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It had potential
The first 2 chapters were so hot, about a perverted old man and a cute kid.
Then it went downhill with the CIA-memory-past plot. Why? Because the author tried to squash too much information in limited time. Though I gotta admit, it made me on edge wanting to know what the hell is going on.
So... what IS the password?
I am in love with Shoowa-sensei's art style. When I started reading Non Tea Room I thought it too sketchy for my liking and perhaps not as much detailed as I would have it. However, by the end of the first chapter, and now here, I'm utterly convinced. Did it grow on me? I'm not sure, perhaps I just did fall in love with it.
Now for KnT, one immediate complain: it should have definitely been longer. It was simply too much information to grasp from a 6-chaptered volume and one can only understand so much. I loved the concept and of course it kept me on edge right from the beginning, desperately aching for more, but part of that happening was due to my endless confusion and frustration. Like someone here already pointed out, there was a part of me that couldn't stop on her feet until I was done with the whole thing: I just wanted closure and hopefully some sense. Ahah.
But overall, of course, it was definitely worthy. The characters were very well developed, most of them reliable, even likeable, and I daresay realistic to some extent. Of course I'm still waiting for someone to pop out of nowhere and tell me Kai's real age, ahah. Oh, oh. And the European setting was so refreshing, it felt like home <3
It was a great experience nonetheless, totally recommend it, and I can't wait to read more of this artist's work.
EDIT: Oh my God, who else cried "Matt and Mello" at Mari's first "real" appearance with Jin? No one? Of course, neither did I. Ah...ah.
... Last updated on February 18th, 2013, 6:56pm
Just......beautiful. It's hard to come by stories that are breathtaking story wise. This one just had the whole package. Beautiful drawings and a compelling story. The characters all have likeable personalities and the romance really spoke for itself. I've read this story more than once and I wouldn't think twice about reading it again, for surely, this story willl never get old to me.
Art: 10/10 Story: 10/10 Characters: 10/10
One of my Favs
This one's definitely one of my very favorite BL manga. It has twists and turns and can really take you by surprise (in case you didn't stumble upon any spoilers). It has great character depth and an unique plot. I have read it several times already and it never got boring. Shoowa's art is - as in all of the manga I've read by this artist so far - very beautiful. I definitely recommend this one.
clumsy but sweet
Ok, several changes of frames made my eyebrow to raise in confusion. Also, for me, yaoi scenes looked clumsy and even unnecessary (as if there was a plan to put some yaoi in this manga). And I think, in the middle of the manga a poor villain was too enthusiastic explaining nearly Everything, every mystery to the main hero, it was strange ^^. But, after all, the art is nice, and the manga is sweet). I don't think I would reread it, but I can still recommend it to yaoi fans. Also, after reading it, I want to check other works by this artist ^^
... Last updated on May 10th, 2012, 3:48pm
i really like this whole convoluted plot. im a very simple thinker i like to read simple things and initially the plot is confusing. that is because i do not analyse the words i read. however by the end of the manga i pretty much understand most of them, so i am quite happy that the mangaka take the time to explain the plot.
i like the characters, kai is very cute! the dirty old man is not bad either lol. the art is nice and i like the way the panels seem to be crowded but i dont get lost at all due to the simplistic, clean lines. the characters are not very differentiated between each other though, so a larger cast may put a strain on my mind.
all in all, a good read.
It needs more sex!
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An 8 it's OK, it was kind of of unbelievable: 17 year-old CIA agent, Two young brothers, one as a CIA agent, the other as an elite scientist... but for being a yaoi manga, it's forgivable. What i cant forgive is the sexless scenes, one of the two was pretty hot though. The explanations given by the four-eyes agent about their true background got me more confused than i was already! But that maybe due to translation. At least, you want to finish the manga to know what the hell it's going on, that means you're interested.
Wow…..really wow. I just can´t understand why I waited with reading this for a whole year. I deply regret that I didn´t pick this up earlier. Also, I can´t describe how much I loved this. The plot, the concept, the characters and the unpredictable ending that followed it. I´ve read a lot of yaoi, both good and bad, but this one definitely belongs to my favorites. From what I´ve read many people here think it´s flawed or lacking in the plot department, and I must agree with them a bit. The plot had an incredibly huge potential to become flawless, but instead it left tiny holes here and there. Maybe the most dissatisfying thing was that it was too short, I wish we readers could´ve meet his brother and followed Kai and Cys before Cys lost his memory. That would´ve made the story have more depth to it.
Personally I loved the art, it has this sketchy art style that I´m weak against, I´m definitly looking forward to see more from Shoowa. It´s not easy for me to find something that suit my taste in both plot and art section.
... Last updated on January 7th, 2012, 7:58am
Good but flawed
This was a very good read. It has some serious flaws unfortunately holding it back from being great but all the potential is there for the mangaka to someday write a really great story. It's very different from your average BL, for one, it actually has a plot; too much plot, in fact. There's no doubt that Shoowa is overflowing with ideas, there's more story packed into this one volume than there is in ten of your average BL manga combined, but ultimately there is just too much crammed in and from midway on the story is too rushed, something the mangaka herself admits to in the afterword.
Still, there's so much to like about this manga. The way it's storyboarded gives it an almost cinematic feel. There's very liitle narration or internal monologue, instead there are a lot of panels per page building up the scene, following in detail the changing expressions of the characters as they speak and move, very much like watching a scene being played out in a movie. A tenuous relationship develops between the leads where each is attracted to but wary of the other; Shoowa is skilled in using subtle variations in facial expression to depict all the conflicting aspects of this relationship, the guardedness versus the yearning, each trying to work out the hidden agenda of the other without giving away too much of the self.
The first half of the story builds up the intrigue and suspense nicely. The artwork is clean, edgy and has a realistic look that suits the straight style of the story. I loved the character designs and personally found Cys very sexy! The reader is all set for a dramatic reveal of Kai's mysterious past when, frustratingly, the plot goes into overdrive; there are pages and pages of exposition to explain Kai's past. The story is unnecessarily complicated and convoluted. The latter part of the manga is about Cys and Kai dealing with the aftermath and coming to terms with everything but for this they're only given a scant couple of chapters to do so when really they needed another volume, if only to make the scenario more believable.
Overall it was an exciting though frustrating read. I would definitely recommend this to BL fans looking for something a little different from the norm. I didn't like Non Tea Room, a previous title by Shoowa, but this manga has changed my opinion and I look forward to seeing more of her work in future.
... Last updated on December 20th, 2011, 12:14pm
Well, as I was reading this I got a bit confused because of the way the characters were introduced. As everything started coming together I just thought the story line took a turn for the worse because the scenario just seemed too ridiculous and too complicated to be compacted into those few chapters in the volume. I'm also not a fan of the art for this manga, it looks sloppy in my opinion.
The best thing I can say is the ending is cute. The background story concerning the two main characters is cute as well. Its just the main plot... O_o All I can say is one must read it and decide for themselves. I don't hate the manga but this is definitely not deserving of 10 stars.