Jul 23, 2013
I don't think the description is really suitable for this one shot so here's what i think it should be like; it's a story about two successful young men; a flower coordinator(Satomura) and a photographer (Kyoutaro). A career turn-point for Kyoutaro comes up which will make each of them reevaluate their relationship and themselves.
I really liked this piece, first of all let me make it clear that i'm here just to specially review the "Art.
I'll start with the story itself (4) it didn't really impress me to be honest, there's no twist to it and no real "obstacles" but it's a lovely one
shot and it's not so tacky as most shounen ai one shots tend to be, it doesn't really focus on their romance as much as the self-struggle of the characters and ultimately their "sacrifices".
I didn't really care about the story to be honest, which will lead me to the "Art" (10) which is why i'm here in the first place. I knew just by looking at the cover that this is gonna be beautiful but i didn't expect it to be THIS beautiful. I can't actually describe how beautiful it was, it was breath taking, as i turned the pages i couldn't focus on what was being said as much as the details of the background, their eyes, their eyebrows, their hair, their facial expressions which seemed tender and true and full of longing and love (or at least that's how i perceived it). The characters are elegantly drawn, handsome men. I was captivated by it. I immediately looked up the artist "Maruya Kae" and i decided that i'll read every manga she was involved in. That's the least i could say really, i'm totally enchanted by her work.
As for the characters i'll give it a (6) for most one shot mangas there's rarely any room for character development. The characters are simple and easy to read, however i do appreciate that there was a "revelation/realization" in the end which in my opinion compensates for the lack of character development and actually the realization is what kept the manga going and gave it a sweet ending otherwise there wouldn't be a manga in the first place i mean the story is very puny so that made up for it. I really liked that the characters were true to themselves and consequently each other.
Enjoyment; this is a tough one to judge if i'm judging the story itself i'd give this a 5 BUT the art elevated that to a 10, seriously i really enjoyed looking at every panel and every detail.
Overall, I'll give this one shot (8) it wasn't cheesy, no jealousy or whatsoever that is stereotypical of some shounen ai. To be honest, what really made this manga stand out to me was the art. Gorgeous. It is worth the read nonetheless.
Reviewer’s Rating: 8
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