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Crushing Love by Ritsu Natsumizu
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Crushing Love

by Ritsu Natsumizu

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(1) 2008 (1) anthology (1) BL (5) boys' love (3) childhood friends (1) comics (1) contemporary (1) DMP (3) drama (1) fiction (1) gay (2) gay romance (1) graphic (1) Graphic Literature (1) June (1) loc: the flat (1) m-m (1) manga (13) manga-manhwa (2) oneshot (1) own (1) print (1) queer (1) reviewed (1) Ritsu Natsumizu (1) romance (3) unread (1) yaoi (13) yaoi manga (1)

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One story about a guy trying to get over his former lover while he keeps helping another guy he meets and not knowing why. One story of childhood friends, one promiscuous and gay, and the other in love with him but convinced, as always, the other must not love him back. And two more about “sex buddies” (Yes, in a row, even.), both with the 'one mistakenly thinks the other's just in it for sex' trope, the main differences being in that the second couple is much more earnest and blatantly in love.

And I really don't know what else to say. This is a pretty empty offering. The first story, while the longest, was actually the worst of all, I think, with the characters having barely any personality besides a vague niceness in the uke and a vague moodiness in the seme. It tries to give itself depth, I guess, by having the seme talk about trying to get over his old lover, and he does apparently in the end, but the progression feels random and senseless.

The other stories are the usual yaoi story lines and nothing more, which I usually might dislike only they were kind of a relief after the misguided attempts at character development in the first story. These, at lest, made yaoi-universe sense, if not real-life psychological sense. Didn't find the art particularly attractive, either.

If you have a particular thing for any of these story types, you might find some enjoyment in this, but otherwise I don't see much reason to buy this, it's quite bland. The most amusement I got out of it was actually in the afterward, where the mangaka gives a little mini-comic on how even things like hardware stores and certain snacks can may her think about yaoi. ^_^; ( )
  narwhaltortellini | Jun 3, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 156970774X, Paperback)

Rich and wild meets faulty beauty in this story of money and revenge! Kei-ichi Kuroda is a wealthy but selfish man who loaned his ex-boyfriend a large sum of money and is expecting payback. Kaoru Otowa needs 5 million yen by the end of the day! Teaming up seems to be in their best interest, and they set off to Kyoto to settle their debts, take their revenge and realize their love! What kind of battle plan have these two money-driven lovebirds come up with?!

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