Ken Walker is an admired and appreciated policeman of New York of all his colleagues. By fright at disappointing his fellows and also being discovered, Ken hides that he is gay and refrains from any coherent relation... until the day when his way crosses that of Mel Frederics, a calm and soft young man at the dark past. A meeting which is going to confuse their life.
This has got to be one of the most realistic manga's I have ever read.
I am not very much of a yaoi fan at all, but I am quite the fan of FAKE. I found this on the recommendations list and I thought, why not? Man am I glad I took a look.
This story is vividly realistic. It shows powerful insight on the life of struggling gays and really proves the authors knowledge on the subject. It makes a strong connection to the reader and really makes you feel compassion for their struggles. It covers cheating, rape, death, HIV/AIDS, coming out, and so much more. The past that is given to Mel is deep and really grabs the reader.
Describing the characters is a bit difficult. Although I think the main romance is a very...well childish, it develops into a relationship the readers will be hooked on. It's steamy, jealous, passionate, sweet, intense, and full of the drama we all love to see!
All in all, I highly recommend this story! Especially if you yourself are a struggling gay or can relate! read more
I wasn't expecting much when I started this manga but it ended up surprising me. It tells the story of two men falling in love in New York. One is a cop and the other is a vulnerable young man with a troubled past. They face a lot of difficulties throughout the whole story that made me want to cry. Overall it was very touching and quite enjoyable.
Its a very heart warming story. I really enjoyed reading it. I actually cried at the end.
Its about the story of a police man hiding his real self as a gay from all his colleagues, friends and family, and a very vulnerable but kind-hearted guy with a dark past. I remember reading how many times Kain Walker told his meeting with Mel Fredericks is a destiny.
I really thought nothing much about this story but it turned out very good. I really recommend this story. I love it!
Well, I just finished bingeing this manga, and I would have to say this is one of the best yaoi/shounen ai manga I have ever read.
Most yaoi manga I have read are pretty cliched when it comes to the story. If you take the basic premise, it's not that original. But original stories are hard to write and I think this one grabs the reader's attention by the way it tells the story. It may be a love at first sight kind of thing, but there's so much more to this story. It brings up many issues in the gay community, HIV/AIDS, cheating, abuse, acceptance, etc. etc. Neither was I alive during the period of American history where people were blatantly less tolerant of gays nor do I identify with the LGBT community, but this story shows a lot about that side of life and those who accept and those who do not and I'm glad I got to see some form of it even if it's not super accurate.
This story did have a lot of drama in it and sometimes I felt it was too much and I often went, "Oh my god, really?", so that's why I didn't give a 10, but overall, it was nicely done.
I typically stay away from this kind of art, especially in yaoi manga since I just don't like it that much. I was able to get past it most of the time and read the story. There were times where it wasn't that nice or it looked weird, but the story made up for it. Overall, this art style is not my cup of tea, so 6.
The characters were overall very strong in this story and I love the couple (although there were multiple times where I was so mad at Kain and wanted to punch him. Dear god he was aggravating, but overtime it got better). Mel is just so sweet and I love him dearly for being able to be the kind of person he was despite all the shit he'd been through. The side characters were good and memorable too, and I appreciated that a lot. There's a lot of stories where no one else but the two main characters are relevant.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story despite the high amounts of drama and Kain being an ass (seriously) and I cried a couple times. I read it quite fast since it was fast paced and kept me on my toes. I think I'd read it again at some point. I loved how the story didn't just end after they got together (Is that a spoiler? It's a yaoi, come on guys, what do you expect?) and went through their whole life.
So overall 9 for this one. It's not perfect and the art could be better, but I just loved this story so much. New York New York is definitely a favorite of mine now and I'm so glad I found it! Would recommend! read more