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Pride Month: Aoi Haru, Akai Ito- Manga Review

Aoi Haru, Akai Ito is a yaoi drama by Kisayuki which was released in 2016. Yuuki was raised in a very wealthy family with high expectations of becoming the inheritor of the family medical business. Due to this, so much pressure is pushed onto him—not only by his family but by the town as well. What’s worse about this is that his so-called “best friend” is also pushing such expectations onto him. That was before he met young actor—Asahi—who soon teaches him freedom.

I normally don’t read yaoi manga that is like only 5-7 chapters long, but I decided to give it a chance since I wanted something to read— whether it be a quick read or one that will take me about one or two days to complete. This manga is packed with drama—my god. I did relate to Yuuki quite a bit since my own family also used to have such high expectations for me before I went to college and, like Yuuki, I found my freedom within the arts—in his case: acting; in my case: writing. I was incredibly happy for him and Asahi since they both ran away together as a means to escape from the high expectations their families put on them both—despite the fact that they had different upbringings.

This does have a level of homophobia because the town kept on commenting on how Asahi is a problematic student because he has played female roles in his own performances. This also has family abuse since Yuuki’s father doesn’t even think about what Yuuki wants or his mental health in any way, shape, or form. He only cares about Yuuki being able to take over the family business in the future. He even goes to say that Yuuki doesn’t even have a choice with his future (which made me literally throw my phone across the room in complete anger.) I kinda wished that there was more since I felt like it was too short (which is why I don’t like reading manga that are only like 5-7 chapters long)—especially since I was enjoying it a lot, but I did love how it ended nonetheless.

With that being said, I give Aoi Haru, Akai Ito 4.5 paws out of 5—which rounds up to 5 paws!🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾That’s it for today. Thank you so much for reading. Until next time, keep your paws and bowls of ramen up, everyone! Nya! 🐾

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