Back so soon? Yes well, I couldn’t stay away from the yaoi once I started reading SO as I said in yesterday’s post…I went ahead and checked out more of Kurahashi Tomo’s works.
While I saw that five stories were listed under her name on MAL, I was unfortunately, only able to find one other and that is Sick. Sick will be used to fulfill the prompt “read a manga that has a main character of gender opposite to the demographic.” Since this is a yaoi manga I figured it fit the prompt 🙂
Kishi has always been a quiet kid and as the years passed he became more withdrawn. So much that just talking to people sends him into a panic. It’s this trait that has also made him the target of bullying. Now in University, Kishi still can’t break away from his shell and one of his classmates takes notice of this.
Sudou comes from a rich family, is popular among his peers, and has never been rejected in his life!…or at least it’d be never if a mysterious girl from his past hadn’t completely turned him down. Unfortunately for Kishi, he happens to resemble that past crush and Sudou can’t help but want to bully him.
This story was so adorable! I really enjoyed it though I was initially skeptical about starting it, what with a title like Sick. Was it a normal sick like when someone gets a cold? Or was it something darker and more menacing? Still, I decided to try it out because Tomodachi Ijou no Koto, Shitai was a really nice story.
In Sick, we’re introduced to Sudou who comes from a rich family and who is pretty confident in himself. He’s the type of character I either dislike (because he’s a jerk) or really like (because he’s a jerk), haha. In this case I semi-gravitated towards him because I wasn’t sure what kind of jerk he was.
For one, he was playing pranks on Kishi like putting candies in his lab coat, changing the lab coat size, or putting flowers on his desk. The only one we get a glimpse into is the candy, where Kishi mentions he doesn’t like sweets. Still, he doesn’t bat an eyelash (kind of) at the harassment he’s taking, which is what frustrates Kudou. Why? Because he wants to see an expression other than apathy on Kishi’s face.
Then there’s THE SCENE, where I almost wanted to flip my computer, except that I refrained
“Hey, can I rape you?” The freakin flajellerz you CAN’T!
I continued with some caution because if this turned into a rape story I wasn’t going to continue. Luckily, it wasn’t a rape story because Kishi hardly refuses. In fact, he’s pretty into the whole thing and then ends up falling asleep afterwards (he was tired to begin with). This scene also seemed to mark the start of their relationship as Kudou later tells his friend (who appears frequently enough) that they’re going out.
As we see their relationship progress, we also see a change in Kishi’s character. The fun part is that not only do we notice it but so do other characters in the manga’s world. We see it through Kishi’s new and various expressions and how he starts to interact with other people without cowering. Then we have verbal confirmation from his brothers, Kudou’s friend, and the lab teacher.
In addition to Kishi and Kudou, we also have Kishi’s family appearing more and more in the later chapters. While there’s no sign of parents, Kishi does have three younger siblings and one older brother who is very over protective. I really liked the interaction between Kudou and all of Kishi’s brothers.
With the older brother, Kudou would always be in confrontation mode as Big Bro wanted to keep pure little Kishi out of the devil’s hands! Too bad for him Kishi was all too willing. Then, with the two younger brothers and the only sister, Kudou was like an older brother/role model/stay at home dad? He instantly won the youngest with a piece of candy and the other two with a game of cards (they say Full House so whatever game that is…)
My only real complaint about this story is that it ends! I really wish it would have continued for longer but alas, it’s only one volume long. If it had continued it would have (hopefully) answered one of my more pressing questions, which is will Kudou ever realize that the ‘girl’ who rejected him when he was a kid is actually Kishi?! Like, does Kishi even remember this? Since it came up as Kudou’s one and only defeat and the initial reason (supposedly) for approaching Kishi, I feel off about it being dropped. Especially since he mentions it again when he meets Kishi’s sister.
I will definitely be buying this book so expect to see it on my shelf soon! 😀