Rito has crush on Haruna, Can Not Spit It Out, Lala (alien) lands in boy's bathtub, boy acquired Unwanted Harem, Fan Service ensues. Content: Fan Service, Fan Service, and more Fan Service. The bad:
- They Wasted A Perfectly Good Plot. It could have been about Rito's response to suddenly becoming the heir to the entire universe, and the dealing with Lala's other suitors, but that gets shoved to the side early on to focus on the Unwanted Harem antics.
- There's so much Fan Service that it can choke the plot, although it depends on your tolerance for fanservice.
- There's very little depth or originality.
- To Love Ru obviously not supposed to be deep, and doesn't pretend to be. Despite the lack of innovation, it's still entertaining; the characters, are quirky enough, and interact well. The entire thing is so absurd at points that it's good for a laugh.
- Most of the absurdity seems to come from the aliens (Ren/Run does a Gender Bender when s/he sneezes), and their technology (Lala's inventions, all the stuff that Run orders, etc.) The ridiculousness of everything that happens makes up for the lack of originality in the plot. I can't think of any other series where a beach chapter includes a sentient watermelon with Naughty Tentacles.
- If you are so inclined, the Fan Service can indeed be a good thing.
- Yami and Mikan. Two of the more entertaining characters in the series.
- The art isn't particularly spectacular, but but it's certainly good, and Rito often has really funny facial expressions.
- The serious character moments, while sparse, are genuinely sweet and "awwww" worthy; despite the cookie-cutter plot, the characters still have enough depth to make you care.
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