Author: TEZUKA Osamu
Genres: Mature, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen, Shounen Ai, Tragedy
Status in Country of Origin: 3 Volumes (1978, Complete)
2 Volumes (1981, Bunko)
2 Volumes (1989, Hardcover)
3 Volumes (1993, Tezuka Daizenshuu)
2 Volumes (1995, Bunko)
Summary: Garai is a Japanese Catholic Priest, who is unable to give up his lifelong sexual relationship with Yuki, a beautiful and sadistic young master criminal. Yuki’s malicious crimes have become more and more extreme over the years, claiming many innocent lives, and Garai is tormented by guilt at his inability to stop them.
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Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the manga.
I have to admit that i have strong prejudices against Yaoi/ Shounen Ai manga that were released before the 90’s 😀 So i really didn’t know what to expect from this piece out of the late 70’s. But while reading it, i was more and more surprised and had a great time with this.
“MW” is a thrilling story with a James Bond-like plot which means you can expect some funny lines and action packed scenes. The, only difference would be that the protagonist is a anti-hero with a preference for hairy, ordinary looking men instead of flaming hot supermodels 😉
But jokes aside, although i made this story sound more like a action-comedy, i would rather describe it as a pretty serious, twisted and dark manga with political setting. What i really like about this story is it’s timelessness and i’m sure it is still exciting and fun to read in the next 40 years.
Talking about the aspect of art… it wasn’t what i expected at all. It looks very modern for this era, more like a western comic rather than a manga. Yet, it still wasn’t my style at all and made it hard for me to fully enjoy the great story. But yes… i know… this is a matter of taste 😀
All in one, i can say it was worth jumping over my shadow and giving this manga a chance. It was something totally new for me and the plot was really interesting. Especially friends of manga with a mysterious plot, dark humor, psychological elements and action should try reading this unique story. Although i think it’s worth reading such a rare Yaoi/Shounen Ai manga in general!
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