Reviewed by: aoi_aka
Published by: Juné
Read It or Pass It: This two-book series is a must for any fujoshi or anybody who is comfortable with boys kissing or starting to read boys love.
Summary for volume 1: It is rumored that Touji Seryou, one of the more popular boys at school, would go out with anyone who asks him out on a Monday morning. But on this particular Monday morning, the first person he meets at the school gate is no other than Yuzuru Shino, Seryou’s sempai at the archery club. On a whim, and well-aware of Seryou’s reputation, Shino asks Seryou to go out with him. Thinking that it will be treated as a joke, they’re both guys after all, imagine Shino’s surprise when Seryou takes him up on the offer! There is a catch, though. While Seryou does go out with the first girl who asks him out on a Monday morning, the other side of the coin is – by the end of the week, he will break up with that person. In essence, Seryou is a lover with a one-week expiration date. But will Shino prove to be the exception to that rule? –taken from June’s website
Review: High school pretty boys Touji Seryou and Yuzuru Shino have more than school in common. Girls flock to them like bees to flowers. Shino’s pretty face belies the fact that the things coming out of his mouth can be hurtful. And Seryou? Well Seryou only dates for a week. Whomever asks him out Monday morning will get a positive reply from Seryou. He’ll go out with her for a week and by the end of that week, he’ll break up with her saying that he didn’t fall in love.
This series is so refreshing. It’s a very light read with no explicit sex scenes. The characters seem shallow with Shino dating girls based on looks and Seiryou dating girls simply because they ask. Despite that, the boys have more going for them as a couple than separate.
This is when things get predictable. Neither boy is gay, but that doesn’t stop Shino from asking Seryou out. He meant it as a joke of sorts, just to see Seryou’s reaction. He in turn took the proposal seriously and it’s not until Tuesday that he realizes that his upperclassman may have been joking.
Except that Shino wasn’t really joking and he’s more than willing to continue dating Seryou for the week, even going so far as to announce it to whomever will listen. Some of these plot points are predictable, yes, but what makes them so new is that both boys don’t doubt for long how they feel for each other. They take a whole week to know each other and fall in love.
This was the type of series that could make your chest constrict with feels. The artwork is consistent throughout the two volumes despite being a story that takes place over a week and was published in the space of three years.
The only point of contention is Seryou’s older brother’s girlfriend Shino. The younger Seryou has feelings for the older girl and she takes advantage of it by flirting with him to get even with his brother. This causes the boy to look for real love in his weekly relationships with these girls. They’re never satisfactory and that’s why he breaks up with them at the end of the week. It all changes when he starts dating Yuzuru Shino whom he prefers to call Yuzuru-san for obvious reasons.
What I thought was the best about this story was its innocence and lack of seme/uke definitions. The story ends on Sunday and by the last page you know that their one week was worth your emotional investment. You’ll root for them and wish they truly got together and didn’t play at being a couple anymore.
Art: As I said before, it’s pretty consistent over a three year period. Usually a mangaka’s art style changes over time and you notice it. I’m not saying that Takarai-sensei’s art stagnated, but it’s nice that there’s consistency specially if it takes so long to publish all of it. Seryou has a mole on his face and I was impressed that sensei didn’t forget to draw it in every panel. The boys are also distinctive from each other in both hair style and color. Their heights are noticeable and even the features that make them “pretty” are different from each other and not cut from the same mold.
Localization: It was consistent in every page. The editor kept the -san in Shino’s first name to keep the respect that an underclassman owes an upperclassman. There were no loan words present in the text like senpai and kohai. SFX in Japanese were left intact, but had their English onomatopoeia translation next to it. Nothing ended up in the gutter which is always very welcome in a June title.
Conclusion: You have to read this. The story may seem predictable at first, but there’s so much more to it. This is one of those series that I always go back when I want something that’s sweet and innocent. I categorize it as boys love because of its light nature and I would go so far as to recommend it to a high school library for their LGBTQ section.
Disclaimer: I bought both volumes of Seven Days for my own library. I was not given free copies by DMI for reviewing.