CONSTELLATIONS IN MY PALM (ADVANCE REVIEW)

Posted On October - 13 - 2007
  RELEASED BY:   DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHING
  AUTHOR / ART:  

CHISAKO SAKURAGI / YUKINE HONAMI

  FORMAT:   JAPANESE / B&W
  PAGES:   246
  RATING:   M
  RELEASE DATE:   10/15/2007
  REVIEW DATE:   10/13/2007
  REVIEWED BY:   HOLLY ELLINGWOOD

Back when they were only children Mizuho and Enji were inseparable. But something happened eight years ago that forced Mizuho to shut Enji out. They haven’t spoken since or seen each other. But now Enji has come to live with Mizuho’s family while attending university. A lover of the stars, Enji has kept his promise to follow their dream and love for astronomy. But Mizuho can’t cope with the man Enji has become and the pain he’s held onto those eight years. As both look up at the stars from different perspectives, will they ever see the same future together?

Lovely, subtle and beautifully romantic, Constellations in my Palm is a wonderful yaoi story. Mizuho misses the closeness they once had but can’t bridge the distance that he himself created.  When they finally seem to find common ground in what they both love, the stars, Yoshimi, a man from Enji’s life, comes to town to upset the timid bond the two young men have just forged. Mizuho is awakened to his own perceived short comings which he has used as an excuse to give up on anything he’s wanted all his life. Now that he was just about to get close to Enji again, Yoshimi’s presence might tear it all way.

Misunderstandings, frustration, and thwarted opportunities to express how they really feel, build to an emotionally rewarding conclusion in this stand alone manga. The lives of these two men are shown with a gentle touch and the story telling is lovely.  The imagery is gorgeous. Done by the same artist who drew Rin!, Desire, Can’t Win With You, Sweet Revolution and more, the talent between the artistry and the poetic story telling create a love story that is passionately tender as well as at times erotic and exceedingly romantic.

IN SUMMARY:
Constellations in My Palm is a beautifully drawn, gorgeous looking and romantically tender story of love. Will appeal to fans of Only the Ring Finger Knows, Rin! Desire, and other beautifully romantic yaoi.

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