SOLFEGE (???????) • Fumi Yoshinaga • DMP (2007) • Houbunsha (Hanaoto, 1996-1998) • 1 volume • Yaoi • 16+ (brief violence, partial nudity, sex)
Kugayama, a gay music teacher stuck in a dead-end job teaching elementary school students, ends up giving voice lessons to Tanaka, a handsome, more brawn-than-brains teenager from a troubled home. Recognizing Tanaka’s talent along with his attraction to the boy, and knowing that an affair with a teenager would destroy him, Kugayama tries to keep the relationship platonic and to help Tanaka get into music school. But then tragedy strikes. A short, powerful love story with some surprising twists. The sexual content is largely offscreen and consists mostly of postcoital conversations.
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