30th Mar 2009
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
30th Mar 2009
Even though this release touches on themes that I usually associate with emo, cranky, teenaged bips, it’s still one of my all-time favorite releases. I fell in love with this release through scanlations years ago. It was one of the things that made me such a huge Toko Kawai fan. I never thought I would see it get released over here. Of course, by now I should know that every time I say that there’s no way in hell they’re going to bring over a release, it gets brought over.
Truly, anything that Kawai does makes me happy. It’s a guarantee of quality. I know that when I pick up one of her releases, that I’m in for a treat.
Chiaki and Eiji are both high school students who are carrying more than their fair share of pain. Chiaki is finding a release from his pain in self mutilation, while Eiji finds solace in withdrawing from the world around him. Their cure lies in each other, obviously.
It is a fairly dark release for all that it has a wonderfully happy ending. Molesting step-fathers, mothers trying to kill their own children and the fun of Chiaki cutting himself to ribbons. It’s sweet and sad in a way that only Kawai can do. I don’t think that any other artist would be able to take these themes, present them in a way that made you believe and still care for the characters.
Each time I say that I’m sick of high school romances, some company puts out a release that reminds me that they’re not all so bad. This one reminds me of just why I devote so much of my spare time to reading this genre. Run out and buy this one. Curl up with it on a day that you need a happy ending.