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You join a family lawyer working for the Yakuza on his decent into the darkness. After he gains the attention of his boss, Hagiwara slowly realizes that he not only enjoys the pain he *needs* it to feel real. And no matter who abuses him it not enough, not unless its one man giving him that pain...
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Quite a controversial and psychological theme going on in this manga without a doubt. I actually thought that it's quite interesting and intriguing the way the mangaka presented the issue through the characters' internal thoughts and actions, and the manga definitely does require proper reading for full comprehension and not just skimming through the surface. If anything, I feel like the story's a little bit underdeveloped and the volume's length doesn't leave enough room for maximum characters exposure, as strange as that may seem.
The story summary seemed so enticing, however that was just the bare minimum of the story. The story felt like it was going somewhere at the beginning and then it was unclear what intentions "Sensei" had towards Takagi. The ending was wishy-washy too, expected reciprocal feelings but it was still one-way. Though I enjoy yakuza mangas, this one was a let down compared to others (Bi no Isu, Kobi no Kyoujin, Viewfinder)
after all the other review i thought this is gonna be bad, but it is actually very good! i like the character development however twisted it is. the happy ending is very fitting here. i dont know why people give it a low rating, just because the happy ending is not the version that is sugar coated.
Seems I disagree with most of the reviewers...
Two me, it doesn't really get good until the first two chapters are over. With that being said, in my vision, you'd have to be patient to get to the good part. I think the first two chapters don't have solid bases and seem like any other S/M/yakuza manga. Sensei doesn't seem to have any personality at first, and Takagi's another common yakuza-boss-seme: violent, cruel, but mostly spoiled and childish to the point he does whatever he wants because he has power.
Then the manga suddenly turns into something else entirely. The story gets twisted. Takagi turns into the star of the manga as his personality changes completely. He then becomes a puppy, whose love towards sensei is so big, he's damaged by it. He becomes clingy to sensei and waits for praising to even stand up on his own. More than that, he actually becomes weak and desperate, completely lovesick. To that point you must understand how it is to feel bad for a character, because his side is really sad.
Sensei, on the other hand, I started to hate. He is the one who was responsible for Takagi's personality change and yet he was all condescending, saying "he bores me" and sh*t. And he gets even worse, looking only for pleasure and disregarding Takagi's feelings towards him, with whoever makes themselves presentable for his needs.
The ending was, to me, about one of the only things that actually made sense. They didn't really end up together? No, they didn't. But sensei declared, in his twisted way, how special Takagi was for him. The dream shown at the end is very subtle, so I understand why a lot of people were dissatisfied. To me, it means they found each other in their little corner of the world, even if nobody else was there.
As for the art, it isn't very good, and frankly, the 5th boss was too ugly to be in yaoi. The good think about it were the sex scenes: not enjoyable in the least. I'm not those kind of people who are totally against rape in yaoi, but since they were indeed rape scenes, they were horrible and I didn't like that. And that's exactly how it's supposed to be, so I consider that to be good.
Well, as opposed to everyone else, I'd rate the first two chapters very low and the last two high, so I'd give a medium rate like everybody else, but for different reasons - more like opposite?
PS: Doubt: Goto almost seems to be in love with Takagi, or is it just me?
It's kinda sad actually. I've never read a yaoi with the uke being completely, to the extent of being creepily, masochistic. It's an interesting experience reading this, definitely. The seme wants love from the uke, but the uke simply needs the seme to treat him badly. The uke asked the seme to abandon his heart. Sigh. That's so sad.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
also the uke turned out to be masochistic AND sadistic.
The art is okay... not that great, and not that bad either.
I don't recommend this for romance lovers xD thats the first warning. The second is that this isnt at all light hearted. If you've no problem with that keep reading, you might enjoy it. Anyway, i read this out of curiosity, and i have to say, despite its dreary atmosphere and crazy uke i sort of enjoyed it. But... the ending could have been a bit more satisfying for sure, it feels like a cliff hanger rather than a real ending, yet at the same time i can see how things probably wont change. I do feel sorry for the Boss though, he gets so hopelessly hooked on Sensei yet in the end all he gets in return in pain... i guess one bad turn deserves another in this story.
decent start, hapless continuation
the start was promising because there wasn't any of that "i rape you and then you'll instantly be in love with me", but rather some very interesting feelings on the part of hagiwara (the rapee). but it quickly went downhill. i am not sure how much of this is due to the translation, which is full of english errors and doesn't flow naturally, but the artwork continues to deteriorate as well. and i just don't care enough to seek out the raw. a 4 because this is overall worse than average (the art is just never very good, so it doesn't pull it out of the slump for me).
Great great greaaat first two chapters, the story line really sucks you in. Now the last two werent bad persaaay but it just seems like there needs to be a sequel. I think its cause sensei *spoiler* still hadnt professed his love to the boss and thats why everyone didnt like the ending. but its definitely worth reading, somethin different. And i have a fetish for yukuza love so...ya teehee ^ ^
I am being VERY kind here giving a 4. This was (to put it in one word) TWISTED. The story wasn't that great the artwork wasn't that great either. I am writing this review after reading for a second time. i couldn't remember reading it the first time so when i downloaded and read page 1 I instantly remembered reading it, but, I find it really twisted, and I am all into different styles but this, I wouldn't even say it had much plot. man goes to work for gangsters as a lawyer, gangster takes a liking to him, man wouldn't submit at first so gets beaten, man then enjoys getting beaten. WTF. so.......oh damn I have a list of words i wanna say but...... anyway this is definately worth skipping unless you are into this sh*t, which i certainly am not. give this a miss
... Last updated on December 31st, 2008, 7:40am
Eternal Emptiness Is Right. . .
. . .. especially after such a phenomenal start! *complete deflation of initial excitement. Did you hear that resounding crash?* My '7' is only because the first few chapters I'd rate much higher and the last chapter I'd rate much lower. SO average is where it sits.
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The 1st chapter opens with an awesome line: "There is nothing more incomprehensible than violence." Bang. Powerful. The stage was set for a fascinating exploration of human nature regarding sadism and masochism within the framework of a BL story. YES!
That whole chapter, plus chapter 2 did not disappoint. The cruelty and tender sides of Takagi were so intriguing! The pleasure he gained from seeing Hagiwara cry was delivered with a deft hand of words and matched action.The way the mangaka explained how the pain took away the fear was like a punch in my gut. The facial expressions (pg 18 and 22!) and the words (last page of chapter 2!): W.O.W. Good stuff.
Soooo. Ummmm. . .
Chapter 3 runs like an old sputtering car: full of intermittent hair-in-the-wind-fantastic movement and then -whamo!- stall. Give it some gas and away we go again. Sputter. Stall. By this point, I'm getting peeved at everyone in the story.
I'm starting to not like this Hagiwara character. He's so damn cold and unaffected. Although, Takagi's feelings of love and wanting to give Hagiwara a softer side of himself are believable, they fall flat because of the self-obsessed, unrelenting portrayal of Hagiwara. Besides, what has happened to his 'savage' side? Hagiwara: this boy has issues. And I'm not talking about his desire to be hurt. The concept of a 'relationship' doesn't even permeate his consciousness. There are no redeeming moments for him (that he doesn't forget about immediately.)
Oh! Maybe he's realized that he wants Takagi after cheating on him. Nope. Maybe not. . .What?
Chapter 4? Don't even get me started. Did we address the suicide issue at the end of chapter 3? Hullo? Maybe he was just taking a swim. In his clothes. Covered in blood.
And when he started talking about this 'emptiness' i just felt nothing but frustration. By this point, the story totally dumped Takagi's sinister (towards Hagawara) side. He had just sorta pathetically given up on that whole situation.
The story of the 5th dom in chapter 4 was just annoying. I thought, 'Why am i committing time to this bozo kid? What happen to my beautiful story in chapter 1, 2 and sorta 3. Even the artwork suffered. There were still the odd magnificent frame, but mostly not.
So is the 'eternal emptiness' filled now that Hagiwara and Takagi have had a life and death scenario?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Gah! Somebody please choke somebody (with a safety gesture! ;) and kiss like it means SOMETHING.