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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: CPM Press
  • MSRP: 15.99
  • Pages: 184
  • ISBN: 158664959-0
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Selfish Love Vol. #01

By Mike Dungan     October 18, 2004
Release Date: August 01, 2004


Selfish Love Vol.#01
© CPM Press


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Naduki Koujima
Translated by:Ikoi Hiroe
Adapted by:

What They Say
Breaking all the rules... Ryuya was only trying to finish his University courses when he caught the eye of the wealthy and gorgeous Orito. As President of the prestigious Honors Society, Orito has the right to hand pick his assistant... and he's chosen Ryuya. Campus politics aren't the only thing on Orito's mind, and Ryuya is shocked to discover that his newfound suitor always gets what he wants...

The Review
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Ryuya is a student who is being targeted by the selfish, arrogant, handsome and immensely wealthy Orito. Not for trouble, but for love. He wants Ryuya to be his vice-president of the Honors Society, but Ryuya, who is not wealthy and needs to work parttime to pay the bills, declines. That doesn't stop Orito from persuing him, much to Ryuya's dismay. Add in Orito's defeated rival for the presidency of of the Honors Society, Kyogo, with whom Ryuya is close friends, and it turns into an ugly love-triangle with Ryuya wanting no part of it.

There are two more stories, both two chapters each, one about a young man dealing with the advances of his best friend's younger brother, and the other is about a young man with a penchant for fighting, who is persued by a school goodie-goodie who always seems to be looking down on him.

Comments
I can't say I much cared for Orito in Selfish Love. It's one thing to have an arrogant character, but Nadoka Koujima made him so unlikeable, it was hard to find any sympathy for him at all. He goes too far when he forces himself on a clearly protesting Ryuya. It' a near-rape scene that only ends when a girl walks in on them. Not once in the story does Orito listen to or care about Ryuya in any way other than as a toy for his pleasure. Ryuya's submission at the end has the feeling of giving in to the inevitable, rather than actually falling in love with Orito. The other two stories are less unpleasant, but neither are they very original. All three stories follow the same format. Younger handsome boy seduces protesting older boy, who eventually gives in.

The art is good without being notworthy. The execution is competent, even good, but doesn't distinguish itself. The art reproduction is quite reasonable, with good screentones and fine details. The cover is well done with Orito holding the scowling and blushing Ryuya, both in their high school- sorry, college uniforms, set against a white background. The back cover is more of the same, with Orito seeminly about to ravage Ryuya.

I found Orito's forcing of Ryuya into something he clearly didn't want to be a big turnoff, killing any enjoyment I might have had for it. I'd pass on it.

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