Love this series! It's one you will want to read and reread. I love the tension and way this story progresses and the artwork is really wonderful.
The Rin! series is quite an old title issued by DMP and I wondered why did I not buy this series earlier. The story starts off quite humourously; Kobayakawa Katsura suffers a massive anxiety problem that could only be solved with a â€œsqueezeâ€ (read: hug) from his elder brotherâ€™s best friend, Shibata Sou. Katsura-kun didnâ€™t think much of his dependence on his senpai until the realisation hits him that his â€œcureâ€ â€“ Sou â€“ was trying to fight off a â€œhomo reputationâ€ rumour in their school and that his best friend, Sakurasawa Kouichi, was keen to replace Souâ€™s role as a walking security blanket. Added to that combustible mix was Katsuraâ€™s over-protective elder brother; Kobayakawa Yamato playing referee between Katsura and Sou, between Katsura and Kouichi and balancing his roles as captain of the school archery team, as Katsuraâ€™s mentor in the archery dojo and of course, being the doting big brother! *chuckles* I like this story on a lot of levels; the chemistry between all four main characters, how Katsura lets go of his dependence on Sou as his emotional security blanket and finally achieves a new status quo with his senpai/lover, the comical tension between Kouichi and Katsura and of course, Yamatoâ€™s unflagging emotional support to Katsura. This series definitely has a lot of â€œSQUUUUEEEEâ€ factors for the discerning yaoi reader. What made this â€˜school romanceâ€™ story different from others that Iâ€™ve read was kyudu â€“ Japanese archery â€“ as all four characters are involved in this martial arts and itâ€™s quite an entrancing introduction to this aspect of Japanese culture and philosophy. Not only did I get to learn something new but I was also quite fascinated with how the author tied in kyudu with the charactersâ€™ personalities. Rin! is definitely not your standard yaoi â€˜school romanceâ€™ story! *grins*
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Title: DEADLOCK Vol.1
Author: Saki Aida, Yuh Takashina (英田サキ, 高階佑)
Publisher: Tokuma Shoten (徳間書店)
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