Manga: Boys Next Door
Author: 少年残像, Shounen Zanzou
Genres: Yaoi, Drama, Tragedy, Psychological
Status in Country of Origin: Complete
Scanlator: Celestial Scans, Omanga, Sakura-Crisis
Summary: Lawrence is a young male prostitute whose actual aim was to look for his brother. However, his life was about to change when he witnessed one of the biggest serial killers – Dr. Wolfgang Adrain Cray – killing someone. Instead of running away, he searches for the murderer and falls in love with him. Lawrence’s brother was not too happy about losing a possible money tree and sends out his gang in search of Lawrence.
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Kaori Yuki doesn’t always deliver the happiest of stories, but Boys Next Door is definitely one of her more dark and tragic tales. It feels like every page in this story only leads to more sadness. As the backgrounds of the characters get revealed and their unfortunate futures become more obvious, the tragedy continues to build and build. However, for as dark as this story is–a tale of a murderer who can’t seem to get a grip and a prostitute who can’t seem to get break–there is something rather endearing about the whole thing. I think that’s what makes Kaori Yuki such a special mangaka. Even in her darkest manga there’s still something so touching mixed in all of the tragedy. I can’t say you’ll come out this one feeling uplifted and joyful, but you’ll definitely have your heartstrings pulled.
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