Yaoi Review: Brilliant Blue vol 2

Brilliant Blue vol 2
Story and Art by Saemi Yorita
Published by Doki Doki Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
Copy supplied by Publisher
ISBN10: 1569701008
ISBN13: 9781569701003

Review by Linda Yau

Brilliant Blue is the love affair between childhood friends, Shouzo and Nanami. There is closure, and a probable sigh of relief from the mangaka for the conclusion. At the end of the manga, it was translated and reproduced as a very small box of thanks. I was actually relieved that the book ended with an epilogue, because that means that the story is over and done with. In the first volume there was promise, as I wrote in my review, but I was disappointed with the second volume, for several reason, and these are possible attractions of the book for a potential reader.

What was I disappointed with? Mainly the pacing of the story was so maddeningly slow. I wasn’t even sure where this story was going to go, because I thought the pace dragged slightly. There was also another aspect of what annoyed me, the dumbness of the uke. Fortunately it makes him lovable in the majority of situation, but other times it can seem annoying.

Now, even if I slammed the book for its pacing, Brilliant Blue does show a realistic aspect of allowing love to be developed. Sure, every relationship whether it is heterosexual or homosexual would have problems, but what makes this realistic is the consistent realization that there is someone you love. In terms of affection, and love.

I also enjoy the pictures at the beginning of each chapter greatly, it would always depicts a cute scene of the couple. Shouzo and Nanami are pretty lovey dovey, but Vol 2 was still an uninspiring read in the physical department. Their relationship is still pretty chaste, lots of kissing and some naked backs scenes, but also what I forgot to mention in my last review, was the rating of this book being suitable for 16+ young adult.

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