In the weird house of Wakeari, Raizou has fallen in love. His object of desire is Kon. Even though Kon is an antisocial pretty boy, he does not laugh at Raizou. As the intense love scene of the tenants continues day after day, Raizou begins to like Kon more and more. At the same time, Kon is doing a secret "job" for clients that come to the house...
The Love Destiny that you can't escape from by Yuki Shimizu commences now!
This is the best storyline so far of all yaoi i've ever read.
It might get a little bit confusing at first, since it required you to think and imagine all sort of supernatural things that have been going on in the household.
The people in this household are kotodama user, which made a living using words that contained power. They could make their business success, kill people, and all sort of things by speaking the words. In exchange, their body took damages accordingly to the deeds they did. The more horrible the deeds, the more damages their body got. Then, there are kami, human paper
dolls. They were made solely for the sake of kotodama users. The kamis absorbed their master's wounds and got hurt themselves.
It will get better and better as you read it. This manga contains multiple stories of characters in the household. Sometimes it's simple and funny, sometimes it's a tragedy that will make you tear up.
There are three of many stories that really touched me.
1. Raizou - Kon couple. Their story was a heartwarming one. It was about the bright Raizou who fell in love with Kon, a young kami who always questioning about his purpose in this world.
2, Genma - Himi couple. It was about a boy who loved someone he couldn't touch. That boy grew up to be quite a twisted man and eventually binding Himi in every way possible so that Himi will always be by his side for the rest of his life.
3. Shoui - Asari. This one is really my favorite couple. It was about Shoui, he bore a heavy burden as the head of the house. Since young he wanted someone to be by his side, someone he could trust, and that someone happened to be his kami, Asari. Unfortunately, Asari actually hated him. Nevertheless, Shoui still bound Asari to him and loved him until the very end.
The art was good, but not exceptional. There were many sex scene, actually almost in every chapter, but somehow it doesn't feel perverted, instead it feels natural. The only flaw is that some chapter are missing in online reading site. But overall, it's a great reading.
As I finish reading the last chapter of this series, I kept on thinking: How could I never even heard of the title of this amazing book?
HOW. COULD. I.
In the beginning, the story focused on Raizou, a somewhat happy go-lucky guy who had to move to a mansion filled with 6 unique strangers after his last living relative passed away. Here, he immediately fell for one of the resident, a quiet pretty boy called Kon. Little did he know that his life in the mansion will not only revolve around his attraction towards the mysterious boy, but also around the secret business that the whole
residents were keeping.
Oh hell no, they were not drug dealers.
Ze did not only focused on Raizou's and Kon's relationship, though. As it progressed, the story revealed the heart-wrenching, tragic, and beautiful stories of the residents of the mansion and of those that Raizou met in the business. Each pairing were presented a different arc, consisted of 5-10 chapters long.
To put it simple, even though the series began with Raizou's story, the main focus of it was actually the story of the fate of the people involved in such violent and tricky business, about how they thrived for their happiness in such limited freedom, and about the bond of the masters and their kotodamas.
I have little expectation for Ze because I have never even heard of it before, but what I read definitely threw me off. The story was not the typical mainstream yaoi. I was amazed by the concept of the business and the strong bond of the pairings.
I was also in love by how the author, Yuki Shimizu, arranged the pairings' story arc-by-arc, with the last arc being the climax of the entire series. I saw many people were complaining that the ending was not enough, but to me it was perfect; a neat conclusion that did not reveal nor conceal too much.
The only thing that bugs me with the story is that there were too much flashback. The timeline was actually moving back and forth and the reader needed focus to understand where it was currently on. Even so, I ended up amazed too by how some arc were connected to one another in some way.
Like I've said before, the story covered more than the relationship of Raizou and Kon. Amazingly, despite the quite large number of characters in it, none of them were just a mere shadow. Every character have their own minds and contribute to how the story goes, even just slightly. They affect each other, even to those in a different arc.
I actually did not care at first with the other characters, but when I read their arc. BOOM. I love everybody.
My favorite was Konoe and Kotoha's. Their relationship began as something innocent and adorable, but when Kotoha finally bestowed his painful responsibility, they tried so hard to find a solution where none of them needed to get hurt. The amount of love and care they shared for each other was a tear-jerk for me.
My second favorite was Shoui & Asari's arc, only because Asari was a bit of an asshole to me haha. Third was the whole Rikiichi + Waki + Magane arc, followed by Genma & Himi's, Raizou & Kon's, and the least was Ryusei & Moriya's. Some other pairings were available in the book too, but did not have an arc on their own.
The main reason why I did not bat an eye to this book was probably because of the artwork. The book was published 12 years ago and it has an old-yaoi artwork vibe to it (you know, like the era of Junjou Romantica). But now that I've finished the whole thing, I realized that there are other books with older vibe to it haha. And Ze's artwork is actually pretty decent, if not really beautiful.
To me, one of the most beautiful visual of this book was Asari's flashback just after he was revived. The memories of him and Shoui together were drawn in a 2-pages spread, with those blurry-kinda-lines. It may be quite a minor thing to point out, but the visual there supported the situation beautifully and had successfully made me cry seeing it.
The only complaint is that I had trouble differentiating some of the characters because they either shared a similar hair-style or because they changed their hair-style in some point of the story (especially those with a backstories arc).
I regret just reading it today. I really dunno why this book is never mentioned in yaoi forums or other websites that I've visited before. I just wish more people would read this book. The story was excellent, the characters were all special, and the bond of the pairings... damn, everything was just so beautifully done.
This is a really good manga to read. Though it is not yet scanlated completely.
It was funny at the right places, the art is something you'll love, definitely smexy and has a plot to boot.
Mainly, in all these 11 volumes, the focus is Raizou and Kon in the supernatural world of kamis, the paper dolls used to receive and heal the wounds inflicted by the master, through exchanging of bodily fluids. Even though somewhat strange and if one isn't familiar with Japanese terms, the story can be easily understood as the rest of the chapters pass by.
Moreover, this manga really has all for it also
shows the love stories of other kamis and their masters, not just focusing on Raizou alone.
To sum it up, it has all the qualities you long for in a yaoi manga rolled into one. :D