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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Perfect Choice #bookreview #yaoi #romance #drama


Welcome to BRB, everyone! During the hunt for another manga to sink my teeth in, I came across a diamond in the rough, so-to-speak. It’s rare but does happen from time to time. And when I say that it’s in reference the physical appearance of the manga. I wasn’t crazy about the cover or even the blurb, but I still thought it might be worth reading. Originally published in 2010 You Can’t Call it Love or Koi to wa Yobenai story by Eda Yuuri and art by Machiya Hatoko turned out to be a real gem.

Sensitive and caring average guy Ei walks home from work one evening to find a man huddled in a ball outside his apartment; it’s Christmas and snowing. He ignores the man and goes to the store. When he returns, the man Junpei still hasn’t moved. Then he discovers Junpei isn’t alone; there’s a kitten stashed inside his jacket. Ei takes both of them in for the night. Eventually, Junpei gets better, and he ends up staying indefinitely and becomes a great friend to Ei. Both men have serious baggage, which is what makes their personalities three-dimensional, lending credence to problems that arise.

This yaoi is a dramatic romance, and it took time for the story to build momentum, but once it did, there were moments my heart felt like it sank, and I almost cried. I couldn’t stop reading because I had to know how things would end. You Can’t Call it Love is emotionally gripping and beautifully illustrated. It was refreshing, for a change, to read about a pair of honest men who overcame their mistakes. No abuse. No stupidity. And no airhead uke. At one point, the story could’ve veered off in a whole other direction, but thankfully it didn’t. The author is a superb storyteller, and the artist did an excellent job.

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

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