27th May 2008
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
27th May 2008
Welcome to high-school angst. Toru has a secret crush on his best friend Ryoji. Out of the blue, Ryoji comes up to Toru and tells him that he gets turned on when he looks at him. This sends Toru into a spiral of angst and questioning, trying to see Ryoji’s motives in telling him this. Things escalate when Ryoji tells Toru that he wants to sleep with him, just to see what it will be like. Toru accepts and ends up getting his heart broken when he thinks that it means nothing more to Ryoji.
Pile on more angst until the boys figure out what it is they really want.
I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the tortured artist types. Toru is a member of the school’s art club and comes to a large part of his realization by painting. Ryoji is more of a solid, jock-type character. He knows what it is he wants and he’s known it from the beginning, he just doesn’t know how to express it.
It’s a sticky sweet manga that plucked at my heart strings. Even though it’s rated 18+, the smut isn’t very graphic. Sweet really is the only word I can come up with to describe this one. The art is nice, the story is nice, DMP does a fantastic job with their presentation. I do so love the dust covers and the oversized books.
It’s definitely not a manga for when you’re in the mood for some graphic out-and-out screwing, but it’s more of one to curl up with when you feel like angsting with the characters for a little while.