Little Butterfly Vol. #02 -

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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: 175
  • ISBN: 1-56970-906-8
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Little Butterfly Vol. #02

By Julie Rosato     September 27, 2006
Release Date: September 06, 2006

Little Butterfly Vol.#02
© Digital Manga Publishing

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Hinako Takanaga
Translated by:Sachiko Sato
Adapted by:Sachiko Sato

What They Say
Having decided to apply for the same school as Nakahara, Kojima must now study feverishly to pass the exams. Nakahara helps Kojima with his studies, but is frustrated by his strong sexual feelings that have yet to be reciprocated. Nakahara stays at Kojima's home temporarily when things get sticky at home and the relationship between the two boys becomes increasingly sexual.

The Review
The middle volume of this series heats up as both the boys' relationship and Nakahara's family troubles deepen.

It's been a few months since the events of the last volume and Kojima's been studying hard in hopes of getting into Nakahara's school. Nakahara on the other hand, seeking refuge from a homelife made even more difficult by his father's increasingly frequent absences, has begun spending a lot of time at Kojima's house. When Nakahara's uncle, Sugisaki, shows up unexpectedly from Osaka one night, it seems a serendipitous reunion.

Indeed, having a stable, loving family connection definitely brightens things up for the neglected Nakahara, but things aren't as wonderful as they seem. Changes are coming quick to Nakahara's household, and while they may ultimately be for the better, his emotions take a battering once again, leaving Kojima to pick up the pieces. As their winter break approaches, Kojima struggles with his changing feelings and concentrating on his exams while Nakahara prepares to leave for Osaka to see his mother's family. The atmosphere at the closing of this volume is one of some foreboding, but the boys are determined to stay together and proceed with their plan to attend the same college (high school).

This continues to be a sweet, well-written story with very likable characters. The pace slows down a little bit in this volume, letting the feelings between the two boys progress and giving us a little more insight into Nakahara's past. Their relationship moves slowly due to Kojima's nervousness, but his loyalty, determination and sincerity make it difficult for Nakahara to keep his feelings in check. Nakahara never pushes Kojima too hard however, and even backs off when Kojima gets too uncomfortable - something we don't see often in this genre. But rather than seem as though it's being drawn out, I think their romance is very reasonably portrayed. This is especially true of Kojima's nervousness, and in particular, his reaction after they go a little farther. This is first love -- it's scary, embarrassing and wonderful and creates new feelings inside that are both distracting and exhilarating at once. It's no wonder Kojima is so flustered.

The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, making the wait for the final volume that much more unbearable, but I love the super cute bonus at the end. Text and translation are on par with the previous volume; the quality being very good, though obviously the boys are still referred to as high school students. Art reproduction and SFX handling also continue to look good, although there is an odd blurring effect on a handful of pages. The "action" is a bit heavier this time around, but everything is, more or less, consensual.


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