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From The Moon in a Box:
Having lost his beloved wife and child in an accident, Michel, a doctor, discovers his life’s aspiration. One day in the gay district, he loses his way, and he spots a boy he knows. That boy, Alex, is the son of the beautiful musician, Christoph Adler. He visits Chris’s dressing room to discuss Alex, where Michel witnesses someone who appears to be Chris flirting with a man…
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Oooh, I won't say anything art-wise; hers is one that would be pretty polarizing; either it's too simple, or deliciously minimalist. Viewers beware.
But storyline? They shines. The 2 volume angst is very well-depicted and not annoying, it oozes of both eroticism and blatant nudity, and the ending --one of my teenie weenie critique about Negai Kanae Tamae-- is satisfying. And yay for married oyajis who's completely in love with their wives -- sorta!
The theme itself is pretty much messed up, but most of it is depicted in a sympathetic, matter-of-fact way. Yes, it's messy and the context is creepy, but it's depicted exactly in that way -- messy and creepy.
One of the best
Sure, the artwork may not be "OMG" amazing but the storyline? VERY well done. I was amazed at how it was drawn out. You want development? You got it. You want slow time to fall in love? You got it. You want some angst/drama? You got it. There is one chapter that involves rape, which doesn't mind me since I'm twisted like that, but that actually ties in with the plotline.
... Last updated on May 21st, 2010, 2:55am
Must read... with caution
This is the most graphic and demented I've seen from Nishida's works! Alex... Alex is such a beautiful boy, inside and out. What he goes through with Chris, it makes my heart ache. Chris is a volcano always on the verge of erupting. And when he spews, it's all sex and violence. That makes my heart ache, too.
And Michel, he must be screwed in the head, too, for tolerating those two. XD
Anyhow, this manga heavily portrays how much we are affected by our environment and the people that surround us during growing up. But no matter how harsh it is--who you are, it won't ever die down if you won't let it.
Re: Nishida's artwork, it's simple and clean and even with the older works, those who are meant to be pretty look pretty. Those that are supposed to be beautiful men are beautiful and yet still very masculine.
I have read many romance mangas but this is what I call a good emotional romance story! Chris reminds me of Yashiro from Saezuru Tori ha Habatakanai (Yoneda Kou)...
My favorite character was Chis not because he's the "cold & cool guy". Because underneath his mask, he's still a human.
I would also recommend this artists other work I read a long time ago: Negai Kanae Tamae. It's not as good as this but still... READ IT!
... Last updated on August 23rd, 2012, 8:52am
Though I do love Nishida in general, I love her far more when she decides to break from her yakuza\salarymen formula. So hurray to this enticing, incestual concerto!
One emotional ride!
I didn't want to touch this! I was scared of the all the hints at a dark and twisted ambience surrounding this story, and I was right. ;3; omg I was thrown back and forth! I hated Chris and felt so heartbroken for Alex and for Michel. Having known people in my own life, friends who have dealt with abuse and how it has affected them, I couldn't say to myself "but it doesn't happen like that" but of course a thousands times worse than what I've ever known personally. It's scary! The character created from these ideas is one I won't forget! I found I couldn't see clearly where each step would take our main characters, which was exciting! The story has humor and moments that made me laugh and smile, then moments that made me feel angry or left my heart aching. I think it's definitely a bitter-sweet story! Now forever completely in love with all these characters! I'm left wondering how things will be for Alex, Chris and Michel in the future, but although they have all been through painful experiences I feel they will definitely have a brighter, better life together! Best of luck to Michel! He picked a tough character to love, but by the end I loved him too!!! xD This author did an amazing job with a hauntingly beautiful story. I can't help but love it! Ah I find that in the end I still wanted more!
... Last updated on July 20th, 2012, 9:37pm
A very fine work
This is my favorite work of Nishida sensei so far.
Since I've discovered her works, I've loved them. I like the themes she's dealing with in her books, they're dark, tough and sad most of the time, and very well treated with subtlety and fine psychology. It makes the characters always endearing, even Chris here is more and more likeable as the pages go by. I ended up feeling empathy for him as his past is revealed, I didn't see a violent crazy man anymore, but just a man who's suffering. Somehow she always manages to make us feel the humanity of the characters.
In this one the subject is not only dark and tough, but also twisted. And where she dealt with this greatly is that she achieved to keep a certain morality, allowing us to feel safe enough, while flirting with the borders of the acceptable, leaving us sometimes almost asking for it and confused. This is done with great talent !
I also have to say that the yaoi theme in her works isn't that important. Actually I think I'd still read them even if they weren't yaoi mangas.
As for the artwork, it's true it's not my favorite type of style, but still, I think it fits perfectly the stories she's writing and the way she's telling them. There's an harmony between all the elements of her books.
Mixed feelings... but I loved it.
Best BL I've read in over a year. It's powerful. There's actual meaning. It's intense.
There are many flaws, of course, starting from the art style (kinda grows on you though... but the mouths are still weird sometimes. The expressions aren't drawn well, either). I felt the traumatic background story was handled too quickly. Shouldn't have gone for a plot that dark with only two volumes to work with. Mihael forgave Chris for what he did to his son way too quickly. Something like that would take at least 4 or 5 volumes. Cliche? I didn't think so. This is nothing like the other BL I've read, for the most case. They actually didn't pretend that HIV didn't exist, and even used condoms. The horrific backstory itself was handled more realistically. It's common for the chain of abuse to be passed through generations, which most other fiction tend to ignore. That kind of shit actually happens, so don't even with the "cliche", because it was executed much better than most. My biggest complaint, however, is that the mangaka chose to end with a flashback featuring Chris with someone else as the epilogue, and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Put that in the middle instead! Don't spoil the perfectly good ending before that!
Even though Chris was immensely flawed, I still find him incredibly interesting. Until the Alex-in-hospital scene (you know the disturbing one), I found him really likeable. Afterwards, I had... a lot of mixed feelings.
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The fact that he ordered his own servant to kill him if he ever did anything to Alex made it easier for me to half-forgive him.
Sexuality in this is not portrayed as black and white, which I appreciated. Mihael and Chris really have chemistry. I loved that. I also appreciated that there were other things besides Mihael and James and their relationship; they included Alex, who's also quite likeable, and dealing with lost loved ones in a natural, non-melodramatic, gently melancholic way. Usually, when you hear people dying of car accidents, you think "oh god, really? Not that BS again"--but the way it was said here, and phrased in a way that wasn't begging for sympathy... It was believable and well done. What I loved the most was when
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Mihael woke up and realized that Chris had shaved him, and was waiting for him probably at the concert hall. When he was done, Michael tore out a few of my heartstrings as clumsily as he grabbed those fake flowers and used it to shove aside the expensive bouquet some other guy was propositioning Chris with--curly stem and all. I pretty much melted when Chris tossed them aside and jumped Mihael right there and then oh my god i'm gonna die from the moe. And of course, the cum on the ceiling had me laughing my ass off. Ah, and when Chris smiled when he saw Mihael's reaction to that piece he played... oh man
Could've done without the you-know-what, but still really good nontheless. Definitely worth reading, but it's surely not for everyone. Golly, no BL has moved me this much for a while...
... Last updated on July 24th, 2014, 12:29pm
definitely great manga
AWESOME! Seriously I even forgot that i need to go sleep... Its kinda 5am atm... Ive just finished it and now I'm feeling an urge to write this... I'm an emotional person so I seldom read mangas tagged "tragedy", but thanks to comments here I gave it a go.
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Phew! Happy ending
Very expressive, emotional and nicely drawn manga. Funny, sad, cold, warm, sometimes disgusting, sometimes scary... with that kind of aftertaste that makes you go and write a comment here (on lj, on twitter... everywhere) because you just don't want to simply say "goodbye" to this story. Thanks alot Nishida-sensei, by far its the best her manga I've read.
i get it...it's deep, and that shit.. but,,, i dunno.. something it's missing!.. maybe it's because i wanted more chapters and that's what got me mad!!.. ¬¬' (yeah i think so...) LOL VERY GOOD MANGA! fantastic plot, great way of telling the story, just great pace.. i just wanted more chapters! is it to much too ask 4 MORE!!? i won't put a ten cause i'm really mad there's anything more!