- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Blu; 1St Edition edition (December 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1427812020
- ISBN-13: 978-1427812025
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,913,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Will Fall in Love Paperback – December 2, 2008
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This is a very typical yaoi plot, one boy runs away from his true love only to run into him again years later, forced to confront his feelings. Throw in a brother vs. brother twist and you have the makings of a typical yet surprisingly sweet story. I didn't hate it and I will probably read the follow up to this book, You Will Drown In Love, which I won't go into as it would give away the ending to this story.
So let's get into the mechanics of this one, shall we? As discussed, the plot is typical. However, I did like that it involved archery as seeing the boys in their traditional Hakama (archery gear) was really rather enticing. I did think the mangaka jumped a little too fast into the story as it almost felt like there should have been a prequel to this book. The book itself is nicely put together with a pretty illustrated cover but no inside color pages.Read more ›
The main focus is Haru, a first time teacher at a high school. It is here that he is reunited with Tsukasa, a student several years his junior. Tsukasa is the younger brother of Reiichiro, an old friend of Haru, whom he had competed with in Archery during high school.
There is, of course, more to this than would meets the eye and Tsukasa soon forces out the truth from a tearful and shamed Haru. The feelings Haru expresses toward himself are heartbreaking.
Tsukasa, with a straight forward and sweetly dedicated manner (if occasionally pushy when swept by strong emotion), pursues Haru, attempting to convince Haru to SEE him and the love that he offers, while Haru struggles with shame and self doubt at the very thought of being homosexual, of loving a man.
Intertwined with this sweet and true love story is the sport of Archery, which Haru had left behind, and which Tsukasa is attempting to bring back for him. Haru opening to Tsukasa is sharply paralleled by his opening to the sport of Archery again, and is done beautifully.
The feeling this manga evokes in me is both bitter and sweet, the time lost and self doubts that Haru had experienced are very real and yet misted over with the brush of time, with the fresh new wind of Tsukasa bring forth something new, something bursting with life and promise.
And perhaps even giving Haru the courage to draw a bow again...
The plot may sound a bit unoriginal and angsty but this manga really is a completely solid, sweet read! Haru and Tsukasa are both well developed and likeable and the manga as a whole is just really well done. As in all Hinako Takanaga's work, the artwork is also absolutely gorgeous. (The characters are all beautiful and there are also some really lovely archery scenes.)
This is definitely up among my favourites when it comes to Hinako Takanaga's work. If you're looking for a cute, involving read, pick this up!
The Japanese archery as a backdrop is refreshing and expressing the guys' emotions through the flight of their arrows is so convincingly done. Did I miss the absence of hardcore sex? Definitely not as I love a tender, "angsy" and expressive love story too and this is exactly what this is. And Hinako Takanaga's artwork is simply lovely and so expressive, her boys looking so good in their "hakamas".