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Time Lag (Yaoi) Paperback – July 25, 2006
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Grade 9 Up–Satoru, often mistaken for a girl, has a strong crush on his long-time best friend, Shirou. He has confessed his love every year, and each time he is rejected. Unable to understand why, he decides to give up his quest, assuming that Shirou has fallen for the beautiful Seiichi. Seiichi, on the other hand, has fallen for Satoru. This all-male love triangle finally untangles when, after a three-year time lag, a long-lost letter arrives in Satorus mailbox, providing the catalyst that allows the boys to confront one another with their true feelings. This is a sweet and angst-filled example of the boys love genre. Filled with innuendo and a few PG-rated love scenes, the will they or wont they intrigue will surely charm readers. The fluid art style with its pretty male characters works exceptionally well. This one-volume edition is perfect for any library looking to add boys love manga to their collection without a huge commitment to additional volumes.–Jennifer Feigelman, Goshen Public Library and Historical Society, NY
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The story is about a boy named Tendo Satoru, a naive high school student who has loved his best friend since his first year in high school. After being tragically turned down TWICE, Satoru basically stops being friends with his best friend. Satoru joins the newspaper club. He befriends the club's president, Hiro Seiichi. Seiichi wants Satoru to forget the ex-best friend and move on, but is the reason only for Satoru's well being or will Seiichi make a move on the naive friend, only time will tell.
The story has a beautiful ending, a few "lovey dovey" scenes, and plenty of misunderstandings. To me the book is longer than the 184 that the description says, but was a great time passer and will stay on my bookcase for a very long time. Being 16+ (which I think is stupid if you read a yaoi then you know what you're reading) you have the "pure" romance between two people. As I stated in the first paragraph I dislike a lot of shonen-ai because they either aren't orginal or the art work sucks, but with manga this you will fall in love with it, the plot is semi-orginal and the art work is to very detailed and beautiful. "Time Lag" has plenty of angst, love, and sexy guys.
Yet, putting aside that the story lacks depth, the pretty artwork will entertain you with plenty of bisshies and the story still attracted me to read until the end. At least, it's not a boring story because the mangaka tells the story in an attractive way. It flows beautifully, I must say. So overall, this is a nice and sweet shounen-ai story. Recommended for those who like slice of life romance with school as setting.
The drawbacks: The characters are your basic lookalike prettyboys. Satoru's love is purely generic yearning, a fixation which does not change even after two years of being ignored and treated badly, which makes him seem kind of sad. The author tries to give this love depth by basing it on a past friendship, but includes little honest characterization and interaction in the actual story. TL actually seems to go out of its way to avoid such things. When the mystery is cleared up, the author throws in a few more misunderstandings to keep the characters from any real communication, which I found annoying rather than suspenseful.
As a result, although I liked the situation around which the story was built, the people reacting to it aren't all that deep. It's like the romantic subplot in an Agatha Christie mystery. By no means a bad thing if that is what you are in the mood for.
TL is by the illustrator of ONLY THE RING FINGER KNOWS, who does delicate and pretty very well, but it has a different writer. There is a little bonus story at the end written by the illustrator. DMP does a handsome production job, but makes annoying editing mistakes, with characters being referred to by the wrong name and name order getting mixed up.