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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Released By: 801 Media
  • MSRP: 15.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1934129258
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: His Arrogance

His Arrogance Vol. #01

By Danielle Van Gorder     February 06, 2009
Release Date: December 16, 2008


His Arrogance Vol. #01
© 801 Media

Can overwhelming arrogance trump brother worship, or will Kazuto wind up defeated in romance as well as on the catwalk? 

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Takashi Kanzaki
Translation: Leona Wong
Adaptation: Leona Wong

What They Say
Ryo is helping out at his father's modeling agency. But, his classmate and rising rookie model at the agency, Ito, is openly antagonistic to Ryo's older brother, a very charismatic model. Ito finally corners Ryo and demands that he looks at him only! After a passionate kiss, he promises that crossing him will incur punishment! Ito may be an arrogant boy who does nothing but give orders, but Ryo is undone by his forceful and dominating approach!

The Review!
Packaging:
In what seems to be a rather disturbing trend, this book lacks the dust jacket that had been one of 801 Media's signature traits.  There is a color page included, and the print quality is decent if not spectacular, but for the price it just doesn't feel like enough.

Art:
The cover really doesn't show off Kanzaki's art to its best effect - the art inside is gorgeously detailed, assured, and has almost a cinematic quality to it.  It's very solid and grounded, worlds away from the wispy, delicate artwork that some BL artists favor, although it shares some similar stylistic elements.  Action scenes are definitely not her strong suit, as she seems to rely on speed lines exclusively to express the feeling of motion, but luckily this is a rare occurrence.

Text/SFX:
All sound effects are subtitled on the page in a font similar to the original.  The translation flowed relatively smoothly with few rough points.

Contents:
Ryou is the younger brother of world-famous model Tomohito.  He works at the agency that was basically built from the ground up to handle Tomo's talent, which puts him in contact with some pretty spectacular looking guys on a regular basis.  But none of them can touch Kazuto - at least, when it comes to arrogance.  He's just an up-and-coming model, but he's bound and determined to surpass Tomohito, no matter what it takes, and he doesn't care who knows it.  Ryou is convinced that Kazuto hates him for being Tomohito's younger brother, but he couldn't be farther from the truth.  When Kazuto kisses him out of the blue, Ryou has no idea how to take it, but one thing is very clear - Kazuto's domineering attitude is just too much!

But that attitude may just be covering up for some serious insecurity.  After all, Kazuto not only has to compete with Hisashi's attention, but with Ryou's brother complex as well.  And Tomohito is quite an intimidating rival - bad enough when he's in an entirely different country, but once he gets back to Japan the competition over Ryou heats up, and things get even stranger.  Their mutual jealousy leads to a hotel room confrontation that defies description.  Neither of them seem willing to accept that Ryou may just have a mind of his own, though.

Comments:
If some of the characters in this sound familiar, that might be because they are - Tomohito and Hisashi were the main characters in "Falling Into Love."  It was actually kind of nice to have a continuation to that story, and Ryou and Kazuto made for a better focus than Hisashi and Tomohito did.  Ryou especially was an interesting character who seemed to actually develop and change as the story went on, even if Kazuto felt like, essentially, a one-trick pony.  He's arrogant, he loves Ryou, he sees Tomo as his rival, and...that's pretty much all there is to him.  But, frankly, character development isn't the primary draw of this book.  It does manage to be extremely sexy, especially the scene in the hospital.  For what it's worth, I liked this book better than the prequel.  While it isn't going to make any top ten lists, it definitely had its good points.

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