I Shall Never Return
|I Shall Never Return|
English cover of I Shall Never Return volume 1
(Boku wa Konomama Kaeranai)
|Written by||Kazuna Uchida|
|Published by||Shufu-to-Seikatsu Sha, Ohzora Publishing|
|Original run||October 1992 – September 1996|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Katsumi Minokuchi|
|Released||June 21, 1994|
I Shall Never Return (Japanese: ぼくはこのまま帰らない Hepburn: Boku wa Konomama Kaeranai?) is a yaoi manga series by Kazuna Uchida. The first volume was published in Japan in October 1992 by Shufu-to-Seikatsu Sha. It spanned six volumes until its conclusion in September 1996. Ohzora Publishing reprinted the volumes from April 1997 through October 1997. Aurora Publishing licensed the series for an English language release in North America in 2007. I Shall Never Return is available in English on the Internet from the Netcomics publisher.
The plot is about a love triangle between a cheerful young man, Ritsuro, his troubled friend Ken who works as a rent boy, and Ritsuro's girlfriend Moeko.
I Shall Never Return was adapted into a 40-minute original video animation by J.C.Staff and released in Japan on January 27, 2006. Media Blasters licensed the OVA for distribution in North America and releasing it on February 13, 2007.
A delinquent teenager named Ken Amafuji longs to tell his best friend Ritsurou Yoshinari, how he really feels. In the way of that admission is Ritsurou's girlfriend, Moeko. After his parents got divorced, he drops out of high school and gets Ritsurou to live with him. The story begins when Ken has a one-night stand with Moeko so he can get closer to Ritsurou.
- Ritsurou Yoshinari (吉成 律亮 Yoshinari Ritsurou?) Voiced by: Kazuya Ichijou
- Ken Amafuji (海部フジ ケン Amafuji Ken?) Voiced by: Kouichi Toochika
- Moeko Kobashi (小林 萌子 Kobashi Moeko?) Voiced by: Yuko Nagashima
- Kazuyoshi Iwasaki (岩崎 和義 Iwasaki Kazuyoshi?) Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka
Moeko has been described as "more than a convenient prop" to the plot, which is unusual for female characters in BL works, which is unusual since her character is important to the overall character development of both male characters. Ritsuro and Ken's switching seme and uke roles has been remarked on as interesting in "a work of this vintage", and as a device showing the confused emotions of their relationship. Rape scenes in the second volume have been described as being for "full emotional, not sensual, impact". Erin F. of PopCultureShock described it as "amazingly dramatic". The OVA has been described as a "love letter" to the fans of the manga, and as a 'snapshot' of the manga story.
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- Beard, Patricia (July 30, 2008). "I Shall Never Return Vol. #02". Mania.com. Demand Media. Archived from the original on 2012-09-29.
- F., Erin (November 27, 2007). "Two Titles from Deux Press". PopCultureShock.com. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011.
- Beveridge, Chris (March 22, 2007). "I Shall Never Return". Mania.com. Demand Media. Archived from the original on 2012-09-27.
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