Today I’d like to take a look at a slow-burning yaoi tale between two high schoolers. Like the title itself, the manga is pretty long and definitely worth checking out. This story has been doing well on Renta! and like a lot of my favorite series, it doesn’t just get right into the “good stuff” so to speak but instead focuses on real-life themes like accepting your own sexuality and trying to become a better person for your partner. But enough jabbering about that stuff, what’s this story about, anyway?
Ayumu is a high school senior coming home from his part-time job after school, when he sees another student trying to shoplift from a local store. He notices an air of loneliness in the boy’s eyes, so he decides to help him out. After getting to know the younger student, he finds out the boy’s name is Ryosuke, and he’s in the same class as Ayumu’s younger brother, Hikaru. However, he never shows up at school and doesn’t really care about his future.
On the other hand, Ayumu is in the top of his class, but thanks to rumors told by Hikaru, he’s seen as some kind of legendary bear-fighting delinquent king. The stories have kinda gotten more and more ridiculous as time went on. As the honor student and the pseudo-dropout continue to meet up and get to know each other more, a friendship starts to form between the two of them. Hearing rumors that Ryosuke is hanging out with the mythical Ayumu, some thugs kidnap Ryosuke to try to fight Ayumu for themselves. Ayumu and Ryosuke escape, and Ryosuke decides to thank Ayumu with a kiss! But… they’re both guys! Ryosuke knows that, right!?
After that kiss, both parties need to do a lot of introspection. Was Ryosuke being too rash and has he ruined his chance of a normal friendship? Can Ayumu accept Ryosuke and his crush on him? Would he even be able to reciprocate that kind of love? And, will Hikaru be just as aloof and uncaring throughout the entire story? Oh wait, I can answer that last one. The answer is yes, and he’s the best.
Check out The Lovesick Flower Buds Waiting for Spring, available on the Renta! store now, and let us know what other kinds of stories you prefer!