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- Age Rating: 16 & Up
- Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
- MSRP: 12.95
- Pages: 208
- ISBN: 1569709807
- Orientation: Right to Left
Only the Ring Finger Knows Vol. #01
September 22, 2004
Release Date: August 01, 2004
Only the Ring Finger Knows Vol.#01
© Digital Manga Publishing
Writer/Artist:Writer: Satoru Kannagi / Artist: Hotaru Odagiri
Translated by:Sachiko Sato
Adapted by:What They Say
At Wataru Fujii's high school, it's all the rage to wear paired rings with the girl you love. Wataru wears one though he is single, and one day inadvertently discovers that his ring pairs up with that of tall, handsome and smart Yuichi Kazuki, the senior classman idolized by the entire school. Though Kazuki has a reputation for being kind to all, when dealing with Wataru, he is strangely harsh. Their paired rings somehow draw them together and the two alternately clash and attract, as they must sort out their budding feelings for each other.The Review
The dust jacket features a lovely picture of Kazuki holding Wataru's wrist, as if to pull him closer with the rings prominently displayed. They are surrounded by white flowers with the title across the top of the book and the kanji down the right side. The cover itself is a black and white version of the image. The back cover features a small picture of the pair sitting on the floor, each with a leg slightly bent.
The Review: (Please note that content sections of the review contain spoilers)
The story opens with Wataru Fujii's friend Kawamura complaining about the love of his life dumping him for the perfect Yuichi Kazuki. Wataru knows who Kazuki is and admires the fact he always seems to be kind to everyone and doesn't seem to be a snob even though he is very popular.
Through Kawamura, we learn that in their school, wearing matching rings on the ring finger of the left hand signifies the status of ‘couple'. When a ring is worn on the right ring finger, it indicates that the wearer is single. Wataru a wears an unusual ring on his right ring finger, but not for the status it implies. He just likes it.
The next day, while he is washing his face, an upperclassman offers him his handkerchief. Wataru is very surprised to find it is the popular Kazuki himself. To his surprise, Kazuki is almost harsh with him and Wataru finds himself rushing off.
When Wataru returns to class, he finds that his ring no longer fits. He had taken it off while he washed his face. Was it possible to gain that much weight in such a short period of time? Well, not really. As it turns out, he managed to pick up Kazuki's ring, which is an exact duplicate of his own as he finds out when Kazuki enters Wataru's classroom to demand his ring back.
The fact that he has a matching ring with Yuichi Kazuki makes Wataru the center of female attention as the girls try to find out where he purchased his ring so that they can have a matching ring with Kazuki. Unfortunately, Wataru doesn't remember where he got it.
When Wataru's sister begs him to deliver a birthday present to Kazuki for him, Wataru cannot say no. This leads to an awkward moment where Kazuki believes the gift is from Wataru. This is also where the first real hint of sexual tension shows up.
In order to alleviate the rumors spreading due to Wataru and Kazuki, Kawamura comes up with the idea to spread the rumor that Kazuki is dating Wataru's sister. Wataru is reluctant, but goes along with the plan.
The hot and cold relationship between the two continues through a basketball game and various other scenarios until Wataru sees Kazuki walking with the woman who made the ring Kazuki wears. Seeing the closeness as the two walk together convinces Wataru that his budding feelings for Kazuki will never come to anything, so he gives his ring to a young girl who is playing nearby.
Kazuki drags Wataru out of class to confront him about the rumors regarding Wataru's sister. When he realizes that Wataru has given away his ring, he is dismayed. Their first kiss comes in this scene, but Wataru brushes it off as Kazuki playing a joke on him and tells Kazuki that he never wants to see him again.
To alleviate his depression over Kazuki, Wataru's sister takes him shopping at a jewelry store. While he's there, he has a very enlightening conversation about Kazuki with the owner of the store. The information she provides sends Wataru running to Kazuki.
They finally confess their love and proudly proclaim it to all by wearing each other's rings, on their left ring finger.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. It is labeled as Yaoi, but is very tame. I was interested in what was happening to the main characters and enjoyed reading their story. However, I felt that the ‘dating of the sister' and the introduction of the Takako character were unnecessary additions that detracted from the main story somewhat. Though I will say there is a scene at the end with Takako that captures the logic of child very well. There was also a bit of a stretch to explain why the store owner was so forthcoming with a stranger, but the story was still well presented and enjoyable.
I would recommend it for anyone interesting in a light story of two pretty boys falling in love.