Sunday, April 13, 2008

Crushing Love by Ritsu Natsumizu review

Crushing Love

Author/Artist: Ritsu Natsumizu

Publisher: Juné

Rating: M - 18 and above

Genre: Yaoi, Romance

Grade: B

Keiichiro Kuroda's ex-lover approaches him looking for a loan. Kuroda is handsome and rich, but can't understand why his ex, who dumped him, approached him. So Kuroda comes up with a proposition. He leaves a bag filled with five million yen on a park bench. The money has the note "Please Use Freely" attatched to it. If the cash gets returned to the police within three days Kuroda will make the loan. If the money disappears he can turn his former lover, who broke his heart, away. Almost immediately someone happens upon the money. Kaoru Otowa is that man. It turns out that Otowa is in need of the exact amount in that bag to pay a debt. Otowa approaches Kuroda to ask for train fare. Kuroda sees the opportunity to see his ex-lover's plan go down in flames. He accompanies Otowa to Kyoto to settle the debt. Little did he know that he was going to fall for Otowa, especially when he vowed never to fall in love again. Also included in this manga is a story about the son of a rich man and the son of a servant come together, and two stories about school boys.

This was an enjoyable piece of work, especially the main story. I did have to read it twice to really get the gist of the story, but I think that it's because I'm a bit of a numbskull. The first two stories are related, we meet one of the characters in Crushing Love who then stars in his own volume. The only draw back is some of the characters faces are bit pointy. Other than that the art is fantastic. Natsumizu-sensei has a great style and a great sense of humor. My favorite part of this work was the Afterword. Too bad not all mangaka end their manga this way! I love the way that Juné publishes. The high quality paper and larger size make it an enjoyable read.

***Review Copy purchased by Reviewer***

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