Will Tomo chose his beloved older brother, or the mean, bullying Izumi?
Writer/Artist: Natsuho Shino
Translation: Melanie Schoen
Adaptation: Melanie Schoen
What They Say
"Next to my big brother, who I really, really love, is him, who I really, really love. 'He' is student council vice president, Izumi. He's always with the council president, my big brother, and whenever I get close to them they find a way to bully me! But... when Izumi sometimes shows me his gentle side or his cool side when he's working, I get somehow excited...! What's happening to me?"
This book has DMP's standard large trim size and full color dust jacket. The paper and print quality are both very nice, with sharp lines and dark blacks.
Shino's style is all delicate linework and expressive eyes, which really plays up the cute factor in this story. She doesn't seem to be particularly confident in her grasp of anatomy, with some proportions being slightly off, and she definitely seems to avoid full body shots most of the time. The art overall is quite nice, and fans of cuter characters should especially love this.
All sound effects are subtitled on the page in a font similar to the original. The translation flows smoothly without any notable rough spots.
Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Tomo loves his older brother so much that he studied as hard as he could to get into the same school. And, really, what's not to love? Ei is handsome, smart, and president of the student council. Unfortunately, he's also friends with Izumi - also smart and handsome, vice-president of the student council, but without Ei's sunny, warm personality. Izumi seems to take special delight in tormeting Tomo whenever possible, especially about his brother complex.
Somewhere along the way, though, Tomo finds himself drawn to Izumi, and when he starts thinking that Izumi's bullying is because he really doesn't like him, Tomo breaks down. Izumi, thinking that he's finally gone too far with his teasing, chases him down, which is when the truth comes out - they're actually in love with each other. But this relationship isn't going to be an easy one, because Izumi's personality hasn't changed in the least, and Tomo still has a big brother complex and can't decide who's most important to him. When Ei inadvertently discovers what's going on between them, things get even more complicated.
Izumi and Tomo's relationship troubles end up taking their toll on the rest of the student council as well, and the student council secretary Tsubasa has finally had enough and puts his foot down. Unwilling to give up his time with Izumi and Ei, Tomo decides to join the student council and tries to become a dependable man who Izumi can admire. Unfortunately, he's still the same immature, clumsy boy he always was.
Tomo's brainless cute and Izumi's sadistic sense of humor made for a nice contrast, but it was Ei and his interactions with the two who made this book, especially after he discovered the truth about their relationship and did his best to accept it. Tomo asking him for advice about naughty things was priceless. Truthfully, those interactions are about the only thing that made this book more than forgettable to me - it was cute, but short on substance, character and relationship development, and all those other things that hook me as a reader. It's certainly worth checking out if cute/sadistic pairings are your thing.