I Shall Never Return 2

January 18, 2009

This ventures into more uncomfortable territory.  Gang rape territory.  Worst of all, it seems like the event is basically brushed off right after it happens, though the men who commit the crime do wind up in jail.  Actually, it serves as a warning to Ken that, try as he might to get away from his old life and live well, the ghosts of it will haunt him for a long time afterwards.  It’s yet another parallel to Let Dai, actually, though once again, Let Dai handles it a little better.

Most of the volume focuses on Ritsuro and his school trip to Osaka.  Of course much effort is made to have the two boys agonize about being apart, but the real purpose of the trip seemed to be to bring Ritsuro and the guy who was in love with Ken closer together.  That guy lays some of his ghosts to rest while on the trip, and seems more willing to deal with Ritsuro as a person.  Nothing happens between the two, but Ken is going away to Singapore, so there’s always next time.

Ken’s trip to Singapore is to visit his mother, but he figures he might like to try a new place where nobody knows about him from his past.  He can’t leave Ritsuro for too long, of course, so this is just a trial period.  But two weeks is a lot longer than the four days that Ritsuro was gone.  Methinks bad things will happen to both of them during the time.

Despite the fact that the series ventured into dark territory, I like the relationship between the two main characters enough  that I’ll probably keep reading.  But if things get much worse than what happened in this volume, I may have to quit.

9 Responses to “I Shall Never Return 2”

  1. jun Says:

    I just read another Deux title—Lovers and Souls. Once again, I thought it was good and not the usual fare. They’re really impressing me with their selections.

  2. Connie Says:

    Yeah, I’ve more or less liked everything so far. Actually, Lovers and Souls was the one I was thinking of trying once I finished I Shall Never Return. It’s really good to know that they seem to have a really high quality standard. There’s a few I probably would never read (the one with the dog-boy on the cover, for one), but it’s really nice to know that everything seems to be above average, or at least very different than the titles I’ve been reading from June and Blu. Although, come to think of it, I’ve enjoyed the few Blu titles I’ve read too, except for maybe Innocent Bird.

  3. jun Says:

    Ha ha. I read the dog boy one, and it wasn’t as bad as it seemed. Some of the Deux ones do look kind of sketchy, though. Like Tomcats.

  4. Connie Says:

    Wow, I… hadn’t really looked at Tomcats. Wow. That has to be one of the weirdest things I’ve seen, period.


  5. […] Connie has been busy at Slightly Biased Manga, with recent reviews of vol. 9 of +Anima, vols. 1, 2 and 3 of I Shall Never Return, vol. 5 of Human Club, vol. 1 of Oishinbo: Japanese Cuisine, Wanted, […]

  6. jun Says:

    Hee hee. Yesterday I ordered some other ones by the creator of Lovers and Souls so we’ll see how those go. I also got Oh My God 1-2, which Kate Dacey reviewed at Manga Recon and found surprisingly amusing.

  7. Connie Says:

    What are the other titles by the creator of Lovers and Souls?

  8. jun Says:

    Say Please and Two of Hearts.

  9. Connie Says:

    Ah, there we go. I couldn’t find anything before because I was looking up the woman who drew Future Lovers for some reason.


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