Sunday, September 21, 2008

Kiss All the Boys vol. 2 by Shiuko Kano review

Kiss All the Boys vol. 2

Author/Artist: Shiuko Kano

Publisher: Deux Press

Rating: M – Ages 18 and above

Genre: Yaoi, Comedy, Drama

Grade: A+

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

Tetsuo Atarashi is in need of some people skills. We learned that in the first volume, but this fact is hit home in this volume. Michiro Enomoto has finally confessed, after years and years of friendship. Thinking that Tetsuo was asleep, those three words slipped from his lips. We know that Tetsuo was actually awake. Michiro likes to blame Keiichi Momoyama for forcing his hand to confess, but it was bound to come out eventually. Tetsuo is one who is unforgiving, uncaring, and a creep all around. He leaves Michiro’s after an argument. Tetsuo decides that he needs a little payback for the betrayal he feels; so, instead of going home he goes to Momoyama’s. Tetsuo pretty much gets out of others what he wants and then moves on. This is what he does to poor Momoyama. He sleeps with him out of spite for Michiro and doesn’t think of Momoyama’s feelings.

Tetsuo approaches Michiro to tell him that he’s quitting due to his writers block. Michiro informs Tetsuo that he’s gotten another job at another company so he’ll no longer be Tetsuo’s editor. Tetsuo decides to continue at his current magazine, but as a final goodbye lets Michiro know that the night that Michiro came onto him he ended up sleeping with Momoyama.

Mr. Jerk, I mean Tetsuo, runs into Tamaki, Haruka’s flame. By this point, Tetsuo has pretty much realized that he’s a creep and tries to convince Tamaki of that fact. While talking with Tamaki, Momoyama approaches Tetsuo. He’s looking forward to a night of hot, sweaty passion, but Tetsuo cuts him down and stomps all over Momoyama’s hopes. Tetsuo is hoping that Tamaki will see that he’s just a first-class prick. Tetsuo can’t deal with his own situations, what makes him think that he is someone Tamaki can rely on.

Haruka wants to get to the bottom of why Uncle Michi is no longer working with Tetsuo. After seducing (sort of) Tetsuo’s new editor he finds out that Michiro’s unrequited feelings are for his father. The man that Haruka has always looked up to and admired was in love with his father? Haruka is well aware of how big a jerk Tetsuo is, and he can’t seem to figure out why Uncle Michi feels that way about his dad. But Haruka is more upset with the fact that Uncle Michi didn’t confide in him.

There are winds of change in Kiss All the Boys vol. 2 leading to the explosive climax (I assume it’ll be explosive) in volume three.

Shiuko Kano-sama continues to amaze me with her beautiful art, rugged manly-men, and gripping storytelling. This volume has just heaped on more intensity and it is going to take all self-control I possess to be patient for the third volume (which doesn’t come out until October). I have truly been drawn into this story and I can’t get enough. I’ve read these two volumes numerous times, and I’m pretty sure that I’m going to read them over and over again into the future.

I have to say that Michiro’s hair gets an upgrade from the crazy spiky do that he has. It’s nice to see that Tetsuo is starting to realize that what goes around comes around, and I’m pretty sure we’ll see more of that in the next volume. Haruka is unrelenting in his pursuing of Tamaki, who is starting to become a little more interested in sex. But it seems that Tamaki might be interested in someone who isn’t Haruka. That fact has me a little worried because in this volume you see who that someone might be. Couplings are starting to be a little more visible but it’s still anyone’s guess. I was hoping for a Tetsuo/Momoyama pairing, but from this point in the story it looks pretty unlikely.

Thanks to the fact that Deux Press has licensed several Shiuko Kano-sama’s they have quickly become one of my favorite yaoi publishers. They may not have dust jackets or full color front pages, but what they do have is a quality product. The printing materials are of a higher quality and their translations are done well because the stories move smoothly without any awkwardness. They translate the sound effects and asides and keep the original characters intact, but it is done in a way that doesn’t make the panels look messy. Deux Press allows the manga do the talking, not the bells and whistles.

Be sure to catch my review of Kiss All the Boys vol. 1. I definitely recommend this series to all yaoi fans and Shiuko Kano-sama fans. You are in for a great read full of humor and beautiful art.

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

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