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Same Cell Organism by Sumomo Yumeka
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Same Cell Organism

by Sumomo Yumeka

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  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
A manga collection of seven short Shounen-ai stories.

According to the Anime News Network,“the Japanese words "shōnen" and "ai" individually mean "boy" and "love," which is exactly what shōnen-ai means, boy-love. It refers to anime and manga that focus on love and romance (as opposed to sex) between boys or men (typically bishōnen). The euphemistic Japanese borrowing of the English translation of this phrase, "boys love," is now used instead of shōnen-ai by publishers and fans alike in Japan” (www.animenewsnetwork.com).

Although the stories are touching and heartfelt, the drawings are what stand out in this work. I found the stories difficult to follow as the dialog tended to be more the characters thoughts than dialog between characters or descriptive narrative. The characters gender was extremely difficult to discern. The male characters are drawn with feminine features, and the female characters are “frumpy.”

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For upper grade teens looking for good examples of manga style, this is a good example. The drawings were very well done. Teens looking to read more about specifically young male love and romance (no sexual content), this is a very tame title. Because the characters are drawn with strong female characteristics, the stories could be mis-interpreted as male/female relationships. This book was a little confusing for me – both following the stories and viewing the images. The content itself wasn't questionable; it was rather sweet. If I were selecting manga for a school library, more than likely, I would not select this title. ( )
  bclanphere | Mar 29, 2011 |
Nice story of love and friendship. Worth the read. ( )
  hahnasay | Apr 25, 2010 |
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