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24th May 2008

The Moon and the Sandals 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

There are few things in life that make me happier than a manga by Fumi Yoshinaga. June has been making me a very happy fangirl by releasing so many of her works.

Book one of The Moon and the Sandals starts off with Mr. Ida, a young history teacher who is a bit nervous about his teaching abilities. There’s this one student who spends his entire class glaring holes into the back of his head. Except that the student is not really glaring at Mr. Ida. The student, Kobayashi, is gazing at Mr. Ida lovingly. Kobayashi really needs to work on his gazes. Mr. Ida, not surprisingly, is oblivious.

After Kobayashi witnesses a fight between Mr. Ida and his boyfriend, he decides to make a move on Mr. Ida and show him just how much better he is for him than his boyfriend. However, Kobayashi can’t make Mr. Ida smile the way his boyfriend can.

After Mr. Ida’s boyfriend comes back into the picture, Kobayashi realizes that Mr. Ida is not for him and just quietly gets on with life. Don’t feel too bad for Kobayashi. He stays friends with Mr. Ida and gets a boyfriend of his own.

This is a lovely and sweet series, topped off with bits of humor. The situations the characters get into, while true to life, are completely absurd. Like when Kobayashi wants more information on just how to fuck his boyfriend through the mattress, he goes to Mr. Ida, who’s clueless, never having slept with his boyfriend.

He then goes to a female friend. He wants to know if the manga club would have any idea if gay manga would provide a reference for the real thing. Then after he buys the manga and reads it, he gives it to Mr. Ida so that Mr. Ida can study up on how to please his boyfriend.

How could anyone not like this? It’s just one of those series that make you smile when you read it. The only thing I could complain about would be the lack of honorifics and the fact that Mr. Ida is not Ida-sensei, but as you all know, I’m a whore for authenticity in my manga. This is the perfect series to curl up with on a gray and rainy day. It’s guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Moon and the Sandals, The, Yoshinaga, Fumi | Comments Off on The Moon and the Sandals 1

24th May 2008

The Moon and the Sandals 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I know I sound like a broken record here, but Fumi Yoshinaga just makes me happy. Every time I see a book that she’s done, I know that I’m going to be in for a real treat.

The characters have grown up a bit since the first volume, but they’re still facing challenges to their relationships. Giant is first faced with Kobayshi going away to college, then after graduation, fear of how his colleagues will react to him being in a homosexual relationship. Hashizume is now running his own restaurant and Ida is faced with jealousy. You know things are going to work out well and that it is going to be a glorious ride getting there.

This series is so engrossing that while writing the review I went to go check on the spelling of a name, I ended up getting caught up in it and rereading the whole thing. I just finished reading it a day and a half ago. All of Fumi Yoshinaga’s releases have that quality. They just suck you in. You go to look for something you want to reference, or maybe just reread a sex scene, and you end up curled up with her books for hours. Not that this is a bad thing, mind you, it’s just not something that I’m used to with manga.

If you’re not already a fan, you should be. I don’t like telling people to run and and buy a series because I know that everyone has different tastes, but the storytelling in anything by Fumi Yoshinaga surpasses any restraint I may want to show.

Buy this. Buy everything you can by her. You are going to enjoy it.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Moon and the Sandals, The, Yoshinaga, Fumi | Comments Off on The Moon and the Sandals 2