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05/18/2008 Archived Entry: "Yaoi review: Feverish"

Story and art by Takaaki Kusaka
Published by Juné, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1569705658
ISBN-13: 9781569705650

Review by Jilly Gee

Pretty male escort attempts to woo handsome, young waiter. Or rather, childish pretty boy ambushes and manipulates average working man every day. Chihiro never misses a chance to declare and demonstrate his love for Kensei, but Kensei, dense as he is, doesn't take him seriously. A pushy uke and reluctant seme aren't new to the genre, and this first part of Feverish doesn't bring anything new to the table. It still has its charms, however; Chiharu's wonderfully mischievous personality plays nicely off Kensei's all-too-conservative way of thinking, resulting in many giggle-worthy moments.

In the second part of Feverish, arrogant male model Yoh thinks he can just waltz into Ari's bar and not only convince the attractive bar owner to make him customized jewelry, but also to return his affections. Unfortunately for Yoh, Ari isn't exactly a people person and Yoh's attitude just makes things worse. Their part of the story is more emotionally charged than Kensei's and Chihiro's, thanks to a secret from Ari's past. While not as lighthearted as the first part of Feverish, it still wouldn't be classified as angst; Ari dwells on his problems a bit, but not to the point that makes a person either want to scream or cry.

With a name like Feverish, it would seem logical to assume that this boys love title is full of passionate action. Well, some titles defy logic. The passion is all in the persistence of the pursuers, not the physical contact of body and body. There are precisely two sex scenes in this graphic novel and they're both quite literally short and sweet. It's a very cute boys love graphic novel, full of adorable super deformed art and hilariously outrageous expressions, but it's nothing special as far as storylines go. It's a fun, carefree read for a lazy afternoon, but it won't make your heart race or the person sitting next to you on the train blush.

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