Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Manga Review: Don't Be Cruel: Akira Takanashi's Story by Yonezou Nekota

Rating (Out of 5): ~4.5
Publisher: SuBLime (VIZ Media)
Release Date: March 2017
Volumes: 7+ (+extras)
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1&2. 3&4.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A Don’t Be Cruel spin-off story featuring Maya’s cousin Akira and his love affair with playboy med student Shimagawa!
In this Don’t Be Cruel spin-off story, Maya’s cousin Akira Takanashi is burned by love. To cope, he requires that his adult comfort come with no strings attached. But his lover, med student and notorious playboy Shimagawa, has other ideas.
Polite and proper college student Akira Takanashi has a secret. Back in high school, he fell deeply in love with his teacher but was spurned. Now, whenever the pain of his heartbreak gets to be too much, he finds comfort in the arms of med student and notorious playboy Shimagawa—very adult comfort. Shimagawa would gladly go out with him, but Akira’s past heartbreak means he insists on keeping things strictly physical—that is, until his obsessed younger brother Jutta arrives to disrupt this comfortable routine!


This volume follows the fourth volume of the original series. In that one, we got a glimpse of Shimakawa, and here we get to see when they met and what led them here. In that volume we also met Akira's old teacher and first love, and what Jutta is doing to him. Thankfully we get to see Akira deal with that in this volume, from his side at least.
Akira has been holding onto this hurt for quite a long time, and it's hurting him and harming his potential relationship with Shimakawa. I liked seeing how Shimakawa tried to help, and how Akira took it. Shimakawa and Akira get along quite well, and they have really good chemistry. I liked seeing how Shimakawa would push Akira, but how he also knew when to stop and not to go too far. It was nice to see Akira learn more about himself in their relationship, and to see him stepping outside of his box a little.
I'm seriously hooked on this series. I liked seeing this little side story, and I really look forward to reading the next one and seeing where the story goes next. It's obvious that Jutta still has something coming to him.

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