25th Jan 2009
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
25th Jan 2009
I know this one has been out for a while, but I just got my hot little hands on it. As we all know, money’s tight and I had to curb some of my manga buying. Yes, most of the books we review are bought with my small amount of disposable income. This is part of the reason I’m so cranky when I get a crap book. That’s money I just threw away.
So, now I’m only buying manga that really grabs my interest. I’m less likely to take a chance on a new artist. The cover for this release didn’t really grab my interest, so I didn’t pick it up. Then, a week or two ago, I read a review that a friend of mine had written. After her glowing review, I started whining about the fact that I never picked it up and now was too poor to do so. She took pity on me and mailed me a copy.
If you haven’t already done so, go and pick up a copy of this one. One of my constant complaints is that we rarely see anything new. No new plot lines, no new characters. Everything is just recycled and repackaged. This, however, is all new. The stories are not quite what you would expect and end up pulling at your emotions. I didn’t find any saccharine sweet endings in here. It was more melancholy than anything, but it made me want to know what else happened to the characters. What would happen to these guys six months down the road? Would they still be regretting the decisions they made? And, don’t even get me started on the cats.
The art, while not amazing, was quite good. It actually reminded me more of some of the better GloBL artists that are working now, rather than something that’s traditionally Japanese. It was a really nice change of pace and, in a small way, helped to remind me of why I love this genre in the first place. It’s also dangerous because it prompted me to go to Amazon and drop a pretty penny on manga–including another release by this author. It was just what I needed, really–a breath of fresh air.