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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 186
  • ISBN: 1-56970-894-0
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Jazz Vol. #02

By Eduardo M. Chavez     September 20, 2006
Release Date: June 21, 2006

Jazz Vol.#02
© Digital Manga Publishing

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Maeda Sakae & Takamure Tamatsu
Translated by:N/A
Adapted by:N/A

What They Say
Fearing that he would someday lose Naoki, Narusawa runs away to America to avoid the empty emotion of a breakup. However, Naoki tracks him down and embraces him with his declarations of love... and so, their life together across the Pacific begins anew. But with the holidays drawing close, an innocent gesture turns into a terrible misunderstanding.

The Review
The boys have gone to America to start a new life together. And what better place to go to than America the birthplace of jazz. However, the change of scenery has not helped either one of the young lovers. Koichi has opened his heart a bit since he first arrived in New York. With Naoki's help he has begun to relax a bit and he is now starting to appreciate his work much more. It has been a gradual process, but the feeling has not translated to a better life at home. He needs Naoki. He needs his love and his passion. However, his lonely heart prevents him from expressing that. That fact alone has made Naoki jealous and impatient. He fears that an American will sweep his Doc Koichi away and he is willing to force Koichi's body to remember him. This is not beautiful jazz, this is much more like the blues if you ask me.

Jazz is one of those titles that really would have been better served as a series of shorts than an on-going title. Reason being that now insecurity that leads to rape is becoming a crutch for this title. At one point that could have been a meaningful turning point in their relationship (even if the idea is sociopathic at best). Now this is used as the only time these two have sex. They do not learn much from the situation. Koichi seems to become more submissive and Naoki's personality becomes even more confusing - abusive and immature. Furthermore as the Maeda dives deeper into the psyche of her abused leads, I could not feel any sympathy for either. Neither one has tried to better themselves. Neither one has really deserved the other. They are two lost hearts desperate for something - emotion - but the way they get it is sad and not at all romantic.

There are times when adversity makes people stronger. Manga is filled with those stories. Jazz is not one of those. Instead, adversity destroys whatever humanity these characters had. I can appreciate that, but I don't see an out, positive or negative, for these characters. Basically, they are digressing without purpose. No passion, no real excitement, no romance and definitely void of a jazzy feeling (even with the amazing production values).


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