The main theme for Syrup [Bitter] is “us in skirts and white shirts”. The anthology features a lot of artist with vastly diverse style. Reading this anthology is like a roller coaster of emotions. Some of the story touches on the trial and turbulent of males who faces decimation for cross dressing, some does it just so the person he loves will at least look at them, others just does it for the hell of it.
The cover’s illustrated by Kumota Haruko and sensei threw this really cute note. But, I wish her man’s a little more… well mannered. Show us your chest damn it!
The length for each story is rather short, roughly around 6 to 18 pages, sometimes it’ll hit the 25 page mark. So, rather than to write a summary which will spoil the anthology for everybody, here are some snippets for those who are curious. :D
Kojima Lalako – Afuretara Saigo
Nimoda Ai – Idol Jyunan
Futagawa Waka – Jyaaji ga Ii
Taki – Kimi e no Dakaisaku
Aoyama Toomi – Rensou Hyouhon
Yukimura – Uratoori no Hime
Shinomiya Shino – Boyfriend
Yoshiike Masuko – Sanki Otoko
袴田なつき (Koda Natsuki?) – Boku no Otoko no Ko-chan
Yoshida Yuuko – Himitsu
Matsushita Kikku – Oosaka no Kuma-san
Suzukura Hal – Sora Iro Hito Koi
Mayada Toriko – Narazu Mono no Naifu
Tateno Tooko – Konna Kanji de Hajimarimasu
Aya Misaki (Or is it Ayami Saki, Ayamisaki?!) – Spell on Frill
Mito Hitomi – Dare ga Uso da to Ittekure!
Yamanaka Satono – Decode Library
This book is a nice little treasure that leaves me feeling sorry for some of the characters at one point and at another I’d be rolling off my chair with laughter. Shu, to answer your question on whether to get the book or not? OF COURSE! :D!