May 3, 2013
Another great story by Natsume Isaku. This shonen-ai/yaoi actually has a proper plot. The main characters are not stereotypical for this genre which makes the story interesting and intriguing.
Ryu is the heir of a yakuza, strong-willed, loyal and a fierce fighter - everything the future leader should be. But he doesn't want to inherit the title because he wants to live a normal life with his childhood friend and love interest Naoki.
Naoki is very reserved, cynical and doesn't reciprocate Ryu's feelings. The story is written from Naoki's point of view and follows him as he grows as a person.
The art is less bishonen, more
shonen actually. But what makes this story intriguing is the chemistry between the main characters Ryu and Naoki. They are not your normal mainstream shonen-ai/yaoi couple. If you are familiar with Natsume Isaku's work you will know that this is kind of her style. The uke is really masculine in some ways whilst the seme has feminine personality traits. This gives the dialogue/interaction between those two an interesting and funny twist. Natsume Isaku is a genius in characterisation through very simply and subtle ways, whether it's through her drawings or the dialogue. Naoki's standoffishness and Ryu's desire for his 'Nao' literally jump out of the page.
I really enjoy Natsume Isaku's mangas and this one is definitely one of her best. If you like shonen-ai/yaoi that has a proper plot and is funny, touching and sweet then you might want to give this a shot.
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