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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-56970-770-8
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Invisible Love

Invisible Love Vol. #01

By Danielle Van Gorder     February 21, 2008
Release Date: November 27, 2007

Invisible Love Vol.#01
© Digital Manga Publishing

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Rie Honjyo
Translated by:Vivian Chien
Adapted by:N/A

What They Say
Inori is a popular guy amongst the ladies in his university, but lately he keeps getting dumped. Cause unknown, Inori decides to drink away his troubles with his good friend Senou. With the beer flowing, Inori finds himself drawn to Senou. But when sobriety hits, will his feelings remain the same?

This collection of seven short stories by master or romance Rie Honjou explores love that is not easily seen.

The Review

This book has DMP's standard large trim size and full color dust jacket. The paper and print quality are both very nice, with sharp lines and dark blacks. The cover features a beautiful soft shot of two of Honjyo's beautiful men that's pretty enough that I'd buy this book on the cover alone.


Honjyo's style is elegant and refined, featuring an abundance of beautiful men. It's attractive and well-executed, definitely one of my favorites. Her panel layouts aren't the most complex I've seen, but they do add visual interest to each page and help the flow of the story move smoothly. Overall, she's one of the more visually accomplished BL artists.


All sound effects are subtitled on the page in a font similar to the original. The translation flows smoothly without any rough spots.

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

Most of the seven stories in this volume are tied together loosely with the same theme of the past - be it baggage from childhood, letting go, or moving on in a relationship. Overall, they're very well done, with no story in particular standing out as the worst of the bunch. The title story was one of my favorites, dealing with the odd friendship between Inori, who never turns a girl down but always ends up being dumped, and Senou, who's in love with him. When Senou gets drunk and accidentally reveals his feelings to Inori, their relationship changes - although Senou never realizes that what happened was more than just a dream.

The last story in the book, The Warmth of Your Hand, was also quite unusual. When Takeru was a child, he was lost in the snow and rescued by a beautiful and kind man. Ten years later he's in a relationship with Yukihiko, an ethereally beautiful man who has some past baggage of his own.

Rie Honjyo manages to create fully realized characters and explore their stories in just a few short pages, something that other writers can't manage in full volumes. They're believable, engrossing, and compelling all at the same time, and the art is just as beautiful as the writing. This book was a joy to read, and didn't lose any of its charm on multiple reads. Highly recommended.


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