PICNIC (ADVANCE REVIEW)

Posted On June - 7 - 2007

 

PUBLISHED BY:

 

DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHING

 

ART/AUTHOR:

 

YUGI YAMADA

 

 

FORMAT/COLOR:

 

JAPANESE FORMAT / BW

 

PAGES:

 

220

 

RATED:

 

18+

 

RELEASE DATE:

 

06/27/2007

 

REVIEW DATE:

 

06/07/2007

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

HOLLY ELLINGWOOD

 

 

 

This latest collection from the author of Close the Last Door and the upcoming Spring Fever regales yaoi fans with sweet and often comedic tales of gay male romance. The first story is about Noda who offers to console his recently dumped friend Koreeda. A proposition of friendship with intimate benefits becomes something far more for these two men, if only Noda would stop pulling away from Koreeda. Still plagued by doubts on both sides, the two struggle in a relationship both bitter and sweet, passionate and lonely, and try to find their way to be close with each other.

 

A relationship with an older man highlights the next story about two lovers at a Mah-Jong parlor. “I’ll Forget Him in 5 Seconds” is a touching story about a young man in love with an older companion and an unexpected reunion six years later. Following that is the hilarious “I have an Excuse Too” which is about two temperamental friends who become roommates and much more, despite each other. The characters are hot tempered, the scenes passionate and the story is funny.

 

The collection turns to a bittersweet flavor in a poignant tale about a homeless boy finding kindness with a thieving hustler, because criminals have hearts too in “But Sometimes You’re Kind”. Meanwhile the last story is an office romance between the office heartthrob and a timid co-worker.

 

The varied stories have a sense of nostalgic sentimentality that is charming. They each hold a certain comedic touch that is heartily enjoyable. None of the stories get too dramatic, and nothing overly intense, just romance in various settings. The art style offers thicker lines and a more solid look than the wispy style more often seen in yaoi manga that’s been licensed in North America.

 

IN SUMMARY:

Picnic is a collection of fun romantic adventures that often dabble in comedy while offering a sweet look at life and love.

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