Honestly, this is probably my ultimate favourite manga from the bl genre. And this is probably more gushing than reviewing. But bear with me.
It seems like there's barely any plot, and at first glance, it's just about two high school best friends messing around until things escalate. But of course, it's much more than that.
Ido Gihou's works are noticeably atmospheric and introspective, and this one is not an exception. But there's a lot going on plot-wise, and things don't really stay stagnant. The 6 chapters read like a novel and I found myself completely immersed reading.
This manga really is a slice
of life manga, but one of those gems that feel very very real. That's something that makes it really stand out. Every chapter is crucial and every mundane interaction hold charged emotions and meaning. It really struck me with its lyrical pacing and story-telling as it really affects the presentation of the emotions being conveyed.
I think the beauty of this manga is how each and DETAILED every panel of the manga is. From the dialogue, art and character quirks, everything feels very real, very rich. You can feel them gasping, trying to hold their tears in, and the tender achey feelings just OOZE off the panels. Also Ido's line works and screentones are so fluent and pretty; the whole manga is eye candy to be honest.
The thing that really pushes me to rate this a 10, is the final chapter. At the final climax, everything feels so overwhelming yet so beautiful, and it leaves you with this sense of awe. Bittersweetness, regret, gratefulness, affection, it's all there to hit you like a ton of bricks. These are fictional characters, but the emotions between them feel Very Real and You Will Feel it.
You also get to see little glimpses of their lives outside of their relationship. They're not overplayed for extra drama, yet they're not irrelevant either. You see little cameos of their friends, family, and their short appearances add to the richness of the characters and their lives. It's worth noting that they come in nearly at the end of the manga, and I thought that made it all the more poignant. You'll know what I mean when you finish reading.
Most people pick this up expecting this to be a fucked up, drug use manga, but it really isn't. It is one of the stranger sides to this manga but it's really not central to the plot.
It's a shame because a lot gets lost in translation in this manga, so if you can, I recommend reading it in japanese or at least korean.
However, just for the electric art (especially the kiss scenes, oh my god the kiss scenes) it's indeed something worth spending your time reading, I assure you.