Two soldiers caught on opposing sides of a war between nations must choose between country and an oath of fealty made long before. But the world that they live in is hard, distrustful, and cold. What will happen to their innocent love, as they are tangled ever deeper inside the terrible ravages of war?
Hyakujitsu no Bara Hot
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Rough and sweet
The art of this Manga is very beautiful and the characters are well written. The stroy line is
unique and the relaitonship is meaningful.
It does not begin like most BL storyies. you are thrown in the middle of a battle field completed with a complicated relationship between the two main characters. The story may seem rough and violante at the begining but as the character's true emotions and desires are revealed, you come to understand the true love between them and wish for their hapiness. The Omake's are quite funny and cute, an obvious attempt to lift the atmosphere.
This is the story of a man who throws away everything to have the one he loves, yet there are still obstacles that they both need to work on, the lack of commnication between two persons from different worlds happens to be the biggest one.
Love on the Battlefield
I first read this manga after watching the ova, and I'm glad that I did. Rape and violence are often standard fare in yaoi mangas, but I have never seen it handled in the way that Inariya Fusanosuke does in Hyakujitsu no Bara. This is a story of violent love, obsession and devotion, the story of two men who are up against society, although not in the way normally encountered in a yaoi manga.
The tempestuous relationship between Taki and Klaus is echoed by the war torn setting, a strangely familiar parallel world, where young boys are sent out fight. The themes of beauty, purity, and destruction are echoed throughout the story; in the broken hands of a sword smith forced to fight, the holy land defiled and turned into a mass grave, and the violent yet tender love between the two protagonists.
Inariya Fusanosuke uses a series of flashbacks interspersed within the main story to tell us of Taki and Klaus's past, an approach which adds increasing layers of depth to the story. The characters are complex, loving each other, yet neither really being able to understand the other.
I find the story totally compelling, and I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment. The characters are engaging, and the artwork beautiful. Read this manga, you will not be disappointed
Intriguing and passionate
One thing I noticed while reading this manga: Klaus and Taki's relationship is filled with what appears to be misunderstandings, leading to the former's frustrations and haughty attitude behind closed doors.
Nevertheless, if you omit the originality of the setting, this is what makes the manga so intriguing and meaningful: how the characters' different cultures and upbringing get in the way of their relationship.