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In this country, every person has to be matched up with a partner. Partnerships are made around when you turn three or four. The doctors decide who gets paired together. One person acts as the 'supplier.' The other as the 'receiver.' It is impossible for a 'receiver' to continue to live without periodically being given power from the 'supplier.' And in the same way, it is imperative for a 'supplier' that a 'receiver' accept some of the power generated within their body. This 'power' can't be made anywhere other than inside a 'supplier's own body… So for the 'receivers,' we 'suppliers' are completely indispensable...
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Explores the different forms of love, not only romantic
It has a gentle, easygoing and calm tone throughout. I found it quite refreshing, without all the tropes commonly associated with BL, and I particularly liked how the relationships between the partners were still emphasised as being important in themselves without necessarily needing explicit romance.
This would be a pretty good introductory BL for someone I think, although any BL reader looking for something refreshing, light and non-cliche would probably enjoy this.
Great Manga, but...
The art and plot was fantastic, but as a BL fan... When I see shounen-ai, I expect to see some romantic feelings between the main characters. There definitely is a sweet bond between Alexi and Rael, but I can't really see it being portrayed as romance, more like friendship.
VERY light shounen-ai-ish..
I am reading manga since years and I think this manga could be rated all from shounen-ai, to only slash till even simply seinen. You could consider the main couple as lovers but you could also say that they are simply special to each other. Like others commented already, one of the plot basics is that partners are always special to each other. Some more, some less. Also the main characters don't seem gay, they are interested in females to some extent. All over all it was a cute, fuffy and an easy read. Rather slow paced but sweet.
I disagree with some of these coments, for a shounen-ai there are quite a few romantic elements between the characters but some are just not as apparent as 'I love you!' You can tell the characters have a deep bond with eachother and just because it doesn't say right out that they completely like eachother it still is rather noticeable.
The art is beautiful, the story is refreshing and one of a kind. I suggest you give it a go if you haven't already
Partners not Lovers?
I am so confused but can this even be considered BL? The manga itself said that lovers and partners are different. So technically they are kissing not because of love. o-O; so no actual same gender romance going on....?
Probable absence of romance
It was a sweet manga but being categorized as BL, it came off as rather half-baked to me. Pretentious, even. While the concept is appealing, the recharging thing appears to me as nothing but a petty gimmick to make it seem Boys Love-ish (“two guys are kissing obviously they’re in wuv!!1!”) when in fact the involved characters’ feelings were not even further delved upon, leaving us to vague interpretations of what exactly the relationships here are. So right, actions do speak louder than words. I get that. However, the motives behind these actions - all the kissing from supplier to receiver and vice versa - do not seem to necessarily come in the form of romantic love, considering how a kiss on the lips is primarily treated as a means of life-support in the story. Never an act exclusive to lovers. The feelings could simply be platonic and that the relationships lean more towards friendship and dependency. For all we know, Rael and Alexi may end up as just heterosexual life partners like Gil and Floran while Alexi walks the same path as his dad. The manga makes you read between insubstantial lines, which is kind of frustrating when simple words of affirmation can be used.
Very good but is quite confusing
I enjoy every part!! This manga is beautiful!! I'm falling in love with this manga! Kinda different with so many BL manga. And sweet story~<3 But i kinda annoyed because the manga doesn't show the real feelings that felt by Alexis and Rael. Looking at the story of Floran, as demonstrated when Alexis and Rael will end up like Floran, love a woman but didn't live together with the woman. Just thinking about it makes me upset!!! Well... If looking at the attitude of Rael, I still can believe that he will still always love the Alexis. And frankly, oddly enough, I doubt with a little attitude Alexis behavior shows itself able to love someone other than Rael.
But i recommend this manga!! Give 10
... Last updated on January 14th, 2012, 1:28am
Show not tell <3
A charming story that explores the deeper connections of what it would be like to have a "predestined partner". It's light, nothing too deep to make you depressed, but it has its own moving story as well. I think that how this story isn't very heavy is perfect for this type of manga. It's very refreshing, and leaves you with a happy feeling. I don't need angst or enemies, betrayels or misunderstandings- the story really showed it's beauty in its complex simplicity. Ambivilent feelings, to be precise lol. Very different from the usual BL, their connection is something not explicitly shown but felt. They don't need any words to tell each other how much they care for each other- that's what I really liked about this. There have been only a few mangas that were able to "show" the connection instead of "telling". Their actions speak louder than words do. Unfortunately we are left to only imagine the developments of Real and Alexi's relationship on our own, as this series isn't devoted entirelly to them and is only 3 volumes.
... Last updated on December 6th, 2010, 10:41pm
I guess it's okay but..
I liked the whole concept and sweetness of it all but honestly it was BORING. There were no epic plot twists, enemies, problems, misunderstandings, betrayals. It was a happy cupcake. I read the whole thing because of the good reviews but I honestly found myself skimming through this completely half assed right to the end. There was nothing that really stood out or made me care about ANY of the characters and I honestly couldn't tell if the two mains were actually in love or not with the whole recharging and whatnot. It was too innocent of a story for my tastes (and by innocent I mean tedious) and I'm not really much of a BL reader actually. Overall a waste of time but okay because there was nothing initially wrong with it...
I'm not much of a BL reader (yet), but I think this is a really refreshing read. It's different from the usual BL plots and the fantasy twist is it's selling point. It's not that heavy or serious but I found myself gripped by Alexi and Rael.
I'd have to agree with valkyrie_v though. I would have wanted to see more of how Alexi and Rael's relationship would develop. (Hence the rating)