After half a year, he’s finally forgotten about the man who’d spurned him so harshly… After half a year, he’s finally found himself a new boyfriend.
Yet, at that very moment, right in front of Izumi Morida’s eyes, his ex-lover, Tomoya Shinguji appeared again. However, as the result of an accident, Tomoya has lost every single memory about Izumi. And the gentle Tomoya has also changed completely, into an arrogant, domineering man. He abducted Izumi, and on top of that, he even tied him up and violated him forcibly. Never had Izumi imagined Tomoya would be such a sadist!
Although he kept resisting, his heart, lingering with the recollection of the old Tomoya, still trembled… A lust swirling, violent love!
One day, I found myself on an island of lonesome and heart-break and I wanted something to brighten my day and make me squee like the inner fan girl I really am. So, as any other fetish obsessed fan girl would do, I turned to yaoi - a guilty pleasure perhaps, but there's occasionally one that makes me warm on the inside while tearing my heart into tiny shreds. Re Set stood proud in the fetish department, giving me the long desired bondage yaoi that I wanted for years. Unfortunately, it didn't hold itself up in the story department. Still, I find myself turning to Re Set again and again to give me squee moments along with drooling, yummy bondage.
When I first turned to Re Set, I found that the art left more to be desired, at least in my mind. Izumi could easily be carted out of the manga for appearing as a woman, which wouldn't normally deter me, but I couldn't help but feel a nagging sensation that his girly side would take over and make the manga feel less like a yaoi and more like a hentai. Thankfully, Izumi appeared "manlier" when stripped of his attire and dawned with ropes and chains or whatever else Tomoya could throw him into.
These sex and bondages scenes were mixed with a plot that left a lot more to be desired. Basically, Izumi was dumped a year before by Tomoya. Not long after the break-up, Tomoya lost his memory in an accident. Now gaining Tomoya's attention for a second time, Izumi struggles to get the old Tomoya back that he loved with Tomoya throws him into different bondage positions and they have sex. A plot like that gave me the "heart torn to pieces" aspect of the yaoi I wanted, in a good and bad way. The good way is I was able to feel a strong attachment to Izumi. However, the story was so plan that I wasn't able to jump onto the bandwagon and journey through the story with the characters. I just felt I was on the sidelines cheering for more sex or something.
The story could have easily been more dramatic and less predictable if the manga was longer. Sixty pages to tell a romantic, trying story between to men is certainly not enough, but I'm afraid that the story would've continued with more sex and less plot. I have a love/hate relationship with the idea of the manga continued (which it won't, so don't get your hopes up), but I continue to go back to the bondage filled pages. Somehow, I've grown attached to the characters draped inside.
In the end, Re Set probably wasn't as good as it should be. The manga is great for yaoi fan girls looking for a bondage filled love with drama. I liked it, but it lacked in the good story department and left me wanting more in a good way and a bad. Either way, Re Set was worth the read, but not the many re-reads afterward. Oh god, I am a hopeless fan girl after all.read more