Kiss Blue 1

March 13, 2012

Keiko Kinoshita – DMP / June – 2008 – 2 volumes

I’ve been hearing a lot about Keiko Kinoshita lately. After having tried out Want to Depend on You, I dipped my toes again with the super-cheap digital editions of Kiss Blue. Why I did not read the copy of Honey-Colored Pancakes I have on my floor, I could not say. Also, I’ll volunteer the fact that memory is a strange thing. I could have sworn I disliked You and Harujion, by the same author, but apparently I reviewed it well. And to think I’ve been holding a grudge all these years!

Our featured couple this time around is Tomosaka and Noda. Another story that takes friendship in a different direction, I enjoyed this volume immensely for its slow pace and the way the characters seem to tiptoe around each other. There’s no long crush involved this time, and the beginning of the book is more about Tomosaka analyzing his and Noda’s relationships with women and trying to figure out why he’s never had a very deep one, or someone he loved. Tomosaka gets involved in a stalking situation with a coworker, and it’s not until after Noda takes a stabbing for him (of course, because this is BL) that Tomosaka realizes that Noda might be more than a friend to him.

I loved that the story was about their friendship just as much as it was about them falling in love. Maybe a little more so, actually. Tomosaka doesn’t tell Noda how he feels for quite some time, since he doesn’t want to spoil the friendship the two have. Noda does notice something’s wrong with Tomosaka, and he grows increasingly concerned as the series continues. The two also depend on each other for tough times. Like the stalking situation I mentioned earlier for Tomosaka, and Noda later confides a heartbreak he experienced in high school to Tomosaka. There’s small incidents involving sexual harassment at work, Tomosaka’s health, and a few other things. The story puts a lot of time into developing just how much the friendship means to them, so that the reader is aware of what’s at stake when things change.

By the end of the volume, things do change. It’s almost sad, how little it means to either character, and how both of them are able to blow it off towards the end of the book. This carries over into volume two, obviously, so there are other repercussions. But it was interesting to me that it went down the way it did in this book.

It’s simply a very slow and very sensitive story. It’s nothing remarkable in and of itself, but it is very well told, and I was caught up enough that I bought the second volume digitally as soon as I finished the first and read it right away. It’s a fine romance, and I got exactly what I wanted from it. Volume two was no different.

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