This compilation has a lot more going on under the surface than it seems. The first story appears to be the record of a series of squabbles between the insecure uke, Kan-chan, and his overly confident lover, Osamu, but turns out to be an elody to the psychological after-effects of death, grief, loss and abandonment, with hints of suicide. I like the underlying profoundness, which makes up for a certain pedestrian quality to Meiji Kanako's art. The second story tackles the same themes, but with a man whose parents abandoned him as a child, and the measures he takes to ensure he is never alone, but never loved. These stories are very bleak and, yet, if you can move past the melancholia, so beautiful and rich.
first story (ch 1-2) was really good -> 5 stars second story was soso, because I didn't like the ending - totally disappointed the seme choose Hira (it didn't even have to be Teru, but just not Hira please :/) And it was really weird that Hira sold himself for his school fees but then not really going to school ('sometimes' as he mumbled to himself) o.O And in the end he could just have persuaded his parents if he begged them on his knees as he said :/
If I ever reread this manga again I will only reread ch 1 -2!
Why does every story by this author end so suddenly?! Almost every story seems like it could go on for another 3 volumes, but no! it ends right there! Just WHY!??! When I went more I turn the page, and it takes me to the end page?!? Man the story and art is so good, I like this author!