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01/06/2007 Archived Entry: "Manga review: Time Lag"

Time Lag
Story by Shinobu Gothoh
Art by Hotaru Odagiri
Published by June Manga

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Okay, let me see if I can explain this plot:

Shirou Sawaguchi is athletic, hot and sensitive. He's been hurt by Satoru and is still brooding about it. Gary Cooper would be perfect here. Satoru Tendou is artistic, romantic and suffering from his unrequited, but hardly secret, love for Shirou. Jean Arthur or Montgomery Clift would be great as Satoru. Seiichi Hiroi is sleek, hot and elegant. He's waiting for Satoru to give up on Shirou and fall into his arms. This really wouldn't be a bad Plan B for Satoru if he could see it. Cary Grant would be brilliant as Seiichi.

Then, a love letter from Shirou to Satoru arrives... THREE YEARS LATE, but it still takes a while to get to the happy ending. See? Time Lag. Ta da!

Shinobu Gothoh also wrote "Passion," but I liked this story better. "Time Lag" rambles a little, but not as much as "Passion," and I liked these characters much more. I was slightly disturbed or annoyed by most of the characters' actions in "Passion," but in "Time Lag," these are just sweet, wacky teens running amok and it's got a wonderful screwball comedy feel to it.

I liked the art in "Time Lag" more than I liked the art in "Passion," and even more than "Only the Ring Finger Knows." I'll probably be lynched for that, but there you have it. Hotaru Odagiri drew "Time Lag" two years before she drew "Only the Ring Finger Knows," and (attention Kazuki lovers) you can see the prototype for Yuchi Kazuki in Seiichi Hiroi. Seiichi is cooler and wickeder, but he's just as pretty as Kazuki.

Other than moms offstage, there are no females in this story.

Other reviews of interest:

Passion
Only the Ring Finger Knows

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