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08/18/2007 Archived Entry: "Manga review: Lover's Flat"

Lover's Flat
Story by Hyouta Fujiyama
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

I have become a huge Hyouta Fujiyama fan recently. I think I understand "moeh" now, because her characters are so loveable, I just want to shake some sense into them when they fail to understand each other. There are very few books at which I've yelled, "Talk to each other, dammit!" Good thing Juné puts first-class bindings and thick glossy dust jackets on their books.

Kouno is in High School and lives in a "lover's flat." A lover's flat in wherever they are in Japan is a 6-mat room, which is approximately 30 square feet. I'm not good at sizes, but someone told me that that's about the size of a Hummer SUV. Kouno has a drunken fumble with his friend Natsu and then the misunderstandings start piling up and middle-aged women start yelling at manga.

The other, related, story concerns two college students living in a lover's flat to save money. Naomichi and Kei have been friends since High School. One night Kei awkwardly confesses his love for Naomichi and then the misunderstandings start piling up, etc. Luckily, Naomichi meets hi next-door neighbor, Kouno, and gets some decent advice.

Communication. It's wonderful.

The artwork is beautiful, too.

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