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
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
- 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).