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Shout Out Loud! Vol. 2 by Takaguchi Satosumi 
5th-Nov-2007 03:33 pm
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Takaguchi, Satosumi. Shout Out Loud!. Vol. 2. Los Angeles: BLU, 2006.
          Summary: Shino's career is on the up and up, but Mizusawa and Tenryu's rivalry for his romantic affections may yet bring him down. Nakaya, for his part, has fallen head over heels in love with a disabled hockey player Fuse and decides to shack up with him when his dad is unable to provide the right sort of emotional support. As we move toward volume three, Shino's starting to feel something for Tenryu, and Fuse wants permission from Shino to start a relationship with Nakaya.
          Comments: Circa 2002, I was desperate to read this series. Unfortunately, at the time, the original NPB edition was out of print, and it had not yet been reissued in bunko format. I was able to acquire the third and fifth volumes only, which was decidedly less than satisfying. In the intervening years, my desperation subsided, and my attention waned. So, it's only now, over five years later, that I've taken the time to read this manga from the beginning--albeit in English since it has now been released by TOKYOPOP BLU...and I wonder why I waited so long. Though by the second volume the story begins to devolve into homoerotic melodrama (even though it is not technically a BL manga), this lovely tale of a young, single father and his teenaged son with its complex characterizations and elegantly-drawn art continues to be one of Takaguchi's best works. Nearly at the Ima Ichiko level, to be perfectly honest. (Fujoshi amongst us may be interested to know that the assistant named "Lulu" featured in the Afterword has since gone on to have a distinguished manga career of her own--as Yamada Yugi.)
          Notes: paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten in 1997
          Rating: 6.5/10 - One of BLU's most important licenses. Even if you don't like romance, there's enough about the seiyuu industry to keep the average otaku reading. Check it out!
Comments 
5th-Nov-2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Fujoshi amongst us may be interested to know that the assistant named "Lulu" featured in the Afterword has gone on to have a distinguished manga career of her own--as Yamada Yugi.

Ooooh, really? I had no idea! That's very interesting and fun to know, so thanks for the tidbit.

I think I shall have to reread this manga someday... I remember being disappointed because everyone said it was good, but it was just okay in my book -- I utterly loved the relationship between Fuse and Nakaya though, but that only made me wish the manga had been dedicated to them instead.
5th-Nov-2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, really? I had no idea!

Couldn't tell by the art style? ^_~ She used the pen name "Yamada Lulu" (or Ruru) for some of her doujinshi.

I utterly loved the relationship between Fuse and Nakaya though

Relationship-wise, I like them the best. Actually, I thought the first volume was far and away the most enjoyable. (Though I haven't yet seen 4.)
6th-Nov-2007 12:31 am (UTC)
I honestly don't remember anything resembling her art in this series. Either that makes me a really bad fan (especially since I consider her to be one of my absolute favorite mangaka), or I've just plain out forgotten about it. The idea of going box-diving right now isn't too tempting; but I'll definately keep this in mind the next time I'm digging through my boxes. One day I'll live in a place that'll be big enough for me to keep all my books and manga and so forth on actual bookshelves. One day... orz

And now that you say, I do remember Lulu/Ruru being her pen name for some of her doujinshi. It just didn't click immediately because I have yet to get hold of any of them -- whenever I see them up for sale at Yahoo Japan Auctions they're always ungodly expensive :\
6th-Nov-2007 01:56 am (UTC)
I honestly don't remember anything resembling her art in this series.

She drew two gay guys fawning of Tenryu in Vol. 2 and a page in the Afterword. ^_^ Her style is recognizable in the Afterword especially...and, anyway, I think you can definitely see Takaguchi's influence on her pro work.
6th-Nov-2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Hey, neat. I learned something I probably wouldn't have learned elsewhere. So I guess the comments a couple friends made to me about Shout Out Loud having a bit of awareness to gay issues should be slightly less surprising? (Just slightly.)

BTW, I finally read Close the Last Door a few weeks ago. Loved it enough to prompt a YY buying spree.
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