Writer/Artist: Makoto Tateno
Translated by: Kyoko Shapiro
Adapted by: W. Church
What They Say
The Konoe and Kagetsu families have been fighting like cats and dogs for generations. Masaya Konoe and Yuma Kagetsu attend the same elite high school and are known to all as arch rivals, but do they really hate each other? Masaya still cherishes a childhood memory of a time when Yuma shared a "treasure" with him. Now they share a secret attraction. Can they hide their passion? Burning desire has a way of erupting into flames!
The Konoe and Kazuki families are the owners of rivaling real estate companies whose personal and professional disputes go back three generations. Masaya and Yuma, the respective heirs of their family business, keep up their bitter rivalry at the elite prep school they both attend, often starting screaming matches where they lead each other away from the amused audience they attract. To everyone else, they appear to constantly fight, but to Masaya and Yuma, their apparent hatred is just another form of love. Since they were children separated by a river dividing their families’ properties they held back a longing for each other’s company.
While both Masaya and Yuma are likeable characters, neither is particularly unique. Masaya is whiney and the “girl” in the coupling, while Yuma is brooding and can be thoughtless of Masaya’s often poorly expressed feelings. Other characters are introduced to their hidden romance to try to break them apart, but with the exception of Yuma’s possible female love interest, the lovely Akiko, none of them are interesting. Akiko, appears to know about Masaya and Yuma’s spark for one another and at times acts as their cupid.
The book is beautifully illustrated which adds to the storyline but cannot make up for the lukewarm romance between the main characters. Makoto Tateno’s artwork adds depth to the characters’ faces showing true emotion which makes this an enjoyable albeit simple read.
The end of the book includes a bonus story entitled, “You Can’t Call it Love” also by Makoto Tateno. In this slightly disturbing story, a teenage boy becomes obsessed with a man he sees at a bookstore who bears a resemblance to the boy’s older cousin. He sees him out again and from that point becomes consumed with thoughts of the man and his whereabouts. In the 38 pages of this short story, the boy discovers how his obsession will ultimately change his life.