After recently moving to Onomichi, Hiroshima, high school student Tasuku Kaname is thrown into despair at the possibility that he may have been outed for being gay. Convinced his life is over, his despair turns into shock when he sees a woman jump out of a window of a nearby house. Tasuku races to the house in a panic only to discover that it's a public meeting lounge owned by the woman he saw before. Tasuku comes face to face with the woman as she walks past him unharmed, but not before she implies that she had been watching him from afar. Confused, Tasuku follows her up to the top of a steep hill where she offers to briefly listen to what's on his mind. Although Tasuku doesn't go into too much detail, he later accepts her invitation to come to the lounge to meet others with similar troubles.
This is something unique. It's really hard to find something like this, precisely because there are hardly any mangas which deal with homosexuality in a realistic way. To be honest, this is the only one I found.
Because, as you know, being gay is not as simple as it is on yuri/yaoi mangas.
This is about how it feels being gay in the society, about how hard is the process of self-acceptance, about how hard is open with your parents and your friends, especially when your sexuality is not "normal". Also includes issues like bullying and homophobia.
The art is good, the characters are
so realistic and humanized.
Althought there are only five chapters out, they are completely worthwhile. You should read it, you won't find something like this manga.
(I'm sorry if something I wrote was wrong, english isn't my native language)
A very honest, dramatic and engaging portrayal of LGBTQ characters from the perspective of a young boy coming to terms with his attraction to other men, meeting and starting engage with his small town's LGBT community and all the joy and pain this brings.
As an Asian lesbian and someone who is very involved in the LGBTQ community I've never related as much to characters in any other anime/manga or even Western media as much as these characters.
If you want a small but real glimpse into what life is like for LGBTQ people and who they are or you're an LGBTQ person looking to see
an earnest story about your community and yourself I would highly recommend this manga.
This manga is not just unique because it stars a homosexual character, but a provides a glimpse into exactly how this affects his life. While the popularity of Yuri and Yaoi mislead outsiders on Japan’s treatment of LGBT members, in reality Japan is a very conservative place to live. It reflects how our characters can feel betrayed by our friends and our families, how they don’t feel comfortable with expressing or even being themselves. How they can hurt others due to their lack of understanding. So many manga focuses on the theme of “being yourself”, however this manga points out that for many people they
cannot be themselves.
This art is not stellar, but does a great job representing what the characters are feeling through the artwork alone. To provide any examples would be spoiling the manga.
STORY: With only 13 chapters, it's hard to tell exactly how this story is going to turn out or really go in depth with the 'storyline'; there is an overarching narrative with little chunks of development in between - not bad by any means, but I do wish some more things... happened. However, it is still very good. A very accurate and nuanced portrayal of LGBT issues in Japanese society.
ART: A very pretty series; outstanding use of visual motif and symbolism - slotting in the artistic metaphors extremely naturally definitely adds to the appeal of the manga.
CHARACTER: Impeccable characters. There's a spread of different
perspectives; the main character, a gay boy exploring his own identity and how he feels about things and overcoming the heavy-set internalised homophobia, with the help of a few other people, providing examples for him and support and general companionship along the way. The characters are being developed in their own terms, too.
ENJOYMENT: Very high. It is difficult to find content, let alone a Japanese MANGA, with an interesting, accurate and not fetishised portrayal of LGBT characters and issues. It also explores themes that touch on some very important points, highlighting that doing something 'bad' doesn't necessarily make you a bad person - you can learn from your mistakes.
OVERALL: Very much recommend, particularly for LGBT+ anime / manga fans. Will be keeping track of this.