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- Art Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A
- Text/Translatin Rating: A
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Released By: 801 Media
- MSRP: 15.95
- Pages: 170
- ISBN: 978-1-934129-07-4
- Size: B6
- Orientation: Right to Left
- Series: Love is Like a Hurricane
Love is Like a Hurricane Vol. #01
By Danielle Van Gorder
October 29, 2007
Release Date: June 30, 2007
Love is Like a Hurricane Vol.#01
© 801 Media
Translated by:Leona Wong
Adapted by:What They Say
Mizuki gets molested on a train bound for school, and the perpetrator is none other than the school president, Azuma! Mizuki gets called to the student council room, where Azuma confesses his love for him. So begins the tale of this wacky school story.The ReviewPackaging
The packaging on 801 Media's releases is top-notch, as it should be for the price. Full color wraparound dust jackets, color pages, and decent, if not spectacular print quality are all included. Some pages seem slightly faded and the screen tone reproduction isn't as exact as it could be, which are the only major flaws I found - and, quite honestly, at a lower price point I likely wouldn't have even commented. The cover is an interesting piece with Azuma holding a pouting Mizuki. The overall layout of the cover isn't bad, although the logo is slightly overwhelming at first glance. Art
Shimazaki's art is extremely cute, with characters with round faces and blushing cheeks, big eyes, and adorable expressions. It's definitely something that should appeal to quite a few people out there. Her facial expressions are fantastic, with more variety than many artists can match and doing quite a bit to show who the characters really are. While there's some similarity with the minor characters, the major characters in the story are all distinct enough that there's no real risk of getting them confused. Her panel layouts deserve mention as well - they're creative, visually interesting, and showcase her art well. Overall, a very nice looking book.Text/SFX:
All sound effects are translated by subtitling near the original effect in a font that closely matches the original. The translation flows smoothly with no real rough points.Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
When Mizuki is molested on his way to school one day, he's shocked to discover that his attacker is none other than Azuma, the student council president. He tries to confront Azuma to make him stop, but when Mizuki is summoned to the student council office again later, things go even farther. Azuma even goes so far as to confess his love to Mizuki, but when Mizuki starts to wonder why Azuma would love him, the student council vice president Miyamoto warns him that he's better off not asking.
Mizuki, of course, can't leave well enough alone, and gets more than he planned on when he asks Azuma about it. As their relationship progresses, it seems to fall into this routine - Mizuki hears something and flies off the handle, confronts Azuma, ends up in a compromising situation, and then, at the end, everything works out somehow. It's an odd pattern, but oddly works with these two characters.
In the next story, Izumi and his "younger brother" Akira have an odd relationship. Izumi isn't entirely comfortable with it, but when he tries to put a stop to it he finds out exactly what Akira's true feelings really have been all along.
Next, Minato is a playboy who avoids commitment, prefering to belong to everybody, when an impulsive transfer student, Kazuomi, somehow convinces him to date Kazuomi exclusively. Minato ends up having some serious problems dealing with his out of character responses to Kazuomi. The final story in the book deals with Taiga, who's daydreaming about his childhood friend Yuki, when Yuki himself shows up, determined to stay with Taiga. Taiga is more than a little distressed, however, to realize that the Yuki of his childhood is actually a guy. Comments
I have some problems with the initial setup of the story and with Mizuki as a character who's seemingly willing to stand up for himself, but not when it counts. Getting past that, the story is the usual sort of BL fluff that's distressingly common, with little to distinguish it from everything else that's out there. Despite these flaws, the story manages to entertain - which might be related to the sheer absurdity of some of the situations Mizuki finds himself in. The story often feels like just an excuse for sex scene after sex scene, with any additional character exploration left for the last page or two of the chapter. The chapters dealing with the other couples provided some much needed variety in both story type and characters - Kazuomi especially struck me as a really entertaining character.
While this isn't particularly memorable, the art and the side stories make it worth the price of entry - although I could wish the cover price wasn't quite so high. For readers looking for something more graphic than the usual BL fare, this definitely delivers.