To put it bluntly, To Love Ru
is your cookie-cutter ecchi manga. When it began in 2006, there was nothing extraordinary about the plot. It features the usual beta-male protagonist whose sole purpose is to act as a self-insertion for us beta fans, a variety of beautiful women who are attracted to the beta for an inexplicable reason (well, not totally inexplicable
), and a salvageable plot that was never salvaged. Needless to say, had the manga simply ended in 2009, all we would have would be another manga trying to ride the coattails of Kanokon
, Love Hina
, Ranma One Half
, and every other harem manga afterwards.
However, To Love Ru didn't
end. After a hiatus due to the artist's complicated marriage, the manga rebooted as To Love Ru Darkness
. Among the changes made, the manga became even raunchier (presently, it could be considered borderline hentai), and some effort has been done with the plot. Yeah, the protagonist is still a pussy, but at least one of his love interests is actively trying to get him laid in what she calls "the carnivore plan". While I applaud the idea of the protagonist becoming Makoto Ito without
being an asshole, the presentation of said plot seems to paint the love interest as a hypersexual bitch who doesn't care if the protagonist wants to settle down with one woman. No, she wants him to be surrounded with bitches and whores, whether he wants to or not. In a way, it's almost like rape. Except you tropers are fine with it because she's the one on top.
But of course, you awkward otaku, plot comes secondary in this manga. Ass and titties are inserted in the manga whenever possible, even if there is no need for it. That being said, if you want a summary of this review, it would be this: It's okay if you're too beta to look up actual porn. If you're hoping that the plot will improve, then I suggest you quit hoping. Unless they do a deconstruction *
, you're just going to get T&A. Live with it.note