Escape Journey Manga Volume 1. Rated 18+

Escape Journey Manga Volume 1. Rated 18+

-Written by: Megan R.

DISCLAIMER: Contains Hot Yaoi Action. NSFW. For Adults Only.

Are you ready for the next steamy boys’ love series to join your collection? Yeah you are. Escape Journey Manga Volume 1 has such an adorable cover that I had to read it for myself. Escape Journey by Ogeretsu Tanaka is the latest yaoi love story from publisher Sublime.

The story starts on the first day of college, where Naoto is having a blast making new friends. However his fun ends when he runs into his high school ex-boyfriend, Taichi. Their relationship ended with some harsh words, so they try their best to avoid each other without revealing the depth of their relationship to their new college friends. Amid the tension, they can’t resist being lovers instead of friends.

Escape Journey was a somber reminder of how the LGBT+ community is still very much frowned upon. Much of the conflict within this book might’ve been avoided if same-sex marriage was supported and legal in Japan. Because of this lack of support, Naoto begins to be distressed and argue with Taichi as he realizes that he doesn’t know how their relationship can progress beyond being lovers. Comparably, he looks at other female friends and sees a future of marriage and becoming a family.

Something I was surprised by was how much character development had occurred by the end of volume 1. Taichi and Naoto start out very insecure in themselves and their relationship. Unlike boys’ love relationships in other manga, both of our main characters are almost on equal terms. I was happy to see them more confident and ready to take on the world when I finished reading. I greatly enjoyed reading Escape Journey and can’t wait to continue this journey with Naoto and Taichi in Escape Journey Manga Volume 2 .

Escape Journey Manga Volume 1

It’s Naoto’s first day of college, and the last person he expected to see was his high school ex Taichi, who he’d dumped after a huge argument. Although years have passed, Naoto finds he’s still steamed over some of the harsh words that were exchanged. Even so, he can’t help but recognize how much Taichi has matured since then, and soon old feelings begin to stir. Will the discovery of his friend’s crush on Taichi further fray the threads of this tattered but mending relationship—or strengthen the ties that bind?

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