01st Mar 2009
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
01st Mar 2009
I shouldn’t be as fond of incredibly silly manga as I am. Really, I shouldn’t. Yet, when they’re done well and don’t cross the line into the realm of absurd, I find myself really enjoying them.
Takanaga has taken her trademark insanity and brought it to the world of boxing. I don’t know about all of you, but I never found boxing all that sexy. Still, when presented in a format like this, I can start to see the appeal.
There’s Kaoru, who’s embarrassed by his feminine-sounding name, and his girlish good looks. He’s also got a killer right hook, as his admirer Kubo finds out after complimenting Kaoru on how cute he is. See, for all that Kaoru looks like a 95-pound weakling, get him pissed and he gets this superhero-like fist-of-doom.
Poor Kubo, with his growing feelings for Kaoru and his tendency to insert his foot firmly into his mouth, he’s the recipient of almost all of Kaoru’s knock-outs. Through the haze of bruises and concussions, Kubo gets more and more into Kaoru and Kaoru starts to be come more and more comfortable with who he is. Proving that he’s more than just a pretty face, he’s just as much of a man as Kubo.
This one is a happy little gem. Light reading, nothing too taxing, but entertaining enough to keep you wanting to know what happens to the characters. I’m not looking for ground-breaking literature in my BL–I just want to be entertained. This release managed to do just that.