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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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01/06/2007 Archived Entry: "Manga review: Kissing"

Story by Teiko Sasaki
Art by Shoko Takuku
Published by June Manga

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Haru is shocked by the sudden confession from his best friend Kazushi and the passionate kiss that follows! However, he can't bring himself to see the perfect and widely admired Kazushi as anything more than a friend. Determined to win Haru's admiration and love, Kazushi steals a kiss every chance he can get. How long can Haru ward of his increasingly strong and bold advances?

Well, it's yaoi, so you can guess how long Haru holds out.

Teiko Sasaki treats us to the story of two friends, now at university, who see each other every day and have seen each other every day since childhood. So you'd think Haru would have noticed his best friend was in love with him by the time this story takes place. I found his homosexual panic unconvincing, but so did Kazushi, which is probably why Kazushi never exactly gave up the chase. There're a few twists in the story, and some character development, mainly due to Haru getting a clue about his friend's life.

I liked Shoko Takuku's illustration on "Kissing" better than "Passion," but not much. Everyone looks a little feverish in "Kissing," but at least they don't look quite as anorexic as they do in "Passion." I didn't especially care for the fashion in "Kissing," but maybe that's how university students dress. However, putting one of the main characters in pedal-pushers is unnatural.

There are some pretty hot smooches and sex in this book. It's rated YA, which I think might be a misprint. It seemed more M to me, but I might be wrong about that.

There are no females in this story.

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