This book was a love from the first sight. And this cover is still among my most favorite.
I've wanted to see it scanlated for many years and I'm very happy that I finally was able to make it happen.
I remember when I saw scans of this book years ago, small and in poor quality, but I loved the story nonetheless. The scans were so small I couldn't even decipher all the kanji with my poor Japanese, and I wanted to know what's going on so badly! So I decided I have to get myself an actual copy.
But the book was nowhere to be found. It took me a few good years before I finally came across it on Ebay.
The text was still to difficult for me back then, but I was able to find a translator quite easily (LJ charity auction again ^^).
So actually I could release this book two, even three years ago.
But for some reason it wasn't easy for me to return to this story.
I love this book, but there was always something unsettling about it to me. It's very short, the construction may seem a bit random at first, but it really isn't. It tells a story of how Gunji and Kiriwar first met and how their paths crossed. The characterization is great here, they both really act like themselves, not a false note there. What happens to them is also believable, I could perfectly imagine them in a similar scenario, but not necessarily with each other. Somehow it didn't seem to me that their later relationship carried that kind of weight. I used to treat it more like an alternate story which would have a different ending. Now I don't know, I think I could believe that's how it all started.
It's a harsh, bitter-sweet story, but the sweet is scarce. And a story of abuse which always seemed to me disturbingly realistic... There are moments in this book, gestures, words that ring true in a really unsettling way. This book always leaves me a bit uneasy.
I'm not sure if this is what the author intended, how seriously she takes the whole thing, she sends mixed signals. But she surely doesn't try to soften the story or find excuses for her characters and that's what makes it so believable.
I love Kiriwar here, he's a real bastard, but at the same time doesn't seem a one-dimensional character. And I love the way this artist draws Gunji. I wish there was a continuation to this story. I'd really like to see where they would go from such a starting point...
A technical note: the basic translation was done by clock_tower (thank you!), but I changed the text quite a bit, so you may say it was a joint effort (and shared blame for possible errors ^^).
Perhaps someone beat me to it and scanlated it before - I haven't checked in a while, but I really wanted to do it and so I did. ^^
You know why I love the cover so much? It's a beautiful picture, that's a given, but it also fits the book perfectly. The same goes for the title, ironic as it is. In fact the title and the cover tell between them the whole story. That's a rare thing in doujinshi. ^^
So here it goes - one of my favorite doujinshis with two of my favorite characters.
I'm sure many of you read it before, but I'll be happy to hear what you think about it. :)
Title: Home sweet home
Artist/Circle:Saito Mamimu/Family complex
Fandom: Togainu no Chi
Characters: Kiriwar, Gunji
Genre/Rating: serious, yaoi, R-18. WARNING: I don't think it's a shota, but Gunji is clearly a minor here.
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