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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 and Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: Clan of the Nakagamis Vol. #02
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Clan of the Nakagamis

Clan of the Nakagamis Vol. #02

Not the usual story

By Patricia Beard     September 28, 2009
Release Date: February 25, 2009


Clan of the Nakagamis Vol. #02
© Digital Manga Publishing

Very funny and the sexy innuendo hits its mark.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Homerun Ken
Translation: Sachiko Sato
Adaptation: Sachiko Sato

What They Say
Haruka and Nakagami have been seeing each other for months now, and have decided to take their relationship to the next level. Unfortunately, Nakagami's power-tripping relatives disrupt the peace in their loving relationship. The two know that they can make their future together work, but what will happen to the relationship when a formidable demon appears from the Nakagami clan?

The Review!
The first volume of Clan of the Nakagamis centered on the romance of high school student Haruka Iijima and his math teacher, Tokio Nakagami.  Under the ruse of tutoring, the ardent Haruka and the sensitive Tokio continue their affair surreptitiously at the Nakagami manse.  However, the clandestine goings-on aren't as secret as Tokio and Haruka would think and the volume is devoted to the Nakagami family throwing up barriers to the lovers- not because they oppose the relationship so much, but because they can. And it's fun!

This second volume begins with the usual antics - Haruka trying to take the next step with Tokio, but being thwarted on all fronts by the family.  And an odd family it is. Tokio's family has the Nakagami gift of looking preternaturally youthful.  Mom and Dad look to be barely out of their teens and Grandfather Mitsuru, well,  grandfather looks to about thirteen years old and likes it a lot.  Tokio's older brother, Kijinojyo, is a shoujo manga artist who likes cross dressing, something he does very often. (And yes, he is straight.)  Younger brother, Takamaru, is a high school student who seems frail, kindly and is of delicate sensibility. 

While this first story, The Devil Cometh, is ostensibly about Tokio and Haruka, is really is all about introducing another family member - the cunning Hibari Nakagami, the eldest son of the Nakagami's main family branch and next in line as CEO of the Nakagami Group.  The arrival of Hibari sends Haruka into a panic after assuming the worst about Hibari, he of perverse reputation, and Tokio, even with Tokio's assurances to the contrary.  Misunderstandings are resolved in hilarious fashion and to say much more would ruin the fun. However, the revelation of Hibari's true love promises some amusing future stories.

Hibari plays a large part in the second story of the volume, Descent into Dreams.  Tokio is ill and Dad spins a story about Tokio's illness being curse with the only remedy a rare mushroom.  Of course, Tokio's brothers and Haruka take different measures to help him, but after Tokio recovers and Takamaru has still not returned, dad's feeling pretty guilty about the joke.  However, Takamaru is found, and since everyone at the Nakagami residence is down with a cold or going back to school, Kijinojyo is dispatched to Togama Island to retrieve him.  Unfortunately, he is joined by Hibari.

The tale that follows is part ghost story, part adventure, part scam, part sexual harassment and part romance, all served up with amusement and solid story telling.  In addition to playing timeworn BL cliches for laughs, Homerun Ken spices things up with jokes that are visual as well as situational.  And if anything were a clue to Homerun Ken's sense of humor, the covers, hinting of at least three different stories, have nothing to do with the stories inside.

Readers need not be familiar with the first volume of Clan of the Nakagamis to enjoy this volume for everything one needs to know is reintroduced. For those who prefer a softer BL, this is not a sexually explicit work (rated 16+), but even those who like their BL more explicit will find a lot to like about Clan of the Nakagamis" The Devil Cometh. In a field crowded with sameness, this stands out for its skill and its fun.

In summary:
In a genre that often relegates story to the background and at the service of getting the couple to "couple", it's nice to come across a work where the story is not the usual one and the jokes work.  Very fun read!

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