images and characters copyrightｩKodaka Kazuma こだか和麻
synopsis and chara profiles are subjective and the views expressed
within are simply those of the reviewer. Remember that 1) as
previously stated, I don't claim to be an expert on this series,
so certain details may be absent and, if there are any errors,
I do appreciate constructive feedback. Also 2) this page
exists because this title is one of my preferred choices and
any negative comments that are made about it generally tend to
reflect relatively minor aspects. Heck, nobody's perfect, ne?
Kizuna is basically about
a love story between two college students in modern day Tokyo
as well as the relationship between an Osaka yakuza boss' son
and his second in command, with some yakuza action and violence
thrown in. There's no real specific plot to speak of in this
series. It's more like an ongoing saga following the development
of its characters and the relationships (or "bonds",
the English translation of "kizuna") between them.
One of the college students, Enjouji Kei, is the illegitimate
son of the aforementioned yakuza boss and the other student,
Samejima Ranmaru, is an ex-kendo champion, for which the younger,
legitimate son, who also excels in the sport, idolizes him (Ranmaru).
Got it? No? Well, I wouldn't worry about it...The fact that all
the main intimate relationships in this story are homosexual
is really secondary or tercery(o_O) in my opinion. Although,
I must confess it doesn't hurt in my enjoyment of it! ~_^ This
series is all about the characters, their personalities and true
love. And the mangaka, Kodaka-sensei, is exceptionally talented
as well as one of my faves!
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|| vols. 1-8
in order of importance (and cuteness) according to yours truly
EN-JOU-JI! YOU ROCK!!! Gomen >_<;; for that little outburst...
Well, if it's not totally obvious, I'm completely in love with
this guy! Kei is entertaining, knows how to have a good time
(he works at a host bar, fer cry-ai!) and generally has an upbeat,
if not at times oblivious, disposition (which just adds to his
charm IMHO). However, he's also a straight-shooter (he doesn't
want anything to do with his father's yakuza business) and is
100% devoted and loyal to Ranmaru.
*sigh* Plus he had a great head of hair before a certain somebody
decided to chop it all off! *grumble* Anyhoo, he was also man
enough to be president of the Tea Ceremony Club in high school!
How cool is that!?!
Well, if you haven't
figured it out yet, Ranmaru is Enjouji's
lover/roomie/ball 'n chain (JK!). Having a much more serious
personality than our pal, Kei, he
tends to be the apprehensive type and is a bit more reticent
about his feelings towards Enjouji
(and in general) despite having a very explosive temper. Once
he was a promising Kendo champion (his grandfather is head of
a kendo doujo). However, when he saved Kei from being run over
by a car and got himself injured by doing so, he lost the ability
to continue in his passion for kendo, not to mention to become
Japan's #1 kendo champion. Ranmaru is definitely the most dynamic
character in this story, in that he's the one that grows and
changes the most.
Kai is Enjouji's
half-brother, having the same father, the yakuza boss, but different
mothers, both of whom haved passed away. Having a spoiled yet
emotionally difficult childhood, Kai is somewhat of a malcontent
and dislikes Kei or at least has
an extreme sibling rivalry with him! However, he has a constant
although a bit ill-defined relationship with his father's second-hand
man, Masanori Araki. Initially he
is very attracted to Ranmaru, serving as an additional hurdle
for our main protagonists to overcome. But Kai is quite young
and is still going through maturation (please note the absence
of "s" and "b" in the preceding word >_<;;)
in this series' storyline.
As someone mentioned
on the Kizuna ML, Masanori does a pretty good impression of a
brickwall! (I love that!) A huge man (his shoulders probably
measure about a meter across), Masa is still a gentle giant and
cares very deeply about his "bon" (Kai)
although he has a hard time showing it or figuring out exactly
how he cares about the young boy. This brings up all kinds
of interesting questions (into which I won't get) since they're
about 20 years apart in age... o_O Masa is constantly torn between
his impulse to protect and give Kai
the never-ending amount of attention he needs and fulfilling
his honorable duties as the second in command of a yakuza syndicate.
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And since no one
seems to give him the credit he deserves for being THE coolest
chara in Kizuna and since he's sooo kawaii, (;-9) here is a
KEI SHRINE! ^____^
have to try and not slobber all over the keyboard here....
Yes, I am a sucker for this seme (esp. with those spiffy,
All of these fics
are yaoi (male/male love - duh! - if you don't like that, then
don't read'em!), feature Enjouji X Ranmaru and are by Cio-Cio-san:
Here are a couple
doujinshi by Kodaka-sensei herself (or rather the K2 Company
Circle). One features a drunken Ranmaru and Kei on New Years
with a stuffed Pikachu! Kawaii, ne? The other is based on a series
called, "Udauda Yatteru Hima Hanee!" I believe...
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