DASH!

Posted On December - 17 - 2007
  RELEASED BY:   DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHING
  AUTHOR / ART:  

ISAKU NATSUME

  FORMAT:   JAPANESE / B&W
  PAGES:   200
  RATING:   YA
  RELEASE DATE:   11/25/2007
  REVIEW DATE:   12/17/2007
  REVIEWED BY:   HOLLY ELLINGWOOD

This is a romping energetic comedy about judo competitors as they wrestle with love.  Akimoto’s excited because he’s finally at the same school and is in the same Judo club as his idol Saitou. But once there, everything isn’t how he expected it would be. His idol comes across like a slacker and meanwhile Akimoto has to deal with his burning passion for the man who’s also testing his temper! But a big, dark secret rests with Saitou’s behavior. Can these two manage to find love off the mat while trying to compete on it?

Dash is a wonderfully entertaining and lively story the likes that fans of Our Kingdom will enjoy thoroughly. These two characters are full of vim and vigor and provide a lot of comedy and passionate moments. Their chemistry is palpable and the sparks that fly between them definitely aren’t all bad temper. It’s a strong and immensely enjoyable one-shot love affair that will entertain and engage yaoi fans.

The second half of the manga is a “Cheeky” story involving two cousins. Time has separated them and a lot has changed, but when the younger Yoshirou shows up on his doorstep, Taka takes him in. But this youth has a lot of streetwise ways that are throwing Taka for a loop, including his penchant for seducing men! With some unexpected drama, “Cheeky” is an endearing story of love with a gritty underlying sense of the rough knocks Yoshirou has gone through. Ultimately it’s a tender and romantic tale with some ‘cheeky’ comedy for fans to enjoy.

I love the art style. It’s lively, well done and engagingly energetic. It’s excellent at helping impart the personalities of the characters with the designs and exceedingly well done expressiveness to their faces and body language.

IN SUMMARY:
Dash is an utterly enjoyable and exuberant romance!

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