Manga: Aka to Kuro, Le rouge et le noir, Red and Black, 赤と黒
Author: KATSURA Komachi
Genres: Drama, Yaoi
Status in Country of Origin: 2 Volumes (Complete)
Scanlator: Exiled Rebels Scans, Fated Fujoshis, Sentimiento Yaoi
Summary: Spin-off to ROUGE, showing us the story from the former head of Yashima Yamato’s and his partner in crime Yukio’s point of view.
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Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the manga.
This manga is a great spin-off to KATSURA Komachi’s masterpiece ROUGE which tells us the story of the two yakuza offsprings Yamato and Yukio. In contrast to ROUGE it is less of a School Life manga and concentrates on the yakuza story line. It has a dramatic plot, starting from when the two lovers first met and goes on until the day they decide to step into their fathers footsteps to take over the family business together. To me, as a huge fan of yakuza stories it was a refreshing and new interpretation of this genre because of the unusual genre mix and the manga’s cool and mainly youthful characters.
When it comes to the mangaka’s art, it’s so beautiful that i just can’t get enough! KATSURA Komachi who is well known for drawing feminine and fragile looking male figures, chose a more masculine and tougher look for the MC’s than usual but maintained the unique sensuality that make the artist’s works so special.
All in one, it is a modern and stylish yakuza manga that also the readers who aren’t really fond of this genre, can easily enjoy because it doesn’t dive in to the mafia subject matter too deep. And the romance fan club, you won’t come short at all. These unexpectedly soft guys will deliver some sweet and steamy moments. And who knows… They might even tickle some tears out of you. 😉
One last thought. Do you think there might be a spin-off coming out about Yamato’s and Yukio’s fathers past? Some parts of the manga make me hope for it ^_^
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