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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: 801 Media
  • MSRP: 15.95
  • Pages: 224
  • ISBN: 1-934129-02-X
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Ichigenme: The First Class is Civil Law

Ichigenme: The First Class is Civil Law Vol. #02

By Danielle Van Gorder     July 04, 2007
Release Date: July 31, 2007


Ichigenme: The First Class is Civil Law Vol.#02
© 801 Media


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Fumi Yoshinaga
Translated by:Andrew Marshall
Adapted by:

What They Say
The (apparently) frivolous Tohdou and (overly) serious Tamiya continue to collide, and finally become lovers around graduation. This is their life afterwards.

The Review
The second volume of Ichigenme is a rather different animal than the first, and earns every bit of the series rating. Seven years or so have passed, and Tamiya is now a popular (but not easy) teacher of law. Tohdou is hard at work on his thesis, and the two don't get as much time together as Tamiya would prefer. It's hard on him (almost as hard as the fact that Tamiya hasn't let Tohdou go all the way again in seven years), and when he finds out something of Tohdou's future plans from a student, it hits him hard. He confronts Tohdou in a rather unconventional way, which allows them to come to terms with this new direction in their life.

Once Tohdou quits school to start his own company, however, not much really changes. He's so busy that he's rarely home, and when he is, Tamiya is usually sleeping. And it doesn't help that Tohdou spends entirely too much time cooking food for Tamiya rather than getting his work done. This eventually leads to another misunderstanding, and another graphic scene as the two start to understand each other a little better.

Meanwhile, an attractive and brilliant student named Hiroaki has joined Ito's class, and he is determined to keep him as a student through graduate school. When he tells Hiroaki this, Hiroaki agrees - with one rather unusual condition. Their growing relationship causes some trouble for Ito at work, although it's not exactly the problem you might expect. When he tries to pull away from Hiroaki, he's forced to confront his feelings and admit them both to himself and to Hiro. Also included is a side story about Tohdou's past that explains quite a bit about why he is the way he is.

While the first volume covered a wide range of characters and issues, this second volume focuses in on these two couples - Tohdou and Tamiya as they settle into their long-term relationship, and Ito and Hiro as they start on theirs. It's a beautifully done juxtaposition that balances out this volume and makes the transition from the broader story much smoother than it might otherwise have been. This is definitely a must-have series for any fan of Fumi Yoshinaga.

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