Monday, April 7, 2008

Alcohol, Shirt, and Kiss by Yuko Kuwabara review

Alcohol, Shirt, and Kiss

Author/Artist: Yuko Kuwabara

Publisher: Juné

Rating: M - 18 and above

Genre: Yaoi, Comedy, Romance

Grade: A+

Yuukichi Naruse's girlfriend has just broken up with him. To help him deal with his break-up, fellow police officer Riku Kita takes him drinking. Unable to remember what happened to him the night before, he wakes up in Kita-san's bed three mornings in a row. On the last morning he wakes in Kita-san's bed, he happens to be naked. Since he can't remember what happened to him due to the alcohol he'd imbibed the night before, Kita has Naruse believing that they had a night of passionate love making. As the story progresses so does Naruse and Kita's relationship. Will Naruse ever find out what happened the night he can't remember?

This is a fantastic piece of work by Yuko Kuwabara-sensei. Our two leading men are terribly handsome and the tension between them is definitely present. The art is marvelous, fantastic, and detailed. The story moves rather quickly and is easily followed. I know I gave it the highest grade and the two criticisms that I have are really quite trivial. There was one error at the end of the chapter Oden, Jealousy, and One Winter Day. My other qualm is I'm not a huge fan of the short one-shot Moon Kiss at the end. But I loved this manga so much I'm able to overlook the bad. Since this is a Juné/DMP publication, you can guarantee that the presentation is second to none. It is larger sized and comes with the dust jacket (manga from Japan have the dust jackets on all of the publications.) They use higher quality inks and paper and are excellent volumes to collect. I recommend this manga to anyone who enjoys humorous stories, handsome men, and beautiful art. Now, if you are looking for something a little bit harder core, this tome might not be for you.

***Review Copy purchased by Reviewer***

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