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.