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Originally published in the shojo magazine Bessatsu Extra Supplementary Hana to Yume where Otomen is serialized as Aoi Hitsuji no Yume, Blue Sheep Reverie s serialization halted after just one volume Several years later the BL magazine Karen serialized a new title by Makoto Tateno called Steal Moon, which took place in the same universe as AHnY and a few years later in the timeline With Steal Moon s popularity, Blue Sheep Reverie was resurrected, reissued by Karen with aBL flavor and continued past the initial volume it is currently in its fourth volume in Japan DMP finally licensed the series and is publishing it as a side story to Steal Moon, a classification which, while not only being incorrect, does this wonderful series no justice.Blue Sheep Reverie is the story of a young man, Kai Kouda, who arrives in the town Akatsuki, named sunrise in its long forgotten original language and now referred to by that name in the languages of its many multi ethnic immigrant inhabitants Because the town essentially has no police or government institutions making it a haven for the less than desirable , it is ruled by two rival companies, Sarte and Mynah, who are in a violent, yakuza esque war for control New arrivals are told they should choose a side and Kai is interested in Sarte, but only because one of its bosses, Lahti Bara, wears a ring Kai believes belonged to his murdered lover, Maria He is on a quest for revenge, but the world he is about to enter into is farcomplex than he would ever have imagined.As this title was originally serialized in a girls magazine, there isn t much in the way of BL service, and the one love scene is very brief and tasteful Those who are looking for a lot of fanservice are going to be disappointed in that respect until volume 2, at least There is also a much greater focus on Kai s relationship with Maria and she is a steady presence throughout the story, so readers who have a distaste for prominent female characters in BL series might also want to be wary However, I think her strong presence is one of the unique facets of the series that allow it to stand apart from the pack of stereotypical BL titles that either dismiss women entirely, or demonize them Tateno began her career as a girls manga author and it shows in herpositive attitude towards the women in her BL stories.Kai by the same respect is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stagnating sea of weak, passive ukes the submissive partner in a BL pair He is quick witted, strong willed and physically impressive His single minded goal, however misguided it might ultimately be, is enough to make him stand completely apart from his constantly unsure and wavering counterparts in other BL titles, not to mention the fact that he could take just about anyone in a fight I ve been known to refer to Kai as the type of rare uke that can only be dominated by the strongest of super semes such as Ryuichi Asami of Viewfinder It takes a powerful man like Lahti Bara to awe a man like Kai and draw him near That is one of the driving forces behind Kai s relationship to Lahti, and not some misguided romantic affection, as many BL series are often reduced to Kai doesn t fall in love with Lahti, he recognizes him as a strong man whom Kai desperately wants to equal as a man, and not necessarily to submit to as a lover It is possibly this fact in particular that makes this story one of the most unique and impressive to come out of the BL genre in some time.Very little about this book is disappointing The most unfortunate thing to be said is about the series title, which isor less a direct translation from the Japanese Most BL series have titles that reference some aspect of the romantic relationship of the characters like Tateno s Hate to Love You , or in the case of action oriented series like this one or like Tateno s Hero Heel and Yellow , some element of danger There is nothing particularly dangerous about sheep, let s be honest I do understand its significance, a reference to the misshapen cat s eye ring owned by the murdered Maria and worn by her murder suspect, as an ironic symbol of a loss of innocence, but as an eye catch on the shelves of a bookstore it is not something that is going to easily attract the attentions of those passersby who might be interested in the story.Among the smaller criticisms of the book to be made are in the language of the adaptation First is some of the name choices Pushing past the unfortunate spelling choice of the original Maina into Mynah that was presumably made to make it phonetic Romaji is just as phonetic in my opinion , my biggest complaint is in what I regard as the incorrect choice of Lahti While the translators successfully unravelled the mystery of Bihaan from the original katakana an Indian reference to dawn , they completely missed the equally culturally specific reference of Ratri the Goddess of Night in the Rig Veda I will concede that the translation for Steal Moon clearly missed this reference only vaguely explained in this book by Yan and it was probably decided for the sake of consistency to keep the name Lahti for the duration of publications of this story universe.Secondly is the awkwardness of the English adaptation DMP is by far the most prolific of the English BL publishers, but they are also one of the most inconsistent in quality The translation is pretty faithful, but the adaptation isn t very smooth and makes it harder to enjoy the story when reading For example, on page 67, when Kai apologises to Lahti he says, for the other time, which doesn t fit since when he is addressing Lahti here, it isn t a different time as in, an equivalent situation at a later date , it is a different day and a completely different context from the issue he is referencing It should be written as something like for before or for what I did There are numerous incidents like this throughout the book, and they are a distraction.I have to admit that this series has long been one of my very favorite BL titles and finally owning an English copy to replace my Japanese tankoban makes me ecstatic I can t wait for the next volume to be released and I highly recommend this series to all Makoto Tateno fans, fans of Steal Moon and fans of action type BL series. Kai, Whos Lover Was Murdered, Searches For The Murderer In The City Controlled By Saruto And Maina He Finds A Man With The Same Ring As His Dead Lover Steel Ratri A Boys Love Story Set In The Future Finally, The Spin Off Of Steal Moon Is Published An odd story with complicated relationships Kai, who fell in love with a woman named Maria, who was killed, goes looking for her killer in a foreign town and ends up finding Ratri Ratri is the twin brother of Bihan, who is Maria s real identity Maria is not dead, she has placed a chip inside Kai s head and it doessomethingmakes him have headaches when she is in the area because she controls digital wavesor something Not a 100% on the meaning behind that, if it s just the story that doesn t make a lot of sense, or if it s the translation that fails to capture what MT wanted to convey Ratri is gay, but only because the only woman he could ever love is his sister He then takes Kai as his lover So it in turn becomes a weird three way romance Add in the weak little girl from his hometown that was Kai s childhood friend, and that s a recipe for awkwardness I enjoy MT s artwork, and have enjoyed other of her stories Once again, the cleaning and redrawing in this volume is lacking, and much of the original text is left. What a great book with mystery, action, murder and a steamy romance I am loving this book It was a great read and can t wait to read the second book A friend had given me the second volume Figured having the first volume would help in understanding the second volume I like having paper versions of books manga So it madesense for me to have the first volume I ll probably have to get around to getting the others one day It came in a resealed wrap, which was a nice touch The book itself didn t look in that bad condition All in all, good times. awesome