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University student Toshiaki Kaji is in the middle of a delayed phase of rebellion towards the world. Determined to live an exciting and eventful adult life, he is intent on defying all the rules. And after meeting a strange group of people at the school cafeteria, his life is anything but boring. In fact, it is becoming gayer!
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If you read the first few pages getting bored thinking "so where's the yaoi, there's only a little kid and an old guy!" keep on reading!!! Also, if you happen to dislike her art, still read her works! It's so worth reading Yamada Yugi's works!!! She is one of those yaoi artists who have great talent conveying realistic, good, interesting plots that have everything a fan could hope for! This is funny, dramatic, interesting, everything! I love how the story builds up and the whole manga is just one big flashback! The storytelling here is absolutely flawless!
This is definitely worth reading! Especially if you are looking for something with substance and not just plot-less porn, this will capture you, make you laugh out loud and feel with the characters!
I thought Chiisana Glass no Sora was great but...
Ore wa Warukunai (published as Don't Blame Me in English, by Juné IIRC) is the best of Yamada Yugi's work that I have read so far. I was introduced to Yamada-sensei while browsing through one stall's manga section at an anime con--I was intensely curious for the first time about Boys' Love--and one of the staff told me how accessible this book was, how it was about a film club, and so on and so forth. At first it didn't seem too interesting, like it would focus a lot on film-otaku banter and maybe some BL here and there.
Boy was I wrong.
This is a beautiful manga about growing up & thinking differently about friendship and love. It is a series that, even though it has only two volumes, should not be taken lightly--at all. That said, throughout there's still a wonderful humour, slapstick at times (Jun!) and subtle on the other (fighting in the school hallway, argh). You can have fun reading this. You should, because it's obvious that much love went into each page of this manga--it is easy to fall in love with the depth and the clarity of this world of filmmaking, college, part-time work, and failed sexual overtures.
These various threads of the plot are all given their own weight and presence, so that no one detracts from the other. Like one reviewer already mentioned, there are depictions of different types of relationships--queer or not--and each satisfies. Yamada here is amazingly able as a storyteller, flashing back, flashing forward, and switching lenses, keeping the suspense, all while introducing each character properly so you can really remember their name crystal clear! Plus, there are references to movie tropes, to gay-love-fandom-in-general (in the form of Miki), and even to the pettiness of the 'norm' of our homophobic, rich bourgeoisie.
And as for the sex? When the rest of the story is so very well-balanced, well-told, and well-drawn, the steamy parts get even more engrossing.
If you're thinking about it, just pick this manga up as soon as possible and see for yourself!!
Finally something NEW!
I was very fed up with banal yaoi with the same plot (sex → problem → sex → problem solved & sex → happy ending). This kind of yaoi are so clichéd... I just can't stand them. But, finally I've found something new! First of all, this manga deals with more than just two characters: there are a lot (not too many that you won't remind them, so don't worry!) of different characters. They're all well developed and they got me carried away with their stories, with their problems, with their everyday life so different and original at the same time. The thing that I find amazing is that their stories aren't narrated separately, but they all act in the same time. This could have been confusing, but the mangaka was able to mix perfectly their actions together. This was something that I really appreciated. Well, let's talk about the story: it's an original slice-of-life manga. I've already read too much about high-schoolers who fall in love with they're senpai and blah blah blah. I was very happy to read a manga focused on a cinema club. It was nice and funny. And, it was NOT filled with sex. Isn't it horrible when all a story can tell is how nice is doing sex? I mean, okay, I like reading something like that but if I first don't even know what the characters are like, then I can not enjoy it. This manga is also focused on emotions, so that you won't have that "OMG-why-is-it-like-a-PWP" feeling while reading it. Last but not least, the art is fine. It's not wonderful, it's simply and "clean", but I liked it. And I liked the characters' expressions... sometimes they're very deep.
WHAAAT?!? Are you not reading it yet?? What are you waiting for?!?
... Last updated on October 24th, 2011, 12:11pm
OMG this has all Yamada Yugi's good stuff
I loved it and enjoyed it soooo much- it made me laugh out loud so many times. I love that it's not your usual Yaoi- I love that the story takes you through several stages in the characters' lives as they chase their dreams. Fantastic.
This is one of my faves. I've re-read it a thousand times and it never seems to bore me. It's just a really really great story :}
It's not the typical yaoi. Very realistic. I wasn't really expecting anything when I dl'ed it, but it surprised me big time. -Definitely something I would buy for my manga collection
Really enjoyed this...
Regarding the main story: I particularly enjoyed the way Yamada Yugi blended in the scenes and story from 2 different time periods, thus making it seem like a movie. In other words, it was like viewing a movie about a movie except the former had been recorded on paper. The characters were rather interesting and the scenes were tight.
About the side story: it was kinda sweet, cute and funny. Not too shoddy for ending a manga.
... Last updated on May 7th, 2008, 10:41am
Yamada-sensei's works are always so amazingly great. Her plots aren't cliche and the characters in this one and in every work that she does shows exactly how they feel. This one is very heart gripping! I love the main pair <3
Really, really great. If you haven't read this, well I'm afraid you are missing out. It's a refreshing new take on queer relationships, from the prostituting male who stars in porn videos, to a shy boy in denial, these characters really make this manga stand out from all those other predictable yaoi titles out there.
Ore wa Warukunai
I absolutely loved this manga to death! It's flow, storyline, and characters were excellent, and my heart was completely attached to Nakamura the entire time (He was SO CUTE!). The relationship actually developed instead of a typical sex-then-love type yaoi. It was just too adorable! This has definately become one of my favorites. It's amazing. ^_^
... Last updated on June 7th, 2008, 8:31am
Not your usual yaoi -- and I mean that in a good way.
A refreshingly original and realistic take on queer life. Not the usual, painfully predictable yaoi. Watching the characters mature -- even the minor ones -- is what really makes this manga wonderful.