Kanawanu Koi no Musubikata by Yoshio Akira

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Apparently, the manga that I just reviewed, Akai Ito no Shikkou Yuuyo, was popular enough to have a spin-off, Kanawanu Koi no Musubikata.

SPOILERS

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In the story of Kanawanu Koi no Musubikata, we are introduced to Kamisawa Kaoru, a young man who can see the red string of fate. Actually, he can see all the various strings that bind people’s fates together and, it turns out, break them.

Which is how he makes his living, by doing the kind of supernatural work that our handsome love interest, Hara, just happens to need. See, Hara has a stalker, and it’s awkward for him to confront her because she’s the boss’s daughter. So, Kaoru hunts around on Hara’s body, finds the string that nasty stalker attached, and breaks it.

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Hara is enchanted, nay, smitten.

Karou is all, “Mmm, yeah, I think you’re hot too, but thing is? I have no red string, so that means we can’t be serious, because I am fated to be with no one and you’ll just leave me when your string attaches.  But, hey, if you want a sex friend, fine.”

But, of course, they get entangled.

Very entangled.

Hara is super ready to give his love confession, but Karou is very adamant about the red string, even as he’s falling harder and harder in love. Finally, he consents to an official date. They do silly shopping things, like buying stuffed animals and such, and then Hara sees something special… he’s noticed how much Karou likes flashy, silly rings and so he buys him one.

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A big moment.

I think my favorite thing about this particular manga, is that I keep expecting the obvious. That Karou just needs to open his heart and a red string will form between them.

Big spoiler? It NEVER happens.

I won’t, however, spoil how they cleverly and deeply romantically solve this problem, because it’s kind of worth it. I’ll be curious if other people read it, if they’re satisfied with the solution they come up with. I am, though I can see potential pitfalls. Even so, I dig it.

Obviously, I recommend this one. It’s complete, so that’s better than its predecessor in that regard. Plus, Karou is bi from the start, so none of this, “ARGH, no homo!” from the protagonist. Hara, it should be noted is very ‘gay for you,’ but it’s unclear if he’s had many relationships before Karou and Karou notes that in the sex department, Hara is a natural.

Oh, yeah, lots of sex in this one. Also a big win over its predecessor.

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