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Cut is a one volume, BL manga by Touko Kawai (2003). I’m in complete agreement with one review that said it’s generally good but too short to develop the emotional dimensions it attempts to. I recommend it as a quick, one shot read if you like BL.

The story concerns two high school boys, Chiaki and Eiji (both of whose names make me think of other characters), who are quite different personalities but become united through sharing confidences about their respective experiences as victims of child abuse. Chiaki is a rather femme, chatty boy and Eiji the tall, silent type, but they click. Romance ensues, and it’s pretty well written, maintaining a sense of real social interaction between human beings, as opposed to the constant romantic drama so common in the genre.

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labingi: (riki)
A couple of months ago, I asked for story recs, and [livejournal.com profile] asphodel did me the favor of recommending Banana Fish, for which I am eternally grateful. I have not read the whole series yet, not least because an Amazon seller has managed to lose one of my orders, but I have read enough (including the end) to attempt some meta, so here goes. I will begin by situating the story within the BL universe (as I know it).

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