Don’t Say Anymore Darling

September 6, 2007

Did I write about this one?  I read it awhile ago, seems like I would have.   Maybe not.

More Fumi Yoshinaga, because if you’re like me, you haven’t had enough yet.  This one’s somewhat different from her other ones in that it’s a volume of unrelated short stories (as opposed to something like “Lovers in the Night,” where the short stories are all about the same character).  The title story’s pretty funny and cute, and has a nice buildup and twist ending.  It was probably my favorite.

The volume has at least two stories which are totally not gay.  One of them, a kind of sci-fi end of the world scenario that features a really bitter girl as the last man on Earth, was not all that enjoyable as the eventual end had a point that was not that well made, or at least didn’t have time to come across properly.  The other story was about… a really awkward older straight couple.  The entire story is silently told from the point of view of the older man as he watches his new wife bumble through and kind of embarrass him at every turn.  You can feel the painfulness escalate as the story goes on, and the ending was both unsatisfying and fitting at the same time.  I liked this one too.

There’s a really, REALLY creepy sexaroid story crammed in there somewhere.  It had several NO elements to it.  We won’t talk about that one.

The last story has a more Yoshinaga flavor to it, like the first did, and is about a pianist contemplating suicide and debating over whether or not to spare his life for a younger man who may or may not be hitting on him.  This one’s very bittersweet, if a little short and awkward, and I liked it, too.

I don’t know if people who aren’t diehard fans of Fumi Yoshinaga will like this one as much, because the stories are so short and random that they can be a bit shallow and unsatisfying.  But she still portrays the character emotions the best you’ve ever seen, and there’s a wide array of different genres here which are nice to see from her, so it seems like a good thing to me.  I can see how some people wouldn’t like it, though.

7 Responses to “Don’t Say Anymore Darling”

  1. […] at two series that may never end, Boys of Summer and Peach Girl: Sae’s Story. Connie reviews Don’t Say Anymore Darling, vol. 4 of Stray Little Devil, and vols. 1 and 2 of Adolf at Slightly Biased Manga. Active […]

  2. I’m pretty sure that both characters in the end-of-the-world story are guys. The “bitter girl” may have a somewhat feminine face, but his body is definitely masculine.

  3. Connie Says:

    You’re probably right. Sometimes it’s still hard for me to tell, even after consuming dozens of series with feminine guys.

  4. jun Says:

    What’s a sexaroid? :)

  5. Connie Says:

    I picked up the term from Doll, but maybe it’s not a technical term ^_^; I can’t remember if they use it within the context of the story or not. At least they didn’t abuse the robots in addition to the sex here, like they did in Doll. It was still creepy.

  6. I first saw that term used in “Doll,” too, but from what I’ve gathered, it has been floating around much longer than that. I think Leiji Matsumoto might have been the one to come up with the concept. He wrote a manga series titled “Sexaroid” from 1968 to 1970; considering that so little of his manga has been translated, I don’t know much about this series. Sexaroids have popped up in other works of his, too. I’ve seen a few episodes of “The Galaxy Railways,” and one of the characters, Yuki, claims that she is a sexaroid, but I don’t think she performs any sexual “duties.” (She’s actually the nurse for the platoon predominantly featured in the series.) I think there sexaroids in “Bubblegum Crisis,” too, but I’ve never seen any of that series or its related spin-offs.

  7. Connie Says:

    Wow, I never would have suspected Leiji Matsumoto as the possible father of the sexaroid. Even if he wasn’t, it’s still interesting that he’s got a series with that name dating from 1968 and that they appear in his other work. From what little of his stuff I’ve been exposed to, I can’t even begin to imagine sex fitting into his more popular stuff… unless it’s in the context you mentioned, where there’s not actually any sex.

    Thanks, that little fact made my day.

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