DINING BAR AKIRA VOL:1
REVIEWED BY: SANDRA SCHOLES OF ACTIVE ANIME
Just as Cheers was about a bar, this Boy's Love offering revolves around a fast food bar where all kinds of folk come to eat and eight work there, some full others part time. Two guys, Akira Koji the boss of the establishment and his assistant, younger guy Torihara takes some time off one night and confesses to his boss about his sexuality. Torihara knows he is gay and always has been (no change there) while Akira is known as a definate ladies man.
Working in the same place all the time and seeing each other stressed out can take its toll on them, so when they get time out to chat, Torihara thinks it's time they should go out for a drink somewhere nice and get to know each other better. Akira is up for it, but was surprised someone as young as him was even interested in him in the first place. Not only that the very sight of him stirrs up feelings he's never had for a man before.
The story has plenty to show off, the characters range in age from; Maki the owner, Mitsumoto, Matsuki, Ebikawa, Torihara, Goto, and Okuda. With all these characters to choose from there is no room for a dull day or a boring one for that. Tomoko's style is noticeable by its lack of backgrounds in many scenes - leaving the interpretation of the scenes up to the reader even though there is no doubt how funny this new title is from the first few pages.
IN SUMMARY: A comedy only Tomoko could make it in her own rich way. DBA is a wonderful peek into an original story with characters so believable you could imagine having the diner in your area. This is truly a feast of a yaoi manga!