I want to speak for a moment about a little known manga by the name of Game X Rush.
It’s a short series, two volumes long, and written/drawn by Mizuho Kusanagi (creator of NG Life). When I first picked up Vol.1 at a bookstore so long ago, I did it out of vague curiosity. It was one of those rare moments I picked something up just for the sake of trying something new…And I was totally surprised by how quickly I felt involved with the story and the genuinely interesting/entertaining characters. Not long after getting Vol.1, I went out and bought Vol.2. Finishing it and realizing it was the last in the series was a bit of a bummer but it left an impression.
While the story itself was far from perfect, it was the characters that really brought it together for me. The most important of which are the two leads pictured above, Memori and Yuuki, and their relationship throughout. Memori (the dark-haired one) works for his older brother’s bodyguard business and is, at least in his brother’s eyes, in need of a partner. While on a case to protect a young girl from being killed, he runs into Yuuki, a boy who seems to be a perfect match to being just that. Without revealing too much else, I’ll just say that things get revealed and the plot gets a bit more complicated from there. The interaction between these two completely made me love the series to a point that I’ve worn the covers/books themselves with how many times I’ve reread them for the hell of it. It balances humor and serious scenes pretty well for such a short series too…I think it’s a shame it isn’t more popular/well known. Heck, reading it led me to trying Kusanagi’s NG Life series, another manga I quite like that has fans but an almost non-existent fandom…It’s depressing. =’<
All that aside, the main thing I’m trying to say here is that if you have the chance, go give Game x Rush a try. It’s short, the art is quite nice, and the characters are very fun. It’s a great addition to any manga collection but if you really don’t want to shell out the $20 it’ll cost to own the two volumes, Mangafox.com has the series in its entirety.
And for even extra incentive, the series isn’t a BL one, but it’s very very easy to see it as such. (Those lines from the pic above? Direct from the series itself. These two have…a very vitrolic relationship.)
…Here’s hoping I’ve convinced some people out there into trying it. u_u;