Nov 17, 2011
Although I do love plot, every once and a while, I love to sit down and read a little plotless romance. And that's basically what this was; plotless.
Not to say it wasn't very enjoyable.
The story is that Karou, a working class man finds two kids on his doorstep one day, one a teen and another a small child. They say they are his nephew's and need somewhere to stay since their father abandoned them. The older, Keigo, falls for Karou and things progress from there.
There are a lot of holes in the story, basically with the fact that things are rather convenient. Karou
lives alone, the boys have absolutely no where else to go, etc, etc. Not much happens, and the only problem that ever occurs is rather minimal. With no real climax or twists along the way, the story is predictable. I could have given you the ending before I started reading.
This may just be a matter of opinion, but I actually really enjoy the artwork in this manga. Most especially Akio and Keigo, the youngest characters of the series. They are rather cute and I adore their hair.
The backgrounds are rather generic, but the character art is decent enough.
As for the overall design of the characters, they aren't very original. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've seen the design for the main character about a bazillion times! The child reminds me so much of Hunny from Ouran High School Host Club it's ridiculous. Keigo was adorable but I've seen him about twenty times. The other reoccurring characters were so generic that you could switch them and I probably wouldn't have noticed...
Karou, the uncle, is seriously boring. There is zero characterization with him, other than the fact that he has a somewhat kind heart for taking in these boys.
Keigo, the love interest, was your generic 'heart of gold' character. (Actually, now that I think about, the entire basis of the relationship in the story was 'He's so kind, so I should love him in a sexual intimate way!')
Akio, the youngest boy, was basically a little Lolita that was there to cure boredom and to intrude on any sexual tension. His chibi cuteness though was awesome. He really pulled it off!
I sincerely enjoyed this manga. The romance was sweet, pure, and a breath of fresh air from all the angst you see now-a-days in most manga. It's very light hearted and sweet. If you are looking for a little fluff-muffin, you found a perfect match in this manga.
Also, my worst fear about reading this was that it may be like the anime 'Papa to Kiss in the Dark', which I sincerely DID NOT enjoy. Unlike that manga, 'Papa I Love You' is always consensual and the feelings seem true and not based on lust... which, even though I do enjoy being smutty sometimes, is not the way I love to go. This manga re-enforces the point that the way to yaoi lovers heart is a good, pure hearted romance like this one.
Overall, a 7. A decent romance. But not to say a decent plot.
Reviewer’s Rating: 7
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