goose down parkas Renai Koufukuron Vol

Renai Koufukuron Vol

The things they Say

Because the son of a prominent and wealthy family, Yutaka wears the mask of the genteel elite student. Frustrated by this facade he or she must set up and stifled with a future already laid out of him, the only way Yutaka will find to handle the boredom and unhappiness of his empty life is through sexual release. Then one day, Tohno, a delinquent-looking student with blonde-dyed hair, suddenly transfers into Yutakas class. As Yutaka finds himself more and more enthusiastic about an in-depth abiding lust with this child, his daily descents into sexual fantasy start to interfere with his life, until the ferocious impulse to possess Tohno for his own leads him to a diabolical scheme.

The Review

What could have been a dark contrast to a lot of whats currently on the market is instead weighed down by melodrama and slow pacing.

Packaging:

As with all DMP yaoi releases, this comes with a very nice dust jacket. On the front is really a rather simplistic picture of Tohno and Yukata, who turn to be caught in the center of something steamy. The title font and color could be better, particularly the color as it is nearly the same shade of blue as Yukatas head and somewhat fades into the picture. The spine is gray with similar title lettering as about the front. The on the back theres another picture of Tohno and Yukata, with Yukatas right arm thrown around Tohnos shoulders possessively. The blurb is underneath alone using the rating and value. She also likes to make use of a lot of close-up shots from the characters and not many distance ones, which can make things feel a little claustrophobic sometimes. With that said, her character designs are attractive and solid. Its a little like Koujimas due to that, but Eiki Eikis a feeling of proportion is many, often better.

Text/Translation:

Though I have been a little harsh on DMP in the past because how stilted the dialogue in some of their series reads, this isnt truly the case in this one. Its not particularly inspiring, but nothing particularly stands out as awkward. When it comes to sound effects, smaller ones are translated and edited, but larger ones just have the English translation alongside them and remain unedited. DMP chooses to translate honorifics rather than leaving them.

Contents: please be aware that content portions of the review could have spoilers

A man named Tohno includes a rather unusual relationship with another man named Yutaka. Sometimes Yutaka will stop by Tohnos spot for sex, and Tohno will always oblige him, even if he has other plans with another person. Tohno is apparent that Yutaka is the only one he really loves, but doesnt have sleep problems around with females between Yutakas pit stops. Of the two, Tohno comes across the nicest, because despite the fact that he sleeps around, and has a belligerent attitude, he seems to genuinely worry about people and it has not a problem showing it. Yutaka, in contrast, is cold and deliberately cruel. He only implies that his feelings for Tohno are mutual when hes alone and thinking to himself.

Actually, this relationship began several years ago once the two of them were in senior high school. Yukata works hard to keep his grades at a position which will please his wealthy father, but feels empty and distant from the entire family. Only masturbation relieves his pent up emotions. After meeting a transfer student named Tohno--who involves class with bright blond hair and bruises all over his face--Yukata finds an emphasis for his overactive libido. Because he becomes closer to the unwary boy, Yukata finds himself not able to focus on his schoolwork. He begins fighting with his family and his class rank slips further with each following test.

Tohno, on the other hand, increases in the ranks and begins to make friends amongst his classmates. This drives Yukata to distraction as his desire to monopolize all Tohnos attention builds. Yukata even goes to far as to order an investigation on Tohno to be able to learn any possible weaknesses. Following a fight together with his father, Yukata ends up staying the night at Tohnos place while his aunt and uncle are out of town. Before he can make use of the situation, Tohno receives a telephone call telling him that his aunt and uncle have both died while on their trip.

This is actually the chance Yukata continues to be waiting for. He rushes home to his father and apologizes for his earlier behavior. Yukata ends up promising his father when he will take Tohno to their family and supply for him, then Yukata will take within the company regardless of what his personal desires may be. Having made that deal, Yukata rushes back to Tohno and tells him the good news. Tohno is a touch at a loss for everything, but Yukata doesnt waste whenever explaining that since he made a contract together with his father giving up his future freedom, Tohno will need to recover it to him with his body.

Comments

Should goose down parkas didnt laugh out loud at teenage Yutakas theatrics concerning his libido, then goose down parkase certainly a better person than I am. The way in which he continues, goose down parkas might expect him to admit that hes murdered a few people, or he sneaks into peoples houses and rapes them, but rather hes only a guy that masturbates a lot. Though one does wonder just what hes masturbating to, considering he says that he finds women disgusting but has never considered sex with a guy before he met Tohno.

That rather hilarious plot point aside, the dark tone is really a change of pace when compared with the majority of the sweet-as-sugar high school romances currently on the market. Its unfortunate that many of the time within this volume is taken up by the senior high school portion, though, as the most fascinating areas of it cope with Yutaka and Tohno as adults. Obviously there is a twisted relationship going on that continues to adulthood, but this volume only brings us to the starting place. In that respect, the pacing feels not fast enough. With nearly two hundred pages, it would have been nice to possess much more of that tangled relationship right from the start instead of spending a lot time on Yukata angsting and whacking off.