Close the Last Door! Vol. 1

Yugi Yamada, Author . Digital Manga $12.95 (200p) ISBN 978-1-56970-883-5

There are few things more heartbreaking than attending the wedding of the one person you truly love, an unfortunate lesson learned when Nagai attends his friend Saitoh's wedding. Despite supposedly not being gay, Nagai is in love with Saitoh, and after the reception he hits the bar and drinks himself half blind. There he meets Honda, a suave guest of the bride, and before long the two are steaming up a hotel room. Finding unexpected romance is one thing, but the next day Nagai learns that Saitoh's bride has run out on him, a turn of events that leads to more drunken male-on-male experimentation and sets up an uneasy romantic triangle. Also in the mix are a few superfluous females for window dressing, but the real focus is on what will or won't happen with the guys. None of it really matters since this is a typical entry into the yaoi/boy love genre. The characters are virtually indistinguishable from one another save for the color of their hair, and for a purported romantic comedy, the laughs are pretty much nonexistent. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 08/07/2006
Release date: 10/01/2006
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