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Absolute Boyfriend, Vol. 1


Absolute Boyfriend, Vol. 1

Riiko has had it with mail-order products. Everything she buys is defective! But what’s more upsetting to her is the fact she doesn’t have a boyfriend. She’s living alone for the time being because her parents are away with work, and she tries to make life better by telling a boy she likes him. He turns her down flat.

So Riiko tries ordering in another product. She orders herself a boyfriend.
He shows up in a box and has to be activated through a kiss. Riiko’s already filled out information on how she wants him, so he has talented attributes and near supernatural powers. He’s also very good-looking. There’s a three-day free trial, so she figures she can have a boyfriend for almost half of a week. But—oops!—she doesn’t return him in time. That means he is officially hers now, and she has to pay a million dollars to keep him!
She names her boyfriend Night, and he’s somewhere between a human and a robot. He’s programmed to be perfect for her, but he’s still a little dense sometimes because he hasn’t been alive long. He has an issue of taking his clothes off until an embarrassed Riiko screams for him to put them back on. He’s very much in love with her, and despite whatever faults he has, Riiko can’t help but be amazed by all the things he does well. So where will she get a million dollars?
She ends up working something out with the company. After this, other girls notice Night and try to get him for themselves. They even create a fanclub dedicated to him. And Night himself tries to help pay for his hefty price tag by working as a male escort at a nightclub. One of his customers kisses him, and this is a problem. Remember how he was brought to life through a kiss? Whenever he’s kissed, he becomes the devoted boyfriend of the kisser. So Riiko has to get him back. There’s also the issue of Soshi, Riiko’s next door neighbor, because he has his eyes on Riiko, too. Then Rikko’s parents come home and things get to be more of a mess.

Absolute Boyfriend has a great deal of fun in being outrageous. Night’s perfection—but lack of humanity—is the stuff of fantasy. It spoofs romantic stories while still having a love triangle of Riiko, Night, and Soshi. It’s a very amusing series, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Aimed for older teens for brief nudity and bawdy humor, Absolute Boyfriend ought to continue to attract readers who want a playful and silly manga series.

Reviewed by Danica Davidson on July 2, 2012

Absolute Boyfriend, Vol. 1
by Yuu Watase

  • Publication Date: February 7, 2006
  • Genres: Graphic Novel
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN-10: 1421500167
  • ISBN-13: 9781421500164