Solfege is a yaoi manga by Fumi Yoshinaga. Kugayama is a gifted music teacher who is also a wealthy slacker and a closeted homosexual. A young man named Tanaka requests his help in tutoring him for a music school’s entrance exam. Problems at home cause Tanaka to miss his lesson and he moves in with Kugayama as a result. The two of them become lovers but personal complications end the relationship. However, when Kugayama is injured by a jealous ex-lover, Tanaka goes to see him and help him regain his passion for music. Can they rebuild their relationship?
The story is very good with an emotional and psychological depth that Fumi Yoshinaga is well known for. The artwork is clean and crisply done with a simple elegance. The plot eschews the cheap melodramatics that stereotypical yaoi is known for and has a cautious optimism that reflects real life. While the story doesn’t answer the question about wherever Kugayama and Tanaka are going to get back together again, you get the feeling that at least the future looks a lot brighter for them. Honolulu yaoi fans looking for a down to earth yaoi with depth should buy this comic as soon as possible.
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