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1-2) The which is love?
"Sheesh, heíll cry over any type of love. I really canít understand it."
Nonami ended up having to comfort the heartbroken Hino after he was dumped by his girlfriend. Even though Nonami thought he couldn't comprehend it, he was charmed by Hino's honest feelings. A heartrending story of sweet youthful gravity.
6) Love and goldfish
7) extra from 'Senno-yoru?'
愛だの恋だの Aidano Koidano The Which is Love Which is Love (OOTSUKI Miu)
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Just the first was great.
Rated 7 only for the first story, and just the first. The story was cute and touching. The characters were flawed, but still loveable.
The second story was frustrating in a lot of aspects and I would be happy to forget it.
The third story was meh. It would've been better if it didn't focus so much on the goldfish and lips.
The rape in the second story completely ruined this for me. There was no indication that it was coming, then it was very in-your-face, and it was nearly forgotten. It would have been a cute little story, except for those rape scenes inserted (and they didn't even flow well, really, but almost like they were literally inserted just to have a certain amount of graphic sex in the book). If I tried to think it was just a weird fantasy on the one character's part, the story works better, but it's no good.
The first story is sweet, though. The last one is weird. Mostly not a book I have any interest in picking up again.
Is it wierd....
that I actually liked the panels more when the characters had no drawn faces? Ah, I'm sorry if I just freaked you out, but seriously, everything about Ootsuki Mui-sensei is great, from the storytelling to the backdrop, the clothing, the shading, it's a really neat style, the kind I usually fall in love with -- except for one or other thing during the sex scenes, which I'd be better off without, but still... it's all the smut for ya, come and get it~
However, the faces were so odd. The noses were awfully big, it seemed, and the eyes too, considering the shape of their heads. Sometimes were the lips and more so, the tongues. There was always some unevenness about the face that really put me off. That and a certain disproportional.... ern... something... down there...
Well, that being said, I really liked the first story. It felt a little rushed sometimes but in the end I still buy their love. It wasn't very smutty and had something of the "first love" anxieties that I always love.
As for the second story though, it started out alright but it kind of went down hill. The reason why they grew apart made no sense to me and I see no legitimate reason why Akira would hold on to what he said in the very end for so long. Also, the way they kiss and make-up in the end, forgetting everything that has been said and done, is tasteless and wrong. They are neither cute nor believable as a couple.
I would recommend the first story, not the rest of the volume...
Worth reading and liked the stories but...
It was worth reading. The artwork was pertty nice and I liked the stories, especially the first one. The second one was looking even better until ch4. I'm not that into rape even though you see it very often in yaoi. So yeah, it definetely lowered the points in my case.
But all in all a decent read.
... Last updated on April 17th, 2013, 11:18am
So very cute (except...)
I'm in love with this author's art, and I'm in love with her characters and how the relationships are slowly and originally established during the story, in opposition to the easy 'he got drunk and ended up in the seme's bed' plots. I also love stories that involve age progression and believable difficulties from the every day life. This collection of oneshots is a great sample of Ootsuki Miu's amazing works.
Well, except... the one with rape. I really dislike rape in BL in which the romance and the feelings are otherwise believable and sweet. It feels all the more ugly and twisted, because it almost seems tolerable. Big minus.
Loved the first, forgot the rest.
The first story was pretty sweet, it kept me reading despite my efforts trying to avoid yaoi. I'm not one cut out for all the sex stuff shown on stage. Those are better off the page. I liked Nonami, and I appreciated they kept the sex far off so it was easy to skip. It's too bad they didn't stick with the first one and continued it out. Would've wanted to see more.
The rest of the stories didn't leave an impression on me as the first one did. Forgot it all when I finished reading lol. I suppose that means I don't have a right to say anything too bad about it though.
The first story is great, the second could have been.
Definitely worth reading for the first story. The second story could have been just as good, or even better - I really liked the way the friendship between the two guys was portrayed, but
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starting with the rape it all went downhill pretty fast.
It's a pity, because after the first story I just expected more.
I want more of the first story. That's my favorite kind of couple, especially the uke (this kind is my FAVORITE kind!). I love when they're both guys (not overly masculine or feminine), and equals.
The others were fine. Didn't like the second one (I don't like rape AT ALL), and the third was sad but good!
Only liked the first story
I only found the first story interesting. Both characters were likeable and it was just sweet. As for the other two I didn't care too much. I also gave this only a six, because I didn't like the artstyle. They all just looked like little boys to me even though in college already. I'm just not too fond of that.
I really like Ootsuki Miu's artstyle, and her stories aren't bad either. This manga is no exception, and overall it was a nice read.
I was kind of surprised though,
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by the rape-scene in chapter four. I've read through countless rape scenes in yaoi (it kind of sticks with the genre for some reason), but this is the first time in a while that I actually felt disgusted and emotionally confused by reading through the rape-scene (normally I just take it lightly, hey it's fiction anyway). It was portrayed very well, imo. You could really see the mixture between actual love, disgust, the pain and the confusion from the situation.
Edit: though their (let's-apologize-and-forgive-each-other-)talk later on 'bout the rape was kind of weak.
Worth a read, especially the first couple of chapters. The extra about the goldfish boy wasn't good though.