Embracing Love (aka: Haru wo Daiteita) Vol. #04 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Release Date: Sunday, April 01, 2007
Translated by:Melanie Schoen
What They Say
Drama and passions ignite when Katou and Iwaki are selected for the leads in opposing drama series. As their busy schedules keep them apart, each man's yearnings surge within until they reach a boiling point. When Katou finally reaches his limit and rushes to Iwaki's workplace, the two lovers consume each other in a parked car. Is this the beginning of an exciting new chapter in their lives, or the last gasp of a love that's finally run its course?
Iwaki and Katou are busy as usual with their careers, often going days at a time without seeing each other - but that really just makes it all the more exciting when they do! And working together on a new drama, however briefly, forces them to even higher levels - professionally and personally. There's more than just television drama brewing here though; Iwaki's got a cute new manager and Katou doesn't like him at all. Worse still, this rookie manager has designs on fame for himself...what trouble is in store for the happy couple now? Also included is a short bonus chapter; a surprising little tale about the "birth" of Nagisa Sawa and his relationship with Yukihito.
This volume offers plenty of excuses for steamy sex scenes, but also some really nice emotional moments, including Iwaki's first seme role since the couple's rocky beginning. Their relationship has a lot of realism to it, if being somewhat contradictory at times. For a couple so in love Iwaki and Katou do create a lot of drama for themselves, but more importantly, it's the outcomes of those moments of insecurity and immaturity that make them worthwhile. Bit by bit the barriers between them are coming down, even if it does often take extremes to make it happen.
Unfortunately several text and translation issues detract from the reading experience here. In addition to a few obvious errors (including names), bubble swaps and distracting font emphasis, I was constantly noticing untidy production elements. The overlays were often poorly done, with frequent evidence of removed text, even when text boxes were used. As much as I enjoy reading this series, this sort of sub-par production continues to rankle and the high price tag really feels like a rip off. Despite the difficulties endured by this publisher over the past couple of years, this sort of sloppiness is inexcusable from one with so long a presence in the market.
Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translatin Rating: B-
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Released By: Be Beautiful
Orientation: Right to Left