Today I look at the concluding volume of Saemi Yorita's Brilliant Blue, which cements this title's status as a charming, thoughtful yaoi series.
In volume 2, we get to see main character, Shouzo, finally figure out one of the simplest truths of all -- the only thing standing in the way of him having a fulfilling love life is himself. Returning from the big city to his small hometown to manage his father's construction company, Shouzo is shocked when he realizes how his every move is fodder for town gossip (even whether or not he went into the dollar store when he was running errands is up for phone tag debate). No wonder the poor guy is rather paranoid as he's fallen in love with a town's resident spaz, Nanami, who hasn't the good sense to figure out that he also wants to embark upon a romantic relationship with Shouzo. He only knows that he's incredibly jealous when other people get close to Shouzo and that being close to him is the most important thing in his life. That leaves it up to Shouzo to steer the relationship by taking his cues from the rather inarticulate Nanami, who in many ways may never become the kind of calm, reasoned adult who can sort through his own emotions without a little outside direction.
So much the better, because once Shouzo realizes that Nanami is in love with him, it is almost like a switch is flipped inside his heart. He decides to go after the love he wants, no matter what the consequences. Luckily, his resolve is needed because Nanami, while a very kind soul, hasn't got the first clue about how to deceive or protect his new and sudden relationship with his adored childhood friend. Their attempts to move forward while maintaining secrecy becomes a comedy of errors, as their relationships only stays a secret for about three minutes thanks to Nanami's open and trusting nature. The majority of this volume focuses upon the two of them coming to terms with their new status as lovers as well as the sudden exposure of their relationship to both their families and the town as a whole (which, thankfully, isn't as traumatic a revelation as Shouzo expected).
I could have read story after story about Shouzo and Nanami's developing relationship but fortunately the book offers not only a satisfying resolution to their growing affection as well as hope for their chances of survival as a couple in the boondocks. In addition, this volumes offers a lovely side story, in which a new character is introduced that allows the reader to see these why these two characters are so beloved by their small town.
As a whole, Brilliant Blue is a warm, funny portrait of two very different individuals who somehow fit together just perfectly. I ended up rooting for this couple against all the odds they encountered -- even if some of those odds were self-imposed obstacles that they had created.
Review copy provided by DMP.