On his very first day at a brand-new job, shy Shima is trapped in the elevator with a hungover mess of a guy…who turns out to be his boss! Togawa’s prickly exterior definitely puts the rookie recruit on-edge, but it doesn’t take long before Shima’s every waking thought is invaded by his overbearing yet totally thoughtful superior. Will Shima put aside a history of disappointment in order to take a chance on a complicated relationship?
No Touching at All is a rare treat. It starts off in a subdued manner that sets the mood for emotional disclosure between two men. Few manga manage to reflect the prejudices regarding homosexuality in Japan in such a believable way but Yoneda Kou is able to tap at the human element without ever losing sight of the sociological context. Which is not to say that this is a manga with an agenda, it is simply a genuine portrait of emotions. At the front are two main characters- a standoffish young man and a happy go lucky co-worker- who strike an unlikely relationship that is yet not random but built by degrees of growing intimacy. The art is clean and supports the realistic bent of the story beautifully. Body language, facial expression, and clever angles that invite the reader to piece together clues: all combines to form a touching story that truly is a slice of life. No Touching at All packs a punch without veering into melodrama, it conjures a wide range of emotionaresponses and is above all highly contemporary. It catches the moment and demands repeated readings. No Touching at All is one of those efforts within the genre that show that Boys’ Love has much more to offer apart from artificial situations and predictable clichés.
Nice little story The main two characters were almost opposites of each other that I almost couldn't see it working out but seeing Shima getting flustered and blushing was very cute. I also really liked that Togawa was still happy and positive about life even after what happened in his childhood and I was very proud of Shima trying again being in a relationship. overall: cute
Togawa is a bit crude, but fe's also observant and considerate of peoples' feelings. "Liar," fe'll frequently say whenever fe notices Shima hiding feir true feelings, and by doing so fe slowly gets Shima to open up to fem. Fe will also frequently judge Shima on a scale of cute/not cute. Both of them have traumatic pasts which affected them in various ways, though Shima's trauma is the most relevant to the plot. Fe's had feir heart broken in the past, so fe actively resists taking a chance on romance again (especially with a "straight" guy like Togawa). I definitely found myself liking the characters more and more as the series went on. Onoda especially, though I may just have a thing for guys in glasses. Every character is a kind and decent human being.
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