Monday, March 2, 2009

Restart by Shouko Hidaka review

Restart

Author/Artist: Shouko Hidaka

Publisher: Juné

Rating: M – 18 and above

Genre: Yaoi, Drama, Romance

Grade: B

Tadashi was once the hottest model in Japan, but nowadays there is a new model burning up the industry. His name is Aki. He's tall, young, and handsome. Tadashi is not quite so sought after anymore and he just doesn't seem to give a crap. After a night of drinking Aki and Tadashi end up spending the night together in the throes of hot, sweaty passion. Aki remembers everything but because Tadashi was majorly smashed and doesn't really remember what all happened that night. To those on the outside it looks like Aki and Tadashi hate each other, and Tadashi does seem to be a little jealous of Aki and all of his successes. But appearances can be deceiving. It turns out that Aki and Tadashi are attracted to each other. It takes drastic action on Aki's part to get Tadashi's attention, but it works. But with their hectic schedules will they be able to make it work?

There are also a few brief one-shots found in Restart that complete this volume. One of which is sort of related to the title story.

I want to know what is the proper way spell Hidaka-sensei's name. On her other Juné Not Enough Time her name is spelled Shoko Hidaka and on Restart is spelled Shouko Hidaka. A little continuity would be nice, but oh well we can dream can’t we. I enjoyed Restart. I found the story to be interesting enough to finish in all in one sitting, but not so intense that I was frustrated. Often times when I read manga I like to use it as an escape from the mundane. You can do that with Restart. Both Tadashi and Aki are absolutely gorgeous. Hidaka-sensei's art style is great. When she draws her characters they have a very natural face shape. She doesn't shy away of drawing numerous characters with unique looks by using different hairstyles, facial hair, etc. The art and story mesh well together and I hope to see more from Hidaka-sensei. She is very talented!

***Review Copy purchased at Borders***

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