Yellow Vol. #01 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Release Date: Monday, June 20, 2005
Translated by:G. Genki
What They Say
Yellow begins with a brewing personal interest between Taki and Goh, but Taki is still unwilling to answer to Goh's desires. A gangster's jealousy of Goh's feelings for Taki leads to Taki's kidnapping and it's up to Goh's cunning and charms to save him. Working solo, it's also up to Goh to find the drugs he was hired to steal while sidestepping a police conspiracy powder keg.
Getbackers meets FAKE!
Meet Goh and Taki; they work undercover out of an unassuming café as "drug snatchers," solving cases and stealing back what's been stolen. They're not quite the good guys, but nor are they the bad. One's definitely gay and the other is not, but they make a perfect pair for the job. Goh's an infiltration wiz and Taki's the fighter, but they've got a strong bond and can both be counted on in a pinch. This book drops us right into the middle of things, detailing three of their adventures and setting up scenarios to show just what these guys are all about. The artwork isn't overly detailed but it's still nice. The leads are sexy and well built and just pretty enough to satisfy without being feminine. DMP continues to show off their good production standards and we get the great dust jacket, too.
This definitely has the feel of a starting volume, but there is some real potential here. Goh and Taki's relationship is a bit one-sided just yet, but their dynamic suggests it's soon-to-be otherwise. There's action, drama, comedy, and friendship, not to mention plenty of teasingly hot scenes where Goh tries to seduce Taki (whose denial is almost funny, really...). The theme is truly "yellow" - theirs is a life defined by risk and being caught in-between extremes. This not only applies to their job, but their relationship as well, and there's enough left untold to hint there's more to uncover than just stolen drugs.
Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translatin Rating: A
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
Orientation: Right to Left