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In a city where the law has been rendered non-existent, Yuki and his best friend Tetsu break into the offices of the Seidoukai to steal in a desperate attempt to finance his ailing brother's hospital bills. They ultimately fail but instead spark the interest of the mob's young leader, Kazutaka Hyodo, who offers Yuki a deal he can't refuse: pay him a visit at his office once a week and all hospital bills will be taken care of. Yuki accepts without hesitation and in order to keep his end of the deal, starts paying Hyodo the visits he asked for...
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This one, my friends... This one is utterly A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I don't know where to start but one thing's for sure : it's a fucking masterpiece.
Who said yaoi doesn't have plot ? Who said yaoi is only about buttsex and cheesy relationships ? Who said yaoi is the dead end of mangas ? OMG whoever ever thought that before will be completely stunned while reading that majestic piece of art !
Everything in this manga is soooo well-done I have no words to describe it. At first I thought it was your typical crappy yaoi (something like : "you're gonna pay me back by having sex with me", "NO ! Whyy~~", "I know you want it !...". And bit by bit they're gonna fall in love and go beyond a physical relationship. But then shitty love triangle with the childhood friend... Ahem. Well I've read so many shitty yaoi I could basically write up the story xD).
Hopefully it didn't go in that direction AT ALL. This manga has a seinen vibe. It's really deep and psychological. Every character was badly hurt in their life. Everyone has secrets and they're fighting/trying to get revenge. But truth is they were just unlucky, and justice doesn't exist in the yakuza world. They really curse their own situation. They have been tainted by their hardcore past and some seem to have real psychological problems, but even so they're just humans so you can't dislike them. Even the evil ones fascinated me : they really have no values. The only thing they stand for is a "code of honor" that doesn't even follow human rights (the world of yakuza is really ruthless). It really got me to think ! Female characters here are top-notch too ! Each character goes in the front row at one point so we learn all their stories. The all thing kinda works like a puzzle and each new chapter adds a new piece. The plot is so well thought-out, everything is so logical, so realistic, so freaking awesome...!!
And can we talk about the art ?? OMG IT IS FA-BU-LOUS !!!
But what got to me the most were the feelings. OMG it's as if i've been ran over by a truck. The angst is so real it had me dying !! I swear I felt so bad for the characters I couldn't even cry ! More like I wasn't allowed to cry !! They were so strong, so cool, fighting with everything they got. They didn't cry so I felt like I couldn't either (but tears still fell down).
Once you'll have read it you won't ever dare to complain again. Now everytime I'm in a "bad" situation I'm like : "Girl. U serious ?? You pathetic little human ! Are you desperate ?? NO !! Have hopes disappeared ?? NO !! You don't live in Acid Town so get yourself together already !! Lift up your head and FIGHT"
If you haven't understood it yet : beware it's heavy stuff. So do yourself a favor and don't read it before sleeping. Because I remember that when I caught up with the releases (I read everything in one go. I was sooo hooked !!) I felt so dead inside I didn't know what to do anymore... Just WOW.
MASTERPIECE I tell you ! :'(
... Last updated on March 11th, 2017, 4:12am
Waiting for new chap as always
So here are some of my believes: - Reiji was originally in love with Ryuji - Tetsu will develop as an antagonist (or maybe not) And I long to know what will happen once Reiji knows Yuki is his nephew.
... Last updated on August 5th, 2016, 11:49pm
So I don't usually comment on incomplete manga
This is the first actually. The characters NEED Jesus. Allah, messiah, Buddha or lady luck. They need some higher power because DAMN! I did not need to read this right before bed. Like fu*k. I don't think I ever cursed in a review. Life's a cold b that'll shoot you in the face and the back. Well, this was sad, depressing, and I was angry enough to shoot some characters. Like back the f off Yuki. He already has too much bs to deal with, but Kyuugou keeps popping a cap in all her characters butts. I definitely need a light hearted comedy before bed.
Another GOOD one by Kyuugou-sensei
And like her good ones, we have to wait for the next installment. :/ I like it still though; the way Kyuugou sensei tells her story and well, everyone has something to do with someone in THIS story.
Also, can we update/add Yaoi in the genre? It didn't show the Yaoi in the first few chapters, but well, the *fun* part shows in the latter ones, so please mods? *Mwah!*
... Last updated on May 4th, 2015, 1:50pm
I cried so hard
At first I was not really interested in this series, but since it's Kyuugo's work I started to pick it up. Once I read it I coundn't put it down anymore, until chapter 26, all the complicated relationships got nearly enlighten, my tear couldn't be held back anymore. They're really living in the acid town, their feet get chained down, their life are in shambles, both generations to boost the already grim fate, I'm on my tiptoe now waiting for the new chapter as I'm with Sora wo daite oyasumi T_T
While the main character is conflicted over intimate relationships, at the same time we have a seme who seems like someone who wouldn't touch him at all without his consent. I think that the Hyoudou and Yuki are perfect for each other - Hyoudou's gentle character is just what Yuki needs.
At first I found it dragging, but all the angst worked for me. And so far, all the undertones are just delicious. XD I am so glad I found this manga!
... Last updated on October 25th, 2013, 6:44am
Not exactly all it's cracked up to be
I was a big fan of Kyuugou, which is what prompted me to pick this up.
I've read 13 chapters so far out of sheer curiosity. Acid town itself is immensely dull, overcomplicated and depressing if you're not already a fan hardboiled Yakuza-themed manga. I, like many of you expected this to be a little different from the usual, formulaic kind of BL story. And it was. So different it barely resembles BL. One of the characters is
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gay and in love with his best friend, typical of Kyuugou works
and the other
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has endured unspeakable sexual abuse at an early age
. Instead of developing the relationship between the two main characters, it's sidetracked after so much anticipation and hope. The longer romantic developments are put off and other aspects of the plot are explored the more the romance becomes a novelty. This is in sharp contrast to BL titles which are driven by the central romance, with the characters constantly going at it, which can get old. But in Acid Town, instead of the romantic relationship being the desired goal sometime during the length of the work, it is intercepted by unpleasant twists and turns. At every page there will be a minor detail introduced to deepen the dark, foreboding and bleak prospects of the story.
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The tormented main character continually assures us that he's not fit to be the protagonist of a shounen ai by displaying the mental and physical scars he's gotten from the abuse. Any romantic encounter involving him would be disturbing for us to see, considering how conflicted he is about romance. Maybe this was the intended effect but making homosexual acts seem repulsive by showing a child being sexually abused and then his traumatized older self not ready for any kind of romantic pursuit defeats the purpose of making this a BL. Why show the evils of BL in a book intended to be read by fans of BL? Was the point of the story to further torment the already unstable protagonist? This title would have been more appropriate without the homosexual overtones.
Kyuugou must have concentrated every negative, destructive feeling they've ever had into this because it is one big rolling ball of disappointment.
... Last updated on July 5th, 2013, 2:57pm
Yaoi with deep plot
Its so rare to find a yaoi where: 1.Main guy is not raped by his love interest 2. Plot is centered in the hard life of the protagonist, not in the romance. 3. Bittersweet feeling at every single chapter. Well I finally found one. Acid Town is amazing. I have so many feeling while reading it. A masterpiece, seriously. The mangaka´s other work Sora wo daite oyasumi is also a masterpiece. She is a GREAT mangaka. Finally a yaoi mangaka who actually cares about putting a decent detailed plot in her manga. God bless her!
Serious story, rare gem
There are people I know who like serious stories and read mainly seinen. Quite of a few these don't really like or feel like reading shounen ai (or yaoi) partly due to the "fluff" factor or their unease with homosexual content. This is the manga I recommend them (unless they are really homophobic that is).
The storyline of this manga is very much like those we see in seinen rather than the usual shoujouesque mainstream shounen ai. It is serious, it has thriller-like moments, it has action, and it definitely has drama and not "jealousy-misunderstanding-jealousy"-cycle-style drama common in shounen ai and shoujo.
The story is set in quite a dystopian setting, in a very realistic manner too, so if you like dystopias [like me], this definitely might be a good read for you. Shounen ai moments are [so far, I've read until chapter 17] not overtly done; they actually feel quite realistic and natural as well. Let me also warn you, this is so far a quite sad story and while there is a tiny bit of hope, I don't expect it to have a happy ending; definitely not a "happily-ever-after-for-everybody" ending.
So if you want to read a serious manga with a serious story, high-quality storytelling, intricate plot, and decent art, go ahead and read this.
Dark stuffs, but there's hope
People likes to compare Acid Town with Sora wo Daite Oyasumi because those two are the on-going series Kyuugo sensei is working on right now.
At first you might think that Acid Town is heavier and darker - street life, yakuza, rape, drugs, betrayal and the likes. It seems to have more action and emotional roller-coaster rather than the school-themed, slow-paced Sora wo Daite Oyasumi. However when you keep reading both, you'll realize that Acid Town offer a lot of hopes and way outs. All the characters are struggling to live even in the worst circumstances - they fight in their respective ways - friends become enemies, enemies become friends, but all of them keep the will to survive. - Which makes me think that this isn't as depressing as it seems, compared to that other series by Kyuugo.