Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Loveless, vols. 1 & 2

by Yun Kouga

In terms of manga, I tend to stick to realistic stories in which people are just people and don't grow cat ears (or do so rarely, and usually just to convey a mood rather than to indicate an actual physical attribute). I also haven't read any with super-powered martial arts battles or spaceships and battle armor. So this series, despite its mild yaoi-ish younger/older homo-romantic themes, was a bit of a departure for me. I did read both "volumes" (1 and 2 are bound together as one book), and I had the next set on my (frozen) hold list for a while... but I ultimately decided against it when I needed to make room for other holds.

I read up about the series online, because the plot is rather convoluted. Even having done some background research, I found some of it hard to follow. I also felt as if it would take forever for anything really interesting to happen, and I knew from my research that the central mystery (involving the deceased — or not!? — brother of the main character) does not ever have a really satisfying conclusion.

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