please be aware of it. All in all, if you're a Loveless fan pick this up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jesica Jones on January 28, 2013
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I fell in love with this series, probably one of the only manga series I keep up with. Great condition and arrived in a timely manner!! Great service.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eli on December 11, 2012
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After TokyoPop closed I was very hesitant about Viz picking up Loveless. It's a very unique, stylized series and viz in the past tended to package things very loud, plain, and blocky (ex. Shonen Jump manga, and their 'Shojo' line of manga). While the manga itself had a decent, despite more americanized, translation, the packaging left something to be desired. -Not with Loveless

This print of loveless is highly stylized on the cover, spine, and back, and is overall visually appealing and fitting for the series.

As for size, it's general manga size and fits right in with your collection. The cover feels nice and I like the paper. Printed pages have crisp lines and the front has a color insert (something I always love). The translation is good, despite it being a little hard to get used to the first names being written first now, compared to the inverted format tokyopop editions.
I'm looking forward to the 2-in-1 reprints viz will be offering of the earlier volumes 1-8.

As for the story it's the next part in the slice-of-life fantasy of Loveless. Don't start here, but if you've liked the series so far I'd recommend it, but as the series progresses, so far, it seems like it's becoming less and less a BL (boy love) story; so if you're looking for yaoi, you could be disappointed.
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