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Erica Sakurazawa: Between the Sheets: v. 3 Paperback – 15 Sep 2005
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So what is this manga about? Well, let me tell you.
It starts out showing the main two females - Saki(the blonde) and Minako(the black haired girl) - out at a bar together looking for guys to flirt with. But don't lose hope! This book is indeed shoujo ai. When they are hit on by a guy they think is ugly, the two pretend that they are a couple, and proceed to kiss in front of him. The scene then changes to the two staying over at one of their houses - Saki's, I think - where they talk about the night and Minako thinks about Saki: "If I was a guy, I would definitely be in love with her!"
And into the angst and denial we go. It is done in a tasteful way, though there are scenes where the main characters are naked and having sex which are not suitable for those under sixteen - though the book itself says eighteen as it is published for America.
The manga basically focuses on Minako's latent feelings for Saki, and it shows just how far she will go to try and keep Saki all to herself. Sadly, this manga does not have a happy end, but I think that's what makes it great. It is realistic and powerful, and nearly left me in tears when I read it because of how sad I felt for all the characters.
The art is very nice, though it may take a while to adjust to in the beginning. Erica Sakurazawa definitely has an amazing style of both art and storytelling that will pull on your heartstrings. I hope Tokyopop translate and release her other shoujo-ai centric manga; LOVE VIBES soon. It has a happier ending.
I recommend this for those who are either bored of happy ends, or who want a change.
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The art is minimal, not my favorite style but I think it helps capture the gritty nature of her plots. What I love about Erica Sakurazawa's works is that they generally play on the more realistic side of relationships and life. Having been through a time where I developed a little bit of a girl-crush on my best friend, I feel like the story captured that awkward side of female relationships where girls may or may not be interested in one another sexually, but 'friendship' is too loose a term to describe the bond that you feel, and it's truly like breaking up with a long-time lover when you lose a friend that close. I love the realism displayed in the story. As another reviewer commented, there is a character who cheats on her boyfriend but has the gall to get mad at him for cheating on her - doesn't this happen every day? People don't follow a linear plot, and Sakurazawa gives us a story that feels like it's about real people, not one-dimensional characters.
I would highly recommend this manga for adult manga readers, especially women, who love manga but are a little tired of the high school love triangle overdramatics. This is a great book for twentysomethings.
I truely wish the characters had delved more deeply into the meanings behind their feelings (and why they would so easily and quickly hop into bed together). I would have enjoyed the story more.
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