A wounded soldier with a disturbed mind kidnaps the priest who tries to help him. He then has the brilliant idea of going AWOL with the priest. He's in the middle of the African desert in WWII, with supplies running low and his sanity (or is it his morality?) long gone. All that's left is sex and agony. And maybe, eventually, death.
Try as you might, you can't contain a story such as this in three short chapters, and it shows. While it was ambitious in its characters and plot, the story wasn't allowed to properly unfold.
There's a story here, that is to be sure. However, what should have been fleshed out over several chapters, and, really, there's enough here for several volumes, is instead crammed into three very short chapters. It fails to be cohesive, with jumps between several points in time and only the bare-bones of the story allowed to slip through.
While sometimes keeping things short may serve to enhance the effect of
the read and is a viable method of storytelling, I feel that it wasn't carried out well at all in this manga.
The characters are the focal point in this manga. They aren't simply a means of telling the story, they are the story. Because of this, it is impossible for them not to receive some care in the ongoings of the manga as to their motivations and past. In fact, as I've said, this is the entire story for the most part. Though, as I've also said, only the bare-bones gets through because that's all that was allowed within such a small amount of material.
The art is very good in this, I will say, and only furthers my belief that this would have been a very good manga should it have been given more time to expand and carefully construct the story and its characters. The suitably detailed artwork compliments the setting and the realistic tone the story wishes to keep with it throughout.
Overall, this could have been one of the better yaoi manga out there, but it couldn't live up to its potential due to the constraints placed on it.
What to say..Giglio is not your typical yaoi manga..it's like it takes yaoi to a different level. I'm personally not a fan of hard yaoi myself, but this story is nothing like I've ever read, and I really liked it.
The art is perfect. The mangaka is very detailed and the drawings are very realistic, it's as if you could feel the characters alive..pretty impressing in my opinion. It's even historically accurate...as in the uniforms they wore and the surroundings, everything has a realistic feel to it. Another plus, is that no character can be confused for a girl..no girly uke here.
Characters and Story:
The two main
characters are quite unique. They are both disturbed men, each with his own demons. The soldier carries the burden of what he has done and seen in war, while the priest is disturbed by what was impossed to him by church, trying to control his lust and suffering for that.
It could be summarized by this line from the manga:
"A man's insanity always turns against its fellow man in the end and when that happens, that man will trample us with an immorality unequaled by any demon."
The story is not explained so well, so you NEED to pay attention to it. Don't rush it just because it's a short story..there's really a lot to it.
Overall, I'd say it's quite a unique manga that can be enjoyed by all yaoi lovers, whether you like hard yaoi or not.