12th Dec 2008
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
12th Dec 2008
I’m a huge fan of kyūdō or the art of Japanese archery. Ever since I read Rin, I’ve thought that it was beautiful and an interesting plot device. That, combined with Takanaga’s storytelling and art, turns what is a basic and formulatic plot into something that’s really special.
Haru is a young teacher who’s subbing at a prestigious high school. That’s all well and good, but his problems arise when he’s asked to help coach the archery team. Haru used to be an accomplished archer, but quit suddenly for no apparent reason.
The reason for his abandonment of archery was because of his unrequited love for his best friend and fellow archer, Reiichiro. Seeing Reiichiro rattled Haru out of the necessary concentration needed for his sport, so to get away from his feelings, he walked out of Reiichiro’s life and archery.
It should come as no surprise that the star archer at the new school is Reiichiro’s younger brother, Tsukasa. It should also come as no surprise that Tsukasa has the hots for Haru. See where this is going? Now, the whole student/teacher thing is getting to be a bit old, but when done well, I still enjoy it. This release is a prime example of how to do it.
There’s no big surprises here, no deep revelations or plot twists, just a nice story that holds your interest and is drawn well. And, that really makes me happy.