26th May 2008
You know, I never thought I would find a story that deals with a split-personality disorder interesting. It just seems like a slightly clichéd plot… Wait. This is a BL series. BL series thrive on clichéd plots.
Atsushi Ikeda has a soft spot for things that need to be taken care of. Everything from stray kittens to the battered and confused boy that he finds out in front of his apartment. The boy claims to be Riya Narukawa and the only thing he has on him is a violin that he claims belonged to his twin brother. His violin prodigy twin brother. His twin brother who is now dead and whose spirit can inhabit Riya’s body and impart to him the skill to play the violin.
Something about Riya brings out Atsushi’s protective streak and he gives him a key to his apartment. Just in case he ever needs somewhere to go to get away from everything.
Now for those of us who haven’t figured this out yet, Riya has a split personality. He’s got one personality who’s rough and tough and can deal with the pressures of being a prodigy and with the pressure cooker environment that is his high school; the other personality is the shy, uncertain, completely lacking in manners that began to get under Atsushi’s skin.
Atsushi finds himself getting drawn into Riya’s life, like it or not, and Riya’s softer personality keeps running to Atsushi for shelter.
This series seems like it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun if you just suspend your disbelief and everything you know about mental disorders and just kind of go with the flow. I know it’s completely unrealistic, but the story keeps sucking me in.
June, as always, did a lovely job with the presentation. The art is in the sketchy, slumpy style that I’ve always loved when it comes to presenting high school boys and the story, while inherently confusing, just flows gracefully from front to back.
Don’t let the impossible plotline stop you from picking this one up if you’re the kind of person who’s a sucker for some good, angsty, romance.