In order to find out the criminal who killed his lover, Kai shows up in the town that the two groups, Saruto and Maina, are ruling. There he manages to get close and become the bodyguard of "Steel Ratri," a man who has the same ring as Kai's lover, on his hands, but…
Aoi Hitsuji no Yume initially was published as a three chapter long series than ran in the shoujo magazine Bessatsu Hana to Yume in 1999. In 2006 Takeno started writing the continuation in BL magazine Karen, but in the first volume that was re-published under BL label, in the afterword she states that although it seems to her that she meant to write a direct sequel, she doesn't intend to, since she "no longer remembers what the story was supposed to be about at all." Instead, she states that Steal Moon is a direct continuation—takes place a few years later, and the main characters Lahti and Kai appear there, as well as Shiki—and Aoi Hitsuji no Yume story starting in second volume is a side story of it.
Aoi Hitsuji no Yume has been published in English as Blue Sheep Reverie by Digital Media Publishing under Juné imprint since July 29, 2009, and digitally by Media Do International/Nihonbungeisha since November 7, 2017.
This is one of the best yaoi manga I ever read. I read so many famous manga but sometimes I wonder why they're famous and something like this shouldn't be. It's a great manga for all yaoi lovers.
The story follows Kai who lost his lover. Now he goes to some other city to find his lover's killer. The city has two main gangs and in order for him to survive he needs to be in one of those gangs. So he joins this gang as a bodyguard of one of the important heads, Ratri. Ratri has the same ring that Kai's lover, Maria had.
So Kai wants to make sure if Ratri's the one who killed Maria but with a closer look he sees that the ring is different. So who is the killer? Or is even Maria the person Kai thinks she is? I don't wanna spoil anything so just read it yourself. It gets you hooked. I promise XD
I love the art by this author. If you've read Yellow which is by the same author you'll know what I mean. The art is pretty but at the same time guys don't look girly. I love the art. Specially when it wants to express the emotions, it does it in a great way that you could actually feel it. It's great.
The only reason I'm giving them a 9 is that there's still mysteries behind each character which is still unknown. I don't think the author is going to tell what they are either. I mean it's been long enough. But the rest is flawless. Each character has a great development which is expressed in a great way. I specially love how you can't judge each character by the first time you see them.
Great manga. I loved it. I hope I can still find more chapters though. I never got bored and the twists just amazed me. Great manga. I enjoyed it to the fullest.
I've always been a little put-off by preliminary reviews. This is only the second preliminary review I've written (due to dropping a series or putting it on hold), and I urge you also to take it with a grain of salt, keep in mind that I can't give you a full view of the series. But this is what I got out of the first volume.
Volume one introduces us to a lot of really good ideas. Enter Kai, a young man moving to a new city in search of his lover's killer. This city is run by two rival gangs, the Mynah and the
Sarte. (Kindly excuse any discrepancies between the translated and original names; I noticed a few differences in the description on this site and the way it was translated in the volume I read.) Kai gets himself a job as bodyguard-in-training for one of the "four kings" of the Sarte group-- another young man named Lahti who he's seen wearing a ring nearly identical to the one Maria-- his past lover-- wore. Shortly into his time as Lahti's new bodyguard, Kai hears an interesting rumor-- that Lahti Bara is gay. And so this potential assassination turns into a seduction mission.
All of this gave Blue Sheep Reverie a really good start. But there were quite a few red flags in this first volume too. (And I would like to reiterate that I've only read volume one, so I don't really count any of these to be major spoilers.) To start, it felt very rushed. I'm used to reading longer series, so I thought there was a lot of potential for a 9-volume series with this plotline. But that seduction/assassination plot is played out within volume one. It is almost laughably easy for Kai to get into Lahti's bed, and then his plot unravels quickly afterwards. And Kai's initial reaction to his rejection is to be... unreasonably hurt. I mean, the only time they really spent together was when Lahti was training him, and after revealing that he snuck into the Sarte organization to possibly assassinate him? At that point, Kai should be grateful he's still alive.
To be honest, this first volume was a series of up and downs for me. One minute the plot kept getting more and more interesting, the next all the plot points were being executed very poorly. Turns out Maria's still alive. She's actually Lahti's twin sister Bihaan and faked her own murder, deepening the plot a bit. Except... Lahti claims the only reason he's gay is because he can't be with the one woman he loves... his twin sister. Yup... they went there.
So at this point, I'd say it's a pretty even split between the things that give this story the potential to be great, and the things that have me worried this story is about to go downhill fast. I probably would continue, except there are so many other manga series clamoring for my wallet at the moment. So I'm going to leave it on hold for now. And possibly revise this review sometime in the future.