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Main Story: Rooftop Scenery High schooler Minaguchi finds himself noticing the otherwise ordinary Andou and cannot keep his eyes off of him. But this year they were put into separate classes and Minaguchi is thrilled to not only see him again after a long time, but also to find out that Andou likes spending his lunch break Tuesdays on the rooftop to sleep... Now he finally has a place to meet the unsuspecting Andou at, and to snap photos of him with his new cell phone!
The Vast Summer Sky Yuusuke used to spend summers in the countryside with his favourite uncle, Toshiya, at their family home. Five years later, Yuusuke returns to the countryside and learns the reason Toshiya was recently let go from his job.
7) Love is Neither Dream Nor Flower Tsukamoto picks up Hirochika outside of a convenience store and they begin to have sex casually. One day, Tsukamoto shows Hirochika a photo album of his first love. It troubles Hirochika so much that he seeks out his ex-girlfriend’s opinion on the matter and she tells him, “the deeper you fall for someone, the more painful it gets.”
8) The Andou Circuit (Main Story Extra) The warmer season has arrived, Andou and Minaguchi is back to their favourite spot.
屋上風景 Love is Neither Dream Nor Flower Rooftop Scenery The Vast Summer Sky
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The main story is great (but it's only shonen ai! - the yaoi genre is for the oneshots). I love how it's one of those stories that focuses on how the characters deal with romantic feelings, friendships and all that and I found both characters to be very likable. I wouldn't mind reading more of them though. The oneshots were not bad but not great either; one is about a young man and his interest in his uncle and one is about a teenager who gets picked up by a guy who keeps talking about his first love....
I liked the main story. It was very good for BL - it wasn't a frantic mash of over-reaction and insanity. Instead, it was much closer to two real people. Very good characters.
I didn't like the first side story with the kid and his uncle. I'm not a fan of incest whatsoever. The second side story was good, despite the incestuous but unconsummated love.
The main story was excellent, if not leaving the reader in want of more. Minaguchi is an amazingly sweet and heart-warming character, and I became attached to him almost instantly. I love the subtle way in which the mangaka manipulates your emotions, and I found this to be true of the last story, as well. The only problem I had with this manga was the second story with Yuusuke and his uncle. Not because it's incest, but because they had sex so randomly, even by yaoi manga standards. There was no reason behind it, and the feelings Toshiya expressed afterwards made its occurrence even more confusing. There was nothing to even indicate that Yuusuke was gay or had any sort of attraction to his uncle. However, the other two stories made this manga a worthwhile read.
i don't think i could say it any better than "MightyMaeve" below. that's exactly how i feel about this volume.
with the small exception of "the vast summer sky", which, while not terrible if sad, left me wanting something more/else. and no, that's not because of the possible incest (or maybe not primarily so; fujiyama could probably sell me incest with a bit more preparation).
Quiet and Loud; Still and Raging
Every single story is a heart warmer, even the 'sad' ones.
Tender, true-to-life and a little bitter sweet, all the stories in this anthology made me read them slowly over a couple times; there is a lot of poetic depth to each movement and phrase.
She has a very unique delivery style. Quite often her panel transitions are moment-to-moment and the intensity of characters seems to just throb. The quiet and unrelenting questions of growing up--sometimes questions that are never really 'answered'--resound and echo satisfyingly.
She is always creative in her delivery. For example, the very first page of the first chapter, the reader sees through the eyes of the main character; the next panel, the reader sees through the artist's eyes as if at the scene. Attention is grabbed right away--even in the most mundane actions--a boy taking a picture.
She knows how to talk about loneliness and about loss, desire and mutual love without being trite, generalizing or saccharine.
The beautiful work by Bliss and Biblo Eros allow Fujiyama-sensei's quiet and powerful work to shine.
And her art! The eyes on these boys are compelling, full of emotion. There is something about Fujiyama's delivery that makes me hold my breath.
The main story is difficult to not love. Slightly cliche and predictable, but still endearing and sweet. It definitely gives a 'warm, fuzzy' feeling, without seeming fake or too forced. And certain moments really tug on the heart strings, arguably more than I'd expected.
The characters walk the line between being unrealistic/ridiculous and genuinely well-intentioned - with a slight suspension of disbelief in some moments, this doesn't detract from the story. But if you like your men masculine and hard-edged, this is definitely not the story you're looking for. If you want a more 'mature' kind of boy, check out Rakka Sokudo instead, as that features older, accomplished characters.
But despite the almost-too-naive schoolboy protagonist, this is my favorite story from this mangaka.
... Last updated on January 12th, 2010, 12:16am
i really liked the first story, the relationship was realistic, you can see the attraction develop slowly (something this author is great at.) they dont meet and fall madly in love, they both slowly come to realize that they feel something special towards another guy, and one of them tries to deny it for awhile, but you cant deny love! plus, it ends in a hopeful note, not with the whole "i'll love you forever" thing, but they both know there is love and that they'll work hard to be together, they dont just believe it'll magically work out, they know its something they need to keep at. there was one story that i really didnt like, it was the one about the uncle/nephew, (some spoilers) the uncle was such a jerk, how can he randomly have sex with his nephew like that? especially when he already has a boyfriend! but it does end realistically in the sense that the uncle runs away from the nephew so that he wont hurt the family or his boyfriend (mind you, if he didnt want to hurt them he shouldn't have slept with him in the first place.)
... Last updated on January 12th, 2009, 6:47pm
I loved the main story in this one volume manga. Fujiyama's ability lies in conveying restrained feelings and the study she gives to the internal thoughts and emotions of her characters. I would have given this manga a 10 if not for the one short story in this volume about the guy and his uncle *shudders*.
i have always loved this mangaka and her works, this one is no exception! i love it, it's amazing. the extra about the uncle is a bit... *ahem* not normally in my taste, but it was still quite well done and the andou and minaguchi story was absolutely YAYsome, so i'll overlook it ;P there's one page in the manga that i absolutely LOVE, possibly out of all the yaoi/BL manga i have ever read. its in chapter 4, near the end... its like: minaguchi: *moves forward* *pauses* *moves back* andou: *YANK* LMAO its both hilarious and yummy
... Last updated on May 17th, 2008, 10:11am
I too would have to agree. The main story is nice, developing in its own time and finding, along the way, good emotions.
But, though I was warned I still read the oneshots (ch.6&7). As predestined I was definitely disappointed and it kinda threw me off from the enjoyment of the main story. So if you can resist just stay away from them & if you can't, just read them another time so you don't associate them together.