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On the first day of Shima's new job he met a man with a hangover in the elevator. That was his first meeting with his new boss, Togawa. Though Togawa seemed rude and cross, Shima was drawn to the kindness beneath his rough facade. Both men harbor a painful past but unlike Togawa, who was open with his feelings, Shima seems unable to move on.
Не касаясь друг друга (Russian) どうしても触れたくない (Japanese) 无论如何也不想碰触 (Chinese) Labirynt uczuć (Polish) Le Labyrinthe des sentiments (French) No Quiero Tocarte Para Nada (Spanish) No Touching at All (English) Non mi farò coinvolgere (Italian)
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Sadly it's not worth remembering...
I don't know what to think... I guess I had too big expectations due to the ratings, and that's why I was really disappointed. :/
I felt that the romance was rushed.
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First chapter and they already have sex ... if the guy was truly hurt by his previous relationship he wouldn't let himself be led that easily.
And the story telling wasn't that good either : the interaction between the characters wasn't natural. It's as if they were confiding in each other just because it needed to be explained to the reader. (And I can't believe they were talking about their trauma so soon after they met).
It would have been more interesting to focus on the character who was disgusted with himself for being gay
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thus bullying the one he loved
but the author didn't do it :/
In conclusion, the overall idea is great but it has a lot of flaws :/
So yeah sadly it's not worth remembering...
... Last updated on February 24th, 2017, 7:53am
Full of emotions
This manga honestly gives you one hell of a roller coaster ride. It kind of gives a glimpse of reality on what gay couples are experiencing. It covers the environment around the couple, the inside conflict as well. It's definitely one of the best slice of life mangas out there (as expected of Yoneda-sensei)
Shima is more than that weak crying uke!
Doushitemo Furetakunai is definitely one of my favorite manga, and it's probably because of feels and all quotable quotes I could post on Instagram lol. Probably cliche, but didn't really see because a story is only cliche when repeated and losing its true soul. Not the case for this one. I believe the story went really well especially with Shima, reflecting of how difficult it is for a closeted gay to fully adjust to a new environment when his previous one is such a toxic place.
One complaint I have tho is how it is discredited as a good read because Shima is always crying like a weak uke he seemed to be. Even Deguchi from the spinoff has pointed out the stark difference of their personally and seriously it's weird to devoid Shima of his own personality just because he's been crying when all the cause of it is all justified in the first place! Compared to the typical weak crying uke we all get for most of BL manga, Doushitemo Furetakunai clearly established why Shima is such a crying uke. Put all his insecurities right in his face, one would definitely crumble down especially when to start with you're never confident of existing because the world assumes your kind of being is wrong. What separates Shima to those other weak, crying uke is that his tears are not out of nowhere. He just doesn't burst out crying because mangaka thought it's a nice thing to make him crying but because it's mandatory for the story to make him crying because of his circumstances. I never continued reading the spinoff, but Deguchi is definitely not a crybaby because that's who he is in his own story, but he still did when his circumstances made him so, and so did with Shima.
The sex before love concept here is so believable, compared to the likes of love at first sight or the never a good thing rape=love. Reading the entire manga could justify how Shima and Togawa fall for each other. Just look at the panels, and with their conversations, and you'd get why it happened. Like it's so logical when it seemed not.
All in all, just as I said, it's a cliche but at least with a touch of reality. And that's what matters for me to consider it a good manga.
I am always absolutely in love with Yoneda Kou's work. They're so lovely I really don't have appropriately exuberant enough words for them.
I loved Shima's deadpan sense of humor whenever Togawa teased him. They had good banter between them!
It's such a sad story at parts. Shima can't have the things he wants (a family, children) just because he's gay. It makes me mad enough to cry, honestly. What stupid and damaging laws people have...
Shima was so sad trying to do the right thing, and Togawa was so sad when Shima basically told him not to be ridiculous, that what they had wasn't anything at all.
And this is I think the only thing I've read where the jealousy is more of a small joke than anything else (and it's done in a silly, funny way that's not ridiculous).
This is one of those romance mangas that actually has poignant discussions about ideas and subjects in relationships. It tells you that your own emotional vulnerabilities and lack of trust in the other person is not just damaging toward yourself, but it also is hurtful toward the other person. Their conflicts are arguably justified. Shima distrust toward his own happiness and Togawa's feeling toward him is reasonable. Shima was hurt in the past and clearly hadn't gotten over it even when he is with Togawa. The social stigma of being in a gay relationship such as being unable to build the "traditional" family can be disheartening. And the yaoi conflict of having a straight guy fall for you gave Shima even more doubts. The only qualm I have with this manga is that it's not very clear in showing passage of time and things feel like they're moving too fast. Also, it has some yaoi cliches, but they are not too distracting.
Please don't watch the live action movie for any other purposes beside out of respect for the author. The acting is horrendously clunky. The emotional expressiveness and nuances from the manga are lost. The cinematography is nonexistence (seriously, don't pan out of the characters when they're having emotional discussion because you can't see their face or emotions--unless, you're going for the sense of hopelessness of being unable to help them, but you still need lots of body movements and positioning to translate the emotions well)
... Last updated on June 19th, 2016, 7:38am
Live action version!!!
I don't really have much to say about this manga. It's good but kind of forgettable. I recently saw a live action version of this manga, however, and the live action is honestly amazing! And not just by live action standards either. Seriously, go watch it!
Great slice of life manga
Yoneda Kou writes great manga, and this one is no exception. Quiet, slow-building, and intriguingly introspective, the author invites us to see into someone else's life. The synopsis already states everything that can be said about the story without spoiling it, so I'll just say that the characters' emotions and the tension is palpable on every page and the story is a wonderful reading experience you should not miss!
I totally loved this series. Both the couples were beautiful and honest and caring. I am so glad that they got a movie for this- they deserved it. The love scenes were heartwarming. I still look at it sometimes and it fills me with awe. The story was well carried, climax was wonderful. Whether you are a yaoi lover or not, definitely try this.
Seems like I can't get enough of it. Today was the 3rd time I read this one, the second time being not so long ago. It's just amazing. Indeed, the plot might not be unique or something but the way the story is told and how it is drawn lets me breathless. I can barely keep it to myself, I feel like shouting how much I like this manga!
cliche isnt always a bad thing. not with Yoneda Kou.
Honestly, the story is pretty cliche. But somehow, YONEDA Kou managed to take such a overused and abused formula of yaoi and turn it into something absolutely spectacular. There were so many moments in the manga where it all seems to be done before, but the characters are so indepth and so likable that I didnt mind at all. It makes you laugh but also cry at the same time. Their dialogue are always so witty and moving even when it is translated. This is one of the only yaoi mangas that I would never tire myself of reading and I would usually read it again when nothing else is updated.