PUBLISHED BY:

 

DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHING

 

ART/AUTHOR:

 

FUMI YOSHINAGA

 

 

FORMAT/COLOR:

 

JAPANESE FORMAT / BW

 

PAGES:

 

200

 

RATED:

 

18+

 

RELEASE DATE:

 

07/25/2007

 

REVIEW DATE:

 

05/28/2007

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

HOLLY ELLINGWOOD

 

 

 

Don’t Say Anymore Darling is a daring collection of diverse and often haunting tales of love between men. For a yaoi it is exceptional for its diversity, beautiful artwork, and imaginative romances of various kinds. Some of the stories will make you laugh, others surprise you, while others still are emotional, even evocative in their twists of fate.

The wide range of themes and tones in this yaoi compilation are as varied as you can get. The story that shares the name of the manga is a comedic look at the unusual situation of two long time friends since high school harboring deep affection, at least on one side. When the supposedly straight and responsible friend discovers a surprising secret about his gay buddy, it changes things between them forever. The story has a ribald humor to it and great energy to enjoy the ups, downs and turn arounds that occur.

My Eternal Sweetheart has a completely different tone; one that is haunting and at times horrific. It is the tale of a man’s love for his sickly younger brother who must be sealed away with only life-like androids as his companions. The truths revealed are unsettling and will leave a lasting impression on readers. Sharing this impression is the short story Fairyland, about the two last men on earth. Meanwhile the final story, Pianist, tackles the issues of getting older, being gay, and existential angst.

All these stories, whether comedic, sci-fi, horror, or drama, touch upon human nature with a subtle cleverness marked in most of Fumi Yoshinaga’s stories. There are often distressing moments, but they are made so by the realism given through the convincing emotions of the characters. One of the stories tackles becoming a shut-in and the thoughts of ending one’s own life in the face of despair. But in most of Fumi Yoshinaga’s tales, though not all in this compilation, there is also hope. That hope is most often shown in the brave and very human need to reach out to each other, one soul to another, despite genders, ages, orientations, and backgrounds.

IN SUMMARY:
Don’t Say Anymore Darling is a collection of yaoi stories of diverse themes that are evocative, reflective and sometimes haunting. But they also have love and hope within their pages and fans of poignant and well crafted stories will want to check out this title.

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