The serious Itou and the child-like Nishi meet by chance during a single player “White Line Game” on the way home from school. Falling in-love, Itou gets frustrated over the fact that they only get to rendezvous on the white line and suddenly kisses Nishi.
From high school, college and then to adulthood… A deeply moving work depicting the lives of two men who are madly in love with unchanging feelings within changing realities.
Since no one did a review for this amazing manga, I will do it!
It’s my first review ever + English is not my first language, so I’m sorry for any possible mistakes.
So, this manga. WOW what a great surprise, for real. At first I wasn’t expecting much, I just thought it would be a cute cliché BL manga, but I was wrong. Even though it does have some cliché, it also has some things that I really miss in most part of the yaoi I read.
The story follows these two boys who met while playing a silly game on the street, and obviously fall
in love. While most BLs (and romance in general, right?) show us just a little part of its characters relationship, Senjou no Bokura goes further. The manga shows the characters' relationship through all their lives, and in a really realistic way.
Like any couple, they go through problems. However, doing different from the other yaois, their crisis really make sense. It’s not because of jealousy or because a girl is trying to separate them. Indeed, it’s something that a gay couple in a really conservative and homophobic society may go through, unfortunately. Of course that if this was actually a real story things probably wouldn’t end up fine, but since it’s fiction we got a happy and sweet ending.
The end is also something that I love in this manga. While I was sad at first, the last few pages made me so happy and at peace. It was kind of cliché, but at the same time, it wasn’t. It’s hard to explain.
So mixing reality with the cute and sweet fiction, without rapes and abusive relationships, Life: Senjou no Bokura doesn’t fail in delivering a great BL, with a great relationship build up and a great ending. A true gem in this yaoi world.
Life: Senjou no Bokura is the kind of story that I would totally recommend to anyone who likes BL. I read it with high expectations and I was not disappointed, just the first chapter was enough to made me think "wow, this manga is awesome".
The story is simple, but I wouldn't say it is cliche, quite the contrary, one of the points that surprised me the most is that it is very creative (especially the way they met) for a story that shows the normal life of a couple. Another point that I liked and want to mention is that this is a story
with lots of happy and sad moments, it will make you laugh and maybe cry (well, I cried a lot).
I don't have much to say about the art, it is also simple, without many details, but still beautiful and you can easily identify what is happening. Unless you are a person who really cares about details and only like those super amazing art styles, I don't think the simplicity of the art will be a problem.
About the characters, well, there aren't many, in fact, the story only focus on the couple, so others only appears in specific moments. Talking about the main characters, their personalities are loveable, I especially liked Nishi's, who is very child-like, Itou is more serious, but he also acts like a child sometimes.
To sum up, this manga is totally catching from the beginning to the end and I really don't think you will regret reading it.
This manga has a poignant ending that resonates with me and which still replays in my mind now and then. This is a cute love story between two guys. What makes it different from other romances is that it follows the couple from high school to old age. While the majority of stories end after the characters confess and become a couple, this manga shows the trials that await a long-term relationship.
The problems which the characters face are realistic instead of cliched drama. For example, it addresses the societal pressure of having a heteronormative relationship, and feeling like a gay relationship is abnormal and just
a passing desire that will ultimately result in regret.
I really liked the story’s use of a line as its visual metaphor. The line represents a person’s path in life, and how even when one might stray from that path and end up lost and confused, there is still hope of finding the right path again.
The manga does have some flaws though. The frequent time skips make the story seem a bit rushed and shallow. I would have prefered the manga to spend more time on each section and delve deeper into the plot and characters’ thoughts. However, its strong points are what stick with me in the end. All in all, the story is very sweet and heartwarming with just the right dose of realism.
Wow, this manga was nothing that i was expecting. It was simply beautiful.
Basically, its about these two high school kids named Nishi and Ito and they play the white line game where if you fall of it , something bad happens. They intersect at a line, and the story begins.
Both the characters were amazing. As the clock ticks by, they grow with one another and cherish each other. However, as a gay couple, they face challenges that other normal couples don't. Ito is the one who gets the most pained and worried about such challenges and ends up hurting Nishi. The reconciliation takes a while,
but they are able to be at peace with each other.
If you don't cry reading this, you're sincerely tough. If you enjoyed Paradise View, you will surely enjoy this one. If you haven't read Paradise View, I suggest you check it out and its prequel Kimi to Parade.