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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN: 978-1-56970-817-0
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Not Enough Time

Not Enough Time Vol. #01

By Danielle Van Gorder     November 01, 2007
Release Date: July 31, 2007


Not Enough Time Vol.#01
© Digital Manga Publishing


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Shoko Hidaka
Translated by:Emily Ohno
Adapted by:

What They Say
Yousuke suddenly shows up on the door step of his old high school buddy Tanigawa after years of no contact. While the two had a budding relationship back in school, things fell apart and they decided to part ways and search for their true love. However, it might be that their relationship in the golden days of high school was what they have been looking for all along. Not Enough Time is a collection of eye-opening love stories from Shoko Hidaka.

The Review
Packaging:

The cover features a closeup of Tanigawa and Yousuke together in watercolors. It's not a bad piece overall, but Hidaka's art tends to look better in black and white than it does in color. The logo is fairly simple and harmonizes with the colors of the piece. This volume has DMP's standard large trim size, dust jacket, and good quality printing.

Art:

Hidaka's art is detailed and assured, using artful linework to express exactly what it is she wants to convey, even in those cases where detail is sacrificed. Her panel layouts aren't especially unique, but they do progress the story well, and she makes excellent use of unusual angles in some panels. The chapter heading pages really show off her art at its best.

Text/SFX:

Some sound effects are subtitled on the page in a matching font, while others are replaced with a translation. The translation flows smoothly with no noticeable rough spots.

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

Shibuya and Mikami are two of the top students in their class. When Shibuya comes on to Mikami in the library one day, they start up a fragile relationship that ends up being torn apart by a simple misunderstanding. But while they're apart, Mikami comes to realize how much Shibuya actually means to him.

In the title story of the book, their teacher Tanigawa is in an odd relationship of his own. Yousuke, an old classmate showed up on his doorstep without warning late one night, and has taken to spending the night. They had a relationship back in high school that gradually fell apart, and they seem to be falling into the same pattern this time as well. Can they escape the emotional traps that pulled them apart before?

Complicated and Easy deals with a salaryman who's new boss saved him from an uncomfortable situation just the week before. Nishino isn't an easy man to work for, and Kadowaki finds himself working many late nights alone with him. While they're alone one night, Nishino kisses him, but refuses to mention it again, forcing Kadowaki to take action himself.

In Left or Right, Eiji is a man who's always gone with the flow, never making a decision for himself. His old friend Keigo returns from school, and forces him into making a decision for himself, rather than taking the easy path. Next, Hazawa is a prosecutor who falls in love with a detective named Seo. Their respective workloads mean they don't get to see each other often, and a forthcoming transfer means they might be forced even farther apart.

The final story in the book returns to Tanigawa and Yousuke, this time from Yousuke's perspective. It explores how they first got together and how Yousuke's insecurities make him vulnerable.

Comments
There's some nice variety in these stories along with more character exploration than you usually find in collections of short stories. With all this book has to offer, readers of all stripes should find something that appeals to them. Some of the stories definitely work better than others, with the characters and emotions being more fully realized, but even the weakest story in the book stands on its own. Fans of character-driven BL shouldn't miss this one.

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