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The World's Greatest First Love, Vol. 8 Paperback – October 10, 2017
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About the Author
Shungiku Nakamura, DOB December 13, Sagittarius, Blood Type O.
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What's great about this story is that you get multiple levels. There's straight-up knowledge of how manga publishing works, then there's the humorously exaggerated view of the work life of the editors, the romance between two people who hurt each other deeply in the past and are struggling to come to terms with their new dynamic, and lastly there's the comparison of the storyline itself to a stereotypical shojo romance. Sometimes the comparison is fairly obvious with comments made by the characters. Sometimes it's more discreet like with the introduction of the maidenly heartthrob panel only to be shown later in the chapter with sarcasm instead of sweet words.
The book itself has a nice color plate at the front. Nakamura's artwork is a nice blend of beautiful and humorous with some incredibly detailed backgrounds especially at the publishing house. The translation of the work is well done. It keeps the usage of -san and a few other terms which preserves the feel of a Japanese publishing house without overwhelming a western reader. Some of the sounds effects took a bit of getting used to as they were shortened versions with the vowels removed. Sex scenes are present though relatively tame. Takano is also fairly forceful with may not appeal to some.
If you've never picked up a yaoi manga, or you've never read this series, or you're just curious, I highly recommend that you add this book to your collection. You will not regret this purchase, I promise! <3
Trigger Warning: While the story's premise is refreshing and cute (fans nicknamed this couple Nostalgia), it quickly goes into the downside of most yaoi fair of an imposing and unyielding seme that is forcefully chasing after an uke. Including forcing himself on him, molestation and coercion (Ritsu is very clear that he is not interested in the second chapter). So this book is not for everyone that dislike these sort of themes.
However, because of their personalities and how they are actually compatible and compliment each other like ying and yang, you can't help but root for them and hope they repair their once happy relationship. Even if it takes a whole year in story. My only real gripe about this volume is Sublime's translation of somethings like spelling "shove" as "shuv" and squeeze as "skweeze". Um what? In sensible English, please? Sometimes the sound effects are also hard to follow due to lack of vowel usage. This volume was a good start for the English version of this manga.