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1-3) Papa, I Love You The businessman Mayama Kaoru's life changes drastically when his two nephews show up on his doorstep. Keigo (16) and Akio (5) were abandoned by their father and driven out of their apartment. Despite the fact Kaoru has had no contact with their family, he's too kind-hearted to say no and takes them in. Soon the three of them start leading a warm, happy family life. However, Keigo suddenly kisses him one day. Was it a sign of family affection or something more?
4-5) True Love at Prep School!? Minagawa-sensei suddenly finds a different person in his class; not a transfer student; not a new student, instead, a man who seems like he should already be out of university! Out of curiosity and annoyance, he has a look at this 'new' student. But over a period of time with him, something seems strange... why is he constantly picturing him with flowers...
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So cute ^__^
I don't know why this has such poor reviews. It's freaking adorable! <3 Yes there is quite a large age gap (but i've read worse) and it is incest (again, i've read worse! I personally don't mind if it's an estranged uncle x nephew situation. If it's father x son then I wouldn't read it) and the relationship does seem a bit rushed (but when it's only a couple of chapters then you need the romance to progress quickly otherwise people would moan that there wasn't enough!) I agree with the comment below about how the kids refer to him as Kaoru-san then Papa, instead of Uncle, but to be honest I'm not too fussed over all that. I think at first they should've called him Uncle to be more polite, but at least they added the -san to the end of his name so it doesn't bother me too much. Also they don't suddenly call him Papa like it's no big deal, it's because Akio makes a mistake (he's 5 so it's understandable!) so Kaoru tells them to call him that. Mishima-sensei's art is lovely as to be expected, she always dresses her characters in such nice clothes! I also love the idea of Keigo being the seme (older ukes are always hot), and Akio is such a cutie, so this easily ranks 9/10 in my opinion.
... Last updated on October 21st, 2012, 12:37am
I don't get it. The moment the kids are introduced into the story, they won't call the main character "uncle", while he is their uncle. He is just called Kaoru-san instead of Oji-san. And then, suddenly, without any real explanation he is promoted from Kaoru-san to Papa... Especially because the Japanese speak so politely while addressing each other, I can't get over it. It makes the whole manga feel unnatural.
"Papa, I love You" is SO superficial that it's actually cute because of that precisely. It's pretty obvious that Keigo loved Kaoru as a man and not as family since the very beginning. Also, Kaoru fell in love just as quickly and didn't even bother to wonder how he suddenly turned gay - actually, we don't get to know if he was gay to begin with, because we don't get a glimpse of neither of their pasts. What's even weirder is that they're RELATED BY BLOOD, and neither of them care about it. I can understand Keigo's indiffence towards that matter because he's only a teenager and doesn't quite know what he's doing, but...Kaoru's, supposedly, a responsible adult! o.o
Although Keigo is pretty much the puppy-who-follows-their-loved-ones stereotype, I like Kaoru pretty much, for some reason. He resembles a tsundere for being hot-headed on the surface and gentle on the inside, and he'd even be one if there was enough development for him to resist Keigo some more and it'd add be angst to their relation - which is something I love. As for Akio, though he's lovely and all, kids' only purpose in yaoi is to interfere involuntarily with the main couple, so they piss me off. Unexpectedly, I really like Hirasaka! That's because he's not the usual jerk that likes the uke and screws his relationship with the seme, but he actually helps him come to the conclusion that he loves Keigo, once he realizes he doesn't have a chance anymore - and then stops messing with them. Right there is something we don't see everyday in yaoi and, therefore, a strong point.
Anyways, not only Mishima-sensei chose a really over-used plot to her manga, she also missed great opportunities to give it twists. She could've created a beautiful, angsty and deep love story with what she had in her hands, but opted for another cliché instead. Both of them end up the same as they were when the story started, so that's not really good, because a story is only important when it changes a character's life or personality.
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The ending gave me an "unfinished" feeling, since it doesn't solve anything and their parents keep missing. What will happen? Will Kaoru raise them? Why did their parents disappear in the first place? Were they always like that? We will probably never know.
It was somewhat disturbing that Keigo was the seme, because he lacks personality, experience and maturity for that. I only like younger semes if their only similarity to an uke is the age, but they must be taller, stronger and psychologically equals to their older ukes.
For some reason, when I first started reading this, on 2008, I really liked it, but now I think it's pretty lame...the only good thing about it it's that it's funny and so superficial it's even a matter of laugher. Still enjoyable and quite cute, enough to make you finish reading.
As for the second story, I actually enjoyed it more than the main story. It's also a big lack of originality in a way, but I haven't seen that plot exactly as it is in this title...I have never seen a teacher fall in love with an ADULT STUDENT before...so it's actually interesting. I don't really like Asano because he's too depressive and lacks self-esteem, among other things, but I adore Minagawa. He's just so forward and hot! The way he almost bullies Asano but then falls for him and tries to deny it to himself is adorable. I loved the kissing scene, though it wasn't anything special. It was just that...the way Minagawa suddenly pulled Asano seemed like he had an urge to kiss him (well, he did) and I really liked that, since the rest of the feelings in this manga aren't nearly as intense as they should be.
Oh, but Minagawa calling Asano "an old man" kinda bothers me for some reason! He's just AN ADULT, not an "old man"! And that made me feel like he was old enough to have white hair and that kinda stuff and it made my reading less enjoyable. Watch out the terms, Mishima-sensei! (or is it the scanlator's fault?)
Also, I know Nishina barely appears, but he's just so cute I wish I could see more of him, haha >3 He helps out a lot - not purposely, but still - and he's damn funny! There are some mistakes in the edition of the english version by Biblo Eros, such as "Keigo" in place of "Kaoru" (the names) and vice-versa in several dialogues, and if I didn't guess it correctly myself, it would've caused a big misunderstanding in the story. But that's not the mangaka's fault so I'm not lowering my rate because of it.
The art, on the other hand, was actually really pretty, and everybody was a sight for the eyes! *-*
Overall, in spite of my pointing out bad things, I DO recommend it, because it's a good one to read when you're bored: it'll make you laugh at moments and said "awwn" at points. Just don't expect something memorable and that you'll want to re-read later on.
OBS: The sequel to this manga disturbs me a little since I've accompanied Akio since his childhood now, and it seems like shota - which I really don't like when it's extreme.
... Last updated on August 14th, 2011, 8:35pm
What the previous commenter, keristars, said was true. Everything was true.
But it definitely doesn't deserve only a 2. At least a 7.5 - 8, for the cuteness of akio, and the art.
to be honest...
I was totally put off by the age gap here, though I've not minded it in other stories. I think the length (3 chapters, about 30 pages each) made the whole thing feel too sudden, without enough build-up to make the romance completely believable, and then on top of that, you have a first or second year high school student with someone old enough to be his dad - on top of that older person actually being an uncle and performing the role of father within the story.
I would have liked this much better if the romance fizzled and it turned into a happy family story. But, of course, because of the type of manga this is, you know what to expect, and that is a romance ending.
Also, more superficial, some of the art was really weird when faces were drawn in 3/4 view. It was really nice, except for then, because the eyes looked too close together, and it was difficult to overlook it.
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