Harasen a single, lonely 37 years old highschool teacher is unable to cope the departure of a student, who is also his subject of unrequited love. Faced with a love sickness, he returns to the clubbing scene to start a fresh where he tangles up with a very troublesome guy...
Why...Why...oh why I waited this long to read this manga. Well, maybe because I was not too fascinated with the art style. But then, Nakamura Asumiko sensei's art is not the typical art you see in a Yaoi manga. The line drawing style, the not so perfect faces or the blank expressions...yeah at first glance they will not fascinate you. But as you start reading, you get immersed in the story and the characters and you feel that the drawing style suits the story perfectly.
Story - 8: For all those who have read the "Doukyuusei" series...this is a continuation of Hara Sensei/Hara sen's story,
the music teacher, and how he moves from a heartbreak to getting a chance in love. The story starts where one broken hearted person - Hara sen, meets another broken hearted person - Sora/Sorano. From that point onward starts the journey of Hara sensei trying to ward of his overly enthusiastic student Sorano from minding his own affairs and leaving the poor Hara alone. Well, as the old saying goes "love happens when you least expect it". Our Hara sen has a rule "not to get involved in relationships with his students", but Sorano had some other plans. There are parts of this story, especially the part of an "old flame" coming in, I felt that the story had a bit of a disconnect, but the author brought all the characters together quiet well in the end. I hope I'm not giving any spoilers, but to see the sweetness of how an unusual love story can develop between two very different people, you have to read this one (although you will not be getting a lot of Yaoi action, its a Shounen-ai -.-).
Art - 7 : As mentioned before, the art style is way different from the usual style you have seen in BL/Yaoi mangas. But, I think you can get used to it once you start reading the story. The art blends well with the story and its characters. I'm not sure how much I can like the flowing line drawing style, but the face and expressions were clear and good. Shounen-ai's do focus more on the dramatic aspect of the story and you can see that in their art.
Character- 7: Well, for those of you who have read previous series, Hara sen has been a constant character and I always wanted to see his "happy ending". I'm glad that we get to see a side of Hara sen that previous mangas did not portray, his "desperately and idiotically in love" side ^.^ Sorano is a refreshing change from a typical uke, although I wanted to see many more moments of his with Hara sen, that's why I felt his character development lacked something. Maybe pulling in other characters help in understanding Hara sen's past relationships, but Sorano and Hara sen's ending up together to me looked a little rushed.
Enjoyment-7: Enjoyment is definitely there, especially the conversations between Hara sen and Sorano. I love the way Hara sen gets flustered in front of Sorano whenever he tries to act like an adult, but not so convincingly:D
Overall - 8: The story is a good continuation and conclusion of a wonderful series. Of course, it leaves a lot to be desired from the Yaoi part, but if you are into Drama CD's, I highly recommend listening to it. The voice acting cast is awesome ♥♥♥ - Fukuyama Jun (Aoto Sorano), & Ishikawa Hideo (Hara Manabu).