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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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01/11/2008 Archived Entry: "Yaoi review: Crushing Love"

Crushing Love
By Ritsu Natsumizu
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc

Review by Ryes

Crushing Love is an anthology of four stories, each shorter than the one before it. Every story seems to follow a formulaic plotline, but they work well as short stories.

The first story boils down to a seme who has an icy heart because a previous lover betrayed him, whose heart is melted by a pure and honest uke. Kuroda is the cold-hearted seme. His ex-lover who betrayed him asks him for help with some financial problems. Kuroda doesn't want to help his ex, but he wants to play around with him so Kuroda tells him that he will put five milliion yen on a park bench. If someone actually returns the money to the police instead of taking it for themselves, then Kuroda will help his ex.

Kaoru comes along and picks up the bag of money. It turns out he wants to use the money to pay someone in Kyoto so his house won't be torn down. Kuroda goes with Kaoru to Kyoto to make sure that all the money is used up and won't be returned to the police. Along the way, he falls in love with Kaoru. This story was a little long and could have been wrapped up a lot quicker. It's not a very complicated storyline. The uke, Kaoru, is so sweet he'll give you a toothache. There cannot be a man or woman in the world as nice and virtuous as this guy is. Aside from these issues, the storyline may not be anything special, but the premise is pretty interesting.

The second story is about a president and his secretary. Sei is Yukihiko's secretary but he's been serving Yukihiko since they were very young. All this time, Sei has been in love with Yukihiko but Yukihiko fools around with tons of women and doesn't want to settle down. The excuse he gives to his parents is that he has Sei so he doesn't need to get married. This sends mixed signals to Sei and complicates things.

The third story is about Nakahara and Kijima. Nakahara is popular and Kijima is more like a nerd. Despite their differences, they get along well in private. They are "sex buddies" who meet regularly. The only thing is, Kijima starts falling in love with Nakahara. He doesn't know that Nakahara started this sex only relationship because he once saw Kijima crying and thought his emotions were pure and beautiful.

The fourth story is somewhat similar. Himura and Adachi are sex buddies but Adachi is in love with Himura. He sees no signs of Himura feeling the same way so he doesn't blurt out his feelings. When Adachi finds out that his family is going to move away, he starts avoiding Himura to make the separation easier to deal with.

The art is clean and good to look at. The storylines are straightforward and there was no trouble following them. The volume is worth looking into at least for the attractive art.

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