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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: 192
  • ISBN: 158664960-4
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Selfish Love Vol. #02

By Mike Dungan     December 17, 2004
Release Date: November 01, 2004

Selfish Love Vol.#02
© CPM Press

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

What They Say
The Unexpected Climax! Orito, the president of the Honors Society, won't take "no" for an answer. He refuses to stop pursuing the affections of Ryuya, the Vice President. After all, according to Orito, the Vice President is supposed ot be his "right hand man." The advances keep escalating, and Ryuya's honor is at stake! Will he remain pure and defiant, or will he give in to Orito's strong and sensuous game of love?

The Review
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With Ryuya now working as the Vice-President of the Honor's Society as his prestigious high sch- er, college, the advances of Orito, the President of the Honor's Society become much more forceful. The school has a policy forbidding students from working outside the school, but as Ryuya comes from a less than wealthy family, he's been working at a gas station. Orito, ever the master manipulator, forces Ryuya to choose between the job and school. Ryuya is not at all happy about it, and leans on his friend, Kyogo for support. Kyogo has already made his feelings for Ryuya clear, but Ryuya just isn't into that. Or at least that's what he says. But the jealousy that Orito is feeling over Ryuya's friendship with Kyogo is plain for all to see, and Ryuya slowly begins to realize it matters to him.

The Honor's Society, with assistance from the school's drama club, stages a production of Romeo and Juliet for the culture festival. Orito is cast as Romeo, and the Honor Society's Secretary and Orito's confidant, Asuza, is cast as Juliet. Ryuya is forced to play Tybalt. When Ryuya realizes that the play calls for Orito and Asuza to kiss, it bothers him more than he cares to admit. His feelings get even more confused when he learns that Orito and Asuza were arranged to be married by their grandparents. When they died, the arrangement was called off, but again, Ryuya is left confused about his feelings. On the eve of the play, Asuza injures her foot, and Ryuya decides it's time for him to step forward and confront his own feelings by taking the role of Juliet.

I still don't much care for Orito in Selfish Love. But in this volume, we finally get to see a little more of what Orito's really feeling. Kyogo also steps forward and pushes things along, despite his own feelings. But the best character by far is still Asuza. She's a devious little woman who would make Ichigo from the Please Twins anime proud. Ryuya's feelings for Orito don't feel forced, and they grow naturally, which helps make the story more believable. The story actually went quite a ways to redeem itself after the rather unpleasant first volume.

The art is good without being noteworthy. The execution is competent, even good, but doesn't distinguish itself. The art reproduction is quite reasonable, with good screentones and fine details. The front cover features Orito with his usual smug look on his face, while a rather embarrassed and uncomfortable Ryuya struggles next to him. The back cover has the two of them in a torrid embrace, drenched with rain.

Although I was unimpressed with the first volume, the second came off much better. Now if only Koujima would do a story about Asuza, I'd be happy.


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