“Cupid Ni Rakurai,” also known as “Cupid is Struck by Lightning,” is a heartwarming Boys Love manga that elegantly threads erotica with realistic emotions and situations. The story, penned and illustrated by the talented Suzumaru Minta, was serialized in Cab and published from February to August 2017. This one-volume manga, comprised of six chapters, provides a compelling narrative in a concise format. A sequel volume continues Ao and Shingo’s story, further expanding their relationship, which we’ll discuss in a separate review.
In “Cupid Ni Rakurai,” we follow the character Shingo Nagata, who has made a name for himself in his school as a ‘cupid.’ His business? Investigating crushes. He discovers their preferred type, their favorite food, offers advice when needed, and in return, he receives food as compensation. Life takes an exciting turn for Shingo when he’s commissioned by a group of girls drawn towards “ice princes” – the archetypal handsome yet aloof men. His mission? To discover the story behind the enormous scar on the forehead of the detached Ao Totoki. Will Shingo manage to thaw Ao’s icy defenses?
Opinions / Analysis
“Cupid Ni Rakurai” is an exceptionally sweet and fluffy tale that’s certain to warm readers’ hearts. It treats its characters with dignity and respect, avoiding the common pitfall of feminizing characters typically seen in some Yaoi/Boys Love manga. Suzumaru Minta’s art style is delightfully soft and beautiful without being overly stylized, a perfect match to the narrative’s gentle pace.
One of the manga’s strengths is the realistic development of Ao’s character, particularly his transition from being a standoffish individual to slowly warming up to Shingo. This transformation is gradual, lending authenticity to the storyline.
Another commendable aspect of the story is the respectful and thoughtful way it deals with Ao’s severe phobia. Shingo doesn’t attempt to “cure” Ao but helps him cope, highlighting a considerate and understanding approach to mental health that is sometimes overlooked in many narratives.
In conclusion, “Cupid Ni Rakurai” is a gem within the Boys Love genre, perfect for those seeking a brief, feel-good story. Despite its brevity, it manages to deliver a compelling narrative, memorable characters, and beautiful artwork, earning it a solid 8 out of 10.
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