My Love Story!! follows the humorous and eventful life of Takeo Goda, a tall and muscular high school student who does not have much luck with women, as every girl he likes ends up falling for his best friend, Makoto Sunakawa, who is charming and good-looking. This all changes for the better when he saves Rinko Yamato, a petite shy girl who, above all other expectations, falls in love with Takeo, beginning a unique love story.
Looking at the two of them, they seem like an unlikely couple, both in regard to physical size and nature. But they go together like peanut butter and jelly, like salt and pepper, like shoes and socks and well, you get the gist of it. But it’s not wrong to point out the fact that no matter how loving, their relationship is pretty unconventional and different from what we’re used to seeing in other romance animes.
What makes My Love Story!! unconventional?
They say that the best love stories are the ones where you fall in love with the most unexpected person at the most unexpected time. We don’t know who “they” are for sure, but they seem to be correct about this particular couple. They may have their share of differences like-
- For starters, the male protagonist is not conventionally attractive. In most romance animes, the male protagonist is handsome and popular. Takeo, on the other hand, is tall and muscular, but he is also very clumsy and has a kind of brutish charm.
- The female protagonist is not shy or passive. In most romance animes, the female protagonist is shy and reserved. Rinko, on the other hand, is outgoing and confident. She is not afraid to make the first move and express her feelings for Takeo.
- Their relationship is not based on looks or superficiality. In most romance animes, the relationship between the two protagonists is based on their physical attraction to each other. Takeo and Rinko’s relationship is based on their shared values and their genuine love for each other.
- The couple faces challenges and discrimination. In most romance animes, the couple’s relationship is smooth sailing. Takeo and Rinko’s relationship faces challenges, such as the disapproval of their friends and family. They also face discrimination because of their physical appearance.
How do they still make the relationship work?
The truth is- genuine connection is being at ease. It is peace. When you find it, you will know. You will feel seen. You will feel respected. At the end of the day, the human beings that surround you in your life should not exhaust you, hollow you out, or leave you feeling like you are hard to love.
You have to focus on standing for that kind of connection here because, for every Takeo who feels unloved and alone, there exists a Rinko who believes otherwise. Trust that this connection exists, on-screen and off-screen. Trust that it will find you too.
Despite the challenges they face, Takeo and Rinko’s love for each other is strong. They are willing to fight for their relationship and to overcome any obstacles in their way. My Love Story!! is a refreshing and heartwarming anime that shows that love can conquer all. Watch all the episodes here to join in on the love parade.