11th Feb 2010
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
11th Feb 2010
I adore Makoto Tateno. I know going in that there’s going to be a boat load of angst, there’s going to be boys screwing madly and there’s going to be a happy ending.
She doesn’t tend to stray from this format, and I’m not complaining. Reading her is like escaping into a romance novel. It’s sweet fluff, that doesn’t leave you feeling bloated afterwards. By all rights, I should be looking for something with more substance - but, there are times when you just want something that you know is going to have a happy ending.
While in High School, Naoyuki fell in love with his sempai, Shinobu. Naoyuki was convinced that they were going to be together, forever, and was making plans to follow Shinobu to college. They had agreed to meet after Shinobu’s graduation, so Naoyuki could give him a gift.
Shinobu never showed.
Years later, Naoyuki has moved on. He’s got a girlfriend, but he’s never really forgotten Shinobu. While going to bars one night, he and his girlfriend run into a bartender that looks familiar. It’s Shinobu.
Problem is that Shinobu has no interest in Naoyuki, and is not too pleased to have this blast from his past.
To make things even more problematic, Shinobu has been acting the whore, and sleeping with any male that shows interest to him.
Now, we all know that in the world of BL, this means that Shinobu is hiding his pain and that he’s still in love with Naoyuki, right?
God, I love BL tropes. They make for such fun angst.
So, now Naoyuki has to fight to get Shinobu to recognize that what they have is real, and get him back.
It’s fun. It’s decidedly romantic, and it’s just what I want to read when I’m having a bad day.
Just like everything else that Tateno has ever released.
I know that it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but when I’m in the mood for it, it hits a home run.