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04/19/2008 Archived Entry: "Yaoi review: Camera Camera Camera (volume 2)"
Camera, Camera, Camera (volume 2)
Review by Cat
And has volume 2 finally helped me to see the Light? Hm ... well.
After a scary experience and a heart-to-heart chat with his brother Satoru at hospital, Akira Togawa decides to throw caution to wind and reveals his feelings to Nakahara.
Now I can handle a story with a big cast, but not when it's not handled well. It jumps from one character to another seemingly randomly and at times, suddenly. And as a two-volume story, it at times feels disjointed, which is frustrating because it's obvious that there's a good story in there somewhere. I feel it's the poor storyboard design ~ or rather, storytelling ~ that lets it down.
Towards the end of volume 2, it's finally started to flow easily. As if mangaka Matsumoto had found her pace. Unfortunately by the time I got used to the flow, the story ended. Tsk.
It's unusual enough to hold my attention, but it's a little too disjointed for me to enjoy it thoroughly. It also isn't quite what a shounen-ai/yaoi reader would expect. It's a dialogue-heavy story that revolves around Togawa's struggle to understand his feelings towards Nakamura who's pretty mixed up as well.
Either way, volume 2 flows a lot better than volume 1, even though there's less focus on Akira and Nakahara's developing relationship than it is in volume 1. In actual fact, Nakahara doesn't feature that much in volume 2. Which is kinda strange if I think about it.
I think Camera Camera Camera is more about following Akira's journey into some kind of
I didn't quite like the ending because ... I'm not too sure, to be honest. Three reasons, I suppose.
Again, production-wise, volume 2 is great. Not heavy nor stiff; easy and comfortable to handle whilst reading. I'm determined that the day I feel particularly brainy is the day I re-read both volumes because I know there's a good story lurking in there somewhere, dammit.
Even so, readers who're more flexible or with fewer expectations of how the two-volume story might go will enjoy it more.
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