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
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
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