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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translation Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 9781569706091
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Right Here, Right Now

Right Here, Right Now Vol. #01

Right Here, Right Now Vol. #01 Manga Review

By Julie Opipari     August 03, 2010
Release Date: June 25, 2010


Right Here Right Now Vol. #01
© Digital Manga Publishing

Can love transcend time, and survive in a time of constant warfare?

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Souya Himawara
Translation: Uncredited
Adaptation: Uncredited

What They Say
Yanase Mizuo was hiding from his tea ceremony lessons in an old temple when a sudden wrinkle in time propelled him from the present into the tumultuous world of the past! Lost in an unknown land in an unknown time, he finds help in the feudal lord Takakage. But Takakage isn't interested in getting Yanase back to the future. Nope, he is convinced that Yanase is right where he needs to be: in his arms!

The Review!

Technical Review:

Right Here, Right Now is a real treat!  The book is well put together, I didn’t notice any typos, and the dialog flows very smoothly.  The art is another high point – the character designs are gorgeous, and the illustrations are crisp and visually appealing.  The period clothing and architecture is elegant and elaborate, and made the book a joy to read.

Content Review:

Gosh, another Doki Doki book that goes on my keeper shelf.  I haven’t read a Doki Doki title that I didn’t enjoy.  DMP is doing a great job licensing entertaining titles for this line, and it is rapidly becoming one of my favorite imprints.  Right Here, Right Now has so many elements that I love – time travel, battle scenes, romance, and characters who you can’t help but grow fond of.  I can hardly wait for the second volume in the series!

Mizuo is not happy that he is expected to master the tea ceremony and take over the family business from his father.  Preparing elegant cups of tea is a task best left for girls!  He is upset that he has to practice all the time, and he even thinks it has stunted his growth.   When he ducks out on his duties and hides in a dilapidated temple, he is shocked to be sucked back in time to the Warring States period.  Maybe preparing cups of tea wasn’t all that bad after all?

Mizuo is quickly mistaken for the Buddha after appearing in the Fujima’s temple, and he is whisked off to the battle front.  The Fujima’s are trying to fight off the Kitagawa’s, and protect their lands from the destruction of the invading army.  With Mizuo on their side, the battle is quickly won.  Now Mizuo is trying to figure out where he is, how he got there, and how he’s going to get back home again.  And he has to constantly fend off the advances of the Fujima heir, Takakage.  Boy, did life get complicated.

I loved this book!  It has the fast-pacing of an action title, and indeed, there is plenty of fighting taking place within the pages.  The Warring States era was one of constant warfare, as Mizuo learns first hand.  The backdrop is very interesting, and Souya Himawari makes the time period come to life.  The characters are compelling, and the plot is very engaging.  I was literally glued to the couch until I finished reading this, and now all I want is the next volume!  Mizuo and Takakage make a wonderful couple, complementing each other perfectly.  Their friendship brings out the best in both of them, and all I want is for them to find a way to stay together.  Time travel books can be kind of tricky for that, though, so I am dying to know what happens next!

In Summary:

Right Here, Right Now does everything right – it’s fun to read and great to look at, too.  If you aren’t sure about BL titles, but you do enjoy time travel stories that have a little bit of romance, this is a great book for you to test the waters with.  I can hardly wait until September when the next one comes out, and after you read this volume, I think you'll feel exactly the same.

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artdjmaster 8/5/2010 11:02:24 AM

It's not under the Doki Doki label, but the June label. I also don't think it necessary for the reviewer to say "I love this book!" as it does not help the reader at all. Good to know the costumes are pretty, though.

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