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Kizuna Kizuna Kizuna Kizuna

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Title: Kizuna
Genre: Drama / Romance / Shonen-ai
Kazuma Kodaka
Credits: Ariztical
Screenshots: Ai No Kizuna @ Crystal Tears

Cover Description: Ranmaru Samejima's sports career comes to an abrupt halter when he is mistakenly run over by a car intended to kill his boyfriend, Enjoji, who is the son of the mafia don in Osaka. Left paralyzed, Ranmaru spirits are dwindling and its up to Enjoji to rebuild them. But just as Enjoji is trying to help Ranmaru, the pressure increases to follow in his father's footsteps. To further complicate the problem, Enjoji's younger half brother, Kei Sagano, has arrived on the scene and Ranmaru's heart is being pulled in two directions. Will Ranmaru forsake Enjoji's desire to be Ranmaru's eternal love, or will Kei win Ranmaru's heart and crush his hated sibling's dreams of romance?

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skysenshi (07.07.2001)
A twinge of longing...
I had a vague sense of déja vu while I was watching this anime, but I couldn't pinpoint what it was that seemed familiar. It wasn't when I began scouring the net for additional information and saw the sample panels that it hit me: This was based on the second shonen-ai manga that I had ever read (the first one was FAKE)!

I remember I had a friend, a Korean named Stella, who was nuts about shonen-ai. Back then I didn't know what shonen-ai meant, so she sent me some sample JPEG scans of FAKE over email. It was one of the sweetest things I had ever read. It was probably the sort of romance that my gay college buddies would dream about. I told Stella sheepishly that reading it made me feel a bit strange, like I was longing for something forbidden but didn't have the right words to describe how I feel. That was when I first started getting curious about shonen-ai and began reading manga titles like Kizuna.

Seeing Kizuna onscreen was a different experience, though. For one, colored animation has a more surreal impact than grayscale drawings. Enjoji and Ranmaru reminds me of the lesbian couple Michiru and Haruka of Bishoujo Senshi SailorMoon. There's a difference in gender of course. The cuteness and intimacy wasn't lost just because the couple were of the same sex. Dear gawd, the sexual banter and erotic moments gave me so many butterflies in my stomach!

The story basically revolves around two lovers, Ranmaru and Enjoji. While these two are out to prove the world that what they have is solid and true, everything and everyone would just go out of their way to pull them apart. Ranmaru, especially, seems to have so many admirers that it's quite fascinating to see Enjoji bend over backwards just to stake his claim.

I'd recommend this to many of my female friends, especially as it isn't the disgusting adult fare that most h-animators usually come up with. The love scenes were executed tenderly, with no trace of fake orgasmic screaming to be heard.

If I were my college friend Jude, though, I'd be disappointed with the sex. Most of it was rendered in darkness. You can barely make anything of the body parts. I guess, some guys just like it rough, whether they're straight or not. As for me? I'd probably be contented living in Ranmaru's or Enjoji's body.

NOTE on the second volume: I was a bit disappointed with it because the focus swerved away from Ranmaru and Enjoji, and there wasn't much development in terms of plot. Looking forward to upcoming volumes.

Art/Animation: 10 Story/Plot: 9 Characters: 9 Sounds: 8 Ecchi Level: 5