Archive for the 'Our Everlasting' Category

24th May 2008

Our Everlasting 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Our Everlasting is another series that I was fangirling over way before it was brought over for a North American release. Take one shy introvert, add in a popular surfer boy and a boatload of angst and you’ve got a sweet series that is almost guaranteed to bring a smile to the most jaded of BL fans.

I didn’t think I was going to like it when I first read it. The art style took a bit to grow on me, and I was rolling my eyes at some of the angst, but by the time the late night confessions rolled around I was hooked. The art is a bit messy, but well done. Toko Kawai is very good with expressive faces. Her boys are just beautiful when the smile.

Even nicer for me was the inclusion of a side story that I had never seen scanlated. “Fleeting Days” revolves around an art teacher with a bad heart and the Osaka born boy who’s doggedly pursuing him.

Toko Kawai is originally from Osaka and loves to have her characters talk with an Osaka accent. Something that mostly gets lost in the translation, but the story really doesn’t suffer from that. You get the general idea that the Osaka-born boys are slightly hick-ish.

As usual, DMP excelled in production values. I’m still loving my over-sized books and my dust covers.

This is just a sweet, sappy, sexy book. Definitely one of my all-time favorites.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Kawai, Toko, Our Everlasting | Comments Off on Our Everlasting 1

24th May 2008

Our Everlasting 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

More about my favorite shy, introvert and his surfer boy boyfriend. Horyu and Shouin seem to be getting along well, but there are still things that are pulling them apart. Shouin has his French tutor who keeps trying to talk him out of a relationship with a ‘straight’ boy and Horyu has his surfing.

It’s interesting watching these two try to find a balance in their relationship, and find out what’s the most important thing of all.

Included in this book are a side story about Horyu and Shouin babysitting and a one shot called “My Beautiful World” about a student film maker, Nakai, and the person who inspires him to make movies, Tanizaki. Both stories are just inherently sweet. I love just how lazy Tanizaki is. He’s all scruffy and rough around the edges and just beautiful.

As is the case with just about everything that Toko Kawai does, the art is messy and lovely and the stories are sweet and sappy and full of angst, and will make you smile. Her books are the ones I go for when I’m having a really bad day and just want to have a story that will make me cry, and then pick me back up again. Really, I don’t think I can write a review on her work without overusing the word sweet. The stories just make me grin.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Kawai, Toko, Our Everlasting | Comments Off on Our Everlasting 2