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After suffering from amnesia after a traffic accident at 14, Hirofumi suddenly regains his memory two years later—and forgets the events of his life while he had amnesia. To recover these memories, Hirofumi reads through a journal that he's kept, consisting of letters to himself, and finds out that for the past two years, he's had a boyfriend. Shocked to find out that he's gay, Hirofumi struggles with his forgotten past and his persistent boyfriend, Daigo, who refuses to give up their relationship. Eiki is the author of the previous yaoi manga The Art of Loving (and coincidentally, the granddaughter of former Japanese prime minister Noboru Takeshita), and she has a talent for depicting boys in love. She manages the sexual and romantic tension between her characters with grace, alluding to the passion and hormonal drive of adolescence through dialogue rather than graphic content. Her artistic style mixes the activity and energy typical of boys' love books for teens with the sophistication of titles normally reserved for older readers. The result reflects adolescent energy without cluttering the page. (Aug.)
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Grade 10 Up–Daigo took an unconscious Hirofumi to the hospital after a car accident. Two years later, Hirofumi's health returned, but he couldn't remember his former life. Instead he latched on to his rescuer, who turned out to be needy to the point of obsession. Over time, the boys entered into a romantic and sexual relationship. Hirofumi was told that if his amnesia ever cleared up, he would lose all memories of his life since the accident, so he wrote a letter in which he explained to his future self how his relationship with Daigo developed. This story begins the day that Hirofumi's amnesia vanishes, and he doesn't recognize this strange boy who is paying him so much attention. Even after reading the Dear Myself letter and his journal, Hirofumi has trouble accepting that he could have ever had a homosexual relationship. He continues to rebuff Daigo's advances, but Daigo's pleading (and his own unconscious physical memory) start to break down Hirofumi's homophobic walls. The book is filled with images of longing glances peeking out from beneath stylish bangs and has a striking image of the boys embracing on the cover. Some readers might find the ending romantically fulfilling. Others might wish for a team of social workers to help these boys (who both have histories of being molested by their elders) to deal with their problems and to develop as individuals. A thought-provoking story for mature readers.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not that bad Nov. 20 2006
By Janet Quan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First off, there is a sequel to this manga called 'Worlds end' being released in 07, if it felt unfinished then that's why. It's a good one to add to your collection if you like Eiki Eiki but there's better out there.

This is one of Eiki Eikis first works, so compared to the art of loving the plot is not as strong.

The plot is interesting to me because it's not about a boy who wakes up one day with amnesia but about a boy who wakes up after regaining all his memories and loosing the memories of when he did have amnesia. He's not trying to remember who is but what he has been doing for two years. He soon discovers he has a boyfriend and must locate a journal he wrote explaining his situation. It's not just generic stereotypical rubbish.

The mother and sister do fail to give both boys vital information but it seems to me they just want them to work it out for themselves. The doctor encourages their relationship which he wouldn't do in real life, but if the boys had these obstacles in their way they would probably have never been together. Although Hirofumi's other self does shows up to `guilt trip' him. I look at it as if this other self who woke up with amnesia and had no prejudices about homosexuality is trying to convince him to look past his own bias and see Daigo for who he is. I agree that Daigo does come across childish and one minded but there's something about the simplicity of his nature that makes him who he is.

Judge for yourself- but I think it's pretty good and look forward to the sequel.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Something different! Dec 1 2006
By R.Parklane - Published on Amazon.com
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The second reviewer gave a good summary of the story. As a debut, this mangaka did a pretty good job. I personally like the plot, which I find interesting. Hirofumi's progress from initial confusion to finally accepting Daigo is quite a journey by itself. And Hirofumi's reference to and conversing with "himself" is refreshing.

However the ending short story 3 years later is a trifle weak. Here Daigo has turned into a promising young man. I prefer the disturbed and tortured younger Daigo. As for Hirofumi, I would have preferred him to be more independent and mature. On the other hand, it could be the mangaka's slightly twisted self at work here. Definitely getting the sequel to be released in 2007.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Too quick. Dec 22 2006
By Carolyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Before this was licensed, my friend convinced me this was one of the best BL Manga out there. And now I have the English version, I must say I was a little disappointed. Maybe it was DMP's translation? I dunno.

The story was fast paced and over before you know it. That was the main problem. You couldn't get to involved with the characters cos of the pace and it was annoying.

Though that problem annoyed me, I'll be buying the second volume to see how the two main characters get over the problem of the memory loss.

World's End, the 2nd volume will be out soon in 2007. So hopefully it completes the series and gives us some more answers.
Don't bother Nov. 15 2012
By Sarah Wurst - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was AWFUL! The description sounded really interesting so the plot had promise based on the IDEA, but the execution was terrible. It was whiney the entire story and full of assault and had references to incest. I like boys love romance, not teenage whiner babies who molest each other. If I could go back in time I wouldn't have wasted my money on this title.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A cute read! July 19 2007
By M. Frisk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed Dear Myself. The art is pretty average for yaoi - not exhuberant by any standards, but the boys are cute and their bodies look natural (ie lips proportional and non-spider limbs). I think it has a decent plot for a JUNE one-shot. The book tries to get a little angsty but fails. Fluff fans will cry for about a page and a half in the "sad part", while angst fans will probably vomit from the sheer amount of fluff. There are no true lemons, and the citrusy "tacit" scenes aren't done well so the mind doesn't wander much. On the other hand, as far as one-shot fluff-epics go, Dear Myself is a great title, and if that's what you're looking for, you will find a great investment in this book.


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