Item description for Ichigenme...The First Class Is Civil Law Volume 1 (Yaoi) by Fumi Yoshinaga & Andrew Marshall...
Tamiya meets Tohdou at Teinou University when he is unexpectedly French kissed by him at his zemi's, or seminar's, launch party! While Tamiya is somewhat put off by the unexpected kiss, considering the other students were forced to strip, he is grateful to Tohdou and they soon begin a curious friendship. But things become a little rocky when Tohdou admits he is gay and asks Tamiya to become his lover... Tamiya is adamant about being straight. But as Tohdou continues to pursue him, he starts to think about his past relationships and his inability to associate with girls. And when one of his professors makes a move on him, Tamiya begins to wonder if he should take Tahdou up on his offer after all.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Mar 14, 2007
Publisher 801 Media, Inc.
ISBN 1934129011 ISBN13 9781934129012
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More About Fumi Yoshinaga & Andrew Marshall
Fumi Yoshinaga is a Tokyo-born manga creator who debuted in 1994 with Tsuki to Sandaru (The Moon and the Sandals). Yoshinaga has won numerous awards, including the 2009 Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize for Ooku, the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for her series Antique Bakery, the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Award for Ooku. She was also nominated for the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ichigenme...The First Class Is Civil Law Volume 1 (Yaoi)?
Throughly enjoyable... Jul 4, 2008
I bought this title just because I am working on my 801 catalogue, but it has become one of my favorite BL titles. The story and humor in this work is one of the best, with believable and down to earth characters, you don't get any of that "only in a manga" feeling in different situations. If you are looking for smex, then this is not the title, however, if you get the sequel, you will not be disappointed (her facial expressions and clean panel transitions are some of the best out there). Overall, a must have for any BL collector. Ichigenme...The First Class Is Civil Law Volume 2 (Yaoi) (Ichigenme... the First Class Is Civil Law)
A look into love and life of those studying law Apr 30, 2007
Ichigenme is one of the first offerings by 801, Media Inc., and judging by this release we have a lot to look forward to!
The book itself was well done, the translation smooth and easy to read and the pages crisp. The artwork is the norm for Fumi Yoshinaga, very expressive faces and a rather sensitive touch.
Our couple is Tamiya: the hard working, studious main character, a man of average income amongst wealth and privilege and Tohdou: the son of a politician, flighty and yet steady where Tamiya is concerned. Normally I would find Tohdou, a spoiled, rich kid (used to getting what he wants) annoying, and yet instead I found him to be very likable. Tohdou's character not only has a background that drew me in, but changes as a character during the course of the manga very believably. (but then so does Tamiya - mainly in his acceptance of himself.) They're relationship develops slowly throughout the manga as each character grows, and by the end I was happy with their journey and looking forward to the second volume.
And yes, this is a Yaoi offering: there are sex scenes, which were beautiful if rather carefully staged to avoid showing certain things.
All in all, a well done, well plotted story populated by believable life stories and perhaps more important for a manga reader like me: it's fun, interesting, and though has its share of angst has many sweet moments which left me with a cheerful feeling. Definitely a manga to be read again and again.
Excellent ! Apr 5, 2007
This university campus story is amazingly well written. It is of course stamped with Yoshinaga's trademark, i.e. her marvellous story telling skill and wry sense of humour. The mangaka has created some very interesting characters here (including female side characters). The dialogue is well written and the interaction among her characters just great. The plot itself is very entertaining and keeps me turning the pages till the end. Last but not least the emotions built-up between her two guys is realistic yet have you cheering them on. From university mates, to good friends to lovers, the evolution of Tamiya and Tohdou feelings for each other at the different stages are wonderfully captured and credible. Tamiya's coming to terms with his sexual orientation is subtly yet well expressed. Some may wish for more explict sex scenes but I appreciate Yoshinaga's style here. Her 2 guys' marvellous expressions (you just have to love those expressive eyes) and the subtle movements are tastefully done. Actually, it is pretty explicit in 2 panels when the tissue paper is put to use :). Her artwork is of course a distinct class by itself and if you study it closely you will notice her painstaking effort in the shadings, example the casting of shadows along a walkway lined with trees. A wonderful and engrossing read indeed and looking forward to more on these 2 lovers in Vol 2.
Ichigenme..The First Class Is Civil Law...Is First Class! Apr 2, 2007
I enjoyed this book immensely. I'll admit I was a bit reluctant to purchase this volume. I've read other books by this mangaka and while they were good, I just didn't find myself quite as impressed by them as other reviewers seemed to be. For one thing, while she is a competent artist, Fumi Yoshinaga's characters faces are amazingly similar from series to series. It's like watching Gerard and Jacques with different hairstyles and hair colors live lives in different eras of time. That aside, her drawings are good and I like the fact that she's able to convey the characters feelings by their expressions. The scenes in Ichigenme in which Tamiya and Tohdou find themselves in bed together and yet exchange no spoken words are excellent.
While there is a certain amount of sex in this volume, it's never graphically displayed. Truthfully I wish it was a little more explicit but then that's just me. In my opinion it's the story that truly stands out here. It's well expressed, easy to follow and interesting. The situations are believable and I like the slowly building relationship between Tamiya and Tohdou. You won't find instant declarations of love and devotion here but a gradual understanding that grows between the two of them. I like that and I truly love this manga. I hightly recommend it and am eagerly looking forward to volume two in the series.