Kojima seeks to befriend the class outcast, and soon learns of Nakahara's troubled family life - of his uncaring, abusive father and mentally unstable mother. As Kojima yearns to somehow comfort Nakahara, he gradually becomes aware that his feelings for the other boy arise from more than mere sympathy. When Nakahara declares his own romantic feelings for Kojima, their relationship becomes one of sexual exploration as they face their first steps into adulthood together.
Seven reasons why you should buy Little Butterfly this instant:
1. For me in a manga good art is important and the art in Little Butterfly is gorgeous! So much so that it makes me jealous, why can't I draw like that?
2. The characters are adorable and very well developed, even the parents and teachers. The majority of the manga is focused on the boys' characters though which is to be honest exactly where we want it to focus!
3. Little Butterfly is also realisitic (as a yaoi manga can get) and I could not rate it below 10/10 in any category.
4.This isn't just shonen ai,
there is some real smut in the second and third volumes of this manga!
5. The storyline has three main themes, school life, Nakahara's family life and the boys' relationship. And all three of these aspects are amazingly well done!
6. The storyline develops at exactly the right speed. It doesn't leave you wondering what is going on but it never gets boring either.
Story: It's a story about youth, first love and friendship. It has a simple storyline, but the characters give it a refreshing feel.
Art: I find Takanaga's art to be beautiful. It's very unique and one just knows it's her art from the first glance. In this manga the art is excellent as usual.
Characters: At first glance, both main characters seem pretty stereotypical: Kojima is cheerful, kind and outgoing, while Nakahara is gloomy, silent and reserved. But they're both much more than that.
Kojima's the kind of person who is not afraid to show his emotions, loves helping people and is very hard working. Though
he is innocent, he is in no way naive or stupid as many characters with his 'character type' tend to be in BL manga.
Nakahara, who has a difficult family life, is gloomy and silent because he's afraid of letting people in, but once he does, his caring side is revealed.
In my opinion, the character development is what makes this title this good. You can see how Nakahara changes and opens up more, and how Kojima learns to let go of his insecurities and just *be* in love.
Enjoyment: I loved the manga and thoroughly enjoyed reading. It's one of the few outstanding titles in the BL genre, and I *really* recommend it to anyone who enjoys BL.
Story: Upon first inspection, I thought the plot would be some mushy-gushy cliche storyline. However, each plot point was written superbly and uniquely.
Art: Since this was yaoi, I was surprised there were no dongs explicitly shown. I was glad for this, though, since this leaves the sexy scenes up to the reader's imagination.
Characters: I am so glad Kojima Yuki's character was not flamboyantly homosexual. Even though he did serve as the slightly-feminine. "uke" character, he was nit the only feminine-looking character - the rest of the characters, including Atsushi Nakahara look feminine-ish...that is just a lovely quirk about the artistic style.
Enjoyment: This manga was so
much fun to read, I couldn't help but get really into it...I spent half of computer class every day for a week squealing over Yuki*Atsushi.
Overall: Little Butterfly is so adorable, I just wish there was more of it!