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06/30/2008 Archived Entry: "Yaoi Review: Hero Heel, Volume 2"

Hero Heel, volume 2
Story and art by Makoto Tateno
Published by Juné, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1569708363
ISBN-13: 9781569708361

Review by Jilly Gee

The second of what I believe is a three volume series about deliciously handsome actors for a children's superhero show, Hero Heel, volume 2 ups the tension by bringing in an old flame and revealing a new one. Not being able to forget his night of sex with Sawada, Minami starts out in this graphic novel pining way for him. He determines to stop, though, when Sawada tells him in the bluntest of ways that he just doesn't like him. Minami's co-star, Katagiri, takes this chance and says the words anyone so vulnerable would grasp at after being told he was not liked: I want you. Thus starts their purely sexual relationship, regularly meeting up after work at Hotel Destiny.

It is likely they would have continued in this way had the producer not come up with the brilliant idea of bringing Takagi on the show as a special guest star. As is the way of boys love stories, Takagi and Sawada starred in the same superhero show when they were younger and were lovers during its run; having ended it before, Takagi is looking to start again. This starts off a chain reaction of jealousy, as Minami starts pining after Sawada again, Katagiri realizes he wants much more out of their relationship than just sex, and Sawada appears to finally be reciprocating Minami's feelings.

There are those stories that include love triangles that seem as if they were made just for the sake of having another obstacle in the way of the couple. The ones included in this story, however, actually drive the story forward instead of hindering it. Takagi is very likeable, even if he is the "other guy", with a cheery and cute personality that's actually a bit of a relief, considering how emotional everyone else is. Angst and drama are all good, but it's still nice to have some carefree moments thrown in to break the bitterness.

Makoto Tateno draws amazing guys. They are pretty, but not feminine, and they all have well-toned, but not bulky, abs. Not that their clothing is so tight, you can see the shape clear through (although that's an interesting thought); it's because they're shirtless a lot. A lot. It's not just the beautiful sex scenes, but also the title pages and their own thoughts. So even if the unique aspect of a cast of superhero actors falling for each other and their passionate ups and downs aren't your kind of thing, you still have incredible eye candy. Win-win.

Hero Heel Volume, volume 1 review by Ginger Mayerson
Hero Heel Volume, volume 2 review by Kris

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