Tandem Lover – Manga Review

Japanese Title: Tandem Lover

 

Genre: Yuri Action Science Fiction

Length: 1 volume

 

Positives:

  • Great attention to detail in the mechs. Every dial, every screw, detailed.

Negatives:

  • Poor romantic timing.
  • No character development or build-up.

Tandem Lover takes place in the near future at a mech piloting school. The slowest pilot in the school is paired with another girl for the final exam – both are on the verge of failing out of school. There’s also another story about two girls who bond over mech electronics and maintenance.

Sadly, even though I like the idea of a mech school, the stories are shallow. The characters don’t go anywhere and each event has a distinct lack of tension or drama. Is confessing your love in the middle of an exam necessary? It’s not as though they are about to die or anything – it’s an exam! A bit stupid really.

Art – High

Visuals reminiscent of Tin Tin. Love the mech detailing and cross-sections.

Story – Low

The characters don’t develop over the course of these shallow stories.

Recommendation: Don’t bother. Despite the nice art, Tandem Lover’s narrative is too flat.

(Find out more about the manga recommendation system here.)

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