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16 Pages, yet Action Packed
This manga is really one of my most fav one-shots. It really is so condensed that I really had to wonder if I did just read 16 pages or was it more than that. And it's that there are a lot of dialogues; but it's their placement the the framing.
Ugly. Very Ugly.
They both like each other but do not want to confess? I don't even feel sorry at all. Come on, how naive and pathetic can that be? Yeah, so what if they're both guys? Afraid of rejection or what the society thinks of them will come last. Not to mention that there's this chick trying to come in between of them, thinking that she's got what she want and being all manipulative. Reading this makes me hate all three of the characters. They're not even good characters in every way. If everyone refrains themselves from confessing like the two of them, there won't be any couples on this earth. None!
This is a very nice one-shot. It's short, but very condensed and is able to convey a lot more than usual longer manga series. I think the metaphor used is very poetic and symbolic, very subtle and calming yet lurking with a hidden power underneath the water, just waiting for any trigger to rise. The story's really bittersweet; it sums up perfectly the true essence of humans' insecurity especially when one's in the danger zone called love. The ending isn't necessarily resolved but it also doesn't leave readers hanging unsatisfied. Very well done indeed.
Bittersweet 16 pages
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Confessing is always scary, but more so when you are doing it to your friend, who also happens to be the same gender. Look into society, and you know how hard being in a homosexual relationship is. You can't expect 2 high school boys to be so open and willing to bare their all like it's nothing, so I understand the helplessness that the two boys feel in this oneshot. It's bittersweet, because they both like each other, yet, they can't express their feelings beyond friendship. It's much easier said than done to confess, and regret might seem easier to handle than rejection, especially when it's so obvious that the two of them want to stay by each other's side, rather than be apart, at any cost--even if they have to date other people to maintain their friendship. Some people might not understand this motive, and think it cowardly, but I think it shows how strong some people are. Not everything in life can be sunshine and happiness, so this aspect was realistic.
Otherwise, the girl made me mad because I can't stand manipulative people who do things for their own benefits while knowing that the person that they "love" is hurting because of their decisions to manipulate. I can sort of understand her reasons for why she is like this to her boyfriend, but I still don't like her motives, as I think it makes her love ugly.
Whether the two boys get together in the end is untold, but I chose to be optimistic and say that they will overcome the hurdle that the girl gave them. She's just part of the obstacle to them being together.
It's a good bittersweet oneshot for 16 pages that left an impression on me, so I rate it an 8.5. If the author expand on it, I would have given it a better rating.
"Don't forget me. I'll be the fish from your memory." Such a bittersweet line.
I agree with what louie29 said. Some other reviewers criticized the protagonist for not taking action, but I feel that his inability to confront Furuya was the more realistic scenario. I, too, believe that people should take the initiative in achieving their goals, but when it comes to very personal matters like love and relationships, I also understand that this can be extremely difficult to do. It's not usually a wise move to confess your feelings to a person who is dating someone else unless you want to get hurt.
That being said, this manga was very poignant, expressing strong and painful emotions like loneliness and longing. Takao wants Furuya to look at him, going so far as to grow his hair out to suit Furya's tastes and pondering wistfully why he wasn't born a woman. The girl didn't bother me in this manga. I could actually understand her, as strange as it may sound. It seems that her feelings for Furuya are very real, and she's using Furuya's inability to confess to Takao to keep him close to her. She seems to be afraid that he'll leave her, and that would put her in the same place as Takao. So I don't think she's motivated by spitefulness or cruelty but rather fear, especially fear of separation and loneliness.
A very cute, deep, and heartwrenching oneshot. I recommend this one.
if you realy want something then you at least make an effort.
how is this sad? it just makes me angry. I hate people who can't take their lives in their hands. What? No one has ever confessed to someone fearing it won't go well? Cowards! Both of them! Get your ass up from the chair/bed and confess! Otherwise your whole life will be one of regrets! And about the girl, it's not like she has made him sign a contract, so move it! No pity for those who don't even TRY to get what they want.
Anyway, I'm giving a good rate because the fact that the manga made me feel such strong emotions means it's good. I don't always have to relate to the protagonists to say that it's a good manga.
... Last updated on September 6th, 2010, 8:19am
Conflicted feelings about this one =P
Sad. That's just plain sad. Really, I loved it. But...damn, I can't stand that they suffer so much =/ It's not long, not complex, so I can't really describe it...it just hurts.
What makes this manga the best is the bittersweetness. If it wasn't like that, it would be just another story where best friends fall in love and that's it.
At first I thought the girl was only doing that so they could take action because of her...but then I saw she was just mean.
And even being a one-shot, it's deep. Everything got explained (even the title was planned.), and I loved how Takao had long hair to attract Furuya...
Cute. But way too depressing.
... Last updated on July 30th, 2010, 2:01pm
I have to state this from the beginning; I abhor manga based on miscommunication. REALLY REALLY SO. Moreso if there's a third party involved. Now this manga contains both and I can accept it; nay, like it.
As the reviewer below said, this is not a plot point driven into two destined pairing; instead, it's a character-driven story, telling about cowardice, about insecurity, about longing.
The girl does not have a lot of effect, if any; in fact, she's maybe the toppings. She -IS- the standard yaoi female; obnoxious, manipulative, seemingly hell-bent on driving the two boys apart. But then, it doesn't really matter. In fact, it's far better this way (and beats the purpose, much to speak) than to have a, say, loving, caring, cute boyfriend instead. That, and she'll probably come out as the winner here.
It's very, very bleak even with (or maybe moreso) Yumeka Sumomo's generally soft melancholic art. You can't help but feel like there's no hope for them, the situation will play thousand and thousand of times, and there's no helping them.
In that sense, the only thing needed here is a sequel when they do beat their own insecurities. Alas, I can only hope.
When I read the description above, I thought, "great, yet another yaoi manga where a girl gets scapegoated into being the villain just because she's female." You know the kind of thing I'm talking about, where women are made to look bad just because they're women--as stereotypically flighty, whiny, and ill-mannered as possible, all just to make the reader think, "well of course that hot guy would want another man, women are terrible!" I hate that sort of thing with the passion of a thousand burning suns as it's so distastefully sexist.
But then I saw who the mangaka was, and decided to give it a chance. Actually, it was much better than I thought it would be as the real problem between the two boys in the story wasn't at all the girl--in fact, it didn't even matter she was a girl, in that scenario, it could've just as easily been another boy. Rather, the real problem here is with the boys themselves, both of whom have created the situation entirely themselves. Things could be so much different if either guy were to try and do something about it, and yet they don't. I, personally, enjoy these sorts of character-driven stories much, much more than mangas with highly contrived plots--the afore-mentioned interferring third party who keeps two people apart entirely through no fault of their own. In this case, even if the girl were gone, the problem would still be there, which I can really appreciate. A very short story (16 pages), but one which has an emotional impact. Very nice.
Let me be your fish...
Sad, quite sad. It was nice for a short oneshot. Has clear motives shown for deeds. A small piece of someone's longing, I'd call it...
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