OTHELLO • Toui Hasumi • DMP (2007) • Ookura Shuppan (2002) • 1 volume • Yaoi Drama • 16+ (sex)
After Ayumi’s twin brother Atsushi dies in an accident, the troubled, misanthropic Ayumi tries to assume his twin’s identity as a beloved honor roll student. But his classmate Kirishima, who may have been Atsushi’s lover, sees through the ruse to Ayumi’s dark nature beneath. The three other stories in the collection, from the mystery “The Scent of Midnight” to the fairy-tale-like “The Abyss Pool,” also focus on dark secrets and forbidden, repressed homosexual passions. The sex is minimal, but elegant figure artwork and interesting, graceful plots make it a memorable book.
How about some yaoi manga for your Saturday? With this review, I’m back up to speed from the last “lost weekend” of manga reviews. See you tomorrow with more winners and more adult manga reviewed by the fantabulous Derek Guder!