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Takashiro Tsuda painted his soul onto a canvas with a piece he titled “Color.” What he didn’t expect was that a nearly identical painting with the same title would be hung next to his in an art show. Plagiarism is impossible. In fact, it’s the furthest thing from his mind. Instead, Takashiro decides that he must meet its creator, Sakae Fujiwara. Surely this fellow artist must have an identical soul.
Takashiro accepts a scholarship to attend a special high school for the arts. There he finds that a fellow painter he keeps bumping into is Sakae Fujiwara! After a mere moment of dismay that Sakae is male, the two boys become instant friends, for Sakae has been seeking out Takashiro as well.
The boys are inseparable. Soon they realize that each desires more than just friendship with the other. Love inevitably blossoms, their friends accept their relationship, and life is all well and good.
This would make for a rather boring series if everything remained skittles and beer. After enjoying happiness for two years, family situations suddenly arise that could separate the happy couple for good. Takashiro and Sakae search their kindred souls to decide if they must submit to bad fortune or find a way to conquer it.
Eiki and Zaou’s combined efforts lead to an unencumbered story and solid artwork. The aging of the characters from adolescent boys to young men works perfectly to convey the passage of time. The pair even drew an afterward parody of how their relationship as authors compares to the one between artists in their story.
Color is one of those yaoi manga that one might expect to be cheesy and terrible. Surprisingly, it’s not. In fact, it is a rather endearing piece about two boys who develop genuine love that leads to physical attraction rather than the other way around as in a majority of yaoi. Although Takashio and Sakae may not be particularly masculine, they are still very clearly males. Neither one has any exaggeration to his feminine side, save for Takashiro’s hair. Overall, Color is a “warm fuzzy” yaoi that does contain some sexual situations. Eiki and Zaou will need to up the ante on drama if they hope to keep the series interesting; but for now, it delivers for readers who want a bit more substance out of their yaoi manga.

Reviewed by Courtney Kraft on July 6, 2012

by Eiki Eiki

  • Publication Date: July 21, 2009
  • Genres: Graphic Novel, Manga
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1569701121
  • ISBN-13: 9781569701126