NOT ENOUGH TIME (ADVANCE REVIEW)

Posted On July - 10 - 2007
  RELEASED BY:   DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHER
  AUTHOR / ART:   SHOKO HIDAKA
  FORMAT:   JAPANESE / BW
  PAGES:   200
  RATING:   16+
  RELEASE DATE:   07/25/2007
  REVIEW DATE:   07/10/2007
  REVIEWED BY:   HOLLY ELLINGWOOD


A handful of stories about passionate love in many forms; unrequited, renewed love, first love, and lost love, are collected in Shoko Hidaka’s dramatic yaoi anthology.

These various stories cover a range of romantic encounters. The first has a reserved student named Mikami thrown into a maelstrom of emotions when he finds himself in an affair with the popular boy of the school, Shibuya. Next, a teacher named Tanigawa finds his old schoolmate Yousuke on his doorstep. They renew their old relationship but with Yousuke wandering in and out of Tanigawa’s life, is there truly love between them to be found? Meanwhile earnest Kadowaki finds himself working under a new boss that is driving him crazy. Not only is his boss working him like a slave, he’s handsome too. And if he doesn’t stop sending Kadowaki mixed signals, the employee might have to turn the tables on his boss. Then we meet Eiji, a young man who left his art and his heart behind when he took over his family’s coffee shop after their death and his lover moved away. Now the beautiful Keigo has returned and he has some hard questions for Eiji. Last, a young prosecutor is frustrated in his three year clandestine relationship with the slightly older Seo. For the sake of their work they have to keep their relationship secret. But Hazawa wants to know if it is only a tryst or something more substantial between them.

Each story explores the hearts and people involved with sensitive and dramatic styling. The art work is sold, and the serious take on the stories is an infrequent treat among a genre that often likes to use humor.  Instead it relies on the sincerity of its characters and the complications of the misunderstandings and reality of the situations each couple must face. It occasionally imparts a bittersweet tone and tackles the romantic relationships contained in the manga with a mature tone.

Out of the various diverse stories, my personal favorite was the one involving Eiji and Keigo. Eiji is immediately shown as a layered character and there’s a lot to read between the lines of the story.

IN SUMMARY:
Not Enough Time is a collection of serious yaoi stories that impart sincerity and in depth characterizations for yaoi fans.

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