Written by kriptonima April 19, 2007
A good read.
Basic plot summary:
The story centers around partners Taki and Goh, and their growing attraction for each other. They are "snatchers" which means they get paid to steal drugs and other such illegal contraband from dealers and mobsters to handover to the police.
Review (no major spoilers):
Yellow is often compared to "Fake" by Sanami Matoh, but actually the two have little in common besides the obvious crime drama atmosphere and partners who fall for each other.
There is no clear "top" or "bottom" in Yellow. Both Taki and Goh are strong male characters who know how to take care of themselves. They are both young men who are drawn to look like young men. The art is pretty good. The thing that stood out for me was the clothing the characters wear. Makoto Tateno definitely has a good eye for fashion. However, she does like to used the same story elements over and over. Most of the chapters involve Goh hitting on Taki while the two work undercover or search for clues to where to find the drugs they've been hired to snatch. That's about it for the plot until later on when it shifts to focus more on Taki's past and we get a break from the "snatchers" routine.
Goh is openly gay, but Taki is a self-proclaimed heterosexual (guess he hasn't realized he's in a BL manga yet). If you prefer your yaoi couples to be with each other and ONLY each other then this might not be the story for you. A lot of their undercover work involves Goh sleeping around with different pretty-boy ukes and Taki with women. Keep in mind, though, that this is before the two actually get together as a couple. As far as yaoi content goes there is a lot of sex and hot guy-on-guy kissing, but nothing explicitly graphic. Don't get me wrong, it's still graphic, but you will not be seeing any erections or actual penetration. This doesn't distract from the scenes however, which are still very hot.
The interactions between Taki and Goh, whether they are fighting, kissing, or just chatting, are very entertaining. They have great chemistry together, and it's always nice to see a BL couple who you can tell are falling for each other.
I recommend this to any yaoi fan who's looking for a good read. The plot repeats itself sometimes and some of the scenarios the guys get themselves into require a stretch of imagination, but besides that it's fairly good.