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When Ryuu Kagaya tries to befriend the boy in the next seat to his, honor student Yoshito Naruse, he's shot down. Only after Yoshito visits Ryuu's workplace does he think they might be friends. But Yoshito's brother might have something to say about that...
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I've read better Minase's works...
...but this one wasn't 100% bad. I mean, I didn't like it like I loved the others, but I still think it's not completely bad. Anyway this manga could have been better if it had been longer. One volume is not enough to say everything on a difficult and complicated situation like the one in this story. Because of this, the manga is like... not fully believable. A mangaka should pay attention while talking about rape in a manga, because - especially in yaoi - rape is something a lot used, and I'll say BAD used. So, it's like a cliché, and if you want to insert rape in a yaoi, you have to insert it well! I think in this manga rape is understimated, like its effects. It's not believable that a boy who has been raped by someone later loves this someone. It could happen, but only if a mangaka develops the plot with accuracy. This manga was too short to explain it well, so I didn't like it. It's really a pity, because I think Minase Masara, a great artist, could have done this waaay better! So... I recommend it to you only if you have free time and really nothing better to do.
It's something to read... after all
Short: The art is nice, the plot has many holes and is too short. The characters are ok. Three main characters. Two quite superficial and one with a deeper background. It contains a rape scene - which was weak, seen much worse.
Give it a try. One volume isn't a time waste even when you don't like it afterwards.
Long (WARNING SPOILERS): Don't know what's the fuss about this manga. For a one volume story it's ok. And I kinda expected Ryo to end up with the brat - so maybe that's why I wasn't disappointed about how it ended (and I agree, it was something else for once and not the generic happy end)... actually I even liked the end. The meany brat got tamed... erm I mean, brought back to common sense... and will surely not annoy his brother or step-mother anymore. The other way round it'd need an additional volume to solve the family situation for a pleased ending.
... Last updated on January 21st, 2010, 2:11pm
I have disagree, I personally enjoyed this series so much that I read countless times after. I was personally happy when Ryuu ended up with his friend brother. Ok the rape wasn't all that great but at least he felt remorse, and did fall in love with Ryuu.
As always great art and story from Minase sensei
IT SUCKED SOO BAD!
the person our uke picks was the worst possible choice ever! its not even about the rape(cuz if you are a citizen of yaoiland, thats the norm) but his choice is spoiled, annoying, mean, and the reason they "fall in love" is because of pity! while a perfectly great seme is left alone and in the dust! HE COULD HAVE ATLEAST GOTTEN A LOVER TOO!!!!
Didn't like it at all
Well, I really like Minase's works, but this one was rather dissapointing..the "fall in love with the rapist" .plot was far more unreal than others of the same kind (which I dislike too). I was seriously hoping for Ryuu to end up with the other brother, and not with the one that raped him just to humiliate him and destroy his brother.
Anyways, this is not a manga that I would recommend.
I enjoyed it. Yes, there's one instance of non-consensual sex (which isn't appetizing to some ppl), but I still enjoyed the story-- this isn't real life, after all, but fiction, and something about it appealed to me. The ending? Well, I for one liked who the main character ends up with.
Reading down the comments, looks like most ppl either love or hate this series. It's one of my personal favorites for the complex relationship, and because the conclusion is so unexpected. For those felt the outcome made no sense, it helps to read this from a Japanese cultural perspective - the idea that a person who unselfishly sacrifices personal desires in order to do what is Most Needed of him will ultimately be the most contented and happy, because others around them are also contented and happy. Not to mention, this sort of compassion is one of the most respected and admired traits in a person (think of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, or Belldandy for that matter)
So, the fact of the matter is, it isn't her best work, but also it isn't as bad as everyone comments on. I am also not a fan of the rape story line but in all honesty I have read way worse ones that were far more disturbing. Her art style is still one I can admire and that kept me reading. But, despite mine or other comments it probably will just go down as another one to pass the time and nothing to write home about.
Wierd & Awkward
Wish I would read those comments below before downloading this manga. When reading chapter 4 I did have a bad feeling about how bad the ending would be, and it turned out to be true. I just could say "OMG", this manga really really really disappointed me. I don't hate rape yaoi if the seme truly love the uke, but this yaoi's rapist and the raping motive are unacceptable. I totally agree with "brid" and his (or her) comments about this yaoi, sooooooooo awkward and dissappointing.
... Last updated on December 15th, 2008, 6:53am
This one is stunning. Yes, it's full of Yaoiland-ness, so beware if that disturbs you. Masara Minase is brilliant at conveying tension, angst and an immediate connect for her characters. I couldn't put this story down, I was that captivated!
An example of the depth of characterization: In one frame, she can make Yoshito's brother so full of manipulative darkness (I shivered with the 'violence and sexual assault' ominously dark frame in an early chapter) and then she can make the same boy heartbreakingly sad. (In the frames where Ryuu shows him a kindness, even after he has only given Ryuu such unforgivable, angry behaviour.) And really, I believe humans ARE that complicated.
Nobody is pure 'evil' or pure 'good.' I like that a lot. Nobody is a write-off.
There was also humour balancing out the disturbing, dark brother-hatred and overall anxiety. It was an excellent balance for yaoiland pleasures.
Her characters are so 'alive.' Ryuu is so utterly adorable! I love it when he's blabbing and blabbing, trying to ease the awkward silence, and then WHAMO! Whoops, he gives away something he didn't want to put out there! Tongue got away with brain. I found this story to be truly heart-rending for the brothers and the journey of how Ryuu changes them both by his open-hearted, if naieve, possibly unhealthy, possibly unbelievably unselfish, behaviour.