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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: 160
  • ISBN: 978-1-56970-761-6
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Maniac Love

Manic Love Vol. #01

By Danielle Van Gorder     January 04, 2008
Release Date: September 30, 2007


Manic Love Vol.#01
© Digital Manga Publishing


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Satomi Yamagata
Translated by:Andrew Marshall
Adapted by:

What They Say
The prequel to Fake Fur!

During the summer of his second year in high school, Maki Sonoda found love for the first time in the arms of his cram school teacher, Haruji Shirai. Blinded by the illusions of his first love, Maki can think only of getting to know Haruji more. But things become complicated when Maki realizes that Haruji is really in love with high school teacher Mr. Mizuguchi.

The Review
Packaging:

Manic Love has Digtal Manga's standard packaging - larger size, slipcover, and decent print quality. The print quality is very good, blacks are dark, and the line reproduction is fairly crisp.

Art:

Yamagata's art is simple and almost sketchy, with minimal use of backgrounds, screentone, or shading. But sketchy doesn't mean unfinished in this case, as the overall effect is polished and emotional. The sparse linework is a style that won't appeal to all readers, but it's one I personally enjoy.

Text/SFX:

All sound effects are subtitled on the page in a font that closely matches the original. The translation flows smoothly with no obvious rough spots.

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

Maki Sonoda is a high school student without any experience with sex who falls for his prep school math teacher Haruji. The two end up in a casual relationship that's purely physical - at least, on Haruji's part. He doesn't think that there can be a real relationship between two men, despite the growing depth of Maki's feelings.

This isn't Haruji's first relationship with another man, either. Several years earlier he worked with Mizuguchi, Maki's current English teacher and the man who recommended that Maki attend this particular prep school. Their relationship was an odd one, and it didn't last for very long because neither was able to be completely honest about how they really felt.

Maki doesn't know that Miziguchi's former flame was Haruji, and Mizuguchi doesn't know that Haruji is Maki's current lover. Haruji doesn't know that his past and present lovers are teacher and student. When the connections between the three are revealed, the dynamics in all three relationships change irrevocably as Haruji and Mizuguchi are both forced to face their true feelings for each other.

Comments
While connected to Fake Fur, knowledge of the other book is by no means required to enjoy this one. It has a similar mature, moody feel to it that will strongly appeal to some readers, while others are likely to feel that there's just something missing. I have a feeling that this will appeal more to older readers than younger ones, especially with the exploration of a relationship that fell apart because the two people involved were unwilling to show any vulnerability to the other. I personally really enjoy this style of writing and the way the author manages to show you how each of the characters feels, rather than laying it out explicitly in the text, and would recommend it highly.

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