21st Jul 2008
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
21st Jul 2008
It’s kind of sad when I like the secondary story more than the main story in a release. Don’t get me wrong, this release has a lot going for it. It’s cute, it’s well drawn and I can follow the plot fairly easily. It just didn’t grab me in the same way that the secondary story did.
First up we have Chihiro, who’s madly in love with his friend, Kensei. Kensei is oblivious to Chihiro lusting over him, so every time Chihiro makes a move, it goes right over Kensei’s head. Chihiro finally takes to climbing into Kensei’s bed, just to see if that will get a reaction. It looks like he may have to start pulling out the big guns to worm his way into Kensei’s heart.
See, it’s cute, but it’s something we’ve seen over and over again in the world of BL manga. Now, the story about the secondary characters was really a treat.
There’s the silversmith, Ari, who has caught the eye of a arrogant model named Yoh. Yoh saw some of Ari’s designs on a photoshoot and wants to commission more. Of course, being an arrogant prig, Yoh offends Ari at the first meeting and then has to spend the rest of the time trying to get back into Ari’s good graces. It’s like Sisyphus and his boulder. Once Yoh thinks he’s got it made, he’s back at square one.
Really, this was a fairly lackluster manga. It does have its moments and the relationship between Yoh and Ari is really a gem, but for the most part, we’ve been here before. I know when writing for a genre, you can end up seeing the same themes over and over again and, believe me, sometimes that’s a good thing. I know there are certain conventions that will make me jump up and buy a release just on the basis of that one plot line. But, there also comes a time when I’m just tired of it and I want something new.
This is one of the times that I’m tired of it. I want something that I haven’t already seen eight times before.