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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-56970-755-5
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Vanilla

Vanilla Vol. #02

By Danielle Van Gorder     April 09, 2008
Release Date: February 28, 2008

Vanilla Vol.#02
© Digital Manga Publishing

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Riyu Yamkami
Translated by:Sachiko Sato
Adapted by:

What They Say
Things seemed to be finally working out between Ichiru and Saeki, but their bliss didn't last long. Ichiru is worried because Saeki doesn't seem to give the same importance to their love as he does, and after a big argument, it looks like the two will break up! Is there no safe exit to this labyrinth of love?

The Review
Ichiru has finally given in and allowed himself to be seduced by Saeki, but the end result isn't quite what he had hoped for. Faced with the reality of Saeki's cold, promiscuous lifestyle, Ichiru has more difficulty than he anticipated accepting Saeki as he is. Saeki, for his part, is his usual cold and unbending self, and does nothing to make anything easier for poor, sensitive Ichiru. When he finally does succeed in driving Ichiru away, Saeki finds himself unaccountably at loose ends, unable to even comprehend why.

Saeki's housekeeper Yajima is another interesting character. Ichiru's classmate Nakajima encounters Yajima by accident while in a bit of a bad situation and for some reason, despite Yajima's cold and formal attitude, just can't get the older man out of his head. His usual playboy ways have no appeal, but even playboys have to learn at some point that actions have consequences. In the end, will the two find each other, or will they be nothing more than chance acquaintances?

This second volume did a lot to answer my questions and concerns from the first volume - while Saeki still isn't the most rounded character imaginable, he still gains enough depth that I can actually believe in his relationship with Ichiru. Yajima is the real star of this volume, from his ever so precisely casual hints to Ichiru to his awkward disguised courting of Nakajima. Yamakami clearly likes her misanthropic characters, and she does them very well. The romance here remains more believable than the common run of BL titles, and the storytelling is top notch. Recommended.


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