Petite Lover, by HOSHINO Masami

Petite Lover, by HOSHINO Masami Title:Petite Lover
Author:HOSHINO Masami
ISBN# 4-09-136513-2
Flower Comics, 1998

The cuteness of the cover for this manga is what lured me into buy this one. That couple looks so cute! The artist’s name sounded familiar too, though it turned out I didn’t have anything else by her. However after reading this one, I will definitely look for her other works 🙂 This tankoubon contains three complete stories. the first story is the one actually called ‘Petite Lover’. On the back of this volume there is a picture of that guy and girl from the cover standing side by side, listing their basic stats (name, height, sex, age, etc) They looked like such a matched pair! They are the same age and the same height. This turns out to be the main theme of the first story in the volume.

Midori is 16 years old and 172 cm tall. This translates to around 5’6″ tall I think? Apparently this is a bit too tall for a girl in Japan because poor Midori finds herself dumped by her current boyfriend who seems to think thta Midori is too tall, and that it doesn’t feel like he is with a girl when he is with her. OUCH! Poor Midori feels like a giant. All the girls around her look so petite and cute, and can wear really nice high-heeled shoes. Midori dreams of being able to wear a cute dress and high heeled shoes like that, but with her height, it would look awful. Shortly after being dumped by her boyfriend, Midori is in a park with her friends consoling herself with a big can of Heineken beer. (Beer? And she is only 16??) Midori gets pretty drunk, but it turns out she isnt the only one drowning their sorrows in beer. She runs into a guy at the park named Naoki. Apparently his height is a problem too. He is 16 years old and 172 cm tall. Yep, the same exact height as Midori. But for him this is too short.

Anyway, Midori and Naoki run into each other a lot after that, and Midori finds herself liking Naoki a lot. Unfortunately there is another girl already after him, this extremely cute and petite girl named Meme. Meme is actually Naoki’s ex-girlfriend! As if Midori didn’t already feel uncomfortable about her height, now she has to contend with this super cute perfect girl! This is my favorite story in this volume, though the other two are cute as well. The second story involves a girl who is a famous model. I am still a bit confused about the third story ^_^ ;;; It has a girl named Eri who is apparently getting tutored for her exams by this cute baseball player from her school. However they spend most of her time arguing, and Eri thinks he is too annoying to be as cool as all her friends think he is. Then for some reason Eri finds a kangaroo abandoned in a box in an alley (a kangaroo O_O okay..) well it’s hard to explain, but this a cute romance story too 😛