REVIEW: Black or White, Vol. 1

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Black or White, Vol. 1
by Sachimo
Published by SuBLime
Released on September 14th, 2021
MANGA—Romance, Drama

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For these two typecast actors, love can’t always be black or white.

Shin is an actor whose awkward personality has gotten him typecast as the villain, whereas his secret lover Shige garners all the prime princely roles. As their careers advance, can these two endure all eyes being on them not just in public but in private too?

Shin is a brand-new actor unfairly typecast as a villain, and Shige, his secret lover since college, is a rising star who often gets the role of the heartthrob good guy. With Shige’s popularity on the rise and Shin’s awkward personality making him resemble the villains he plays, the two can’t risk being seen together for fear of tainting Shige’s image. And to complicate matters further, their relationship has lacked physical intimacy since their disastrous first time together. Every good role needs its conflict, but will this couple call it a wrap when an antagonist enters the scene?

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If you’re a fan of the forbidden romance and/or celebrity relationships tropes, I suggest picking up Black or White and beginning your love for this newly published series.

Art –

I loved the art style this mangaka procured. It was perfectly up my alley, and I found my eyes tracking to even the tiniest of background details provided.

Storyline –

I’ll admit, I wasn’t completely sure where the storyline was going for this one. For most of the book, I felt like we [readers] were sitting in limbo with excess scenes, and I didn’t find myself making any notably favorite actions or comments from either characters or the parts they were depicted in.

Characters –

Shin was the obvious mean and brooding guy who’s actually just socially awkward and Shige was the “prince” of acting who was really just a sociable and jealous man. Neither of them came across as very memorable to me, nor did I find myself latching on to either’s plot points. I was able to predict everything they ended up doing in the story, and that was a bit of a let down for me.

Overall –

This new story was pretty “meh” to me. Like I said, there wasn’t really anything memorable about it, and the more I think about it, the less I like it. For that, I rate it 2.75 stars. While I did really like the art style, the story just did not match it for me.

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