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The Day I Become A Butterfly (Yaoi Manga) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Sumomo Yumeka

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Uka is counting down the hours, waiting for the day he becomes a butterfly. Although he has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, Uka doesn’t believe that this is the end. He knows a day will come when he will be free to flutter and fly as a butterfly.

Watching silently from the shadows is the mysterious Mikami. Mikami “senses” that Uka is nearing his end. He knows that falling in love with a boy who is about to pass away is hopeless but he cannot help himself. Will Mikami’s love be strong enough to keep Uka’s butterfly wings grounded?

This collection of bittersweet tales from Sumomo Yumeka also includes stories about a blue cat, a Tokyo alien and your very own planet. Intrigued? Flip through the pages and satisfy your curiosity.


There is a rumor going around school that Mikami can "hear" when one's death is near. Uka has just turned fifteen, but doesn't know how much longer he'll live...Will the budding love between Mikami and Uka have a happy ending?


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 9374 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 168 Seiten
  • Verlag: Digital Manga Publishing; Auflage: 1 (13. Juli 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002HJ3NFG
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful Series of Vignettes! 13. April 2007
Von Rin - Veröffentlicht auf
I'm really not sure why the Publisher's Weekly review above was so harsh on this manga and I think it will, unfortunately, turn many people away from what is a wonderful manga.

Personally, I love Sumono's work. Her short stories are very much like visual poems. Of course, this means that certain things aren't always presented as clearly or straight-forwardly as they could be, but I feel that's part of the reason this mangaka's work is so thought-provoking and unique. There's a soft, tender quality to the manga. Also I am completely infatuated with her artwork, which is clean and elegant. June has also packaged this volume with the quality it deserves. The art is reproduced on clean, heavy pages and there's a nice non-glossy, satiny cover. (If only BeBeautiful would learn something from them!)

The only issues some might have with this volume are:

1) There *are* a couple hetero stories in the mix- a fault of June for selling the volume as only 'yaoi'.

2) Sumono's ukes do tend to have exceptionally long hair and/or very feminine features. This doesn't happen to bother me. Although I generally dislike ukes that are too 'girly', but I adore Sumono's art enough that it doesn't bother me. (May I add that gender ambiguity is just not as big a deal in Japan?)

Overall, I highly recommend this volume as a thoughtful, lovely alternative to the many insipid yaoi titles that happen to be floating around on the US market. I love hardcore yaoi as well as the next girl, but if you're looking for something with a more mature feel that has depth and romance, you won't be disappointed (hetero stories and all)!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good collection but a serious issue with Junemanga! 30. März 2007
Von R.Parklane - Veröffentlicht auf
When I buy BL I expect to get all BL. So why are there 2 heterosexual romance stories here! Junemanga is ridiculous or have they conveniently forgotten the meaning of Yaoi and BL?!
Back to this BL (including 2 hetero) manga with implicit sex. By the mangaka of Same Cell Organism, this mangaka once again proves her remarkable story telling skill. Her words are simple yet so expressive and effective. 6 stories here and they are bittersweet and touching with a surreal and haunting quality in them. My favorite is the deeply moving "You at the end" about a mute boy finding love. The titled story on a boy who may not live till adulthood and his seme who senses death is melancholy but lovely. The one on an abused boy finding comfort may be the shortest but by no means lacking. "Tokyo Alien Ulala" is comically sweet.
One of the hetero stories on a student in love with her teacher is pretty good but I have an issue with it as I do not go for heterosexual romance mangas.
I like this mangaka's fluid and graceful artwork but I wish she will stop drawing her ukes with long hair. And again my rightful wrath with Junemanga, for injecting heterosexual into this manga. I will definitely lodge a complaint!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Day I Become a Butterfly review 11. November 2009
Von L. M. Kagan - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
This is by far one of my favorite collections of short stories ever. I've come to love this artist because of this book, not only because of her simple yet beautiful art style, but also because of her romantic and sweet storylines that give just that little hint of temptation along with a very innocent and honest romantic side. The two stories featuring the mute boy were my favorites, and it has that heartache of not being able to make your presence known or being able to call out to others, as well as the satisfying sweetness of having that one special person who always hears you, even when you don't make a sound. I was more than happy with these short stories, and even the guy/girl couple's story fit along perfectly with all the others. I enjoyed it, and it will forever remain one of the favorites of my collection.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful artwork 4. Mai 2007
Von Snuggles D. Rabbit - Veröffentlicht auf
If you are looking for hardcore, explicit sex this isn't it.

The day I became a butterfly is a gentle, sweet collection of stories with emotion. I liked the first story the best. It is a bittersweet story about the desperation of finding and receiving love, and the uncertainty of the time we have on this world to be with the ones we truely care about. The butterfly tattoos tugged at my heart.

I really loved the art in this book, it was a welcome change from a lot of yaoi books where the characters have freakishly large hands, oversized shoulders, and outragous heads of hair.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen As Lonely and Free as a Butterfly 15. Juli 2010
Von The Kimi-Chan Experience - Veröffentlicht auf
I have to admit that I have a strong preference for single story manga over anthologies. It's not that I have anything against the short story format, but rather the fact that so many writers do better with more space to fully express their ideas rather than less. What I dislike is the incomplete feel of most short stories, and with less text, this is often especially true when it comes to manga. When I saw this title was an anthology, I braced myself for potential dissatisfaction, given the deeply complex themes that the short one shots within explore. In this set of stories, we are confronted by persons kept back from truly living and loving due to personal circumstances they must get past, whether it be disability, serious illness, neglect, or even abuse. How each person and those they they encounter is different, and the couples are interestingly varied. Usually an anthology follows a single sub-genre, but this one while mainly BL, also has some titles that due to the mature themes expressed, I would call josei rather than shoujo.

The first one shot is the longest at 46 pages long. It's also the story that gave the book its title, "The Day I became a Butterfly". Uka has been seriously ill all his life and lived a life confined indoors and restricted from most daily activities. Growing watching his peers laugh, run, and play, he knows that in his present state, he cannot roam free, butt hat one day, his yearning soul will break free from its confinement and he dreams about how then he will fly away, like a butterfly, unshackled at last. Classmate Mikami is friendly with everyone but Uka. He avoids Uka at all costs. It is said that Mikami has a unique gift, he can tell when someone's time is near, and even give a date as it draws close by. The time has come for a final last ditch effort to save Uka's life, an extremely risky surgery that if successful, will allow him to live on . The odds are poor though, but Uka is scheduled for it anyway. Uka is fascinated with Mikami's gift. Is it true? Can he tell Uka if his time to fly free is here at last? And why does Mikami looked so pained and saddened when Uka approaches him? Will Mikami's reasons be enough to capture a butterfly?

"You at the End" introduces us to two boys who are withdrawn from the world, for two very different reasons. Unari is a bit of a loner. He doesn't like being burdened by the many people and things he encounters in the world, and so keeps pretty much to himself. He has one friend, Toeh, that he allows to partially share his personal space, though not necessarily at the same time as he himself is there. Toeh may go to hang out at Unari's house, but Unari may not be there, having taken himself off to the skate park to fly high above the world into his own little place. It is at that place that he encounters the pale, frail figure of Masariya. Masariya loves to watch Unari fly on his skateboard, and Unari is taken by the boy's ethereal looks and inability to utter a sound. He begins tot each Masariya to skateboard, and the two boys draw closer. When jealousies flare, will Unari confront the pettiness from the outside world and walk away, or will Masariya's inner voice reach him?

Self imposed loneliness is also the theme of the next offering, "The Lonely War". Adults who fail to talk openly with your children about divorce can unwittingly leave deeper scars than they intended to, as Kawashima finds when feelings arise between him and childhood friend Suzu. Falling out of love is always a possibility, but so is the chance of experiencing a one true, and everlasting love. Will they just be friends forever, or can Suzu learn to trust their feelings and take a leap into the unknown?

"Blue Cat Tunnel" is a story of the saving graces of friendship as much as it is about facing the difficulties of being in love. Suzu from the previous story appears here along with her best friend Tokiko. Suzu is wishes to become a children's storybook writer, and is currently writing a story about a little blue cat trying to find his way out of a tunnel. Little does she know that Tokiko is finding resonance with the story, however, as she is trapped in a dark place, looking for a way to get to the light. Tokiko is very, very lonely. She has a love she feels she cannot quite reach, and so "dates" many men for money to treat herself. This only serves to make her feel even more unworthy and lonely. Like the little blue cat stuck in the tunnel, she comes to realise that only she can find her way out; she can't wait for someone to just happen by and rescue her. With the support from her unwitting friend, can she stop her self destructive behaviour and move forward, supporting the one she loves, the now crippled man whose wife forever sleeps, trapped in a coma until she dies?

Yuzuru Yoshimoto has an entirely different sort of problem in "Tokyo Alien Ulala". He sees himself as a normal 16 year old kid , one with a promising future ahead of him as he graduates school, goes on to medical school, and follows in his father's footsteps to inherit the family hospital. All set out for him, all he has to do is follow the plan. But is this what he wants? Maybe not, but one has to live life by rules, right? He's no longer quite so certain, as his best friend speaks alineese at him, saying things like , "I am the future emperor of the galaxy", and "I love you, Yuzuru." Ulala Nakazawa is one seriously unconventional guy, with ideas that are as grand as they are idiotic. Between the two of them, can they reach some middle ground that allows them to face life's realities and still live, love, and dream free?

"Planet Yours" is subtitled as "Akira's Story" and is just that. Friends with Haru and Nina, he spends his days trying to avoid trouble, but forced to hang out with them as they won't leave him alone Growing ever more confused by the physical and emotional proximity of himself and Haru and Haru and Nina, he doesn't know what to make of their friendship. Haru doesn't help, what with his always saying dreamer -like things about buying a planet just for him and Akira, and doing stuff like giving him a "magic rock" that was really a meteorite that once belonged to Haru's father. Raised in a physically abusive home, this becomes his talisman while still not understanding the affection being showered upon him by Nina and Haru. Haru promises to tell him something magical on his fifteenth birthday if he still has the rock. Can Akira accept the truth Nina shares with him about Haru's feelings and shoulder of support, or will he shut himself away? His 15th birthday is tomorrow, and an encounter with Haru the night before just may change everything.

Tenderly sweet, and heart achingly beautiful, the emotions wash over the reader as they meet each character in turn. With delicately beautiful renderings that impart an almost ethereal nature, the pictures imbue the prose with life. Sumomo Yumeka manges to pull of the feat of telling richly detailed stories filled with deep emotion and meaning within a very few pages. Each tale is a microcosm of perfection, a rare feat when compared to other anthology efforts I have observed from other writers . There is no feeling of incompleteness here, though it would be nice to revisit the 1st, 2nd and last stories again as their relationship progresses and they face new trails as their lives move forward from that point. It is not a necessary thing, as one an pretty well much guess the over all future outcome from what is written, but the stories there make such an impact that one simply wishes they were part of a larger series.

Printed under Digital Manga's June imprint, it carries the young adult rating of 16+ due to mature themes. Nothing overly explicit is shown, but there are sexual situations and as I mentioned, child abuse and other serious topics are raised. With its almost dreamlike narratives with musing thoughts and vignettes of life, this is not a title that will appeal to fans of the yaoi genre that are looking for dynamic action and plenty of steamy sex. For fans of the romance genre however, there is plenty to be said here about what a great read this is, as the emotions are raw, beautiful, and as realistic as time is fleeting.

***I would like to thank Digital Manga Publishing for providing me with this review copy. This title is available as a paperback from all major manga outlets, and also available to rent or buy at DMP's own [...] online reading service.***
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