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A King's Lesson by Aoi Futaba and Kurenai Mitsuba 
2nd-Dec-2007 12:51 am
Aoi, Futaba and Mitsuba Kurenai. A King's Lesson. New York: Kitty Press, 2007.
          Summary: Sui returns to Japan to attend school--at the same institution as the famous prodigy Daira, or the "King." But soon Sui's hero worship of Daira becomes something far more personal, and the two eventually come to love and care about one another.
          Comments: Aoi Futaba and Kurenai Mitsuba have one of the most recognizable art styles in the BL business (and you'll either love it or hate it...I loved it as a teenager and am perhaps nostalgic), but this particular manga is actually pretty run-of-the-mill--right down to the raping seme, dishrag uke, and school backdrop. Still, you can tell that this creative duo, which also publishes non-BL manga under the pen names Sano Masaki and Watanabe Kyou, has experience; the story is well-paced, and the characters' personalities are reasonably well fleshed-out. Even looks like Daira's got something like Asperger's Syndrome. Huh. Anyway, the story is more coherent and cohesive than Level-C and significantly less shotacon offensive (not to mention bizarre) than West End; plus, there's as much in the way of gratuitous bodily fluids as both and a much lower volume commitment than either. Media Blasters could have done much worse than this manga.
          Notes: paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Japan by Frontier Works in 2004
          Rating: 5/10 - A good purchase for the BL fan who wishes to flesh out her manga collection (especially since we'll never see West End in the US).
3rd-Dec-2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
The weird thing is, I loved West End; I have all the books sitting on my shelf. It was the perfect amount of obscene crack, for me--and even though I hate weepy ukes [Tonami was a character with a sign on his back that said 'rape me'], I still loved it.

3rd-Dec-2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
It was definitely the most interesting of their works. I really liked the silver and purple android...what was his name again? ^^;;
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