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- Art Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Text/Translatin Rating: B
- Age Rating: 16 & Up
- Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
- MSRP: 12.95
- Pages: 200
- ISBN: 978-1-56970-766-1
- Size: A5
- Orientation: Right to Left
- Series: World's End
World's End Vol. #01
By Danielle Van Gorder
March 19, 2008
Release Date: October 30, 2007
World's End Vol.#01
© Digital Manga Publishing
Translated by:Douglas W. Dlin
Adapted by:N/AWhat They Say
It's been four long years and Daigo and Hirofumi have started living together. But Daigo's wounded heart hasn't fully healed and he's gradually becoming over-protective of Hirofumi. Trapped in a cage of love and madness, what will Hirofumi's final answer be?!The Review
Does the sequel to Dear Myself hold up?Packaging
This book has DMP's standard large trim size and full color dust jacket. The print quality is very nice, with sharp lines and dark blacks, while the paper quality is better than most. I have no complaint on the packaging front when it comes to DMP's books.Art
Eiki Eiki's art isn't a particularly unique style - it's the sort of style that would be at home in any BL or shoujo magazine, with chins and noses sharp enough to cut, large, expressive eyes, and an effective range of expressions - workmanlike if not masterful. Backgrounds are minimal, the panel layouts and screentone usage aren't anything unique, but the strength of her art is really in the character's eyes, and she knows how to play to her strengths. While not the prettiest art I've seen, it's nonetheless attractive. Text/SFX:
All sound effects are subtitled on the page in a font similar to the original. The translation flowed relatively smoothly with few rough points.Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Four years after the events in World's End, Hirofumi and Daigo are living happily together. But both men are harboring their own anxieties that threaten to pull their relationship apart. Hirofumi lives in fear of the day when the other Hirofumi will take his body back, leaving the new one...where? When your memories are only four years long, when you have a whole life you don't even remember, what would happen to the new you formed from those four years of memories. And, more importantly, what would happen to his relationship with Daigo? It's an intriguing dilemma, and one without an easy answer.
Daigo, on the other hand, is tormented at the thought of losing Hirofumi to anything, and his desperate possessiveness drives him to do things that push Hirofumi away. Daigo wants independence, but at what cost? When he manages to get involved in another situation that puts his life on the line, Daigo reaches his limit and snaps.
The end of the book has a cute story about an unusual couple on their honeymoon, and a slightly more disturbing story about a young man and his young stepfather.Comments
Even without the background of the first book, there's a lot to love here dealing with issues of how your identity is tied up in memories. Eiki Eiki deals with those issues from a couple of different angles, and somehow manages to make what could easily be a trite story into something interesting. I didn't like the way Daigo's attitudes were dealt with - while his reasons for acting the way he did are understandable, the resolution felt too much like the old "but he needs me" reasoning that so many women have used for staying in an abusive, stifling relationship.
And maybe that's one of the things that has me conflicted about this book overall - at some points in the story, Hirofumi have a beautiful relationship that works really well. At other points in the book, it was more like textbook codependency...or something even darker. Their changing identities were less a part of the natural flow of a story, and more just a convenient excuse for Eiki Eiki to explore some different character dynamic. But she does do character dynamic very well, there's no question about that. Overall, I'm glad I read this, and I'll probably pick it up to read again in the future.