Life Senjou no Bokura

Alt title: Life: Happiness depends upon ourselves

Vol: 1; Ch: 5
2016 - 2017
4.566 out of 5 from 682 votes
Rank #322
Life Senjou no Bokura

The serious Ito and the child-like Nishi meet by chance during a single player game of “White Line Game” on the way home from school. Falling in-love, Ito gets frustrated over the fact that they only get to rendezvous on the white line and suddenly kisses Nishi. From high school, college and then to adulthood… the deeply moving lives of two men who are madly in love with unchanging feelings within changing realities.

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I didn't even realize until the third chapter that this manga consists of a series of time skips. Though in my defense, the first two chapters don't have nearly as many time skips as the last few. The story goes from when Nishi and Itou first meet each other at age seventeen until their deaths much later in life (though there's also an extra chapter that includes some moments pre-seventeen). Early in the story, they both are imaginative and balance on the white line on the side of the road while pretending sharks or spikes would kill them if they fell off the line. I liked how walking on the white line was brought back a couple times as they aged, most often as a way to show that they were reminiscing or still felt connected to back then. The maturing and subtle shifts to their personalities was done well, I think. Nishi's exuberance and playfulness is probably what makes the story interesting. The drama in chapters one and two is of them falling in love with each other and basically figuring out what level of physical intimacy they are comfortable with. The drama in the third and fourth chapters is about the fear of being a gay couple in a world that doesn't fully accept that, and the desire to be "normal." And the drama of the final chapter is related to their deaths--the final drama, if you will.  I found the artwork decent but not great. A lot of the things in the backgrounds could feel simplistic and Nishi's expressive mouth could feel a tad overdone, but I did like the way that pinpoint eyes were used sometimes. I honestly don't think I have much to say about the art. I can't really call it bad or anything. It was okay.

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