Manga: Love Is In The Bag

Love is in the Bag is a weird Slice of Life comedy Manga about a girl named Kate Menella, who has a crush on local hottie Calvin Jacobs. It would be somewhat typical if it weren't for the fact that she turns into a bag everytime she gets excited. With the help of her best friend, Kara Francesco, Kate gets over her shyness and is able to get together with Calvin. Except for all the things standing in her way, such as basketball tournaments and a girl claiming to be Calvin's previous girlfriend.

Lots and lots of awkward situations ensue due to the antics of Kara and her friends, Chloe and Lorelei, in trying to get Kate and Calvin together.

Written by Ace Vitangcol with art by Jed Siroy and Andrew Agoncillo, and with writers Ryan Cordova and Glenn Que, produced by Studio Studio and Alturia Hill Publishing, it is a Filipino comic drawn in a manga style.

Love is in the Bag was concluded after five volumes, but Word of God has delivered spin-offs, including a Clueless Mystery light novel The Great Donut Caper!, and the Slice of Life graphic novel Bag Together which is set 3 years after the events of the final volume. The comic's Facebook page can be found here.

Another manga by the same makers is Angel Crush, which is set in the same universe and features cameos from Love is in the Bag characters.

Tropes employed in this series:

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Kate's mom, Lulu.
  • Accidental Pervert: Calvin. Although some members of the cast have their moments.
  • The Ace: Calvin Jacobs is hailed as one of the most talented basketball players of the country, although his status as number one is debatable, as his rival Mark Spencer seems to surpass him in many aspects of the game, as well as being a better physical specimen.
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of Kate's father, and possibly Kate.
  • Annoying Laugh: Lorelei often laughs boisterously (BWAHAHAHA) to the chagrin of everyone in the vicinity, while Lulu's laughter (OHOHOHO) only annoys Kate.
  • Anticlimax: The revelation of Louis's last name in Chapter 4.
  • Art Evolution: The author discusses the constant improvement in their art style in the post-story message in every volume.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!:
    Chloe: Ooh, a unicorn!
  • Baleful Polymorph: Happened to Kate's father, and it is implied that it will happen to Kate eventually.
  • Beach Episode: In Volume 1.
  • Beat Panel
  • Berserk Button: DO NOT insult Calvin or Mark in front of Chloe EVER.
  • Big "NO!": Chloe does this twice in Book 4 when the official couples are finally established. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny
    • The boys also do this in Book 1 when Kara tells Lorelei instead of the H-Girl to ride with the boys in the BeachEpisode Arc.
    Kara: Guys, she's with me.
    Louis: NOOOOOOO!!!!
    Lorelei: *Waves at Kara nervously*
    Kara: Guess there's no choice. Lorelei, you ride with the guys.
    Lorelei: Consider yourselves lucky to be in my presence!
    Calvin, Mark and Louis: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
    Kara: Shut it you meanies!
  • Bishōnen: Calvin and Mark.
  • Bland-Name Product
  • Break Her Heart To Save Her: Lulu asks Calvin to do this to Kate at the start of Volume 4.
  • Brick Joke: The unicorn at the end of Volume 2 returns at the beginning of Volume 3, and it's with Chloe.
  • Butt Monkey: Both Louis and the Mysterious Mystery Gang.
  • Cannot Spit It Out
  • Cat Girl: Not literally, but Kara is often compared to one. She even pulls out cat ears from hammerspace!
  • Cerebus Syndrome/Drama Bomb: The last few chapters of Volume 3 start this, with the revelation of the nature of Kate's "condition". Played with, since there are still a couple of hilarious moments in the fourth volume.
  • Cliff Hanger: Volume 4 ends with Kate turned into a bag, which, for the entire volume, was hinted at to be permanent.
  • Character Tics: plenty of characters have signature gestures or tics.
    • Kate blushes whenever she discusses Calvin.
    • Kara blushes, sweats, and turns her head sideways when she speaks with or about Mark Spencer.
    • Mark mutters "tsk" whenever he encounters tough defense in basketball.
    • Calvin smiles and tilts his head whenever he's lying about his health.
    • Calvin laughs and scratches the back of his head whenever he has to explain himself.
    • Louis' nose bleeds when he discusses the pink-haired girl in volume 1.
    • Lorelei's snaggletooth is visible whenever she cheerfully explains her plans.
    • Genevieve is often shown crossing her arms just above her waist.
  • Chaste Hero: Calvin Jacobs. He doesn't even get the meaning of "date."
  • The Chew Toy: Louis V, due to Lorelei and Chloe's shenanigans.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Chloe. Between her Genki Girl status and her tendency for Imagine Spots, this is really the way to describe her.
  • Cooking Duel: In Volume 3, as a way of determining who gets Calvin's affection.
  • Covert Pervert: Mark Spencer. His eyes turn into "Mark Scope 2.0" when he checks out the cup sizes of girls...
  • Date Peepers: Kara usually does this, although many of the characters (including Kate herself!) have had their moments as Date Peepers.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Lulu Menella
  • Food Porn: The authors took pictures of actual dishes made out of instant noodles and used it in the comic. Needless to say, it looks delicious.
  • Genki Girl: Chloe.
  • Imagine Spot
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Used mercilessly in chapter titles.
  • Informed Ability: Lorelei being a genius. Lampshaded multiple times.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Genevieve lost to Kate, she immediately puts on this front.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Lots, used along with Fun with Subtitles.
  • Medium Awareness: The series delves into this occasionally, but Fourth Wall Guy takes the cake for this.
  • Meganekko: Lorelei
  • Meta Guy: There's a random guy that appears every now and then, and he's quite Genre Savvy and aware of the situation at all times.
  • Mood Whiplash: After all the angst in Volume Three and the start of Volume Four, the mood shifts from comedic to heartwarming to angsty all too easily.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Mark, by Louis, because he thought that Mark was peeping at Calvin. Even more so by Volume 4, where Louis misunderstood what Calvin said about Mark coming out of the closet.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The Japanese transfer student. Lampshaded multiple times by her classmates and friends.
  • The Napoleon: Lorelei is sometimes teased by Mark, Mara, Calvin and Louis for her stature, to which she takes offense.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Genevieve often laughs like this.
  • No Name Given: The Japanese transfer student. The only thing we know about her name is that it starts with an H. Eventually subverted by Louis Vee.
  • Puff of Logic: Fourth Wall Guy tells Chloe that unicorns don't exist, prompting the unicorn she caught to vanish.
  • Punch Clock Villain: The Mysterious Mystery Gang, who apparently want Kate so that they can find out the secret to her transforming.
  • The Ojou: Genevieve Van Heusen
  • Relationship Upgrade: Kate and Calvin in Volume 3, Kara and Mark in Volume 4
  • Running Gag: There's a guy that appears in Volume Two onwards who gets something falling on him everytime. Before the thing in question hits him, he says "What the - ". It's a Homage to a friend of the author.
  • Rich Bitch: Genevieve Van Heusen. Eventually subverted.
  • Rickroll: In Volume 3.
  • Serious Business: Basketball.
  • Shirtless Scene
  • Shout-Out: Channel |B| or CH|B|, as a shout out to a certain image board.
    • A poster in Calvin's room says Suramu Danku!
    • The box that Kara carries says Pani Poni.
    • Ruthlessly done in Volume 3, where Chloe does a chain of shout outs to Batman while trying to squeeze Louis's secret out of him. Even lampshaded by Fourth Wall Guy.
    Fourth Wall Guy: We're thiiiis close to getting sued.
  • Shrinking Violet: Kate, but she more or less gets over it after Calvin finally notices her.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Done by Kara when it comes to her relationship with Mark.
  • Teen Genius: NOT Lorelei, instead, the title goes to Mara Spencer, who actually teaches Mechanical Engineering at the local university. And she's only thirteen!
  • Theme Naming: The foreigners' names are taken from the names of clothing companies, such as Mark Spencer and Genevieve Van Heusen. Subverted by Louis Vee, which was supposed to be Louis Vuitton.
  • Tsundere: Kara, especially when it comes to Mark.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The relationship between Kate and Kara.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Donuts for Chloe.
  • Wall of Text: Lampshaded in Volume Two.
    Warning: Basketball content.
  • Weirdness Censor: Played with; everyone except the transfer students from London knows about Kate's condition, and it takes Calvin until near the end of Volume 1 (despite it happening in front of him) and Mara, Mark and Genevieve until Volume 3 to finally notice.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Calvin is afraid of doctors, which is why he refused to have his injury checked.
  • Wrench Wench: Mark's sister, Mara.
    She is often seen riding, maintaining, and repairing CoolBikes.
  • Yandere: There is a possibility that Chloe is one, but she's too ditzy to follow up on her tendencies.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Chloe, who fantasizes about Mark and Calvin. A lot.
  • Yonkoma: At the end of Volume 4.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: H-girl (Pink) and Lorelei (Purplish), possibly Kara, since it may be set in the Philippines. Justified with Genevieve, Mark and Mara, since they are transfer students from London.