Oosawa and Yoshioka have known each other for some time, but Yoshioka's flighty nature gets on Oosawa's nerves. Yoshioka is constantly bringing in new boyfriends to the restaurant Oosawa works at, yet still manages to find time to flirt with Oosawa, a single father with no time of his own to date or even meet new people. However, when Chizu, Oosawa's young daughter, falls ill, the reluctant man finds himself at his wit's end. Thankfully, Yoshioka is there to help out.
Despite Oosawa's protests, he finds himself depending on the man he once thought flighty and unreliable. And despite himself, he may just be falling for Yoshioka...
"Only Serious About You" is a two-volume manga about finding love in the most unexpected places. In this first volume, we are introduced to the two main characters, Oosawa and Yoshioka, and Oosawa's young daughter, Chizu. Oosawa is a single father who works hard to support his daughter, and Yoshioka is a flirty patron of the restaurant Oosawa works at.
This manga is a simple story about two lonely men who come to care for each other and form a family. If you're familiar at all with the yaoi genre, you may be expecting weeping ukes and dominating semes; this is not the manga you're looking for. Despite featuring a straight-man-turned-gay, there is no "forcing the issue" on the reluctant uke; in fact, this volume contains nothing more than a kiss.
The slower pace of the story, however, works quite well here. The reader finds themselves experiencing the feelings that grow between Yoshioka and Oosawa as they happen. While many popular yaoi stories feature "sex turning into love," this story is more "affection turning into love." While this is nothing new, and there are definitely cliches used in the execution, the artist manages to tell the story with a deft hand and keeps it interesting.
And may I just say, Chizu is adorable. Many times a child in a yaoi manga can feel superfluous or can just be annoying, but in this case Chizu is really the glue that brings these two together.
The art in this manga is also quite appealing. There were some panels scattered throughout where I thought faces looked a little odd, but overall I enjoyed the artist's work.
If you're looking for an enjoyable yaoi manga with character development and family bonding, a little bit of fluff, a touch of drama, and a lot of good feelings, "Only Serious About You" is a great bet. For hardcore yaoi lovers, however, this one will likely not appeal, as this first volume is almost entirely chaste.