Manga Pick of the Week: My Love Mix-Up! by Wataru Hinekure and Aruko

For this week's mangas pick I’d like to recommend the chaotic and hilarious coming of age romantic comedy with refreshing bisexual representation for the shojo genre, My Love Mix-Up! If you’re a fan of love triangles and the miscommunication trope, but dislike how they are usually executed, I think you will enjoy reading this.

It follows Aoki, a boy who has a crush on the girl who sits next to him in class, Hashimoto. The story begins when one day he borrows Hashimoto’s eraser, but notices it has “Ida”, the name of the boy who sits in front of him, and a heart written on it. In shock and heartbreak, Aoki suddenly drops the eraser. And to make matters worse, Ida picks it up and hands it back to Aoki, but not before noticing his own name on it. Not wanting to embarrass the girl he likes by exposing her own private feelings, Aoki claims the eraser belongs to him.

This is only the first in a series of misunderstandings that makes for one of the funniest manga I have read in a long time. I actually can’t remember the last time I laughed out loud this much at something I read. Aoki is the personification of the phrase “bi-panic”, and after he is cornered into spending more time with Ida, he begins to understand on a personal level why Hashimoto fell for him.

One of my favorite parts of this manga is how the illustrator seamlessly switches back and forth between the classic, dreamy shojo manga art style to a more unrefined, borderline ugly yet extremely expressive style that perfectly suits the chaotic emotions that Aoki is feeling on his journey of self discovery and confronting his own feelings. Not only is it hilarious, but it’s a tooth-rottingly sweet story with a variety of flawed characters that are impossible not to love, and will keep you coming back.