Equipoise

Ch: 110+
2019 - ?
4.301 out of 5 from 248 votes
Rank #353
Equipoise

Shin doesn't want to get close with anyone, being afraid of his own dad. New school, new people, same problems. After running away from abuse of his father one night, he encounters his classmate Joy. Something in Shin is not letting Joy ignore him, on the contrary, he wants to help this fragile boy with all he's got.

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Minnirou
6

It is a good story. But there are something's that make me feel off. But first let me compliment the art.  Even though the art has limitations, like the lack of vivid settings and background, the coloring and the shades are very unique. It honestly has a mood to it. Both dreary and vibrant. Even though the art changes later in the story and loses a bit of its uniqueness, it still feels nice.  Now the story is on a very sensitive topic of domestic abuse. Though I was intrigued by the premise and was curious of the solution, I think the issue was handled poorly. In the beginning I found Shinji's emotions to be transference onto Joy. Like a baby chick imprinting on its savior. I was hopeful that he'd grow out of that before the romance began but he didn't. It was emphasized even more that Joy was his savior. And when it comes to Joy, he is unbearably aggressive. I find his emotions for Shinji possessive and obsessive. It was only a bit uncomfortable but tolerable until his behavior seemed controlling toward Shinji, and was reminiscent of Shinji's father's controlling behavior. I found it a bit triggering. Joy seemed like a walking red flag when he bulldozes through Shinji's sensitive situation. It is both reckless and concerning that it happened more than once putting Shinji in danger. It's upsettingt because Joy didn't learn from it but became more aggressive.  This honestly put me off on any romance forming between them. Realistically it's unhealthy. But this is my second time reading it and I realitively enjoyed it. Because the art is very enjoyable and Shinji is lovable. But I can't read it again. Wishing Shinji the happiness and good mental health is hard with his relationship with Joy.

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