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Akira's life has not been one of simple luxury and happy family memories. Seemingly abandoned by their father, chairman of the mighty Kasuga group, Akira's mother was left to raise her two sons on her own. If not having her lover there to stand beside her was not enough of a tragedy, the birth of the second child, Nao, dealt another blow as he was born blind. Akira and his mother were left soldiering on, caring for Nao without any emotional support besides themselves. This too, was to be taken away as Akira and Nao's mother tragically developed cancer while Nao was still in school and Akira not yet beginning his life as a working adult. Her death is heralded by the sudden onslaught of rain, which brings not only the moment she has departed from their lives, but the moment the Kasuga Group re-enters it in the form of Kasuga R& C president Kyouya Hyougami.
The onslaught of rain is relentless as Hyougami appears again and again to assert the will of Akira and Nao's father, Jun'ichirou Kasuga. Forcibly brought to the Kasuga estate, Akira and Nao are not only suddenly brought into the Kasuga family fold, but find themselves acknowledged as their father's second and third heir. Shock and surprise await them though as they discover half brother Yuuichirou is confined to a mental hospital, and elder half sister Kyouko seems to be the lover of Hyougami. Love and affection from the family is most definitely not forthcoming as once succession has been arranged, the boys find themselves shuffled off to an apartment elsewhere in the city. It soon becomes apparent though that their lives are definitely controlled by their father , as everything that ties them to their past lives is consumed by the Kasuga group. Even Akira's new job is subverted and he finds that he is powerless against his father's efforts to crush the past regardless of the many innocent people involved. Lacking any financial or political clout of his own, he finds but one hand extended to him in the pouring rain: Hyougami's. But at what price and for what reasons?
Yuuya's Endless Rain is a pretty to look at drama with many layers of emotion running through it and filled with suspense. Jun'ichirou Kasuga is a fairly unlikeable man and a bit of an enigmatic character. Seemingly cold and uninterested in his mistress and their children, he nonetheless crushes the ties she and the boys had to the world as if re-inventing his family's past while at the same time, holding them at arms' length and using his children as pawns for more money and power. Hyougami is likewise a cold figure that is hard to warm up to, though charismatic in his own way as Akira finds out. Layer upon layer of secrets and deceit are piled one upon the other in a tale of love and betrayals. It seemingly comes out right in the end, but does it really? For we end up knowing a few things that Akira never does, and it leaves us to ponder the true nature of his beloved. Still, as Nao says, as long as he is happy, and he is. The reader is left with the sun shining, with the allegorical yet actually physical rain ended. Perhaps, this too signals a change within the hearts of the two dark hearted men in the story. One looking to towards a bright future with his beloved, and the other treasuring a simple life with family. Let's hope so.
Rated an 18+, it features graphic sex and violence, so not for the faint hearted or shy. It is available as both a paperback edition as well as in Kindle format, so one has a great choice on how to read this. I'm impatient, I must admit. If I buy a dead tree copy and it is also in kindle, I also buy the Kindle edition so I can start reading it in under a minute. The resolution of DMP's offerings are crisp and clear when read on my PC using the free Kindle app, and likewise when read on the I pad, so it just feeds my greed. Having now ordered the Kindle version of this title, I can tell you that this offering is no different. Now I just need to buy a Kindle and its cover so that I can hold this in my hands like a "real book" when out and about (I hate taking my dead tree books out of the house in case anything happens to the paper pages or the cover).
I'd like to thank Digital Manga for providing me with my review copy