Manga Review: Little Butterfly

Little Butterfly by Hinako Takanaga

Publisher: DMP June
Price: $12.95
Genre: Drama, Romance, Yaoi
Themes: High school, first love, best friends, experimentation, runaway, abusive family
Rating: Mature 18+
Volumes: 3 Volumes originally, Now collected Ominbus
ISBNs: 978-1-56970-159-1

Note: Picture taken with my iPhone from my manga library.

Basic Premise:
Yuki Kojima is a bright, happy, and giving high school student. Atsushi Nakahara is a failed prodigy, with a delusional and abusive mother and an absent father, which has made Nakahara reserved and sullen. They are polar opposites who never would have never met outside of the classroom if Kojima hadn’t decided to be nosy and ruin Nakahara’s plans to run away from home. Nakahara finds a sympathetic soul in Kojima, who is happy to help his newfound friend any way he can. But, Nakahara wants more than friendship and it’s up to Kojima to decide if he’s ready.

Sex Shown:
Kissing, hugging, fondling invisible penises, suggestive positions, allusions to more

This was my very first Hinako Takanaga-sensei manga. I LOVE IT. This is on my re-read shelf.

Kojima is just so sweet. You want to hug him all the time. At first, it seems like he’s going along with whatever Nakahara wants just so Nakahara will have a safe haven away from his horrible home life. It’s funny when you see the proverbial light bulb go off in Kojima’s head and he realizes he might actually feel something more for Nakahara than simple friendship.

You just have to root for them and their future. Their story is totally sweet, even if it does have a few rough patches due to outside forces. Hinako-sensei doesn’t let her characters get to happily-ever-after easily and I totally respect that.

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