Nar Kiss

Nar Kiss by Nekono Mariko

Nar Kiss by Nekono Mariko

Honjou Naru is an 18-year-old young man who study in Libre University. For his entire lifetime, he never once had a girlfriend. The reason for this is because of his abnormality, his narcissism, which only happens if he sees a reflection of himself. To prevent that, he needs to wear contacts all the time. One day his contacts fell off and was step on by the most handsome guy in the school, Takashina Mamoru! This chance encounter would change his life forever… – MangaTown

This was an extremely entertaining manga, and a good yaoi. There was comedy, romance, supernatural affliction, odd looking friends and a fair bit of jealousy, all culminating into a never boring manga (well, all 7.5 chapters of it) despite its high level of predictability. It was obvious to see where the plot was going, but the mangaka never aimed to hide it. The interest factor in this manga lies with the unique premise and interesting characters.

I can’t quite put my finger on  why the characters were so engaging to read about, they just were. Maybe it was the range of facial expressions the mangaka put on their faces, broadening their emotional range into the realm of actual people, rather than anger/lust driven yaoi characters, as so often is the case. In many parts of this I laughed out loud, the mangaka really had fun with this and the protagonists split personality was a well done component. I have seen split personalities and temporary personality changes done before, numerous times in fact, but usually those personalities tended to be lustful, or evil, or honest, where as this personality was refreshingly hilarious in the fact he was so flamboyantly in love with himself.

Seriously a must read just for the joy of seeing that.

As fr the rest of it, the relationship had development and a decent degree of believability, the art was passable but by no means gorgeous (but this style worked better for the comedic elements making it enjoyable still, and the shortish manga managed to have such good progression, development and varied arcs of story that it really was a very well crafted piece of comedic yaoi with heart. (You really root for the love interest putting  up with all that crap.)

Oh, oh and this is even better, the heart wrenching guilty problem that torments any truly troubled manga character? Yeah this had one, but it wasn’t bullshit! It wasn’t! You actually somehow felt for the guy even though hes a narcissist, BECAUSE hes a narcissist.

Oh well played mangaka.

4.5/5 really good, cute, funny and immensely enjoyable manga!

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