I'm here because i fell in love with the artwork of Maruya Kae. After reading a one-shot she was involved in i decided to read anything where she was the artist (an excuse to see beautiful art, really).
This however was WAY better than the one shot I read (story-wise).
Story (7): what first seemed to me like a regular yaoi turned out to be something else. I again think the description fails the story but i can't say anything or it'll be a major spoiler. Anyway, the bond between the lovers was really deep. This is the first time i've ever felt it THIS much in a yaoi. it felt real. It was romantic and had some funny moments. It was sad and almost frustrating at one point. I wanted to cry and tear up. I felt a lot of emotions while reading this manga.
The story line though is somewhat confusing, it just feels like something is missing or something doesn't feel right. I think it needed two more chapters to explain the major turn points that will happen half way through. There are 2 very more important events in this manga that really needed further explanation and it really pissed me off in the end cause i wasn't satisfied. The ending is fine but leaving me with a puzzled feeling is not cool.
Art (10) again, I read this just because it's Maruya Kae. The first impression was "Wow, the background *-*" The backgrounds in this manga are really impressive, i just stared at them in amazement. The characters are elegant, sexy and most importantly beautiful. The facial expressions are very true. I don't know how she does it. There is intensity when needed and serenity when needed it is perfect. I really fell in love with her art it is amazing. I praised her art for a one-shot and her devotion shows, she is someone who is really really talented.
Character (8) even though the 2 main characters are flawless in a sense that they both really embody who they are (i don't know how to put into words what i mean, i hope it makes sense lol). Let me try again, they live up to what they're expected to do because of who they are (fail again? i give up lol)
There is a certain Ji chan who is very alluring as well, he lives up to his line of work to say the least.
There are some characters in this manga who needed to have more "panel time" to explain certain things after the 2 turn points.
As far as character development goes, it's barely noticeable since you already expect them to have this certain reaction. It's not that great but it's still good and sentimental.
Enjoyment (9) I was really turned off by the lack of explanations in this piece, as i said i would have loved if there were another 2 chapters to clear things up a bit but nonetheless it was very good.
Oh and i should have probably mentioned this earlier but at some point i actually forgot that this was a yaoi manga and got immensely absorbed into the story It is really intriguing and it has some mystery to it along with the "supernatural" aspect.
Overall I'll give it a 10, opposed to the one shot by the artist the art isn't the only reason why i gave this a 10. The story was really good and original in a way even though the supernatural part may seem familiar and used before but it really was something different. In the end I was anxious and waiting to see what the characters will do and it had a bittersweet ending depending on how you interpret it.
I recommend this for a fresh take on yaoi. I hope this review did justice to the story!!