I actually gave straight 10s... Hope this doesnt make this first review Im writing invalid in some way. :S Oh well...
I wont tell you much about the details of the story, or characters, I dont want to spoil it for you in any way. After all, thats how i like to read mangas. To read and discover their beauty or charm or whatever they are holding from scratch.
Itoshi no Nekokke excels in so many ways Im having a hard time slowing my emotions and thoughts caused by this manga so that Id be able to write them down here, so ill just let it
pour out as it comes to me.
Chapters come as vivid sequences of life one after another. Light subjects, flowing effortlessly through your head, make you crave for more and more. They dont come off as cheap and stupid or annoying. You take them in as something precious and you laugh and feel with the characters. Heck, it even made me applaud, smile, laugh, feel relieved, cheer on characters,... Come to think of it, the subjects were almost exclusively happy and easy. No tragedy or grieving. And thats ok. This one is a fresh breeze into the world of homo-mangas. Shows it in bright light. Well, it is, after all, the result of Authors "daydreaming". So I support it fullheartedly and completely.
You can feel this all but only if you let yourself go for it, that is. This is however one of the requirements when it comes to reading any kind of stuff. Manga among others. Being able to immerse yourself into the thing in front of your eyes. The author managed to, by some miracle, show us the preciousness and beauty of "simple" things and events... as corny as it sounds... And for some of us who share similar dreams and problems, this is indeed a special manga.
The Artwork... Done so elegantly, so smoothly its a feast for the eyes in its tenderness and dynamic. It morphs to any given situations so nicely, its a perfect example of how one should support the storyline with Artwork. Ive read different styles but this is one of the best Art-styles out there, may i say (at least when it comes to yaois and shounen ais). Not excessive, not too simple, its just right.
Characters, that need to be what the writer wants them to be, come off just right and even much closer to the reader, than expected, when you add so many countless emotions they are able to express through this artwork. This is how its done. So many Mangas out there, with so many different styles... in many of them, something is usually lacking. f.Ex, theres a very skilled and talented Artist, but cant really manage to draw the basic emotions... or the other way around... or some other combination... Or the reader just has something against specific art styles, so he hates it no matter what. xD .. and that is ok too! In any case, I dont want to repeat myself too much about awesome Art of the manga reviewed here. Some of you wont be smitten by it like I was, and thats ok too. Im fair.
So if you want to add a shiny sparkly jewel packed so nicely and compactly with nice stuff to your list, give this Manga a try.