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Posted June 9, 2012
In book one of Indefinite Sociogram, we saw how excited Shingo was to accepted in both the college and the housing where Kyou was. Kyou was the an older neighbor’s kid whom Shingo had always admired. Imagine his confusion when upon being together, all Kyou did was reject Shingo’s attempt to reconnect. In this book two, Kyou finally confesses the dark secrets that had made it very difficult to face Shingo. How will Shingo react to Kyou’s skeleton in the closet? Can his childhood love survive even though his perfect illusion of Kyo is all but shattered?
I find the volume 2 of Indefinite Sociogram to be better written and easier to understand. I am glad Jun Kajimoto decided to focus predominantly on Shingo & Kyou. There are flashbacks to their pasts together (both happy and sad), the unhurried climax of the confrontation and confession, and finally the action and reaction of both parties. I thought all these main outlines are handled very well in this book. Not all the peripheral characters of their house-mates from volume 1 have disappeared. However, relevant emphasis was given to Shingo’s uninhibited roommate, Rin, who still try to seduce him and Kyou’s good friend, Sakurai-san. Despite having their own desires, their house-mates are willing to overcome their own agenda to help the Shingo & Kyou patch up their relationship. These are the most touching symbols of friendships in their sociogram. I like the way Kajimoto sensei draw her men in this work – they are all so gorgeous with lean, well-defined muscles. Watch out of the bedroom scenes in the last two chapters which are simply fireworks!
I am again blown away by the DMG’s localization group, Steamy Side Production, for doing a very good job in translating this adult-themed manga which must have a lot of long and complex Japanese dialogues in it. They did a great job on the technical translation part. While I do find the overall flow of the English dialogues easier to understand in this volume, I would definitely advise the group to be bolder in taking a more liberal stance on editing them to suit the American taste. A more informal conversation structures that include slangs commonly used by college students would have enhanced the college students setting which are supposed to be more casual and fun. But overall, I’m not too bothered by this. So I believe you should definitely pick up this work if you are looking for a Boys Love story with lots of drama and manly looking hotties!
Disclosure: I would like to thank Digital Manga Publishing and Steamy Side Productions for providing me a complimentary rental of " Indefinite Sociogram vol. 2" for this review.
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Posted May 17, 2012