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Rin! Vol. 1 (v. 1) Paperback – November 7, 2006
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The artwork of Yukine Honami is very airy, and delightfully composed. It works well for this gentler story of Satoru Kannagi. As of now, it doesn't have the emotionally volitile nature of the "Only the Ring Finger Knows", but I'm sure Kannagi-san has more ups and downs planned for Sou and Katsura.
Katsura a teenage boy finds that he has extreme panic attacks when he is in stressful situations, like exams, plays, and competitions. The only person who can calm him down with a hug is his older brother's friend. Since the three were childhood friends, Katsura has been approaching Sou for a hugs in a purely platonic way. However as the three grow older the requests for hugs puts a strain on the friendship between Katsura and Sou as they worry about how others perceive their relationship. This strain gets worse when Katsura is approached by a friend of his in class who has feelings for him and wishes to take Sou's place as the "hug" bearer. While coping with these relationships Katsura also has to cope with being in an archery contest.
The story, while not as good as Only the Ring Finger Knows, is still a very good read. Just like OTRFK, the characters deal with confused feelings and misunderstandings which are also based upon an event that happened in the past. Yukine's drawings are really sweet and she captures the grace of archery (& attractiveness of the archers!) to a great extent. For those who enjoyed OTRFK, Little Butterfly, and Time Lag, this is an ejoyable treat. I will definitely be buying volume 2.
The delicate plot is what set this series apart from others of the boy love genre. I find the detailed reference to Kyudo (Japanese archery) to be beautiful and reflects the Japanese culture very well. The interconnections of how the Japanese club dynamics is quite insightful. I also find the secondary and even tertiary characters to be a delightful addition with their side comments and comical byplay. There is depth to the main characters and growth.
The mangaka's minimalistic art style is airy in a way that captures the beauty of Kyudo quite well. The proportions of her characters are spot on and the few intimate scenes are not over the top. She certainly has a wry sense of humor. The story is truly fleshed out unlike her other manga "Desire" which is more focus on the sexual exploration than character development.
Overall a great beginning to a classic theme.
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I purchased based on what amazon said I would like and they were right. And all the books came together so I didn't have to wait before finishes the whole series. Very pleased.Published 22 months ago by Suzy Yu
First off I only bought this because I liked Desire and was looking foward to titles by the same manga-ka... but it's definatley not as good. The plot is average. Read morePublished on February 22, 2007 by Janet Quan
Beautiful manga in story and artwork. The art is very light and the storyline is very engaging. It has a lot of misunderstandings and heart. Read morePublished on January 30, 2007 by SpottedFrog