24th May 2008
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
24th May 2008
No matter what Drama Queen releases, it’s always gorgeous. Even if I don’t particularly care for the story, I’ve got to give them credit for having an eye for incredible art. Lovely Sick is one of the stories that I didn’t particularly care for, but found myself studying the art just for the sheer prettiness of it.
The story revolves around high school student Naoyuki Akiyoshi and his lover/doctor/legal guardian, Ryouichi Sumi. Now, Naoyuki needs a lot of care. His legs are scarred from an accident and he needs a lot of care/therapy. He’s come to rely on Ryouchi for all of his emotional needs as well as his physical needs. This is not a problem for Ryouchi because his greatest joy is taking care of Naoyuki.
In all honesty, I can’t really put my finger on why I didn’t care for this series. I think it’s a mixture of the fawning devotion Ryouchi has for Naoyuki, the age difference and the fact that the characters never really grow over the course of the book.
Yes, you are given lots and lots of situations for them to prove their devotion to each other, but there’s nothing that let’s them grow in their relationship or as people in the situations. They just hop into bed and poof! everything’s all better.
Now that I’m thinking about it I had the same problem with Level C. Not that the characters in Lovely Sick are anywhere near as callow as the characters in Level C, but there’s definitely some similarities.
As per usual, I can find nothing to find fault with in Drama Queen’s presentation. I love my full-color inserts, honorifics, a dust cover and the proper size. They always do a great job with any series they release. I just wish I could find more to like in the actual content of this series.