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Video store clerk Amamiya Shouta has a unrequited crush on salaryman Shiraishi, but has sex with fellow college student Kuraki. Shouta thinks of them as just sex friends, but Kuraki has a dark and possessive side that Shouta unwittingly brings to the surface...
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The ending was somewhat ambiguous, which is not a bad thing, as the comments shows; some thought that Shouta fell in love with Kuraki while others disagree. I am one of the latter ones thus my rating. There is character development and the narrative pacing is also nicely done.
Your regular "You raped me, now I love you" story
Oh my God. This is one of the worst mangas I've ever read!! Where are the good reviews coming from?!!? Someone commented the tropy of "super dominant/angry seme" is not their favorite. Well, that's the opposite of me. I actually love that kind of thing. However, this manga doesn't come anywhere near it! I read it first without realizing it was a one-shot, so when I got to the end of it, I though "well, this could get interesting", even though I rolled my eyes at the cliché. When I realized that was it, it was infuriating!! If this was not a one-shot, they would have had to deal with the whole rape scene. Because yes, when a character bleeds, it is rape. And you know what's worse, I'm not event one to care that they got raped or whatnot! I'm not particularly sensible towards that. However, what it does need is a whole volume to develop the feelings after this kind of thing happens. Not an "oh, he raped me, so now I love him". Either way, if this [/i]had [/i]been developed, it would be cliché the same way. Seme and uke become f*buddys. Seme falls in love with uke, who's in love with someone else. Seme rapes uke. Uke falls in love with seme. Ugh, so overdone. Sorry, but that's a no for me.
If you would like to see my opinion, please read the review of Infinity9001 (wow and applause), the oneshot was grabbed there very well.
I would add only one thought: The title, Escape must mean here a lot: escaping from unrequited love, from abusive relationship, from lying to yourself and your partner about your relationship... I think the last one is mostly underlined here.
what an impact this manga leaves! not only is the art gorgeous, but the pacing, story, and ending were incredibly done in the short span of one chapter definately a favorite for me, I would have to agree with one of the commenters below me about this being the best yaoi oneshot I've ever read
... Last updated on January 24th, 2014, 3:18am
My favourite from Kyuugou
I first read this one-shot a long time ago but on every single one of my revisits, even until now, it still manages to shake me up with the maximum forceful impact that I experienced the first time. I feel that despite its length, the story had truly captured the core essence of the theme presented, which is usually very tough to achieve, especially with the issue of abuse being laid on the table here. Yes there's violence, there's blood, there's even rape, but all for their rightful purposes. The crude and somewhat brutal way of portraying the characters here is only the author's deliberate act to bring out their most inner thoughts and feelings. I must admit Kyuugou's style of artwork isn't exactly my cup of tea, but plot-wise speaking, up until now this is still my favourite work from her, one that I could come back from time to time just to savour the bittersweet taste.
This is amazing.
Kyuugou is probably my number one goddess of yaoi, and this oneshot proves her skill once more. The art is as usual incredible. I spend a huge amount of time just looking at the tiniest gorgeous details, at how right the expressions feel. The story is both subtle and brutal. The abuser is not painted in a sympathetic light, but the ending is left open. Open endings are the best way to end such short stories imo. The characters and their psychology feel real and well developed.
Definitely a must-read!
BEST YAOI ONE-SHOT EVER
I disagree with everyone who said that "its too short" or "I wish there was more", because the theme that Kyuugou wanted to portray in the characters are painful expressions with the theme of unrequited love. And I have never seen anything quite as bitter-sweet. The fact that it is short makes it go deeper into our heads, just as reading the first 3 chapters of a good book, we can't help but want more. It is a good thing that there was not more as it would be boring if they ended up together in a one-shot about unrequited love. Also, I would think that 9-go, as good of a mangaka he/she is, won't be able to keep up the painful relationship of the characters: Amamiya Shouta, Kuraki and Shiraishi-san to make it into a volume. If it is so, then the cockiness (and posessive-ness) of Kuraki, the unrequited love of Shouta towards Shiraishi-san, and their relationship would be "solved" and/or dissolve into nothing.
It could be featured in a tankoubon of compiled oneshots from the same author with the same theme.
I read this about a year ago and still loved it till now, although it did not deserve a 100/10, it got a 99/10 from me. Beautifully drawn characters and expressions, clever use of words, and great choice of character personality. Yabai.
... Last updated on October 10th, 2012, 12:30am
I love this
There's something about this that makes me read it over and over.I can understand why people have said it feels incomplete and rushed, however I think it's perfect the way it is. It has left me wanting to know more and I really want to understand the characters, if it continued or was longer I think it wouldn't have been as interesting. Their relationship is more complicated and much more real then the usual bl and yaoi, it isn't something I'll fangirl over but I cannot express how much I love this. I feel that this isn't as sad or tragic as everyone says it. When Shouta says they're both in love with someone either way, I believe that both Shouta and Kuraki can't help but fall for each other in some form. The way Kuraki looked at Shouta and the way Shouta began to only think of Kuraki. The way it's shown is good, I'm more than satisfied with the ending, great short story.
... Last updated on September 26th, 2012, 4:44pm
finally a bl manga which portrays abusers as they should be portrayed
Kyuugou is definitely one of my favorite bl mangakas, right up there with Ono Natsume and Yoneda Kou. The art is beautiful and the story really makes you think (while your stomach churns). Kuraki is a self-loathing cesspool of violence and anger who beats the crap out of Shouta, the person he apparently "loves". Shouta seems like a sweet guy, and he definitely deserves a much happier ending. To say I felt a lot of anger towards Kuraki would be an understatement, but what Kyuugou has portrayed is a classic relationship which has domestic violence. Shouta can't escape Kuraki because of Kuraki's psychological hold on Shouta and that's what makes it so heartbreaking. You can see that Kuraki feels bad about what he's doing, but that does not in any way redeem him - the man needs major psychological help.
The ending for me was ambiguous. Before reading other comments, I actually thought that Shouta was referring to Shiraishi and Kuraki referring to Shouta, but everyone has their own opinion. It's up to you to decide what's going on there.
I really do wish Kyuugou would write a sequel to this, be it a happy ending or even just a bit more character development and background story as to how Shouta ended up with Kuraki in the first place. Overall, a nice read if you want to see an abusive relationship be portrayed realistically. If you're looking for the ridiculous overused storyline of the uke falling in love with his abusive seem look elsewhere.
Felt incomplete, like there should be a sequel somewhere. The story is too short to give Kuraki any redeeming qualities, so I dislike him D: abusive @$#@% and Shouta should just get away from that guy >_< and at the end Love? really? "I love you <3 so I'm gonna beat you up and rape you" O_O what? Although that seems to be the theme in most Yaoi mangas, which is quite disappointing since theres so many different subjects that could be used instead. But I guess it was good in general, I though it had a sad ending tho' really uncertain.