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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-56970-743-2
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Thirsty for Love

Thirsty for Love Vol. #01

By Briana Lawrence     April 17, 2008
Release Date: April 22, 2008


Thirsty for Love Vol.#01
© Digital Manga Publishing


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yukine Honami / Satosumi Takaguchi
Translated by:Melanie Schoen
Adapted by:N/A

What They Say
Orie Nakano's girlfriend is cheating on him with two other men! One is the mysteriously untouchable Tatsumi, and the other is the basketball-playing upperclassman that Orie idolizes. But things are far from being as simple as they seem, and now the three men are inevitably pulled towards each other and bond together by their love for Yuka, which extends much farther than just the girl herself. Love, admiration and lust intermingle around them in an inescapable spiral in this coming of age romance.

The Review
Wow, just... wow.

Packaging:
Back in the day I use to buy anything boy's love that had a pretty cover. I try not to do that anymore because I've often taken the book home and found myself reading a lackluster story that wasn't worth the money, but "Thirsty for Love" would definitely make me buy something for the pretty cover once again.

It's not so much the gorgeous guy spread out over the cover, but it's the way the cover is illustrated. All three guys are on it, it's just that the faces of the other two aren't seen. One is on the front cover, kneeling behind the main character, and the other is on the back cover sitting next to him. The cover is very dim, almost sketchy with the soft lines that go through it.

Artwork:
I'm a bit speechless at the art, because there's only so many ways I can use the word "beautiful" to describe it. The characters, the sex, the emotion, all of it is portrayed wonderfully in this manga. The art is very soft, almost sketchy, and it focuses a lot on the four main characters of the story. There is a lot of emotion going on in the story, and the art does an amazing job in illustrating it.

Text/SFX:
Sound effects are kept in kanji, but translated into English underneath the kanji. There aren't too many Japanese honorifics in the manga, except for the occasional "sempai" used when Orie addresses Suguru. The narration is done in Orie's point of view, but we get enough dialogue from everyone else to make it feel like their story, and not just Orie's.

Contents: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The manga starts off like your average high school story. A girl is talking to her boyfriend after school and you can practically hear that one song from that show with the creek and the not wanting to wait for our lives to be over melody. It still feels like a typical high school drama when we quickly find out that the girl is sleeping with another guy, but much to my surprise, that was just a small sample of the numerous plot twists that this manga has.

Since this is boy's love I figured that maybe the two boys would later hook up, or maybe the heartbroken boy would find comfort in the sempai he looks up to; something simple like that. But this story proved to be different from the rest as soon as Orie found out that Yuka was sleeping with another guy. Orie's in bed with Yuka when, out of nowhere, Tatsumi comes in and they proceed to have a threesome! If that wasn't enough, Orie finds out that Yuka's also involved with Suguru, the guy that he's looked up to for the longest time. He also finds out that Yuka dying, and before he knows it the three boys, who once found pleasure in Yuka start finding pleasure in each other. But it's not because they're angry with Yuka for sleeping around, they all actually come together because of their love for her.

Comments
It's refreshing to see some female characters in the boy's love universe, especially when they're a part of the plot for other reasons besides a) having a crush on the guy and being heartbroken when he goes off with another guy, b) being a total b-word the entire story whose out to break the boys up, c) being in the background, or d) being a total boy's love fan girl. A lot of boy's love stories, even if they have female characters and even if one of the male characters starts out straight, shy away from the heterosexual sex scenes or they reduce it to one panel and never touch it again. This isn't the case in this manga. It's ironic, because years ago I would've put the book down when I saw breasts mixed in my boy on boy action, but after reading so much boy's love and seeing such a lack of a female presence, I actually love the fact that this story doesn't hide the straight sex. Now don't go thinking that I dislike having pages of boy on boy sex, because lord knows I need the stuff like a man in a desert needs an air conditioned vehicle.

This is one of those stories that I feel isn't for everyone. I can see some people not liking this for various reasons: the female lead whose sleeping around, the fair share of heterosexual sex, the (sometimes violent) interactions the boys have with each other, there's a lot going on in the story and at times things happen very fast. But I, personally, loved it. The plot is one of the most interesting that I've read this year with it's rather unconventional love triangle of sorts. All of the characters are memorable and it was a pleasure to read their interactions with one another. All and all, I highly recommend giving this manga a shot.

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