English: The Carp on the Chopping Block Jumps Twice
Published: Oct 20, 2006 to Apr 20, 2009
Authors: Mizushiro, Setona (Story & Art)
Score: 8.521 (scored by 1725 users)
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May 6, 2010
Apr 8, 2010
The suspension bridge is about to break.
To be more precise, Sojou no Koi wa Nido Haneru is the sequel of Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume wo Miru. It’s now more concentrated on the strengths and weaknesses of the relationship and the thoughts of Kyouichi. Another rival has arrived for Imagase and the pressure between the two is unsettling. Kyouichi stays the same. He still lacks too many puzzle pieces for him to complete the jigsaw of his true feelings. He is still unable to see awareness. Weak as ever, he commits the same deranged mistake, twice.
If you thought the prequel had exquisite dialogues and character portrayals, you better think again after reading the sequel. It digs more unto the fine angles of the choice of words. It’s specifically breathtaking.
The character progress focuses more on Kyouichi rather than Imagase. He now takes the spotlight and is more contemplative compared to the prequel. He becomes more sensitive and affectionate. A total different Kyouichi we have seen from its prequel.
Imagase, on the other hand has less development. Not that his caliber hasn’t been improved but it’s more like his character stability suits the flow well. He’s dependent on unrequitingly loving someone willingly instead of being loved by someone who he doesn’t have feelings with. It’s realistic and painful but love is fine just the way it is. It takes someone out of his league.
Tamaki is one of those a little above average women you can find in this genre. She is more composed and decent compared to the prequel’s lady. She knows well Kyouichi’s outer feelings. She knows Kyouichi’s affections towards her isn’t as deep as his so-called previous lover. Their relationship has lots of faults and limitations. Her thoughts of making Kyouichi happy isn’t enough to let Kyouichi be happy. It just isn’t enough to budge Kyouichi out of his zone. He was never hers from the start.
They’re both in love. One is a mass of desire, one is a regretful gentleman. It’s not all about sex. It’s about them. Them being painfully in love. It was so painful, that it’s considered as a divine punishment.
The internal part of the sequel is more on confusion and second thoughts. Imagase’s acceptance of his lost is one of the biggest turnarounds of the story and so was Kyouichi’s bewildering decision. If you were to look up to the face of the story, a dense reader would simply see two men, misunderstandings, sex, sex and sex. With this I’m telling you, you’re getting it all wrong dear.
Sojou no Koi wa Nido Haneru’s scenes has more impressive feelings in it. The dialogues and emotions were perfectly in sync. It’s either you end up in awe or you end up in awe. You have no way to get out of the story’s quicksand.
At the end of the series, I ended up in tears. To depart from someone who has treasured you and to hopelessly return to your fated someone. One has come a long way in order to find his own happiness, his own self, his own feelings.
But once he turns his back again, he might never have something to return to. read more
May 13, 2013
This story gives you a look of how a relationship that started out of seduction progresses. More importantly, the seduction of a straight man by a gay one. We get to feel the confusion, the mixed signals, the feelings, and the build-up of love through both the characters Kyouichi and Iwagase.
Not only are they facing an already difficult situation by being together, the uncertainty they already feel duplicates when a love rival for Iwagase appears.
As much as they try to portray their actual feelings to each other, there's still misinterpretations between them and they are driven up the wall with feelings that they can't seem to get through to each other.
This story doesn't try to sugar coat anything, it doesn't try to make things nicer than they are, it gives you the pure feeling of the struggle that the characters have and it doesn't in any way try to be unrealistic.
It's bittersweet, angsty, compelling and it will leave you with so many emotions. It's probably the best yaoi story I have read, and you will truly find yourself attached to the characters and the story itself. This is definitely worth the read. read more
Dec 30, 2011
Even though its a one shot, character development is there, and it grows with the story. this is a really great story with great characters. their passionate relationship with make you reevaluate your love life whether your homosexual or straight.
Sep 8, 2011
After reading half of it I found myself bursting into tears, for half and hour, it had such an impact in my heart and mind. You can relate to the characters because they show the real nature of most humans when dealing with love and relationships.
Jan 13, 2013
As many of us would know, yaoi mangas have involve quite a bit of explicit scenes have a tendency to just become smexy and illogical. I feel that in this manga (and its prequel) almost every sex scene is justified and either 1) contributes to the emotional build up or 2) propels the storyline forward.
I've read many other great bl mangas such as Fake, the View Finder Series, Super Lover etc. But this manga that manages to be a very exciting, suspenseful and moving love story in itself, without involving guns, action and the mafia. read more