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when the end of a manga SUCKS [Jul. 14th, 2008|07:38 pm]
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Not/Love by Miyamoto Kano really frustrated me. I loved her great take on the older man (with a past) x young, aimless, dissolute young man, but then the end left me with a really nasty taste in my mouth. I found the completely non-chalant manner in which the older man cheats on his wife infuriating! Maybe I'm just being completely naive, but I really dislike the "I love you both" justification for two-timing. It's one thing if it's an open marriage, but in this case it's obviously an affair. Ugh. I liked the dude, too! I would've expected a bit more...guilt? Angst? Something? I heard the story continues in doujinshi (which also pisses me off since doujinshi area lot harder for people to get a hold of)...Is there less self-satisfaction with the current state of infidelity? Actual conflict with the wife? Angst? Guilt? GAH.
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[User Picture]From: spywindow
2008-07-15 06:44 am (UTC)
Hi! You don't know me (I don't think), but I just wanted to offer that while Not/Love does have a few tie-in doujinshi, it also continues more directly in the follow-up manga volume Heat, which I imagine would be easier to get ahold of . . . ? Heat deals a lot more with the continuing story of Bun (the younger guy) than it does Daisuke, but long story short, he doesn't really forgive him for wanting to have a wife and an affair at the same time.

Also, the doujinshi have all been scanlated by Liquid Passion, if you're ethically okay with that sort of thing; the two which directly connect to Not/Love are this one and this one, I forget in which order.
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[User Picture]From: spywindow
2008-07-16 10:20 pm (UTC)
. . . And also this one, whoops.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-07-20 04:50 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know about the sequel! I feel somewhat better since it didn't lead to "happily ever after," but the older man's attitude still rankles. -_-
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From: worldserpent
2008-07-15 07:51 am (UTC)
Huh, wow. Does the wife find out? I've heard in lady's manga there's actually a lot of adultery, but normally the heroine committing adultery rather than getting with a married man.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-07-20 04:54 am (UTC)
The wife never shows up in the sequel. I somehow doubt she ever finds out. I've read other BL with adultery, but either the adulterer is a total jerk from the get go or actually does feel some guilt. When a guy comes off as a decent guy but ends up acting like adultery is nothing because he loves them both...Bleah.
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From: worldserpent
2008-07-20 07:36 am (UTC)
Now that's kind of strange. I wonder why the author even bothers to make the guy married, if the wife doesn't show up and it never becomes an issue. In general I wonder if any shoujo or BL manga treat the issue of polyamory in a complex way... Probably not, but it makes me wonder.
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[User Picture]From: fable
2008-07-15 01:10 pm (UTC)
I had the same reaction - was so disturbed by how the cheating was handled, and it made me dislike the guy, because he seemed so selfish - all that mattered was that he wanted both, not that he was hurting both of them by doing what he did. (And on top of that he had kids! wtf man wtf.) And from what I remember, there wasn't less self-satisfaction on the older man's part, but the younger guy eventually got tired of it and moved on.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-07-20 04:55 am (UTC)
Exactly! I'm so glad I'm not the only one that felt that way because I think I've only seen praise for this manga.
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