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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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08/27/2008 Archived Entry: "Yaoi Novel Review: Clear Skies! A Charming Love Story"

Clear Skies! A Charming Love Story
Story by: Akira Sugano
Illustrated by: Etsumi Ninomiya
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-572-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-572-8

Review by Kris

The Obinata household is a boisterous den of testosterone. Taiga is the oldest male and took over the manly duties of being the head of the house after his parents passed away. But, there is one older than he is, and she rules with fear. The oldest of the Obinata children is Shima. She happens to be a journalist and doesn't come home too often. Taiga works as an editor for a science fiction magazine and does what he can to support his younger brothers. The middle child is Akinobu and he is a student at a university. Next in line is Jou (yes, its pronounced Joe) who happens to be a professional boxer. The baby of the family is Mayumi. He's currently in high school and has Taiga and his brothers wrapped around his finger.

One hot evening, the Obinata family gets two visitors. Shuu Asuou, a writer at Taiga's magazine and a former schoolmate of his, and some dude who looks like yakuza, have arrived with luggage in hand. Of course this throws Taiga for a loop. Why on earth would an author and a yakuza be standing at the door like they're ready to move in? Shuu claims that he and Shima, the older sister, have recently gotten married and he and his brother, Yuuta, will be moving in. Initially no one believes them, until they get a call from Shima confirming what Shuu says.

Here our tale begins. Shuu moves right in and takes over the cooking and cleaning. He also wants to be seen as the father of the house. Taiga will have none of that. Everyone but Taiga seems to be OK with Shuu and Yuuta. Part of the reason Taiga has issues with Shuu's constant presence is because it seems that there was some attraction between Shuu and Taiga but it ended in disaster. The only reason why Taiga is Shuu's editor is because Shuu is an excellent author and Taiga needed that talent at his magazine. Will things work out for the Obinata clan? Shuu seems to be harboring some secrets. Can these secrets be a deal breaker for all involved?

Clear Skies! A Charming Love Story needs to be a bit more charming to be truly enjoyable. The main story idea is clever but the execution of the book leaves much to be desired. I love Juné with a passion but sadly there were some issues that needed to be worked out. I caught many spelling errors. The editor on this project must have forgotten to turn on the spell check. Not only were there spelling mistakes but the translation could have been done better. I would just start to get into the story when I would come across a sentence that didn't flow well. It would jerk me back to reality. I found it to be really distracting. At the time I was reading this novel, I had recently been in a car accident; so I don't know if that had something to do with my opinion. I can't imagine it would though, because I also got a copy of the first volume of the manga that is based on the book. I found the manga to be more enjoyable. Were it not for the spelling errors, and the poor sentence structure, it could have been more enjoyable. Also, the printed type on the pages was crooked. I know it sounds like I'm a bit nitpicky, but for Juné: I was a little surprised. I have come to expect the highest quality from them. Now that I think of it, the crooked pages could have just been my copy, printing issues aren't new and that's not Juné's problem (unless all the books are that way).

I don't want to discourage anyone from reading this book if it sounds like it is something that might interest you. But don't blame me if you don't like it!

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