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  • Art Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: AW Productions
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-58655-580-4
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Level C Vol. #01

By Mike Dungan     June 11, 2006
Release Date: February 05, 2005


Level C Vol.#01
© AW Productions


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Aoi Futaba, Kurenai Kitsuba
Translated by:
Adapted by:

What They Say
Mizuki is a popular male fashion model with a promising future. When the mysterious Haruno sees him. She wants to make him the centerpiece of her company's latest promotion. To lure Mizuki in, she calls on the talents of her twin brother, Kazuomi. He is quick to seduce the young supermodel, but things soon escalate beyond business as usual. As Kazuomi's feelings run away with him, it looks like true love for him and Mizuki.

The Review
Man meets Boy. Man seduces Boy. Man falls in love with Boy. Happy ending.

Packaging:
As is typical of the boy-love genre, the cover features a lot of soft colors, pale yellow, green and purple in this case, as Kazuomi embraces Mizuki from behind, with flowers surrounding them. The title is at the top of the cover, just under a barcode that seems oddly out of place. The artist teams names are at the bottom, with a small parental advisory in the bottom right corner. The back cover has the same pale yellow background with a few flowers around the synopsis. A black band is on the bottom with Kitty Press's logo and the actual barcode. Nothing about the packaging particularly stands out with the exception of the unexplained fake barcode on the front cover.

Artwork:
This story actually began as a doujinshi in 1989, with the title being finished in 1993. As such, there is some noticeable difference in the artwork as the artist gained experience. Since the chapters weren't written in order, the artwork changes from chapter to chapter. Fortunately, it's fairly good art. The characters are well defined and attractive. The good stuff in the sex scenes (and there are a lot of them) is ghosted out, but there's still enough visible that you don't have to guess at what's going on. The art reproduction is more than serviceable, with some nice detailwork making the transition from tankouban to graphic novel, and nicely done reproduction of the screentoning.

Text/SFX:
The translator and adaptor aren't credited, but whoever it is, they did a nice job with Level-C. The dialogue reads well, without any glaring mistakes, except for one. It's a given that any youthful character in yaoi manga who is in "college" is actually in high school in the original Japanese. The unnamed editor of this title slipped up and actually referred to Mizuki as a high school student on one page, amidst all the college references. Virtually no sound effects are translated, and on page 92, some Japanese text is untranslated as well.

Contents: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Mizuki is a student who is also a successful male model. One night, he meets Kazuomi, a business man who has just been dumped by his girlfriend and needs a place to stay. Kazuomi promises Mizuki a night of passion he'll never forget, and surprisingly, Mizuki takes him up on it. It turns out to be much more than a single night of passion, however, as Kazuomi, for the first time in his life, realizes he's falling in love. Kazuomi has a twin sister who runs the family business, a large corporation. With Kazuomi being on the outs with the family, it's up to Haruno to run the business and maintain the family name. But Kazuomi and Haruno are still close, and still help each other out.

Comments
This is a relatively light-hearted title, with little heavy drama. There's a fair bit of humor, from little things like Kazuomi's entrance to his sister's office, to big things like Mizuki's reaction upon learning that Kazuomi swallows. There's enough built into the background of each character that the story can evolve into something much deeper, but at this moment, it's a nice easy read with a lot of happy people in it. If you want a change of pace and are looking for some characters that actually like being together, Level-C is the title for you.


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