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To Love-Ru
To Love-Ru manga volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume.
To LOVEる -とらぶる-
(To LOVEru -Toraburu-)
Genre Harem comedy, Sci-fi
Manga
Author Saki Hasemi
Illustrator Kentaro Yabuki
Publisher Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run April 24, 2006August 31, 2009
Volumes 18 (List of volumes)
TV anime
Director Takao Kato
Studio Xebec
Licensor Canada United States Sentai Filmworks
Republic of China Top-Insight International
Network Japan TBS, MBS, CBC, BS-i, AT-X
Original run April 3, 2008September 25, 2008
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Game
To Love-Ru -Trouble- Waku Waku! Rinkangakkō-hen
Developer Marvelous Interactive
Publisher Marvelous Interactive
Genre 2D and 3D visual novel & mini games
Rating CERO: Ages 12 and over (B)
Platform Nintendo DS
Released August 28, 2008
Game
To Love-Ru -Trouble- Doki Doki! Rinkaigakkō-hen
Developer Marvelous Interactive
Publisher Marvelous Interactive
Genre 2D visual novel
Rating CERO: Ages 12 and over (B)
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released October 2, 2008
Original video animation
Director Takao Kato
Studio Xebec
Released April 3, 2009 – ongoing
Runtime 25 minutes
Episodes 6
Anime and Manga Portal

To Love-Ru (とらぶる Toraburu?) is a Japanese manga series written by Saki Hasemi, and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki, creator of Black Cat. The manga began serialization in Shueisha's manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump on April 24, 2006; as of November 4, 2009, sixteen bound volumes have been published in Japan. A drama CD was released in February 2008 with an original story. A twenty-six episode anime series adaptation by Xebec aired in Japan between April and September 2008. A video game was released on the Nintendo DS in August 2008, and another game for the PlayStation Portable was released in October 2008. The title, when written in Japanese hiragana as Toraburu (とらぶる?), translates to "trouble".

Contents

Plot

The story of To Love-Ru revolves around Rito Yūki, a high-school student who cannot confess to the girl of his dreams, Haruna Sairenji. One day when coming home and sulking in the bathtub, a mysterious, nude girl appears out of nowhere. Her name is Lala and she comes from the planet Deviluke, where she is the heir to the throne. Her father wants her to return to her home planet so she can marry one of the husband candidates. But she decides that she wants to marry Rito in order to stay on Earth. Commander Zastin has been ordered to bring Lala back and has already battled Rito. He reports to the emperor that Rito would be suited to marry Lala, after hearing Rito, who was actually defending himself instead of Lala, says that marriage is impossible unless it is with the person you love. Lala truly falls in love with Rito and decides that she wants to marry Rito after hearing what he said. Her father decides that, if Rito is able to protect Lala from her fiancés, then he can marry her, but if Rito cannot protect Lala from her other fiancés and meet the king's expectations, Lala's father will kill Rito and destroy the Earth.

Media

Manga

To Love-Ru began as a manga series written by Saki Hasemi with illustrations by Kentaro Yabuki. The manga started serialization in Shueisha's manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump on April 24, 2006. The first bound volume was released on November 11, 2006 in Japan, and as of February 4, 2010, 17 volumes have been published by Shueisha.[1] The August 31, 2009 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump published the last chapter of the manga.

Drama CD

A drama CD for To Love-Ru was released on February 29, 2008 with an original story, featuring the voice cast used in the anime, along with character songs.

Anime

An anime series adaptation produced by Xebec and directed by Takao Kato aired in Japan between April 3 and September 25, 2008, and contains twenty-six episodes. The anime uses characters and general themes from the original manga, it captures various chapters and events from the manga in no specific order. The anime's opening theme is "Forever We Can Make It!" by Thyme, the first ending theme for episodes one through thirteen is "Lucky Tune" (ラッキーチューン Rakkī Chūn?) by Anna, and the second ending theme is "Kiss no Yukue" (kiss の行方?), also by Anna. Three original video animation episodes have been announced and will be shipped starting on April 3, 2009 with pre-ordered copies of the manga's thirteenth volume and continue through the fourteenth and fifteenth volumes.[2] An additional three OVA episodes have been announced and will be released with the bundled version of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth volumes.[3] The anime is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks and distributed by Section23 Films. The complete collection part one containing the first half-season was released on December 15, 2009.[4] Part two containing the latter half-season was released on February 16, 2010.

Video games

Two To Love-Ru video games have been released.[5] The first is a 2D and 3D visual novel on the Nintendo DS entitled To Love-Ru: Exciting Outdoor School Version (To LOVEる-とらぶる- ワクワク! 林間学校編 To Love-Ru -Trouble- Waku Waku! Rinkangakkō-hen?) which was released on August 28, 2008.[5] The second is a 2D adventure visual novel on the PlayStation Portable entitled To Love-Ru: Exciting Beach School Version (To LOVEる-とらぶる- ドキドキ! 臨海学校編 To Love-Ru -Trouble- Doki Doki! Rinkaigakkō-hen?) which was released on October 2, 2008.[6]

Reception

The seventh manga volume was the best selling manga volume in its first week of release in Japan.[7]

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