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Close The Last Door Volume 1 (Yaoi): v. 1 Paperback – 5 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing (5 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569708835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569708835
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 967,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a good yaoi to have in your collection, It provides comedy and saucy scenes, its an amazing manga. It's bigger than I expected which made me ever happier XD highly recommended
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Close the Last Door was my first introduction to Yamada Yugi. It was not her manga however, but the OVA adaptation of it that I first encountered, and it did its job: sent me looking for the manga. Originally published by Biblos as Saigo no Door wo Shimero! , it tells the story of three men in a love triangle and their co-workers. Nagai is your stereotypical Japanese office worker. He works with a former university classmate, Saitou, with whom he has been friends with for what seems ages. In fact, they are best friends, so when Saitou gets married, it is natural that Nagai is the best man and gives one of the wedding speeches. Except for one thing; Saitou's nuptials have unveiled a personal problem with Nagai It seems that faced with the wedding, his introspection about finding someone he wants to settle down with himself leads to a startling self realisation: he is in love with Saitou! Of course, it's far too late to say anything, and he goes through with his duties and helps make the wedding a successful event for his friend.

Stressed out, afterwards, he heads to the bar, where he encounters Honda. Seems Honda is also drowning his unrequited love sorrows in the bottom of a glass, only his love was the bride. Licking each other's wounds, the pair end up in Honda's hotel room where it gets intimately interesting indeed! Nor does it turn out to be a one off encounter, as business causes them to cross paths. Throw in the complication that Saitou's bride ran off after the wedding with another man, and a grieving Saitou who decides that best friend Nagai is all he will EVER need, and you have a recipe for an entire casserole of relationship complications. It's a tale of laughter and mayhem that has its definite tender moments, in a style that is uniquely Yamada Yugi's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot, Sexual Chemistry! 18 Nov. 2006
By Novea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to admit to a history with this title. So many years ago, I struggled to translate the raws. Something about the artwork, the layouts, the smoldering looks, just caught me, and I *had* to know the story. Needless to say, with my pitiful, measly scraps of self-taught Japanese, I never knew much about the plot. So my soul was singing with ecstasy when I saw than June had published Vol. 1.

"Close the Last Door" starts out with Nagai Atsushi attending his junior's (Saitou Toshihisa) wedding. Not only has he been Saitou's extremely supportive senpai all these years, Nagai has been madly in love with him, as well. So he's understandably despondent over Saitou's marriage. Drowning his sorrows in alcohol, he ends up at the bar sitting by Honda Kenzou , a co-worker of the evil bride. With Nagai being too angry and hurting (and drunk) to be thinking clearly, and Honda-san lending a sympathetic ear, the whole story comes out. Nagai ends up passing out, and Honda-san helps him to a hotel room, even though he doesn't quite understand why he's helping this stranger out so much. Soon, some sexual sparks fly, but it seems to take both Nagai and Honda by surprise, and they back off pretty quickly.

The next day, Nagai finds out that Saitou's bride has left him, the very day after their wedding! (wow!) So Saitou's back to relying on Nagai and crying on his shoulder. Incredibly, it seems that Nagai may have a chance at Saitou, after all. Yet, why does he still have thoughts of Honda, even when he doesn't want to? This sets up the rest of the volume, a love triangle of sorts. Nagai still loves Saitou, so he can't understand his own feelings for Honda--and when it comes right down to it, can he really accept that he's--well, gay? And now, Saitou almost seems willing.... Throw in an ex-girlfriend, the runaway bride, and the story has a nice mix of gentle complexity.

On the surface, this story seems like a re-hash of so many boys' love stories, but underneath there is much more. I adore Yamada-Sensei's skillful drawing of faces, bodies, and especially her eyes. I can see the intense attraction between Nagai and Honda; I can see it in their eyes, their faces, they way they touch. Each time Honda and Nagai are even in the same room, I feel my heart beat faster. When they come together, their kisses make me swoon. The sexual chemistry between them is intense, and seems to build upon each encounter. I particularly like the touches of realism--no perfect first-time sex here! And sometimes things are awkward and comical. I love the careful attention to character development, making the mundane seem vital and new. They're not buff, macho stud-muffins, nor are they wispy, delicately beautiful youths. They seem like real men--real men filled with incredible sexual energy! There's also a fair bit of comedy throughout the story, which lightens the mood delightfully. At the end of the volume, I wanted to see these characters again, to get to know them better. Overall, it's sensitive, genuine, and hot, with a teaspoon of angst thrown in for seasoning.

Now, I have heard that the publishing company has not come forth with a date to publish volume 2. If they choose not to put out Vol. 2, that would be a crying shame, as we get to meet Honda-san's two older brothers--well, I think they are brothers, but I'm not too sure (poor Japanese, remember?). Anyway, that story looks just as fabulous as this one, being that Honda's big brothers are just as awesome and sexy as brother number 3. And we get to see Honda-san and Nagai from vol. 1 return (as far as I can recall). Please buy "Close the Last Door" and enjoy!

In a final note, I have to wonder about Amazon's decision to post reviews on boys' love manga from Publishers Weekly. It's obvious from their reviews that they neither appreciate nor approve of boys' love stories. While they are entitled to their opinion, I don't feel they need to intrude on the enjoyment of boys' love aficionados. We're not interested in their negative opinions, and they are certainly unhelpful in every sense of the word. Only someone who wanted to be convinced *not* to buy a boys' love manga would find them of any use. It's almost as if Amazon is trying to discourage the purchasing of these books.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beer makes things interesting! 7 Nov. 2006
By H. Carson - Published on Amazon.com
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If there is one thing I learned from this manga it is that beer inexplicably causes hot men to grope each other. (Of course, this is in opposition to what I learned in college, but no matter!)

In `Close the Last Door', the main character is Nagai, hopelessly in love with his old college friend Saitoh, who is getting married. He drowns himself in alcohol and is taken care of by Honda, who offers a special `comfort service' to the crying man. The path after this follows Nagai and Honda as they spend more `special' time together and brushes upon Saitoh who is beginning to rethink his thus far platonic feelings for his beloved Sempai Nagai.

I found several sections to be absolutely hilarious. Cute, innocent Saitoh dealing with the intrusion of Honda by behaving in an unexpected way and any scene with Nagai with his ex-girlfriend are pure gold for me.

I summation: though the story can be considered predictable, this is a light, fun, refreshing and entertaining read. As another reviewer mentioned: Get this!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humor, Drama, Confusion, and Drunkenness Combine 9 Oct. 2006
By Kiwi Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The story starts off with a wedding in which the best man has long harbored a secret crush on the groom. The wedding goes off without a hitch, however, and the best man is left drinking himself into oblivion at the bar. Enter one of the bride's male coworkers, and the stage for a confused love triangle is set.

All of the characters in this manga are businessmen (and businesswomen) who are trying to sort out and live their lives. It's amazingly funny in spots, and it's nice to see a slow progression in the level of physical contact (and character development).
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this ! 21 Oct. 2006
By Niki - Published on Amazon.com
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I am surprised by how much I like this. Close the Last Door is definitely Yaoi as it focuses on relationships among white collar workers, from break-ups with girl friends, to denial of one's sexual orientation to finally embracing it. The centre plot is the triangle relationship among 3 twenty something guys, Nagai, Saitou and Honda. Nagai "thinks" he is in love with Saitou as a person (nothing to do with the fact that Saitou is a man), refuses to admit he is gay but is infact attracted to Honda. Sweet Saitou is abandoned by his bride on his wedding and seems to bear more than respect for Nagai whom he clings to. Honda is the interesting seme, outwardly cool but inwardly just as insecure, as he vied for Nagai's attention. Fast paced and often humorous the relationship and characters development is an engrossing read. And of course the sex from just initial gropping, while pretending to be drunk, to hot coupling is quite quite erotic. I hope Vol 2 is not too far away.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 gold stars 19 Jan. 2008
By uber_neko_zero - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
this manga is pure brilliance.

consistently wonderful art, storytelling, characterization, sense of humor. the main character's sarcastic streak had me rolling. just read the first 2 pages, and you'll see what i mean!

sexy.

all of the smut was VERY sexy. just graphic enough, but not so much that you feel you're watching bad porno, and not so little that you feel gyped and are certain the characters feel that way too.

i yearn for a volume two. this manga is my #1 top favorite manga EVER. (followed closely by love recipe, and second by the 'little butterfly' series.)

buy it. love it. pet the cover. re-read it again and again.
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