Kaori Yuki Stuffs

This page is about the short story manga by the amazing artist known as Kaori Yuki. I put ratings at the end of the summary, but I have to highly suggest these manga if you are a die hard Kaori Yuki fan. Sorry if it takes really long to load. Also, click on the pictures for a scan of the full cover.

 

Boys Next Door

       
         
1 - Boys Next Door
The story starts with "The Blind Man" killer, one elementary teacher named Adrian Cray, going to trail for the murder of several young male teens. From the witness stand, he talks about his meeting with Lawrence Hill, the last victim by the serial killer. The teacher first 'meet' Law when the young man saw him standing over his latest kill. Oddly, Law held little reaction to the scene or to the older man running from the alley. In fact, he searches for the killer, using a collar that the teacher had dropped at the scene.

The story goes on with the relationship between this odd couple: a murdering teacher and a street boy/prostitute. This is a mild yaoi story, so do be aware. It's also a very strange and tragic story, in other words a normal Kaori Yuki plot. -- 8

2 - Devil Inside
A rather cheesy vampire story. The artwork is also rather old style for Kaori sensei. -- 4

3 - When a Heart Beats
And a weird band type story. I don't get the most of it. Very strange. I have the feeling the last two stories were put into the manga as filler. Not surprising. -- 5

      Manga Information

ISBN number
4592124979

Publisher
Hakusen Sha

Company
Hana to Yume Comics

Translations

         
Kaine

       
         
1 - Kaine
He wakes up from a nightmare about people on fire. It's a cool hand that wakes him, and the dark-haired man tells him that it was just a dream, and this is reality. "Kaine." He is severely confused, especially when others enter the room calling him Kaine. Kaine is his twin brother, a popular rockstar. He tries to convince them that he is really Saitou Shinogu. The band's producer, Oda, clears the room of doctors. Once alone, her hired hand puts Shinogu in a painful hold as she explains that she knows exactly who he is. The two brothers were in a car accident together. Kaine burned in the flames while Shinogu was rescued. But Oda wants the band to continue as before, Shinogu playing Kaine's role. She doesn't ask for the favor, but tells Shinogu that he will do this.

This is a great short story. The ending caught me completely off guard the first time I read it, well the ending before the rather sappy last few pages. While the plot itself was a touch cliché (mass conspiracy type thing), the interaction between characters is excellent. -- 8

2 - Magical Mystery Tour
A rather dull mystery/romance story. Saya gets to go to Los Angeles. There she meets her guide, Minobu, a 22 year old man who looks like he is still in high school. She is taken to the house she is to stay at. Through random events, Saya learns about Shouko, a girl everyone mistakens her for. Overall, chiche and somewhat boring. -- 5

3 - Tokei Jikake no Orange Bakudan
A cute little story about members of the band "Orange Bombs". I don't really get it, but Tatsumi (the guitarist) blushes a lot whenever he doesn't wear sunglasses. It's a secret of his, which a younger girl accidently discovers and blackmails him with. -- 5

4 - Tokyo Top
A very short story about some actors. Nothing special. -- 4

      Manga Information

ISBN number
4592122291

Publisher
Hakusen Sha

Company
Hana to Yume Comics

Translations

         
Neji

       
         
The whole volume is about a 'young' man, who names himself Neji ("Screw" in English). The story begins with a dream about a dark-haired teen running with a frighten young girl. The two are attacked, and with his last breaths, the young man notices a boy standing over him. A boy named Neji.

Waking from the dream, he looks in a mirror. His hair is pure white and very long. There is also a tattoo on his arm declaring him number 205. A white-haired man enters the room, calling himself "Loser". He tells the boy he is his manager, and that he better not forget it, "Number 205." The boy is upset at being called by a number, but he can't remember his name. Echoes of the dream in his head, he says his name is "Neji." Loser explains to Neji that he "died" 10 years ago. Since then, he's been a property of GERA and is to be trained as a Reverser. Angry, Neji reveals his ESP powers, but they don't compare to Loser's experience with his own power. Another control on the young man is "Snow White," the girl who was with Neji in his dream. She is also alive, but unconscious, and also a property of GERA.

This is a great sci-fi story about Neji, a very powerful young man who everyone wants. As per Kaori-sensei's style, there are a ton of little twist and turns that make it a very enjoyable read. There is currently just the one manga, but it may become a series (probably dependant on popularity). -- 7.5

      Manga Information

ISBN number
4592177843

Publisher
Hakusen Sha

Company
Hana to Yume Comics

Translations

Updated 08-20-03