A.I. Love You

 AILY   (Tokyopop, 2004-2005)

™ and © 2004 Ken Akamatsu
read right to left; b&w; Graphic Novel

When Hitoshi, perhaps the most spectacular geek in the history of manga, has Saati, his computer-generated perfect woman, step through his monitor, the neutered nerd doesn’t know what to do with her.

Sadly, neither does Ken Akamatsu, since what follows is a series of limp high-school “comic” adventures in which Saati uses her meager magical powers to help Hitoshi, earning the acrimony of class queen Kimika. There’s potential in the premise (certainly, for an adult film, anyway), but we’ve seen it all before and with far more interesting characters.

Hitoshi doesn’t need tea and sympathy so much as a slap, Saati is a total dishrag, and—instead of jealous and hateful—bad girl Kimika comes across as having had a mental breakdown. Even if we weren’t told in a text page, this obviously predates the creators’ insanely popular Love Hina series, since it’s inferior to it on every level. It’s to be hoped that more of Akamatsu’s undeniable talent will be more visible in future volumes.

— S.A. Bennett

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