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04/12/2007 Archived Entry: "Manga review: The Day I Become a Butterfly"

The Day I Become a Butterfly
By Sumomo Yumeka
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

This is a very beautiful collection of manga stories. At first I thought it was a little too angst-filled for me, but then, on a second, third, fourth, und zo on, look, I realized these stories are about the kind of intense adolescent emotion I've spent my entire adulthood trying to forget. Thanks a lot Digital Manga, this wasn't as painful as being there, but was, oh, what's that word? Poignant. Yeah, that's the word. Poignant. And the art in this manga is extremely beautiful; anything could have been going on and it would be eye-candy.

I'm not sure why this is a June release because there's no sex and only one of the stories is even close to yaoi, two others hint at it, but never really get near it. Nevertheless, they're beautifully drawn and have sweet endings. Even the story about the girl with leukemia, the skater in love with a mute, and the girl who dates for payment (sponsored dating?) and is in love with her teacher whom was maimed in the same car accident that left his wife in a coma. Frankly, I'm not sure I could have understood this manga better when I was a teen. I mean, back in the day, we didn't have Morrissey. We were cursed with Elton John.

I'm not complaining, I'm just being middle aged. And being middle aged means never having to say you're sorry that you can admire books you can't quite connect with.

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