Living for Tomorrow

May 23, 2009 at 12:48 am 2 comments

Living for Tomorrow is by Taishi Zaou, who is also Mikyo Tsuda.   (Princess Princess.)  Sneaky!  I’m trying to think if I have any other manga by someone with two “identities” and am coming up blank.

Tasuku and Ryouta are childhood friends and members of their high school karate club. Tasuku doesn’t confine his kicking of Ryouta’s ass to the club though. He pretty much does it whenever and wherever the urge strikes… and it strikes often. Tasuku has a secret though. He’s fallen in love with his friend and the abuse is a cover for Tasuku’s softer expressions and mood swings. Amazingly enough, Ryouta sticks around.

Tasuku’s main source of angst is the love he has for Ryouta and the fact that he has absolutely no hope of a romance between the two ever working out. It’s much easier to hide his feelings until he eventually drives Ryouta away.

All of this changes the night he watches a special on tv – one that reveals that all of the amazingly successful and lucky men profiled have one thing in common. A woman named Yuuko had encouraged them all at one point. In an AMAZING coincedence Tasuku’s mothers name was also Yuuko. (You can see where this is headed…)

The next day two handsome band members wait outside the gates of Tasuku’s school with a (not so) shocking revelation: Yuuko was an ageman (a woman who brings men good fortune) and though she died years before, the would-be idols are willing to take the chance that Tasuku has inherited his mother’s powers. All he has to do to prove it is to have sex with them. (He says no, to the amazement of no one.) Unfortunately the news is spreading and Tasuku finds himself very much in demand.

Although he doesn’t think he’s an agemon himself, the speculation and craziness goes to his head and he gets a not so great idea. If he *is* a good luck charm and gets together with Ryouta, then the luck that comes out of it might be enough to overcome all of the obstacles he sees in their way. So all he has to do is confess his love, have sex with Ryouta and let the luck do it’s thing. Tasuku will get to be with the boy he loves, and Ryouta will be willing to stay with him to keep the luck going. (In Ryouta’s case he’s addicted to lottery tickets. Tasuku figures winning the lottery will keep Ryouta interested.)

So Tasuku works up his nerve, brings Ryouta to his house to confess and kisses him. Poor Ryouta is now conflicted: he’s thrilled to learn that Tasuku doesn’t hate him, but isn’t sure the feelings he has for his friend are love. And he’s not too happy with the idea that Tasuku is trying to buy his love through a possible lucky streak.

Ryouta is confused about *everyone’s* feelings, and Tasuku wavers so much between knowing that his love is considered to be wrong and the hope that this supposed magic power could help that he pulls back from even trying to have any sort of honest relationship.

Fortunately these two clueless boys aren’t alone in their struggles with love. The third member of their trio – Katsuyama – is the only one who’s clear on who loves who and is stuck giving advice to both sides. Sadly, the other two never quite believe him.

Will these two crazy kids ever get together? Is Tasuku really an ageman? Will it be enough to keep he and Ryouta together? Does it really matter to Ryouta either way?

Nah, I’m not telling. Go read it yourself.

I did really enjoy this book, and I’ve always been a fan of the art in Zaou’s other work that I’ve read (as Mikiyo Tsuda). I found it amusing that after being thrown by the lack of shonen-ai in Princess Princess I found it equally odd to read a yaoi book by the same author. And it *is* yaoi. There are a few sex scenes. (Poor Katsuyama has to listen to stories about the couple’s sex life, too. heh.) I also appreciate the fact that I haven’t read enough of her work to start seeing a lot of character design overlap happening. (Seriously, I love Toko Kawai but you could stick all of her characters in front of me and I couldn’t tell half of them apart!) All in all I’m happy with the amount of character development in this single volume, even if the hero of the book did spend most of it in denial. :)

So far I’ve read four of the books Doki Doki has put out and enjoyed all of them.  I also appreciate the fact that they don’t cost as much as DMP’s larger books and that they have decent paper in them so far.  They’ve made a switch in their other line and I have to say it’s pretty obvious.  I kept flipping the pages of Flower of Life 4 to see how dark the art on the other side was but it was always ink smudging from the facing pages.  I think there was a quality vs price fight and quality took a hit.  So yes.  Props to the production for Doki Doki so far.

Gosh, that was sort of a back-handed compliment, wasn’t it?

I do appreciate that DMP is probably trying to keep costs in check though.  As someone who got stuck working in a bookstore when the Canadian/US dollars were almost at par I heard a LOT of bitching from customers when they didn’t see the prices drop fast enough for them.  Amazingly now that the Canadian dollar has dropped I don’t hear anyone pushing for us to raise prices again… Personally I think I’d rather take a slight drop in quality rather than cut back on manga titles again because the prices are too high.  

My $.02. in Canadian.

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