You know us, always looking for new BL manga to fill the emptiness inside our hearts. It’s no easy task to find the perfect story, with a good balance between art, narrative, and characters, but once we find that, it’s like a song to our souls.
Kimi ni Ienai Koto ga Aru (There Are Things I Can’t Tell You) by Edako Mofumofu is one of those stories that will make your heart melt, ache, and dance around while reading it, and we’ll tell you why!
It Always Starts With Childhood Friends
Kyosuke has always been there for Kasumi, helping him through middle school and high school. Although they were so different, somehow their friendship seemed to work, but as days went by, they started to drift apart.
After a high school reunion, these two friends start hanging out again. For a moment, it seems like they can go back to the way things were before, but Kyosuke knows that’s not possible: his feelings for Kasumi are in the way, and it would be hard for him to act like nothing’s going on. At the same time, he’s also concerned about the way Kasumi has been acting, dating a taken woman. To help his childhood friend, he introduces Kasumi to another lady, only to have his friend run away from the restaurant! Apparently, he didn’t appreciate being set up by Kyousuke…
Mofumofu Sure Knows How to Make the Stories Soft
Mofumofu is a Japanese onomatopoeia used for things that are “soft to the touch.” Bad puns aside, There Are Things I Can’t Tell You is a really soft story to the eyes, and to the heart. The relationship between Kyosuke and Kasumi is pure and heartbreaking at the same time. We can understand Kyosuke’s pain, having a lot of things to say but putting his friendship with Kasumi first, deciding to keep everything that he feels a secret. Of course, Kyosuke is not the only one struggling; Kasumi also has things that he can’t say, and he doesn’t know how to keep them quiet anymore.
Kasumi is a soft-spoken, shy guy with a reserved personality, always sitting in a corner to avoid being the center of attention. Kyosuke, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. He’s loud, energetic, and has always been really popular, like a magnet attracting people towards him. Opposites indeed attract, but will it be the case for these two?
Art and Story Go hand in Hand
There are a few things to take into consideration before picking up a BL manga. Maybe the premise is interesting enough, but is the narrative good? Are there enough sexy or romantic scenes? Do we like the art style? With There Are Things I Can’t Tell You, that’s easy to know: all we have to do is take a look at the cover!
The way that the characters are drawn brings out everything about them. With Kasumi, it emphasizes his dorky side, with his blank expressions moments after he wakes up or the longing in his eyes when he looks at Kyosuke. On the other hand, Kyosuke looks like a confident man while bringing out his stylish side. From Kasumi’s bed hair to Kyosuke’s piercings, every detail conveys their personalities.
There Are Things I Can’t Tell You is a beautifully drawn, short BL manga with two adorkable main characters who try to feel close to each other again. Both Kasumi and Kyosuke have things they can’t bring themselves to say out loud, but their actions make the other one understand what they’re going through.
This story needs more chapters!