Review of The One Who Never Says No – Manga

Particularly famous in France, Kurokawa edition since 2021 thanks to the series “In the Shadow of Creamy”, where she talentedly reimagines the story of the fairy queen through the character Megumi, Emi Mitsuki was primarily discovered in our country thanks to her two yaoi, namely From Love to Foam , never! and A la recherche de notre comet, which were published in the Hana editions in September 2018 and March 2019. Therefore, it is not surprising that they are published again by this publisher with the one who never says no, available on our language since January last year. !

Hidden behind this title is Kobamanai Otoko (whose French name has a very similar meaning), a 7-chapter short story that the author pre-published in Japan during 2020 in the Reijin magazine of Takeshobo editions (the same magazine as De love to pen never !), before everything is collected into a single thick volume of over 230 pages at the end of January 2021, which is adorned with a small bonus chapter that concludes the story through a minor character.

This story introduces us to Nozomi Kurose, a young man who works for the RJ Investigation Agency as a private detective. Our hero is currently stalking Nakata, a fifty-year-old member of the Chamber of Deputies, whom his wife suspects of adultery. Nakata seems to regularly find his possible lover at the luxurious Skyward Hotel, so much so that Urose also stays there as a guest for a while. But a few surprises can take him by surprise. Not only does the detective eventually figure out that the lover is actually a lover, namely Ritsu Shiraishi, a famous concierge who apparently doesn’t say no to anyone, is always going out of his way for clients and tries never to do anything. disclose. about your clients. But in addition, getting to know Ritsu better, who took special care of him a few months before, when things were not going well (the tragic story of the deceased hamster, Poppy in peace), and whom he took as a temporary assistant, our hero fell madly in love into the janitor!

When the person we love is both our assistant and the possible lover of the person we need to investigate: here’s a rather unlikely pitch that serves as a starting point for work… And if you’re already finding the situation a little tense (how the hell Kurose can get out of this?), tell yourself this is really just the beginning, as for the first two-thirds of this story, Emi Mitsuki will guide our hearts to us offering a nice little package of revelations serving as real momentum. And although, at first glance, some adventures may seem easy (in particular, the invasion of all this by Ritsu’s father), in fact, the mangaka will show us that she played well, because upon arrival, all these things sometimes have the appearance of coincidence. will find specific explanations by playing with malicious intent at various levels of the investigation (meaning that the case will turn out to be more complicated than Kurose’s simple initial investigation into the deputy).

We then easily get bogged down in the game, especially when the author manages to surprise us a bit with some of those famous little twists, and even more so since she manages to deepen the watermarks. Because “The One Who Never Says No” is also about discovering the main lines of our two heroes’ pasts, their bonds that have been together longer than you might think at the beginning, the violent homophobia of a sometimes disgusting environment. …everything is served in a precise, elegant visual style, and also knows how to regularly adorn itself with little uncensored erotic scenes.

What can be regretted is, on the one hand, the somewhat too wise tone of some turns (which are sometimes somewhat smooth in the narrative), and on the other hand, the somewhat too laconic side of the plot. the finish line in the exploitation of some plots (Kurose’s complicated family background, Ritsu’s relationship with his father). but other than that, The One Who Never Say No turns out to be frankly enjoyable and quite a successful yaoi overall.

As for the publishing house, we are in the usual Hana line, with a cover close to the original Japanese and sober, the first four pages in color on glossy paper, good paper and print quality, clean type and translation fluid that we owe this time to Celia Grosjean .

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