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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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05/13/2007 Archived Entry: "Manga review: Moon and Sandals, Volume 1"

The Moon and the Sandals, Volume 1
By Fumi Yoshinaga
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Fumi Yoshinaga must never sleep. She's incredibly prolific. According to Yaoi Suki's biography, (I can't believe Yoshinaga doesn't have a Wikipedia page, wtf?) "The Moon and Sandals" was Yoshinaga's debut manga in 1994. But it's not like you can tell because like all of her manga that I've read, it's tightly plotted and the characters are fleshed out and developed apace with the story. As good as it is, I did think the plot of this story wandered a little too much in the beginning, but it settled down soon enough. What bothered me was I wasn't sure who to cheer for until around page sixty-five or so. And then I wasn't so sure I was happy about it.

One of the things I really like about the Yoshinaga work I've seen is that she's very compassionate towards the women in her books. It's really saying something for a girl in a Boy's Love manga to be my favorite character, but there you have it. Rikuko Narumi is a wonderful character, sweet, funny, loving, and so of course she falls in love with a gay guy. It never fails. Anyway, I'm looking forward to the next and final volume because this one had a pretty sharp cliffhanger of my girl, Naru-chan, crying. Oh well.

Oh, wait, one last thing on this manga: the sex scene content was pretty good, too. It was in Yoshinaga's usual soft-focus, partly out of the frame style that wouldn't shock anyone who's seen "What's new Pussycat?" There's a delightful section about our hero trying to find out how to even have gay sex with his partner. Ah well, I often wonder how anyone knew anything before the internet and especially before Minotaur's Sex Tips for Slashers was on the scene to explain it all.

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