Sunday, August 10, 2008

I Shall Never Return vol. 3 by Kazuna Uchida review

I Shall Never Return vol. 3
Author/Artist: Kazuna Uchida

Publisher: Deux Press

Rating: M – 18 and up

Genre: Yaoi, Drama, Romance

Grade: B+

*** Review originally appeared at The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society at http://liheliso.com/buzz/. Check it out! ***

We're half way through the series. What will happen with Ritsuro and Ken?

Ken decided to go to Singapore with his mom. It's just for a short time but Ken feels that he needs the time away to heal. I guess that he's not aware of the fact that when you run away from your problems, they will wait for you to return. Ken hasn't met his stepfather yet. His name is Junta Tsuzuki, he's a freelance photographer and is several years younger than Ken's mom. When they arrive at their home, Ken and his mother get into an argument about the fact that he's involved with another guy. Ken storms out and drives away. Ritsuro on the other hand is dealing with school and his parents. It seems that they don't like Ken and they think that he's a bad influence on their son. Oh, how little they know! Since Ritsuro is feeling lonely, Kazuyoshi Iwasaki is trying to fill the void. Ritsuro must be emitting some strong pheromones, because all these dudes just want to get with him.

Back in Singapore Ken is struggling to keep his emotions in check and crashes into the guardrail on the side of the road. Luckily someone was passing by at the time and this Good Samaritan takes pity on our dear Ken. Ken thinks that this guy who stopped to help looked like Ritsuro. After going to the hospital, the mystery man introduces himself as J and takes Ken out for breakfast. J seems to come on a little strong, and it turns out that J is none other than Junta Tsuzuki, Ken's stepfather. Hmm... it sure seems like the stepfather is hitting on the stepson. Weird. At home in Osaka, Ritsuro and Kazuyoshi seem to be getting along swimmingly. Kazuyoshi apologized for his bad behavior and things have been going well between them. Kazuyoshi decides to drag Ritsuro shopping and then makes him wear a suit home from the store. They stop over at Kazuyoshi's where Ritsuro is introduced to Kazuyoshi's soon to be stepmother and his little sister (who is absolutely adorable!). After dinner Kazuyoshi tells Ritsuro that he wants to formally apologize to Ken as soon as he returns from Singapore. Also it seems that Kazuyoshi is developing deeper feelings for Ritsuro.

The day arrives for Ken to return from his time away when shocking news flies. J wants Ken to accompany him on a photography trip to India and Kazuyoshi makes his feelings for Ritsuro known. Man, the plot gets even thicker. Will Ken go with J to India? Will Kazuyoshi be able to win Ritsuro's heart? You'll have to read this volume to find out.

Man, the plot has gotten that much thicker. No worries though, it's still really good and the story flows well. Moeko does make an appearance in the book but it's getting to the point where if I divulge too much I'm going to ruin the story for everyone and we don't want that. I Shall Never Return vol. 3 is quite gripping. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. Sadly the next one won't be out until September, boo-hoo! As the series moves along the clearer the story is becoming. It's a pretty heavy story and riddled with angst. Who knows what will happen? Deux Press has done a wonderful job and I have to say that the cover art has greatly improved. I still recommend the series. Keep with it, you won't be disappointed. Okay, maybe you will but things happen for a reason and I know it will work out in the end.

***Review Copy provided by Publisher***
***Reposted with permission from The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society***

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