I Shall Never Return Volume 4 (Yaoi) (Deux)

by Kazuna Uchida | Gay & Lesbian |
ISBN: 1934496340 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 2/15/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I've been reading the first three volumes of this five-volume series via a bookbox, and was sufficiently intrigued to want to pick up the final two books so I could find out what happens to our heroes!

Later: This volume opens with our heroes pursuing their own paths - and it looks as though their romance may have run its course. A little later, the love-to-hate-him third party makes a blunt revelation to Ken about what's been going on - and Ken, who seems to have matured quite a bit after spending more time with his stepfather, takes it surprisingly well... leading to one of the most emotional scenes in the series. [I almost felt sorry for Mr. 3rd Wheel - almost {wry grin}.]

The two leads aren't the only ones who wind up facing some tangled relationships; Kazuyoshi meets a couple who have issues of their own. But there seems to be a strong theme of I Want My Beloved To Be Happy running through this volume, and - so far - the lesson seems to be benefiting those who learn it...

The series:

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4
Volume 5

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (3/27/2013 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm sending this set of five books out on a bookray (see the forum thread here); they'll be on their way to the first stop, with BCer BMVCOE in Maryland, today. (I'd like the last person on the list to offer the books in the forums again, but if there are no takers, the books can be released as the holder desires.) Hope future readers enjoy them!

The mailing order is in the journal entry of Volume One, here.

Journal Entry 3 by BMVCOE at Beltsville, Maryland USA on Monday, April 01, 2013
Caught in the mail from GoryDetails!

Journal Entry 4 by BMVCOE at Beltsville, Maryland USA on Thursday, April 25, 2013
This installment seemed a little thin compared to the rest of the series, but watching Ken grow on his trip to India is well worth it.

Journal Entry 5 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Saturday, May 04, 2013
With the drifting tides

the direction changes,
hearts are broken for less

Journal Entry 6 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Monday, May 13, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (5/13/2013 UTC) at Fort Myers, Florida USA

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You know, I wonder if it's just me, or do the characters on the cover not really resemble Ken and Ritsuro? They just don't really look the same to me. lol

And yet again, Ken becomes almost non-existant in the book. He makes, for the most part, cameo appearences. And I really started to wonder how they were ever going to work it out, unless the author intended to just unceremoniously throw them together like some great miracle at the very end....

On the flip side, I really start to take an interest in Kazuyoshi at this volume. He has a great personality at this point and, ironically, I think he's the best developed character in the whole series. I really started to care about his situation and I was getting really annoyed with the flippant attitude of Ritsuro. He really lost all my respect at this point and I was thinking to myself 'Kazuyoshi really deserves someone better than Ritsuro'. This is definitely one of those where I wished the author had done a spin off story where the focus because Kazuyoshi and his own love. (kind of like they did with "Tyrant in love". That was way better than the original story he was introduced in!)

Ok, well, this is on to the next reader of the bookring! :)

Journal Entry 7 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Saturday, May 25, 2013
Just as things start to look better for Ken (being accepted and accepting his new family), Ritsuro has to mess things up by falling into bed withKazuyoshi. Perhaps Ken wasn't the only one who needed to grow up.

Journal Entry 8 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Thursday, June 06, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (6/6/2013 UTC) at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA

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Sent off to Hawaii. Enjoy!

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Journal Entry 9 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, June 08, 2013
Received today with thanks. Life is a bit hectic at the moment but I'll get to these as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 10 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, August 03, 2013
Ritsuro and Ken are both trying to grow up, but is the separation going to show them what they're missing or just drive them further apart?


Journal Entry 11 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, August 31, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (8/31/2013 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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Ritsuro & Ken are looking for new adventures, all the way on the other side of the country!

Journal Entry 12 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Thursday, September 12, 2013
Book is here from Hawaii at record speedy. Probably won't be able to get to this series for a month or so though, life is rough, but hopefully Tsjara doesn't have to wait a whole year for it.

I agree about the cover: it most certainly look different. The nose and size of eyes. Maybe it was redrawn at a later date when the artist's style changed?

Journal Entry 13 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I think the reason why the guy in the cover doesn't look like Ritsuro is because it's not Ritsuro, it's Kazuyoshi. He's the one with thin slanted eyes, straight, long hair in front and flamboyant clothes. Ritsuro won't be wearing that ring. However I am not sure why Ken would be with him on this cover as they are love rivals at this point.

I still can't take Ritsuro's two-timing. Just hope that he's just confused with his newly found sexual preference and has not realized that having physical reaction is not the same as love. It feels like while Ken is growing up Ritsuro is regressing.

Journal Entry 14 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, January 25, 2014
The books have safely arrived in the Netherlands. Thanks so much Azuki for sending them all the way from Hong Kong (and for the 3 extra wishlist books too!!)
Looking forward to read these, it's been a while since I have read any manga.
Thanks GoryDetails for organizing the bookray. :D

Journal Entry 15 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (3/11/2014 UTC) at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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So Ken goes off to India with his stepfather J, and he seems to have grown up a lot.
Ritsuro managed to hurt Iwasaki/Kazuyoshi (he has started to grow on me and I felt bad for him) as it appears that Ken is still the one he wants. We see quite a lot of Moeko too in this volume.
(oh and I also think it is Ken and Kazuyoshi on the cover, though I don't know why.. maybe referring to their past?)

The books are on their way to okyrhoe. Enjoy! :)

Journal Entry 16 by okyrhoe at Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Saturday, March 29, 2014
The full set arrived in not-so-sunny Athens. Thanks GoryDetails for organizing the bookray!

I agree with Azuki...

Journal Entry 17 by okyrhoe at Bookring, By Post -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, May 25, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (5/23/2014 UTC) at Bookring, By Post -- Controlled Releases

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On its way to Andrasthe. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 18 by -Kata- at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Volumes 1-5 all arrived today, thank you Andrasthe! :)

Journal Entry 19 by -Kata- at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, October 12, 2014
I read the whole series and really enjoyed the story. Oh the young love! <3 :)
The drawing style was exceptionally beautiful.

Released 5 yrs ago (10/23/2014 UTC) at to a fellow bookcrosser, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases

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Volumes 1-4 are traveling together to Belarus.

Journal Entry 21 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Friday, December 26, 2014
All four arrived today. Looking forward to reading them!

Journal Entry 22 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Thursday, January 15, 2015
Some very nice close-ups here (I especially liked Moeko) and a hot sex-scene. And what a cliff-hanger!The main character, Ritsuro, is kind of lame.

Journal Entry 23 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Saturday, February 21, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (2/21/2015 UTC) at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus

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Sent to Vekiki from the local post office

Journal Entry 24 by Vekiki at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Thank you - looking forward to reading this once the rest of the series are under my belt :)

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