Yaoi Review: Fallling Into Love


Story and Art by Takashi Kanzaki
Published by 801 Media, Inc.
ISBN10: 1934129240
ISBN13: 9781934129241

Review by Linda Yau

Falling Into Love is a collection of four stories by Takashi Kanzaki. The author is also the creator for Love+Alpha, His Arrogance, and Heavenly Body, which Kris has written an earlier review for.

The first story in this collection is the title story, and this covers two chapters. Hisashi is a new model, who has entered the modeling world as an amateur. Ever since he has seen him in high school, Hiashi has a pre-existing admiration for the modeling agency’s top model Tomohito. He surely did not expect for Tomohito to come onto him, and their relationship begins from there. Now the only issue is, does Tomohito even love him, or is more focused on his younger brother and having Hisashi only as a casual lover?

The second story is titled Prepare Yourself, and the couple in this story is Katsuki and Nakaba who work as detectives in Nakaba’s father’s agency. They are undercover as tutors in their current assignment. Katsuki has been abused by his older brother years earlier, and now confronted with the client’s father, will this dreg up more painful memories of his past?

I Want To Be With You is the third story about high school student Taichi, and his uncle who he affectionately calls Kyou-nii. In reality though, they are lovers and Taichi feels that he must grow up faster in order of being with the one he is in love with. Nearly all the male characters in the story, seem to be attracted to Kyou-nii, leaving Taichi pretty jealous.

Love’s Recommendation is the fourth story and is about Kayama and Atsumu. They are both classmates, and striving to enter medical school. An issue though is Atsumu’s jealousy toward Kayama, who is the genius and definitely following his family’s footsteps, a shoe in for medical school. Now Kayama has said that he loves Atsumu, and what will happen in their relationship?

Falling Into Love, actually has a follow-up story with His Arrogance, continuing with Tomohito’s younger brother. Unfortunately though, I wasn’t fairly too impressed with this collection of stories. I felt that the stories were too rushed, or were incomplete. The third story is actually quite impossible, since familial relationships that closes, would be illegal. I guess the story I liked the most, was the fourth story where there was some minor angst and emotion. There were scenes of sex, and blanked out nudity according to Japan’s censorship laws. Perhaps other readers would have a different reaction than I did, but personally, I felt misled by this book.

One thing I will not find criticism with is the printing quality, 801 has never really disappointed me with the quality they produce, as there is a color page in the beginning.

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