Love, Hate, Love.
“I can’t recover from hating something I once loved again.“
Love, Hate, Love. is a josei romance manga by the very talented and versatile Yamashita Tomoko. That should be all that’s necessary to convince others to read it. But in case it’s not, I have a little something more. Truthfully, I wanted to make another detailed oyaji themed post, but I keep getting side-tracked by these great titles I want to include and end up covering them instead. So it’s been a bit unbalanced with lots of josei manga lately. But don’t worry (or breathe a sigh of relief), I’ll cover something raunchy to off-set it at some point~
Emiya Kiwako is 28 year old professional ballerina and instructor going through a rough time in her life.
Frustrated with always being told what to do, Kiwako cuts her long hair off and decides she’s going to quit dancing and do all the things she couldn’t do before, such as smoking, eating sweets, and guys. She’s been so focused on her dancing that she’s never had a serious relationship with a man. Determined to experience love, Kiwako sets her sights on her neighbor that she met recently. While there’s some mutual attraction, it’s pretty shocking when she blurts out if it’s okay for her to fall in love with him.
It’s hard to blame her–who can resist a Yamashita Tomoko oyaji?! Impossible. Her neighbor is a 52 year old German culture professor named Nuihara Keisuke. He actually recognizes Kiwako since he frequents the bar she works at in the evenings. Sadly, she doesn’t recognize him! The story basically follows their very casual, but refreshing interactions.
Love, Hate, Love. is essentially a coming of age story, which is a bit odd considering her older age. But it’s never too late! As a result, Kiwako comes off a bit naive, but earnest. She struggles with her own personal direction and overly fixates on Nuihara somewhat, but it still comes off as a very sweet story. She gets to know him better, is confronted with his insecurities of seeing a much younger woman, and learns that it’s okay to sometimes dislike something you love.