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(note: "giglio" means "lily" in Italian.)
A wounded soldier with a disturbed mind kidnaps the priest who tries to help him. He then has the brilliant idea of going AWOL with the priest. He's in the middle of the African desert in WWII, with supplies running low and his sanity (or is it his morality?) long gone. All that's left is pleasure and agony. And maybe, eventually, death.
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I'm impressed with the author's ability to convey such a varied range of feelings in so short a time. I wouldn't mind, of course, if this had been longer, but not because I was in any way unsatisfied with it; I just wish I could keep delving further into these characters, into their rotten, painful, beautiful life. You don't need a multi-chaptered story or an endless number of volumes to fuel, to flesh out the characters: a good storyteller will do it regardless space, and that's what you get from this wonderful tale. Can't wait to check more of this artist's works.
The art was a straight 10 out of 10 and more.
I kinda feel like puking righ now, heh. The 2nd chapter was pretty upsetting. But this doesn't mean the story is bad or gross, your impression doesn't have to be like mine. I think it's a quite unique, interesting (or maybe it's just shocking and disturbing?) story. The characters aren't anything special (in my opinion, I don't like either of them-- maybe if the story was longer...) but the situation is.
I admit I have mixed feelings because if not for that bit that shocked/upset me, I would probably consider this one-shot kinda boring. I don't priests and religion stuff...
interesting and disturbing
Was the soldier shell shocked or just highly immoral. He attacked a priest with little remorse. Why didn't the priest scream or fight back in the tent? How old was the priest? He looked to be in his early 20's, the soldier in his 30's. The monastery's reaction to the young priest being raped should have been explored more to a greater extent.
not as eye popping really, in my opinion, but to some degree it was. it was edgy, and skimming on themes without going too much into depth with them. Good thing? Bad thing? That's really up to you. I thought the sex scenes were pretty hot, though. The art was wonderful. Those are really the main reasons for the high rating.
... Last updated on August 13th, 2012, 6:32pm
Did we all read the same manga?
It was too short. The characters were not fleshed out enough. I'm not bashing the controversial plot, but this manga should not be rated highly just because it has an edgy theme. I guess I'm giving such a low rating b/c i WANTED there to be more than those 2 measly chapters--I felt irritated by the end like, "what, this is it??!!"
The Art: A+ (it's very well done and the attention to detail is wonderfully mastered, as expected of Inariya) The Story/Plot: well thought out and made with love, most definantly
This is NOT a porn BL comic. If you are looking for actual male/male porn, you won't find it here. Which in my opinion is a good thing. I read some of the comments above saying that "this is a turn off" and whatnot. This manga was not meant to be sexy, obviously, it was meant to challenge the human mind.
Fusanosuke Inariya weaves emotion, fantasy and tragedy in this tale, with some of the sad truth of the battlefield. Men got appendages blown off in WW II, it's wasn't uncommon. Orlando getting his penis amputated shouldn't be too much of a surprise to the reader. This is a tragedy story, a tale to pull at your heartstrings and make you cry and think about the cruelty of being human.
I give kudos to this work.
i was like damn only two chaps? i mean i thought i missed what happened in between but that was it.. and the castration part was like a joke. a surprise liek saying, "you want sex? here i cut of my penis so no sex for you! haha!" it just felt like that but whatever its still so hot and the sweet restraint, dear god, help my soul! im not suppose to want it but dear god it is so hawt. the art is gorgeous! its just that its felt skippety~ thats my one critique and i kept looking for some sort of continuation but theres none so i guess thats it? couldve been longer damn it.
This is wonders
I have a soft spot for military, war, and manly men with soft, luscious lips.
I've got to give credit to Inariya. She pulls off my fetishes so well and accurate I could just kneel over and become her dog or something. This was a particular favorite of mines. What started out as a tragic ending up in a similar situation. It's very compromising and leaves you with goosebumps, if you're really feeling the theme here.
... Last updated on March 4th, 2012, 10:45pm
One of those "Forevers"
This story is one of those things you remember forever. it's so beautiful and touching. i kind of didn't like the
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part where he was castrated and all, like ew.
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part when he was first raped was funny-ish (pray? seriously?) and when he wanted dante after the rape (hate>love??)
was pretty good to.
That was a turn-off alright...
I love this author's work, and this one was great as well, except...
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The castration thing. Even as a girl, this is, oddly, a theme that really revulse me. (I guess I kinda feel for the guy, since one can, in a way, view women as "already castrated", or at least that's what some psychanalists might say, and sometimes (only sometimes!) I kinda get their point.) So empathy, sort of? Or whatever.
Anyway, I stopped right there, this theme really turns me off (appalls me is more like it actually), so that was it.
BUT, the first chapter was incredible, in a hot, twisted, sadistic kind of way. The way of Fusanosuke to explore the dephts of human perversions, restraints and sanity remains unparalleled, and so does her amazingly beautiful art. (The sex scenes, especially, are the best, imo, in yaoi.) Careful though, for this is the opposite of a sweet loving romance.