One Thousand and One Nights 6
February 3, 2009
I like that the story here is called “Socrates in Love,” since it invokes a really obscure one-shot manga published several years ago that didn’t quite have the literal meaning behind the title that this story does. Or, at least, it makes me think of that manga. I don’t know about the rest of you.
The Socrates/Alcibiades story was lovely. I wasn’t expecting a continuation since it ended pretty neatly last volume with the two of them falling in love, and I was even initially put off since I wanted to get back to the main plot about Sehara, Shahryar, and the Crusaders. But the Socrates story is definitely worth it. Basically the two affirm their love in a bloody battle, weather some rough times apart, then are drawn back together again in a very cute and romantic way, complete with silly joke. You know that the story itself won’t end well since… well, Socrates is not known for his quiet death. The ending is a little cryptic, but Socrates stays true to character.
I like that the story was also set in Ancient Greece. I felt that the story itself followed its fair share of boy’s love plot devices, but setting it in a society which completely accepted relationships between men and boys is interesting. I hadn’t seen it done before.
As much as I enjoyed Alcibiades and Socrates, I knew it would come at the cost of Sehara and Shahryar. There are some maddening plot developments in the main story concerning Shahryar’s brother and Fatima, the Crusaders just barely start making a nuisance of themselves, and the last page with Sehara makes me rather anxious to read the next volume. I’m glad I’ve grown to love this series so much since it’s relaunch, and I’m glad it got a second chance. I would have never praised it as highly as I do now if I hadn’t read past volume 3.