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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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10/24/2006 Archived Entry: "Manga Review: Close the Last Door"

Close the Last Door
Written and Illustrated by Yugi Yamada
Published by the Juné imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

You cannot watch "Apocalypse Now" and review a yaoi manga afterwards. In my case I couldn't do much of anything for the rest of the night.

But it's a whole new day here Chez Mayerson, and "Close the Last Door" is one of the best, funniest, fastest-paced yaoi mangas I've ever read. If Howard Hawks directed it in the way he directed "His Girl Friday," he'd cast the wacky love triangle with Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart, and it wouldn't matter which one was playing which role, because they'd each be perfect in every role. Yes, the men in it suffer, but it's so much from their own wackiness it's funny. Well, I thought it was funny.

The plot is less interesting than the action. Nagai, who is not gay, is in love with Saitou, who gets married to Remi. At the wedding, Remi's co-worker Honda, picks up and consoles, with booze and smooches, the heartbroken Nagai, who is not gay. The next day, Remi runs away from her bridegroom, and Saito runs to Nagai, who is not gay, for comfort. Nagai, who is not gay, and continues to not be gay every time he lands in bed with Honda, which is more and more often because of his not-gay frustration with having Saitou so close and yet so far. Ex-girlfriends, ex-wives, and moms make scattered appearances in this manga, but it's mainly Nagai, who is not gay, Honda, who seems to be bi, and Saitou, who is cute and confused (and confusing; he keeps laying big smooches on Nagai, who is not gay), running in and out of bedrooms, sushi bars, cars, wedding halls, offices, elevators, and the streets of whatever town their all in. It's got snappy dialogue, great art, and page after page of cute boys. Everyone smokes and drinks too much, but in a perfect world, no one would invite me to parties anymore. Did I mention Nagai is not gay? Well, he's not.

Hotcha! Where're Howard, Gary, Cary and Jimmy when you need them?!

I don't know about you, Readers, but I can't wait for volume 2!

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