When Yuiji overhears his classmate Yamato confessing to a friend that he's gay, he does his best not to let prejudice color his view, but still finds himself overthinking things. He especially notices the way Yamato looks at one particular boy: Yuiji's own best friend. Even though he tries not to get involved, watching Yamato's one-sided love draws Yuiji in in a way he never expected. At first, he’s fueled by empathy, knowing that Yamato’s love interest is straight. But as his own friendship with Yamato deepens, Yuiji realizes how much he's come to care for his new friend. He just wants Yamato to be happy... and to be able to express his true self.
This manga has clunky dialogue, lacks emotional subtlety, and character designs are not noteworthy. But guess what? This is a great yaoi and drama manga (way better than most yaoi). It steps away from most of the wish-fullfilment fantasies that comes with yaoi. The most noteworhty aspect of this manga is that it actually touches on the subject of being gay. From a gay perspective, the protagonist's thoughts and emotional turmoils are very relatable. In short, this manga is an essential read for any gay kids suffering through life and needing someone who can understand them and guide them. Tangent Rant: My biggest complain about this manga is that the characters can be a tad unrealistic because of how emotionally stable and considerate how most of them are. (These kids have the level of self-understanding and compassion that most of us have not acheived). I wanted all these kids to be my bffl because they make my real life friends seems like passing strangers. Oh my glob! How are they so perfect as friends? I found it to be best to read this as a story with director's commentary/or PSA "for you." This will help you get through the sometmes clunky feel of the manga and appreciates the overall message of the manga better.
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