Keeping with the drama theme of Dramacon and In The Starlight, we continue the drama with a title that starts out with a relatively swell idea, but ends up spoiling it almost immediately. This is “Made In Heaven: Kazemichi”.
Plot: Reiji gets into an accident which results in him getting most of his body replaced with machinery. That’s right, a cyborg. Sounds awesome? Too bad. Instead we look at the complexities of his life like not being able to feel the warmth of the sun and awesome generic stuff like that. And his girlfriend is an emotionless woman, who calls herself a cyborg. But she seems to cheer up by the end of the volume, just in time for Reiji to die. Wow, what a riveting plot!
Truth be told, some of the elements are kind of cool that make it somewhat worth it. Reiji (his name in the story is Kazemichi, as he got a name change after the accident, but I prefer Reiji) loses part of his face after a skiing incident, which looks neat. Also, it’s actually somewhat interesting to see a cyborg that would be more realistic in real life. Cyborgs are always portrayed as being super strong and nearly all-powerful. But here, it seems Reiji lives more like someone who has to take extra care of his life, just like someone who had a fatal accident. That’s well done.
But that doesn’t make up for all the blowjobs I had to put up with. It seems any manga with a sex scene will involve a blowjob in there somewhere. Like IWGP or Gunsmith Cats, this could be a kind of spectacular manga just as long as the blowjobs don’t appear. But they do, and I just get squeamish. What’s worse is Reiji blowing his doctor for payment. It’s seriously nasty, and while the action is never really visible, all you have to do is fill in the blanks, and then your mind goes blank.
I also have trouble with Reiji as a sympathetic character. We get one volume to really care about him, but then he dies. So how do we get to portray Reiji’s dramatic life in one volume? Why, we shove it all in, no matter how cluttered it may feel! You got Reiji’s drama with his mom, Reiji’s drama with his father (I think), Reiji’s drama with his sister, Reiji’s drama with his girlfriend, Reiji’s drama with his doctor, Reiji’s drama with his gay best friend, Reiji’s drama with himself… it’s all too much to take in a single volume.
There’s also the fact that he… I don’t know… CHEATED ON HIS GIRLFRIEND? Yeah, that’s never properly addressed! In fact, after he cheats on his girlfriend, he calls HER out for cheating on him! How can I sympathize with this guy? This guy reminds me of the boyfriend from Dramacon, just not as interesting (which says a lot) and supposedly the protagonist. Just awful.
What’s interesting is that the title differs between the two volumes. This one is named after Reiji’s new name, Kazemichi, while the other volume is named Juri, after the girlfriend, probably focusing on her as well. Why is this necessary? It’s not. But hey, at least you know who’s the protagonist in each volume, because I really couldn’t tell with the way Reiji acts.
Overall Opinion: A surprising mixed bag, but it’s mixed with blowjobs and crammed in drama. Not a fan.
Rating: One Thumb Down, Two and a Half Stars out of Five, and a “B-“.