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beautiful piece of work where you cant predict anything and due to that the ending is unbelievably touching. I couldnt feel my heart-beat on the very last page) Art 5/10 Story 8/10 (even though very interesting topic i can not possibly give more rating, because it is just oneshot) Mindblowingness 10/10
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The seventh sin is ... cheating on my twin brother with my own mother? .. I was like OMGWTF :D
All these comments contain horrible spoilers. PS. This is not a happy story
I think Satoru genuinely has his brothers best interests at heart, even if there relationship is somewhat questionable. The story is very short and we don't have very much time to assess the motivations of the characters, but it is clear that Tooru is fond of Satoru and happy in his presence (and aware their relationship is somewhat iffy) Satoru tries to improve Tooru's life, he expresses concern about his health, he tries to convince him he should go outside. Little needs to be said about Tooru's relationship with his mother, but it is worth noting he still trusts/desires her approval, its difficult to tell which from the story. Whatever Tooru's reasons are its clear his mother drills these insecurities into him and exacerbates them, others have described her actions as brainwashing and i couldn't agree more. Tooru however is clearly distressed in her presence and rightly so, all she does is sexually and mentally abuse him. The fact he never mentions this to Satoru is also telling.
With regards to the ending most people view it as sad, or at best not happy. I however, think it is the beginning of a happy ending. An explanation. Satoru, the sane brother, is in jail, its revealed from the character dialogue he is there for physically assaulting his mother till she was rendered unconscious, faced with only this evidence he is imprisoned. Again from the dialogue we glean that Satoru fabricated a claim that his mother physically abused him to try get her imprisoned, this is quickly disregarded due to Satoru's lack of injuries. He likely did this to try prevent Tooru from having to testify, unfortunately it doesn't work. What i think confuses most people about what happens next is this "Its from your brother" "he's been coming every day to see you" That would imply that Tooru has left the house, and as such i think people presume that it is infact Tooru in the cell and Satour is coming to see him. This is not the case. Tooru has left the house.... Not only that he has delivered a testimony in court against his mother. He also writes a letter to Satoru, the letter contains an number of things which Tooru was afraid of before, going outside, sleeping next to Satour. He is now free from the shackles of his mother and can start to live a semi-normal life. This is not quite a happy ending yet though, Satour is in jail on charges of assault, Tooru is presumably alone and the mother is sadly, only unconscious. It is the begining of a happy ending.
Do not read any review before reading the manga
The one true problem I see with this manga is that it is far too short. I don't mean this in a positive way as in: oh my god, it was so good I could have read twice as much and more. It was a fairly good read but a few chapters more would have created what some reviewers addressed as a conspicuous lack of credibility, emotion and character to - arguably - the protagonist, Tooru. I do agree it was severely underdeveloped, but that alone is not justifying the incredibly mean reviews it got up to this point.
Now, here's the thing: we all know Satoru and Tooru's relationship is not healthy, and indeed, what pains me the more in this manga is that we never get to understand the older twin's true feelings about the whole affair. He's seriously messed up, but then again the whole family is. However, we do accept - because it's obvious - that whatever kind of love (possessive, physical, escapist) Satoru holds for his brother, it is still based on true feeling: it is his goal to make Tooru truly happy. I don't think Satoru could ever deliberately hurt Tooru; of course their relationship is terribly damaging, but Satoru (the "sane one" of the family) is not - himself - sane enough to understand how much damaging it is. To me, this was the highest facet of the manga, which was worthy enough alone only to get the glimpse of this - albeit underdeveloped - psychology.
As for the mom, well............. she's the catalyst. Because the writer didn't give us anything about this woman, it follows naturally that we got nothing from her children, considering all the events, except for what's on the very surface. But it's still a decent job as a whole. It had a great potential and delivered *some* of it. 90% of the yaoi out there fail to even get the potential right.
Read this instead of the others
Actually I feel that this series is very much being misunderstood by others. Either they don't understand the storyline or whatever.
Firstly, this is a story about a pair of twins, Tooru and Satoru. Tooru is the older twin, and Satoru being the younger brother. Since young, Tooru has had incapability of speaking properly. He stuttered. Because of that, his mother thinks that he's an embarrassment to the family. And in return, Tooru blamed himself a lot, thinking that there are seven sins that he must pay for. So the story is about finding out the seventh sin, which is the reason to why he refused to leave the house.
For those who don't understand the story, pm me. The seventh sin is sleeping with his mother. He was pretty much forced into it. Being brainwashed by his mom as they do it. Like how she will not forgive him if he leaves the house. How much troubles/embarrassment he has caused his mom due to his uselessness, etc. Oh mom, you're such a bitch!
The twins are pretty much very close to each other. I can't really say if it is love, well, all twins are usually very close, as if they have some kind of special connections to each other. So this story is not like a typical shoujo manga whereby their love has caused them problems, etc. Instead, it's about the younger brother, wanting to save his older twin who's been imprisoned by his sins.
A very touching story I feel. But no happy ending.
Not a love story
This is about a mentally sick boy who is sexually abused by
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both his brother and mother.
One is portrayed in a positive light (which it is NOT), while the other in a blatantly negative light.
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The older twin has become so attached to this form of "affection" from his brother that he sees it as love.
He is so detached from the rest of the world that this is the only thing he can depend on. It's sad, really.
Not the best execution of the idea but not the worst either.
... Last updated on February 20th, 2013, 9:05pm
It lost me.
I understood it until a point, then it made no sense.
Yes, this is a very terrible story. But just because the subject matter is terrible, does not mean the oneshot itself is terrible! I was moved to tears because the whole family is a complete disaster. In the beginning, there was a suggestion that there was still hope for the future and that the younger brother and the older brother would be finally happy. You think that maybe everything will turn out okay. And then to end like that... It was powerful and tragic.
... Last updated on August 31st, 2012, 6:21pm
this should have been a long-running story.
this story had a dark theme and there were so many bad things that happened to the shut-in twin brother to the point that the story became too unrealistic. there's also incest that made this one-shot heavy to read and left me a bitter taste in the end. BUT i really liked the fact that the younger twin took care of his weak older brother to the point that he hit their mother, who was probably the reason the older twin had so many mental issues. and proof for that was that in the end, when she was in the hospital, he went out of home and made plans for a normal life. and also i think it was fair that the younger of the twins was put in jail. i believe that what he did to his mother was because of his rightful anger and i'm ok with it but i think he deserved to be in prison because he laid his hands on a mentally sick person. and i like the fact that the mangaka has a sense of justice and morals that are close to what society believes and she portays that in her stories. that's something I hardly see in mangas in general.
I get it now
I gave this series a horrible review and comment when i was younger but now i get it, Its sad , Its a story of forbidden love and you just cant help but wish for them to be happy in the end
... Last updated on August 25th, 2013, 8:29am
To be honest, I don't really see what's wrong with this. I don't really think this is F'ed up. Truthfully, I find this sad. It's a little brother wanting to protect and care for his older brother, but can't because the older brother is scared to being punished by the seven gods. I really don't think this deserves a one, but people are entitled to their opinion.