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Slice of Life and a Few Laughs
The entire volume is composed of one main story and a couple of one-shots.
Chap 1 JUST 20CM AWAY FROM YOU
I have to admit that I only downloaded the manga after a friend recommended it while I listened to the accompanying drama cd (hilariously done by Miki Shin'ichirou and Sugita Tomokazu). Well, the volume's main selling point is the comedy - Here, we have an uke who seems unable to be content with two factors in his love life: 1. That he's in a relationship with a man 2. The he's the uke in the relationship. This is pretty much the only conflict, and even then, the first one is a flimsy excuse when the main character suddenly abandons the goal of "getting a cute girlfriend" for "anyone cute enough". Little did he expect that achieving that goal might actually give him complications.
Chap 2 JUST 0.5CM AWAY FROM YOU
The chapter is a continuation of the relationship established in the first chapter, but we are introduced to two new elements - an ex-girlfriend of Youichi's, and a male competitor for Hidaka's affections. Coupled with the fact that Hidaka isn't really taking the relationship as seriously, of course some relationship misunderstanding ensues. The POV is more centered on Youichi's this time.
Chap 3 JUST 14 DAYS AWAY FROM YOU
Youichi suggests that Hidaka move in with him, but the latter disagrees. To compromise, they decide on a two-week trial period. More background on Youichi's personality is revealed, and other amusing aspects of their relationship is explored.
Chap 4 THE MELTING POINT
This is a one-shot featuring the story of a young man stuck in the hospital for summer vacation and an aloof classmate who happens to frequently visit someone nearby. Basically a mildly heartwarming story.
Chap 5 LAUGH AT TOMORROW'S SKY
A funny one-shot of an idiot trying to qualify for the same high school as his smart childhood friend and neighbor.
Chap 6 THE REASON FOR THE PASSION
An 'omake' chapter that deals with Hidaka's... aroused state after game matches, and how Youichi deals with it.
Anyway, all-in-all, the volume is good for a few laughs and lighthearted fun - Sakuragi Yaya fans might get more out of this than I did, but it's a recommend if you don't take your BL too seriously, or have a taste for slice-of-life. The cons are that there isn't much in the way of plot or conflict (which are solved rather speedily and humorously), but the characters are what makes the story interesting, especially if you like bickering, loud couples. The feisty uke is also a plus, if you enjoy reading about guys who's a bit awkward in a homosexual relationship. I liked the depth they gave Youichi for not only being a former playboy, but one so averse to most male companionship that even his friends are all girls. The art is rather simple, but it lends itself to the story well - thin lines and sparse detail. No detailed sex scenes except for the omake, and even then it's quite brief (the one-shots don't even progress beyond some kisses, let alone nudity). It's not a unique read, but entertaining nonetheless.
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