It’s been soooooo long since I last wrote a manga review, so I hope I’m not too rusty with these things. Anywho, I decided to pick up where I left off with part one of Sleeping Moon volume one. It’s also been a while since I’ve read Sleeping Moon (眠れる月), so I had to read back through it and bring out my trusty digital camera~ This review is coming to you live from my Sunday shift, so stick tight for the ride. Pffft, “ride”.
O-chan is letting me borrow Sekaiichi~
The first volume of Sleeping Moon is split into five Acts and a bonus chapter called ‘Snow Lantern’. Part One covered Acts 1 – 3 and this part will cover Acts 4 – ‘Snow Lantern’. Act 4 kicks off with Ren confronting Akihiko, asking him about where he disappeared to in the middle of the night. Akihiko is a little baffled by Ren’s persistence, but eventually tells him that he went back in time. After a moment of silence, Ren asks his older cousin (for those who forgot they were related) to follow him to his room. This is where Ren shares his knowledge about those ‘The Dreamer’, similar to Act 3 when Eitarou considered Akihiko to be one of the ‘espers’ that have appeared within their family.
See, he’s catching on quite fast.
As soon as Eitarou’s name escapes Akihiko’s lips, Ren doesn’t believe a word of what he said and blames it on a tear in the time-space construct. When did this become the Twilight Zone? Am I missing something here?? BUT that momentarily changes when Ren asks Akihiko to take him back to the past. Remember, Eitarou primarily calls on Akihiko when he’s in bed, so I’m pretty sure you guys get the hint of where this is going.
Could you turn the lights off too~?
I won’t spoil too much about where this is going, but I will say that Eitarou’s timing is both perfect and slightly frustrating to witness. Akihiko is reunited with Eitarou, who listens to the (technically) older man’s tale of woe after being sexually harassed by a man. This doesn’t seem to phase Eitarou since it’s all the rage in England. He continues to listen to Akihiko’s complaints, sips some tea and eventually shares the floor plans to the house that he found. While Eitarou tries to explain the papers, Akihiko is too busy staring at the other man while comparing his physical features to Ren. It’s moments like this that makes we wonder who he prefers the most. The modern tease or the refined gentlemen? Than again, that’s how I see Ren and Eitarou.
Transitioning into Act 5 leaves us with Ren groaning over how Akihiko left him high and dry, with a surprise visitor outside the door. Meanwhile, back in the past, the other two are talking about the progression of Japan in the future. Eitarou makes a teasing jab at Akihiko by saying that the man would fit right in during the early Taisho Period. (Sidenote: the summary says the Meiji Period, but the early Taisho is mentioned in Act 4… Another error, or…?) Things then get a little sentimental when Eitarou believes that the other is a good person who deserves to live a long, happy life with a family. Akihiko becomes aware of the time and feels that he should leave….but not without touching Eitarou’s face to get a feel of the difference between him and Ren.
Literally ASKING to be chased by that man!
Naturally Akihiko blames his confusion on Ren and nearly skips out on breakfast. Even more natural is the fact that Ren has caught a cold….and goes outside where it’s COLD! It becomes a scene where Character A becomes the nurse of Character B, and Character B uses the closeness to steal some sloppy – yet warm, attractive and melt worthy – kisses. Afterwards things go back to “normal”, the duo discuss the ghost in the furisode while Ren puffs on a cigarette while going over the floor plans. Is that supposed to warm him up? Akihiko then announces that he will be going back to Tokyo, Ren gets a little clingy and says the following.
Being back in Tokyo becomes a little too much for Akihiko to handle, and he quickly finds himself missing the country since he can no longer keep up with the hustle and bustle of the city. With floor plans in hand, he tries to get help from a friend who knows a friend that has studied Edo style architecture. Content with that, Akihiko goes back to his apartment where he gets a text from Ren, one asking when he will come back. Akihiko is reminded that Ren is cousin and is also male, but when has that completely stopped any uke in this kind of scenario? He then dismisses this as Ren being lonely and decides to turn in for the night… But wakes up to see the woman in the furisode has followed him back to Tokyo…
THANKFULLY, ‘Snow Lantern’ is on the lighter side of things and seems to take place after Akihiko returns from Tokyo. This little side story is from Eitarou’s perspective and Shiho makes another appearance. It’s winter in his time period, and he finds himself reminiscing about a man named Tachibana. He describes Tachibana as being rather effeminate and would be teased by their classmates. Because of this, Eitarou couldn’t help but stand up for Tachibana, but this lead to Tachibana falling in love with Eitarou. When Shiho asks what happened between the two of them after that, Eitarou explains that he continued to tell the other that he loved women, but Tachibana still insisted on writing him afterwards.
I honestly have no idea how I’ve missed the who point of this side story. I’m…..so damn oblivious. Though, Shiho seems to support two men being together and even insisted that Eitarou should have let Tachibana advance on him at least once….for future reference. She even goes as far as to mention how complicated the hearts of men are, so I’m pretty entertained when it comes with her character.
Eitarou’s mind slips and he finds himself thinking about Akihiko, and he becomes even more determined to help the other find an end to the family curse. Eitarou then references his waiting situation to the “Tales of the Peony Lantern“. Instead of waiting on the woman he loves, he refers to Akihiko as being the ‘person of my dreams’ that will appear. Thus concluding the first volume of Sleeping Moon.
This was the first manga I’ve ever read by Miyamoto-sensei, and I was honestly drawn to the cover art and the summary on the back. I’m a sucker for really nice drawing styles, and Miyamoto-sensei’s is now one of my favorites. The main thing that I enjoyed was that this manga didn’t jump straight into the sex. The plot, in my opinion, was well paced out and I didn’t find any areas that needed work.
I liked how there was back-story for Eitarou, Ren and a little bit for Akihiko. I liked the creepy elements of everything and everyone somehow being connected to the family curse. Above all, I really loved how dorky Ren was while interacting with both of his love interests. I would honestly be fine with him ending up with either Eitarou or Ren, but I think I’m leaning more towards Eitarou at this point. He needs more panel time! *sad face* Hopefully we get to see more of him in volume two. I want to see Eitarou and Akihiko kiss sooooooo baaaaaaad. Hnnghhn!!!
SuBLime has the official English release of Sleeping Moon already printed and in stores, but if you are wanting to read a scanlated version online you should/might be able to find one. Please, please, please consider buying the SuBLime release to help support the mangaka and her work! It would mean a lot if you did. Volume one and volume two can be found on Amazon if you are unable to find either copy in a bookstore. Don’t forget to check out Kano Miyamoto’s profile for more links if you wish to follow her. ❤
I was able to finish this while I was at work, but now I have my leftover tiramasu pancakes running through my mind… It’s almost 6am, but I should probably sleep when I get back to my room. :’D
See you guys next time~!!!
Gay, or European?
《Part One || 》