In the boys' love manga, Just My Luck, coy flirtation and awkward friendships become love in full bloom. Asahi Nitta is chief of the Divination Research Club at his high school. Asahi has enormously bad luck, but the club's faculty advisor, Norito Rokujou, has a "purifying kiss." When "Rokujou-sensei" plants that kiss on Asahi, his bad luck turns to good fortune. But does the teacher want more than just a "peck on the cheek" relationship with his student?
Three short stories wind up Just My Luck. In "Mechanism of Love," a young man who hates people finds kinship with an alluring male android. A student has a hard crush on his teacher, but the teacher seems to have a fetish for the traditional gakuran " a Japanese school uniform " and only notices his student when he wears it in "School Uniforms and You." In "The Rumored Pair," two young men wonder if the rumors about them being in love are true and begin an investigation of love.
THE LOWDOWN: Except for the closing tale, "The Rumored Pair, the stories in Just My Luck feature awkward young love turned to coy flirtation turned to hot, passionate sex. People familiar with boys' love won't be put off with the couples being made of high school-age boys and early 20-something teachers. Temari Matsumoto's art captures the yearning and longing of young love with ease and the explicit scenes with a modicum of decorum.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Boys' love readers looking for something between the non-graphic shounen-ai and the explicit yaoi will find it here.