Breath 5

December 11, 2010

Chifumi Ochi – Yaoi Generation – 2010 – 5 volumes

I have a few final volumes to talk about today, actually. None are quite as significant as Pet Shop of Horrors, but short and sweet series have their own nice endings, right?

As much as I was getting into this with every volume, I rather disliked the finale. It felt like it was simply going through the motions of a resolution, especially between Arata and Yanagi. Of course Ten goes crazy when he finds out, of course there’s an ugly confrontation between Arata, Ten, and Yanagi, of course things get physical… the only thing that threw me off a little was that everyone didn’t suddenly go insane and forgive Ten for what he’d done, which does sometimes happen after these ugly scenes. Not so here. I also don’t like this kind of violent conclusion in shorter BL since most of the ending stuff is hand-holding and sobbing about how much they love each other, without a whole lot of romance. The “I love yous” after trauma are a less satisfying way to end a story about two people getting together, at least in my opinion.

Absent: make-up sex between Yanagi and Arata. Isn’t that usually essential in any BL series? I was shocked by its absence. So was Arata. Even the follow-up story that dealt with the loose end of Ten between Yanagi and Arata didn’t have make-up sex.

The best story in the volume was the one that dealt with Ten. While I think he’s a creep, and I don’t really feel the need to sympathize with him after what he did, I liked the way he was dealt with. He got a clean slate, someone who could deal with him on his terms, and a bit of a support after what he’d been through. There is sex in Ten’s story, but unfortunately, since the relationship between Ten and the doctor he hooks up with is a little awkward until the very end, it’s nothing I could really enjoy.

I liked the series overall, and I liked the characters well enough. I could see things headed to a violent resolution for sure, from pretty much a mile off when it came to Ten. But the ending fizzled a little for me. I still think it was a good choice as one of the first series from Yaoi Generation, though. Their production and translation were very good, and I’m looking forward to more series from them.

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