Hello! This is the first time I have written a review for a manga on MAL and I gelt it a shame no one left one yet, so bear with me, please.
Okay, so this oneshot doujinshi is best read after Sabita Yoru demo Koi wa Sasayaku and Renai-Rubi Tadashii Furikata (chapters 3+) so that you can be introduced to the main characters. I will be writing this reveiw with the assumption you have at least Sabita.
This dj delves into the relationship between Kan-chan and Yumi after high school and before their break-up in Sabita. As you should know, Yumi is brutally abused in Sabita
by his boyfriend for at least a year. We get to see how they came to date and what Kan-chan's workplace experience was like at the company that led to his abusive behavior. The portrayal of Kan-chan's struggle is very powerful and sad; although, Yumi's character does feel a little more flat or inconsequential in comparison.
Frankly, only two characters ever really appear, but Kan-chan's motivations, anxiety, despair, anguish, etc. are so beautifully illustrated, he warrants a 10 in my book. Yumi is not a bad character, but the focus of the story is mostly on Kan-chan, so he is not as fleshed out.
Oregetsu Tanaka's art always gets to me. However, instead of being extremely smutty, her use of screen-tones, expressions, and the like to convey feelings were mind-numbing.
I love this one shot so much because it made me really feel for Kan-chan and cry out for a happy ending that I frankly knew was NEVER going to come for him and Yumi.
This is not a love story or a typical yaoi story. It felt much more like a story on the struggles of living with abuse in a situation way beyond one's control.