I have previously reviewed the manga Blue, by Kiriko Nananan and the live action movie based on it. But now the Blue manga is available in English translation and so, deserves a second look… (Note: As of 2015, this is available only from third-party sellers.)
…actually, no it doesn’t. (-_-) Upon re-reading my earlier review, I find that nothing has changed from my original reading of the manga itself. Which does bring me to this point – this translation, and the edition as a whole is remarkably good. Especially as the translation into English seems to have been done by a French company. All I can say is that from the quality of the paper and the reproduction of the art, to the translation itself, this may well be the *best* translated version of a manga I’ve ever seen.
Art – 6 Very, very stark
Characters – 6
Story – 6
Yuri – 8
Service – 0
Overall – 6
As a Yuri manga, this is a typical bittersweet first love-type story; as a English language edition of a Japanese manga, it’s simply excellent. As I said originally – if you’re trying to put together a decent collection of Yuri manga, you’ll want to have Blue too.