Dekoboko Sugar Days by Yusen Atsuko

Dekoboko Sugar Days

by Yusen Atsuko.

Yuujirou Matsukaze has been close friends with Rui Hanamine since the two of them were children, and at that time, Yuujirou was the one who stood up for and took care of his adorable, soft-hearted friend. But as it turns out, Yuujirou’s childhood dreams end up growing a little too big to handle ― or, rather, too tall! At over six feet in height, the cheerful and happy-go-lucky Rui towers over his would-be protector… and still has no idea Yuujirou’s had a crush on him since they were kids! 

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: February 18, 2020.

Length: 256 pages.

Series: Stand alone.

Genre: Manga. QUILTBAG. Yaoi.

Read as: an eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts

Dekoboko Sugar Days is a quick and cute story of Yuujirou and Rui as they each come to realise their feelings for each other. Yuujirou was a favourite character of mine, as he both angstyed over his short height and his feelings for Rui. I say angst but really it was all just cute pining and over compensation for his shortness by drinking a lot of milk.

The romance of the yaoi was really quite sweet, with the chemistry and love between the pair being evident from the beginning. I really liked both characters and found myself smiling throughout the manga as they interacted and circled each other.

I really enjoyed the art style of Dekoboko Sugar Days, Yusen Atsuko has a distinct style that is just really nice to look at and read. Atsuko’s art style is very clear, and does wonderful things portraying emotions and actions. I loved the character designs of Yuujirou and Rui, and am looking forward to seeing any other releases by this mangaka.

It was refreshing to read a new yaoi title that contained fully consensual material. While there was a little angst in the story this mainly revolved around characters heights and seemingly missed opportunities, rather than issues of coming out and being in a homosexual relationship. Which is you know, a big win considering how terrible yaoi can be in regards to actual queer representation.

Please note: I received a copy of Dekoboko Sugar Days from NetGalley.

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