Saturday Issue Review: Gakuen Heaven (18+)

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The Saturday Issue focuses on the more visual books read here at In Libris Veritas; ranging from graphic novels to manga to game companion guides.

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Gakuen HeavenSource: Purchased
Publisher: BLu
Series: Gakuen Heaven #1
Edition: Paperback, 192 Pages
Genre: Yaoi Manga
Purchase:  Amazon *
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3/5

Keita Itou–a boy with no special qualities other than superb luck–suddenly receives an acceptance letter from the prestegious all-boys Bell Liberty Academy. There to welcome him are the two most powerful students on campus, the King and Queen of of BL Academy, Niwa and Saionji.Keita works to discover the reasons behind his invitation to such a remarkable school, struggles to find his niche among such brilliant and beautiful young men, and attempts to win the school-wide contest that will grant him his greatest wish! With all the obstacles in his way, including his own self-doubt, will Keita be able to win the competition–and the king’s heart?

Gakuen Heaven is one of the manga that came with the inventory when I purchased the book store, and since I make a point to read every manga that crosses my path this ended up on my TBR pile. I can’t say I’m too impressed with it.

The one thing that truly stands out about this one is the art. It’s simply stunning and You Higuri really breathes life into an otherwise bland story.

The story itself is okay. It wasn’t anything too out of the ordinary for a romance manga like this. You have the troupe of a school full of eligible and attractive guys, and the main character who has their pick of them. It’s a toss up to see who wins their affections. Keita’s relationship with the king is rather sudden, and very much a ‘love at first sight’ kind of story. There isn’t much to go or believe in before we get a quick sex scene and the book is over. Even knowing going in that Yaoi tends to focus on the physical, I had expected some sort of relationship to built and shown to us instead of brushed off as something quickly passionate.

I loved the art style, but the story is forgettable. I’m not sure I’ll bother trying to find the rest of the series any time soon.

3 star

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