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Rio was living a perfectly normal high school life, when cool and suave transfer student Tomo-chan entered his school. Rio admires his style, and watches as Tomo easily grabs the attention of the female student body -- and of some teachers too. It's not until Tomo picks up Rio's dropped planner with a photo of his beloved idol, a male teacher, that they interact. Suspecting that Rio is gay, homophobic Tomo tells Rio he's going to "cure" him by designing a special "Homo Fixing Training Regimen".
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Can't get enough
Lol this manga cracked me up! The things the characters get up to are so ridiculous! Beautiful artwork as always and lovable characters. Story is a bit cliched but the ridiculousness of the whole thing more than makes up for it.
I can read this over and over and never get tired of it. XD Both characters are so ridiculous, and yet I just love them to death! Rio must be the most naive uke ever... but he is unbelievably cute, and just a genuinely good-hearted person. Tomo... urgh. That guy is so crazy. >< Just because he can't handle being in love with a guy, he has to take it out on Rio... But I found it adorable how he was so obviously smitten with Rio and tried so hard to make him happy while acting as if he was doing it all for Rio's sake. But anyways, everybody got their happy ending, and after skimming through Ougi Yuzuha's note at the end, it seems she is planning on making another volume? Maybe? I really hope she does. Rio and Tomo are adorable, and their relationship has just started! We need more! ^_^
... Last updated on December 4th, 2008, 6:21pm
I loved, loved, loved this one! Seriously have re-read it about 5 times now and it still cracks me up. Highly recommend!
I really enjoyed the story for incorporating cute and somewhat cheesy "yaoi" stereotypes with comedic styling of the questionable homophobic propaganda, but it didn't end up tacky or such. It's a very light-hearted and pure story, if you exclude the raunchy sex scenes. The story in itself, is not all that original but the direction and the way the comic flows from panel to panel and the raw tension felt within the depth of the characters is endearingly addictive! I can not wait for the second volume, which has been promised to come. My only complaint was that, it did ended early but besides that, this is a great/perfect story. And usually I dislike effeminate uke's like Rio but his endearing, and caring nature and personality really was a soft spot! And it's just cute to me, how (you as the readers) will obviously know the character's feelings but the character themselves are clueless--- especially the whole "homo fixation regimen" bit, that was too cute/funny. Overall, perfect.
... Last updated on May 22nd, 2008, 2:58am
Love her work
This is another great work from Ougi-sensei. Lovable characters, comedic moments balanced by plenty of angst and sexual tension, I feel that this is probably my favorite of her works. It has a corny plot to it (probably the reason I love it so much - I HEART corny!), but a wonderful get-together story. I also feel that the artwork is top-notch. I eagerly await each new release as it comes out.
cute & lovable read ^^
Despite it being simple & borderline 'corny', there is something charming & captivating about this story. The emotional build up can be intense & Rio is a convincingly precious character. His tears & outlook of life moved me all the time & Tomo-chan is very cute underneath his wild, cool & collected image. I love how Sensei explores their individual feelings through time & the obvious erotic magnetism between them. Also, the illustrations are pretty!! & some parts might get you laughing warm heartedly.
... Last updated on April 4th, 2008, 9:29am
So stupid that it's funny
I love Tomo the dumbo. The moment he pointed his index fingers at his face when introducing himself to his home classmates made me laugh. Every time I see that image, I have to laugh. It gives me a soft spot for that guy.
It's a dumb story with a dumb premise, dumb characters, dumb motivations, dumb problems and dumb everything, but damn, it's so funny. The narration is good and well-used (read the beginning of each chapter to see how so; it starts off normally, but after each successive chapter, it gets funnier and bizarrer).
The feel-good factor is high. Read this if you want to laugh at someone.
Downside: Rio can be too teary-eyed or turn on the "big-bunny-eyes" look too many times. This makes him kinda boring and even more dumb than Tomo. At times it drags a little. I think it's Rio's internal thinking scenes that drag.
Tomo ~ his stupidity, conceit, deception, vanity and everything ~ carries the story. If you don't like him, the chances are you won't like this story.
This line (paraspeaking) ~ "What makes him smell so good? He eats flowers or something?" ~ richly deserves a place in the Manga Hall of Cool Quotes.
Tomo's Tokyo friend, although a small role, leaves an impression too. He gets his own story! Woo.
A Story That Grabs Hold
I agree with the consensus! This IS a very warm-hearted story. The resistance that Tomo has to accepting that HE's the one that has fallen head-over-heels in love with the naive and good-natured Rio is gripping. (I love the 'twitch, twitch' before he can't take it anymore and jumps Rio!) A little more aggressive (violence?) scenes would raise it's rating in my mind: like the scene where Rio thought he was going to get hit...that got me going! And where Tomo-chan 'shows him what would have happened in the park.) hohohoho. The way that Ougi-sensei draws her seme's holding down her uke's is so very very hot. She has a powerful way of getting to her reader's emotions with her deceptively simply stories. At the end of the last chapter in Darling, there is a cute little write up from her. She indicates that she wants to carry on with this story. I can see a side-story involving Tomo-chan's dark haired friend (intriguing 'bad' character. Also, Rio's mom and Rio's father-son love/warmth for her boyfriend. I have to add my accolades to her beautiful drawing as well. The scenes where Tomo-chan is dress like a model are glamorous. (She said she had trouble with the accessories, but she definitely succeeded in the end!) I find some of her boys troubling thin though. It almost detracts from the story & illustrations because I'm thinking, 'oh god, he looks ill!' But that's a small complaint.
Logic? - Where?
Where are you, logic? I don't see it, But I still like this manga, It's funny and cute.
love love love
I love pretty much all of her work and Darling is wonderful, funny, sexy, sweet... can't say enough good things about it. I'm dying for more. Go, read it!