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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translation Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 2004
  • ISBN: 978-1569705827
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: A Gentlemen's Kiss

A Gentlemen's Kiss Vol. #02

By Danielle Van Gorder     January 29, 2009
Release Date: December 02, 2008

A Gentlemen's Kiss Vol. #02
© Digital Manga Publishing

Can Homura and Touji find a way to reconcile their love with the harsh reality of the yakuza world, or will Kyoya find a way to make Homura his?

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Shinri Fuwa
Translation: Sachiko Sato
Adaptation: Sachiko Sato

What They Say
Homura's lover Toji is secretly planning to be married! The heirs to two rival companies may be together now, but there's no guarantee they will be in the future. Homura, realizing this anew, finally lets himself be embraced by Kyoya, who has desperately pined for him. Learning of the affair, Toji insists, "Won't you give up your life in the corporation for me?" With Toji's motives unclear, what will Homura do? The conclusion of the secret love story!

The Review!
Despite his best attempts, Homura hasn't been able to keep Kyoya away, and Kyoya has shamelessly taken advantage of this to work his way closer and closer to the man he loves. Not being able to see Touji has made things hard for Homura, who keeps finding himself comparing the two men. When Touji finds out what happens, he breaks down and makes his move, but it's not what any of them expected - instead, he proposes marriage to a member of the Tanno clan!

Predictably enough, this sends Homura down into a spiral of despair, and instead of answering any of Touji's frequent phone calls to get the real story, he drowns his sorrows in Kyoya's arms. Kyoya, being who he is, can't resist the urge to warn Touji to stay away from Homura, which causes a broken-hearted Touji to force a confrontation. Homura finally starts to realize that he's not the only one suffering, and that he might actually have to shoulder some of the blame for the current situation. But their own personal problems are far from the only thing that the two promising young yakuza have to deal with as tragedy comes close to separating them forever.

Oh, the overwrought melodrama! And most of the responsibility for it falls firmly on Homura's shoulders, for refusing to be an adult and actually, you know, talk about things instead of just angsting about them, which would have gone a long way towards resolving the situation without ripping Kyoya's heart out. But don't get me wrong, I loved every second of it, and the payoff here was everything I was hoping it would be after the setup of the first book. The last chapter was flat-out adorable. If you liked the first volume, odds are good that you're going to love this one.


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