The First Stage of Love is a yaoi manga written and illustrated by Kazuhiko Mishima. The manga was released by Core Magazine on December 23, 2004 in Japan.[1][2] It is licensed in English by Digital Manga Publishing, which released the manga 8 April, 2008 under its Juné imprint.[3]


Briana Lawrence enjoyed that the characters' insecurities were "normal", especially enjoying the inclusion of an overweight character as a romantic protagonist, which she regards as unusual for the yaoi genre.[4] Holly Ellingwood described the manga as "cute", enjoying the "gentle comedy".[5]


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  3. "The First Stage of Love - Juné Manga". Juné. April 8, 2008. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  4. Lawrence, Briana (January 06, 2010). "First Stage of Love, The Vol. #01". Mania. Retrieved 2010-06-27.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. Ellingwood, Holly (April 6, 2008). "The First Stage of Love (Advance Review)". ActiveAnime. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 

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