Creative Staff Writer/Artist: Makoto Tateno Translation: Sachiko Sato Adaptation: Sachiko Sato
What They Say In the city called Dawn is a man with the name of "Night." Every evening, Kai is embraced by the "Iron Lahti," opening himself to him. It's unclear if that can truly be called love, but that doesn't even matter anymore. Kai doesn't just want to be held softly and treated sweetly. As the Iron Lahti and Kai whirl round and round each other, what will happen as their love and their hatred become complexly intertwined?
There are two groups struggling for rule over the city: “Sarte” and “Mynah,” and as we go head first into volume two the leader of Sarte -- Kagura -- has been killed. There are two candidates up for replacing him: our very own hot hot seme, Lahti, and Narada, the son of the former leader of Sarte. At Kagura’s funeral, a trap has been set and a bomb goes off when Lahti and Narada close the casket together. They survive, but five others are killed and they both decide that they will not allow the culprits to get away. Later, Kai decides to study under Narada (the two of them have similar fighting styles) to become stronger. As the two train, Narada makes a move on Kai (sigh, of course), but it doesn’t seem to phase Lahti at all -- until the end of the chapter. After the brief encounter, Lahti and Narada go directly to the elder council and reveal that the members of the councils are the ones who have been sending assassins after the two of them, purposely trying to pit them against one another. Things are resolved, Narada goes off to get married (yet he was trying to seduce Kai earlier?!), and Lahti is declared the leader of Sarte.
And then the entire council is killed. Oops.
The rest of the manga goes pretty quickly with Kai’s love triangle with Lahti and Maria -- she claims to have killed the council. It seems that Maria may still have feelings for him, while Lahti continues to be hot for Kai one minute then cold the next. In the end we find out that Maria didn’t kill the council, but the head of the council did it and vowed to kill Lahti himself, making Maria kill him in order to protect her brother. Though… we find this out as Lahti and Kai have an intimate moment while watching the video of the killings… um… a pretty disturbing way to illustrate the truth.
I honestly can’t decide if I like this series or not. On the one hand, I find the plot interesting with the different groups, the backstabbing elders, the emerging new generation, and the fact that one of the main characters is a kick ass female is a plus to me. But something about this story just… isn’t making me gush on and on about it, and I think that something is Kai. I have a love/hate relationship with Kai. I do feel bad for him, but part of me wants to slap him around until he stops crying about it. He has moments of being really cool, of fighting by Lahti’s side and taking out bad guys with his chain whip. Then he has those kicked puppy moments and figures, “Hey, neither Lahti nor Maria need me, so they might as well kill me.” I’m not a big fan of the character who’s so upset with someone not needing them around that they feel that they might as well be dead.
I liked the Kai in volume one who was so determined to kill the man who he thought killed his lover that he infiltrated the gang, got close to Lahti, and just went for it. Now all he wants is to have his old days with Maria, or be with Lahti, whatever, he hasn’t quite decided yet. And it’s not terribly realistic to me that he’s just so head over heels in love with Lahti to the point of putting his own life at risk and not caring that, oh, an entire BUILDING is going to collapse around him because as long as Lahti is o.k. nothing else matters. I just don’t buy it at all. He spent so much time hating the guy in the first volume, even if he found out that Lahti didn’t do it (and found out that Maria was alive) that would still be a huge thing to get over.
I want to keep reading because part of me wants to know what happens, but another part of me doesn’t feel like reading about Kai’s growing angst about the situation. It’s a crappy situation, yes, but Kai does the heartbroken and confused uke a little bit too well for my tastes. Saying that he might as well be dead because he thinks that neither Maria or Lahti need him? Get some self confidence, kid!
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