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Beautiful vol 1
2006.11.10. (Fri) | Edit |
I've neglected this blog for a long time.
I got a bunch of new personal-use manga in the last 4 weeks, but nothing gave me the fire to write, I guess.

It's all the writing for Company B, I bet.

But I'm starting to get the little itch again, so what better way to get motivated than writing about a bishounen?

Beautiful is a ballet manga by Chiho Saito, the manga artist of Revolutionary Girl Utena. The main bishounen, er... main character is Yuri Andrevich Lermontov (sp random), who is a half-Japanese, half-Russian teenager. He lived with his Japanese mother (former ballerina) Anri, his Russian military-man stepfather and his half-sister Anna until a nuclear power plant meltdown killed his father & made his mother very sick.

Yuri is blessed with a ballet talent and goes off to study ballet when his mother dies. From the pain of losing his mother and the guilt he felt for leaving Anna alone in grief, he has an incestuous relationship w/ Anna and vows to quit ballet to support her. But Anna immediately checks into a monestary thinking Yuri would continue to dance without her.

So devastated Yuri goes from ballet company to ballet company in search for his roots (goes to Japan to meet his mother's teacher) and to search for Anna.

I'm not into ballet, and I don't think I've ever seen a ballet stage. But Chiho Saito's male ballet dancers are so pretty. Hafu~

Beautiful is currently up to volume 3, which is what I got a few weeks ago. Chiho Saito has another series called Bronze Angel (ブロンズの天使) running at the same time. She keeps herself pretty busy.

Author: Chiho Saito
Volumes: 3 (on going)
Publisher: Shogakukan

Likelihood of Company B to license: -2
Company V has a lot on their plate, so I don't think they'll get around to this one for a long time. I guess there are plenty of other shoujo manga that would be easier to sell in the US market. Oh, but Yuri is so pretty!


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