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22nd May 2008

Skyscrapers of Oz

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

I will say right off the bat that I am not pleased that Kitty Media did not include color plates with Skyscrapers of Oz. For ten dollars I want color plates, damn it. Especially if it’s Row Takakura!

However, I will give Kitty Media credit for a decent translation. I didn’t care for one of the semes addressing the other as ‘honey’ because, honestly, gay men don’t usually talk like that. And this seme doesn’t seem very fem, if you get my drift.

Now, with that being said, I will gush. Since this is illustrated by Row Takakura, the art is just superb. I adore the way she draws eyes. Every emotion is conveyed through the character’s eyes. Also… I have such a hard-on for her semes – from slutty to grumpy.

Well, with that fangirling over, I can now get on with the story. Imagine two handymen/detectives, Mari and Yoichi (both seme), who are beautiful and quite willing to do any job for the right price. Yeah, pleasant thought, huh? (I’d have them on speed-dial.)

In comes an assignment that involves Miyuki’s (uke) – Mari’s younger brother – classmate, Yu Kaito (uke). It seems Yu is having an affair with a businessman who happens to have a very jealous wife. Hence, Mari and Yoichi are hired to frame Yu and get the boy out the businessman’s life.

Not all is as it seems and the story takes a few turns which are unexpected, but still enjoyable. I really liked this manga. Whether for the art or the story or both, I don’t know. The smut quantity is rather low for a Takakura piece, but this, according to her notes in the back, was her first manga. I can give her some (i.e. a lot) of slack in the smut department because she makes up for it with angst.

In summation, if you are a Row Takakura fan, you should get this. Even if you’re not (What the hell is wrong with you?), you should pick this up anyway.

Posted by Nikita | Posted in ♦♦♦♦, Skyscrapers of Oz, Somei, Yoshino, Takakura, Row | Comments Off on Skyscrapers of Oz