Want crack, action, and/or soap opera plotting? Stop reading this and go look at reviews for, say, Takakura Row, Nitta Youka, or Tohjoh Asami.
Voice or Noise offers none of those things. If you're not inclined to this type of manga you'll find it to be slow, a little confusing, a little boring, and devoid of anything except UST. If you are inclined to this type of manga, you'll find it to be intelligent, gentle, and sweet, with the UST a satisfying instead of irritating element. I found myself landing firmly on the latter side of the fence, and despite its flaws, this title is one of my favorite recent releases.
The text is hard to follow at points; I suspect that the translation is a little obscure, and the flow through the balloons could have been handled better. Whatever the reasons, I had to back up on a regular basis and reread to make sure I was getting it. The other major issue is that, although the mangaka indicated that she would continue it, the story seems to be on hiatus. Which, if you enjoyed this series as much as I did, is a bit frustrating. Vol. 2 ends at a three-year jump, and now I dearly want to know what's going to happen to Shinichiro's and Narusawa's relationship. C'mon, Enjin-sensei--don't leave us hanging!
Bonus points for a contrary, awkward seme; an impetuous, goodhearted uke; and the funniest, most irreverent talking cat you'd ever want to meet.
Interesting start, not sure where its going2007/12/6
The description on Borders reads: "College professor Narusawa can speak to animals, and Shin-chan yearns to learn as well, for the sake of his dog. But will that knowledge bring Narusawa and Shin-chan closer together, or will it tear them apart?"
Overall this seems to be an interesting start to a series. It seems Narusawa can speak to animals and a vet friend of his recommends that Shinichiro go see Narusawa. And ask him to ask the dog (Flappy) why he isn't feeling well. Shinichiro may have the same ability to talk with animals but not sure if, with training, he would be able to. They spend time together and Shin wonders if Narusawa is "experimenting" with him to find out if he can talk with animals. There is a fight between them but in the end they are friends again. Not sure were it might be going. There isn't anything overtly sexual (a few blushes) but Shin does look a little too young to be more than friends with Narusawa but you never know. If you don't like that type of relationship (older man/teen boy), I would not recommend getting this series until others find out. The publisher is Blu manga which publishes BL and Yaoi so...
I love the art. So cute and hot at the same time. The story is also intriguing too. But do not expect to much romance or hot sex scenes. Its more about slice of life and supernatural stuff. Still u can see the chemistry between the two characters.
Well I have been looking for a Boy Love manga that has more story in it and character depth as well.The idea of talking to animals interest me and so I gave this one a try. It started out ok but then I got confused about the young character.And then I got more confused , i cant figure out who is saying what at first.I usually share my books to my gay friends but I feel hesitant with this.I feel the writing is rushed to get to the meat of the story.A lot things does not make sense. I hope the next volumes smooth things out.
not much of yaoi2008/2/6
The 1st volumne is not much of yaoi, readable, little confuse, don't expect much from this.