Keita Itou—a boy with no special qualities other than superb luck—suddenly receives an acceptance letter from the renowned all-boys Bell Liberty Academy (a.k.a. BL Academy). Attracted by the school’s prestige, he decides to attend. However, on the day of his transfer, he gets into a freakish traffic accident. Luckily, no one is injured...but the incident arouses the attention of both the Student Council’s president, Tetsuya Niwa (a.k.a. the king), as well as the head of the Budget Council, Kaoru Saiyonji (a.k.a. the queen).
Keita works to discover the reasons behind his invitation to such a remarkable school, struggles to find his niche among such brilliant and beautiful young men, and attempts to win the school-wide contest that will grant his wish of permanent placement at BL Academy! Along the way, he develops intense relationships with the rest of the hunky characters: clever Naruse, the captain of the tennis club; pensive Shinomiya, the captain of the archery club; sensitive Iwai, the captain of the art club; spunky Taki, a cyclist; cold and calculating Nakajima, the vice president of the Student Council; genius computer programmer, Shichijo; the childlike teacher, Umino, and the friendly but mysterious classmate, Kazuki Endou.
With all the obstacles in his way (including his own self-doubt) will Keita be able to win the competition?
In this version of the story, we also wonder: will Keita win the King’s (Niwa's) heart as well?
A school full of smart gay boys? What more could a yaoi fan girl wish for?
This is a lovely manga, a sweet and funny romance which has more sexual tension than actual sex.
For having so many characters this manga doesn't seem to have a badly created character. They each have well developed personalities and are interesting. Characters that I wouldn't mind getting to know more, but there's the anime for that.
Plot...? I dunno, I think it's quite interesting. There's the wonder of why Keita is there and if he can stay. And then there's watching the relationship between Keita and Niwa progress as well. The whole story progresses smoothly and keeps the reader interested, even without having lots of sex.
It's downfall would be, for me, it's length. For what goes on I feel it's a bit drawn out. But it has the potential to be longer, more details about why Keita came to the school and why they changed their minds etc. Hell even as a slice of life it could have been longer. So it seemed both squashed and lengthened to me.
Overall a nice gay romantic story, bit thin on the yaoi, but well worth a read if that doesn't bother you.
Nanashi Moriko *liking Gakuen Heaven*
01/09/07 read more