Yaoi Review: A Gentleman’s Kiss vol. 1

A Gentleman’s Kiss vol. 1
Story and Art: Shinri Fuwa
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-581-x
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-581-0

Review by I-hsiu Lin

Homura Yasobe is an owner of several successful clubs as well as heir to a yakuza faction. It just so happens that his lover of four years, Touji Karasuma is also heir to a rival group. In legal and illegal transactions, Yasobe and Karasuma are enemies. However, behind close doors, Homura and Touji meet secretly. It will not bode well for either of them if anyone finds out that the potential heirs to the rival yakuza are in bed with each other. Homura moves out to avoid such issues…at least that was what he hoped for until one of his hosts discovers Touji….

Or more like Touji discovers the host.

The story opens with the two yakuza heirs already in a four year relationship. As Homura tells it, their relationship began simply with an encounter several years after graduation from school and they have been together ever since. Touji fits a fun loving seme. Tall and easy going to the hard working and stern Homura. Though he doesn’t say the words, Homura attempts to show Touji how he feels through actions alone. However, that doesn’t seem enough as the mere appearance of Homura’s number 1 host, Kyoya Kuramoto makes Touji act. Insecure about Homura’s feelings towards him, Touji precipitates himself more into his lover’s job and life. Possession takes hold of Touji as Homura is forced to face himself and the newfound issues in his relationship.

Tension builds not from the lover’s alone but from issues concerning the yakuza. True to the descriptions in the back of the book, ‘Romeo and Juliet, Yakuza style’, the two are tied to their own responsibilities. Though a serious story, Kyoya moves as buffer with humorous antics in his love confessions to Homura. Homura is more concerned with the wellbeing of the young host rather then of the threat of blackmail in the revealing of his relationship to Touji. But, at the end of the day, how does Homura really feel towards Kyoya? And there is Touji….

The first volume A Gentleman’s Kiss is only the beginning of the problems that the two lovers are facing. Though it was given an 18+ rating, the few pages of intimacy barely reached that point. Perhaps the second volume will prove otherwise. The plot isn’t completely new as I reviewed something similar to this before in Hate to Love You by Makoto Tateno. However, the setting is different and the art has a flavor all it’s own. Also, a third character in Kyoya presents a rare obstacle in this relationship. I have not read much from Shinri Fuwa so I can’t imagine who Homura will ultimately choose. One of thing for sure, I look forward to finishing volume 2.

2 Replies to “Yaoi Review: A Gentleman’s Kiss vol. 1”

  1. Oh, so unexpected, so surprise! Very touching, so well written and I have some perception, learning very much. Thank you for sharing. Very happy to see these and believe that your point of view.

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