Most know Shungiku Nakamura as the mangaka of Junjou Romantica, which in my opinion is her weakest work. Her Sekaiichi Hatsukoi was head and shoulders above JR, and one of my favorites. I’m quite fond of lost lovers finding themselves again. But the one story that grabbed me by the throat and made me cry rivers, was Hybrid Child.
I first read this manga back when it came out fan-subbed, and it hurt a lot. I was expecting another rape/coercion story like her JR, but it was not. It was magical, fantastic and depressive. It made me putty and made me cry. I was devastated. So being the emotional masochist I am, when I discovered it got adapted? I was on it like bees to flowers!
First is that this story gained a lot by being animated. The colors, the camera pans, the OST, really enhanced these amazing short stories. It also helped me keep track of who is who, because this mangaka tends to make really similar dudes and I lose who is who. But it’s not just this one, I suffer of that a lot. I need color to help me, and voice is a nice bonus to complement it.
Either way, the animators were true to the source and didn’t deviate from the plot of the manga, and like I said: I honestly believe it enhanced the original. This adaptation has gorgeous transitions, I’m a sucker for really good transitions. Heck, one of the reasons I was so enchanted with Haikyuu! besides the cute boys, was the way it was directed.
This isn’t as known as her other work, probably because it’s short and short stories. But it is so worth it, if you haven’t read or seen this yet, I advise you to get on it! Feelings and BL go along very well, and though I do wish it was racier, it has some nice kissing and handsome boys ~(＾◇^)/
Have you heard about this serie before? Have you seen it? If so, I’d love to know what you think of it!