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  • Series: Rin!
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: June (October 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569709203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569709207
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mairead on October 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a cute story where Katsura is the nieve junior to Sou's brusk senior. Katsura is blissfully unaware almost to the point where you just want to smack him for seeming so incredibly clueless, and Sou is so ...manly stubborn (collected, smoking, and refusing to get wounds treated and taking out his annoyance over the futility of his non-relationship with Katsura on underclassmen in archery) that you just want to lock them into a room until they figure things out. Yamato (Katsura's older brother), while originally seeming rather jealous and over the top in his ambition to be the primary support person for Katsura, eventually settles down into one of the most influential people in the book.

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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A&M Junkie on November 11, 2006
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Written by Satoru Kannagi, the author of Only the Ring Finger Knows, and drawn by Yukine Hoonami, of Desire, this is a better than average shonen-ai story. It is a welcome addition to the lovely shonen-ai collection published by DMP June.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amani on August 10, 2011
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Book 1 of Rin! begins the story of Katsura who's severe anxiety attack causes him to seek out his "secret weapon" in the form of his childhood friend, Sou. He soon learns these infrequent "squeeze" (hugs) of theirs is causing some gossip and social awkwardness for his friend. Knowing that his behavior can't continue, Katsura seeks advice from his other dear friend, Kouichi. It turns out Kouichi has designs in becoming more than his new "secret weapon." And thus begins the jealous misunderstanding and discovery of sexuality for these wonderful characters.

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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This series is the most amazing story and art I have ever read. I couldn't stop reading. It was all plot and feelings and beautiful artwork. Highly recommended for all, including those who don't care for a lot of sexual scenes. The only truly explicit scene is at the very end of the third manga. This story is so lovely I wish it had been continued. Worth reading over and over again and keeping as part of your manga collection.
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By Fiona on December 8, 2008
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Excellent book one that you won't put down a read over and over agoin book. about a boys life and what he has to do to find his happieness in the world today. also if you like archery you will like this book.
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