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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 180
  • ISBN: 1-56970-804-5
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Ordinary Crush

Ordinary Crush Vol. #02

By Julie Rosato     January 08, 2008
Release Date: December 31, 2007

Ordinary Crush Vol.#02
© Digital Manga Publishing

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Hyouta Fujiyama
Translated by:Andrew Marshall
Adapted by:

What They Say
At an all-boys school, where it's said that 90% of the entire school's population is gay, high school third-year Kouichi Nanase shares a mutual love with Heiji from his school club. Happy to join the school's 90%, Kouichi is gradually warming up to the idea of his relationship with Heiji developing to the next step.

But when his brother Youichi stumbles in on a steamy moment between the two, Youichi refuses to allow them to date at all! Can Kouichi and Heiji wrestle past this devastating obstacle in their relationship?

The Review
Things are really heating up for the newest couple at Kinsei High, and in a perfect world, designating their roles would be Nanase and Heiji's only problem. But it seems they have another major obstacle: Nanase's older brother Yoichi. Yoichi's a graduate of Kinsei himself, but as a straight guy prides himself on the fact that his sexual preference survived the experience intact. To say he's disappointed to find his little brother has switched teams is an understatement at best. Yoichi's struggle with his own prejudices is bested only by his bristling with Heiji – watching the prides of a big brother and destined seme collide is vastly entertaining. (Almost as fun is watching Nanase trying to pull off being the seme; the K.O. scene is absolutely hysterical.)

This book continues the bonus stories from volume one, too. Dr. Asano and Mizusawa make a return – and a commitment. Seems the good doctor just can't stand seeing cute little Mizusawa going through suitors like water and finally makes a play himself. In another installment of the android story, three years have passed and Narita-san is being forced to examine why Akira is still a part of his life. And picking up where the last ended, there's an all too adorable "what happened next…" chapter for Furuya and Aikawa (readers of Sunflower will be familiar with this scene as well).

Ordinary Crush is a short series that offers plenty of fun and good characters. It might play out the "who gets to be on top?" bit a little too long, but the conflict with Nanase's brother is great and there's the bonus of side story couples, too. Alone, this series may not win over those in search of a deep story, and it works best when viewed as a part of the larger Kinsei High universe, but there is enough here to make it a worthwhile read and it serves as a good introduction to Fujiyama's style and characterization. Overall, I enjoy the Kinsei characters a great deal and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this series, or any of the artist's related works, in the slightest.


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