It turns out that the policeman story I just reviewed, is the second part of a story that starts here in Mujaki na Wanko to Nekokaburi / An Innocent Puppy Meets a Two-Faced Cat with the two guys who meet up at a mixer and end up hooking up with each other instead of the ladies.
Yagi Naohito is the “two-faced cat” in question. He’s a mid-level manager type that has figured out how to fake human-ing/adult-ing. Like a lot of us, he’s rather just be left alone rather than have to interact with people, ever.
Of course, this is NOT how office culture works in Japan.
So, the story starts when our hapless, faking-it business man gets a call from his buddy Keiji. Keiji is our forty-something shopkeeper from the previous manga and he’d really needs another guy for a gōkun, a group date. Naohito would rather poke his eye out with a stick, but he’s also weak to persistent people, so he ends up agreeing.
Speaking of persistent people, at the mixer, Naohito meets Akasaka Tooru, the so-called “innocent puppy.”
Tooru is the kind of character I instantly relate to, because I’m pretty sure he’s who I would be, if I were him, if you know what I mean. He’s loud, a little too friendly, and people don’t know what to do with his enthusiasm and joi de vie.
He’s the kind of guy who invites himself to sit next to you at the mixer and then wants to be friends for life.
Naohito, of course, spends the rest of the night trying to figure out how to get rid of this guy… especially after Tooru blurts out that Naohito is pretty much the most beautiful person in the room.
On the walk home, Naohito and Tooru talk and Naohito confesses to basically wearing a mask to hide from the world. He’s honest because he figures he’ll never see Tooru again.
Of course, the very next day Naohito’s job brings him to Tooru’s work site. Tooru comes on like a storm and manages to exchange contact details by sheer power of persistence.
After that, Naohito makes plans to lose the information and find someone at work to switch contracts with him, so he can stop running into Tooru.
Except, even though they live at opposite ends of town, they run into each other AGAIN on the way home.
When Naohito asks Tooru how he ended up over in this direction, we find out that Tooru’s apartment had a fire. He’d been planning to stay at an overnight at a 24-hour bathhouse, but he lost his wallet. Naohito just says, “Look, I’m not in the habit of lending money. Sorry. See you.” But, the old guy that helped Naohito broker the big deal with Tooru’s company seemed to favor Tooru and specifically told Naohito that he should take good care of his ‘friend.’ Naohito agrees to let Tooru live with him…BUT ONLY UNTIL HE GETS HIS FEET UNDER HIM.
I bet you can guess where this is heading.
Naohito tries EVERYTHING to get Tooru to not go home with him, including confessing that lately, since he’s getting older (he’s in his late 30s) he’s been trying out dating guys. But, it turns out guys are a hassle, too.
But even saying ‘LOOK YOU MIGHT CATCH THE GAY’ doesn’t work to dissuade Tooru.
I kind of adore not only how this is drawn, but also how much of a slow burn this is. It takes until the end of the second chapter (which, alas, is all there is at the moment) until they finally get it on.
Like the cop one, I kind of want to see where this goes.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely. So far, so cute!