A vampire who lives in complete isolation, Ed, one day finds an abandoned child named Phil on a whim. From then on, they live together. Saying he loves Ed, Phil grows innocently emotionally attached to the vampire. Meanwhile Ed grows perplexed by the passions awakened in him by the human.
Hmm, there are no reviews for this manga. Oh well, I guess that will fall to me =). Although I am but one opinion, I will express it to my best ability ^_^
Where to start? Well, when I saw this recommended with Pathos (which I loved), I decided I just had to read it. There isn't much vampire yaoi, and though it is short, I wanted to give it a chance. I've read some excellent, one volume manga. For all I knew, this could be one.
However, I was disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate it. I didn't even dislike it really, but it
wasn't anything to scream and jump over, at least in my opinion. (Although, the last scenes are really sweet, I'll admit.)
The art was all right, but largely unimpressive. Sometimes I get the sense that the manga-ka wasn't quite sure how to draw certain expressions, and that's a problem. If someone is screaming in agony, their face should not be so lacking in detail. I'm no artist, but it seemed amateurish to me.
I am however, a writer, and I can safely say that the story is pretty cliche, especially in the beginning. The whole, "I found a small child and took him home with me," scenario has been used way too many times.
And, come on. So predictable.
Me: "Oh look, they're together now. The next chapters will be some half-baked attempt to throw some turmoil in their relationship."
Next chapter: "So I met this girl at the library, right? You should meet her."
*headdesk* Not in those words, but you get the picture.
There is virtually no character development. We have no idea about their lives in the past, and we have virtually no personality traits to go off of. It just isn't elaborated on. Ever.
The storyline itself was also lacking; it really was rather rushed. Although this manga was short, it easily could have been a better experience if more effort was spent on it. For example: 24 Colors: Haksukoi no Palette. It is not a Yaoi manga, but it is a heart-warming romance, also a volume long. The story was short and sweet, but the experience was much more satisfying in all areas, and 24 Colors was two chapters shorter than this one.
That being said, I'm really not sure if I liked Sute Neko no Ie or not. I almost did. Kind of. I certainly didn't love it though, and it could have been so much more than it is if there was more effort put into it. It's worth the read if you're bored, a fan of Vampires/Yaoi, or both, but it's not an, "OMG read this or die!" sort of urgency. Take or leave this one: it's your choice.