Naruse's dreams are powerful, but he never imagined that there could be so much danger in them!
Writar/Artist: Hikaru Yura and Hirotaka Kisaragi
Translation: Christina Chesterfield
Adaptation: Christina Chesterfield
What They Say
Tomoki Naruse has just started his freshman year in high school, and as with all healthy, young men at his age, he's been dreaming of sex. But Tomoki isn't having normal wet dreams like his classmates! In his nightmares, err... dreams... his partner is a man - and to make things worse, Tomoki is on the bottom! Aside from Tomoki's unsettling dreams, high school life is fun - especially with his new, handsome, best friend Yugo Oda. But Yugo is no ordinary freshman - he's involved in mysterious activities that Tomoki can't even begin to imagine!
DMP's books have a very nice presentation overall, with nicely bright pages, clear printing, and good art reproduction. The color page at the beginning is a nice touch as well.
While not as clunky as some of DMP's other novel translation, this still doesn't flow as cleanly as it should, with some rough points that could have used a bit more polishing. Still, it is an improvement, and was definitely readable.
Every night in his dreams, Tomoki Naruse dreams of a lover whose face he never sees and whose name he can't remember. But these dreams are unusual in that when he wakes, sometimes the marks are still there. Other than that, though, Tomoki's life is similar to that of any other boy just starting high school. There, he meets someone by the name of Yuugo Oda, who seems to have no real knowledge of the world and initially talks to Tomoki like they know each other, even though Tomoki has never seen him before. Despite being initially put off, they gradually become closer friends as Tomoki feels almost obligated to take care of Yuugo and teach him the ways of the world.
One night in his dreams, Tomoki's lover tells him to look in the mirror the next day and say his name. Tomoki, to his surprise, finds himself saying Yuugo's name. When he confronts Yuugo about it, the truth comes out - both of them are Dark Walkers, humans able to go into the world of dreams. But dreams aren't always safe, and there are demons and monsters lurking who would like nothing better than to get their hands on Tomoki's unusual powers. The two have to somehow find a way to escape plots set in motion long ago in order to live their lives together in peace, or die trying.
This book was long on the melodrama and over-the-top plot twists, but rather short on suspense, build-up, or any real character development that would have made it actually compelling. The ideas here were interesting, but the execution was sorely lacking. Actually, that isn't necessarily fair - up until the introduction of Kanon and Shiki, it wasn't terrible, but that whole storyline really highlighted the story's flaws. Rather than being tense and full of drama, it was more dull and almost laughably predictable. BL novels aren't really about well-told stories, though, and this did make for an enjoyable afternoon read, as long as I didn't try to think too hard about it.