Selfish Love carries an 18+ age advisory. Kristy L. Valenti, writing for The Comics Journal, felt that rape fantasy played a part in the unwillingness of Ryuya, and enjoyed the portrayal of "fag hag" Azusa. Mike Dungan found the "near-rape" of Ryuya confronting, "killing any enjoyment" Dungan had for the first volume. He felt the manga improved with the character development of Orito, and that Ryuya's growing love for Orito made amends for the first volume's portrayal. He also enjoyed the character of Azusa, expressing a wish for a volume about her. Janet Crocker, writing for Animefringe, noted the lack of explicit sex in the title.