- File Size: 375 KB
- Print Length: 178 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Seishin Ink; 1 edition (January 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I32IDU6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,593,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From its poignant blood and roses cover, which offers subtle hints of Kanno’s fragile emotional state, to its captivating storyline which had me rooting for the tragic hero, this is yaoi at its best, this is Yaoi Plus. Yaoi Plus is my personal term for stories that capture all of the lyrical, angst, heat, and beauty of the best yaoi manga and anime, but hold a deep, lasting artistry that reaches beyond the genre’s standard and incorporate qualities that transform the book into a classic. A work that reveals additional nuances each time you read it. I for one will be reading this story again and again. It is like a song I want to play repeatedly.
Delivered in Kanno’s distinctive voice, the tale moves along swiftly. Details of its dark hero’s solitary beginnings quickly morph to his loss-of-innocence college years and transcend to his determined rise through the Yakuza ranks. Kanno’s matter-of-fact tone as he reveals his reasoning for his unreasonable acts had me both championing and weeping for this lovely man.
There is plenty of action here of both the violent and the sexual variety and the supporting characters, most notably Katashi, a fascinating narcissistic satyriasis and Hyung, the clever gangster whom Kanno pines for, add a genuine slice-of-Yakuza-life feel to the story. I could say that the storyline combined the best elements of the biopic, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ with those of the great yaoi classic, ‘Ai no Kusabi’, but its pure originality makes that statement fall short. This is yet another masterful tale from authors Katsura and Yuramei, and I can only hope that Kanno, Katashi or Hyung show up in another book. Yes, I’m greedy like that.
Thank you, Katsura and Yuramei, for this exceptional and winning, ‘descent-into-madness’ story. “Brilliant, Hot, Violent, Angst!”