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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-56790-565-0
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Feverish

Feverish Vol. #01

By Danielle Van Gorder     July 07, 2008
Release Date: July 22, 2008


Feverish Vol.#01
© Digital Manga Publishing


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Takaaki Kusaka
Translated by:Melanie Schoen
Adapted by:N/A

What They Say
Anri is a pretty hot model who is a little callous. But his mysterious charms seem to attract admirers instead of pushing them away! A pure romance story of a feverish, sensuous love.

The Review
Packaging:

This book has DMP's standard full-color dustjacket, but the paper quality isn't the bright, clean white that DMP sometimes uses, and the print quality suffers a little because of that. Still, the line reproduction is crisp, the blacks are dark, and overall it looks very good - but it could look better.

Art:

Kusaka uses some very bold linework in places that's very striking, but her faces overall don't really appeal to me - when she puts the time in, they're extremely well done, especially a few three-quarters facial shots, but there are too many panels where it looks like she rushed through the faces, giving them the bare minimum of attention that they need. There are some especially clumsy profile shots. The art isn't bad - where it's good, it's very good - but those panels seem to be outnumbered by less polished ones. This seems like something she's likely to grow out of as she progresses, so I have hopes for any later books that might make it over here.

Text/SFX:

All sound effects are translated on the page in a font that closely matches the original. The translation itself flows fairly smoothly, with few rough points that detract from the story.

Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):

What do you do when someone decides to be your lover? That's the situation that Kensei finds himself in when Chihiro, a popular male escort, falls in love with him. Chihiro is aggressive to say the least, and not shy about letting himself in to Kensei's apartment and proving his devotion in a very physical manner. But when, despite his best efforts, Kensei seems to be immune to his charms, Chihiro decides to take matters even further and publically declares his devotion in an incredibly manipulative fashion that might just leave Kensei out of a job.

Eventually, the two end up living together, but all is not blissful - the two still haven't slept together, despite the temptation of Chihiro's constant "love attacks." But perhaps the relationship isn't quite as one-sided as it appears on the surface - or perhaps Kensei is simply the unwitting victim of Chihiro's manipulations once again.

In "Feather Hands," Yoh is a popular model with a chip on his shoulder and an obsession for fine silver jewelry. He's enchanted by a set of silver he's given to wear during a photo shoot, and despite warnings about the maker's pickyness, is determined to track him down and purchase a few pieces for himself. His search takes him to a bar called "Alice," where he falls for the striking owner Ari - although Yoh mistakes him for a woman. The attraction, however, is not mutual, with Ari more than slightly put off by Yoh's arrogance.

Yoh is nothing if not stubborn, though, and continues to frequent Alice on his hunt for the elusive silver designer - and to spend more time, no matter how fraught with drama, with Ari. Even after the truth comes out Yoh's attraction to Ari only continues to grow, and it appears that Yoh might be getting to Ari as well.

But Ari has some deep emotional scars that Yoh knows nothing about, and he managed to dredge up painful memories and emotions without even trying. When an accident lands Yoh in the hospital, these memories from the past come rushing back up to the surface and send Ari reeling. But that might be just what Yoh needs to finally make him his.

Comments
This was definitely an odd book. Chihiro's manipulativeness was so outrageous that it was hard to understand why Kensei wouldn't just get sick of the whole thing - but it was also pretty funny at the same time, which made their story work better than it might have without that humor. Neither Yoh nor Ari were particularly likable as characters, partially because they weren't written with much depth - emotionally, they're both one-trick ponies - and that made the second half of the book more difficult for me to enjoy. There were some good points - notably, Yoh's reaction when he found out that Ari was actually a man, but they weren't enough to pull the story out of strictly average territory.

Comedy fans should probably give this one a shot, but anyone looking for something more serious with characters with read depth should probably give it a pass. Ultimately, it was fun but forgettable.

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