Medieval fantasy and yaoi romance fans, stand up and take notice! Here's the
story for you...
Many know PL Nunn for her Ronin Warriors and Weiß Kreuz doujinshi, fan
fiction and fanart. Few know that she's also the author of a wonderful
original yaoi fiction series (a novel, in reality) called "Dynasty of
Ghosts". Some may have gotten a peek into the medieval-like world she's
created with her recent douijnshi anthology simply titled "Yaoi Douijnshi
Collection", available here through American Comiket. It provided a brief
introduction to a young, pretty ranger, Illya, and his handsome Prince and
lover, the angst-ridden Ashe, not to mention a wonderfully steamy forest
glade tryst between the two.
Here, with her second foray into sequential art based on "Dynasty of Ghosts"
entitled "On Opposite Sides", we get a sneak peek into the next installment
of this fabulous story (note: the first novel is finished and is available
for reading at her website), and a look at how things have progressed in
Illya and Ashe's often tumultuous relationship - and it's not looking good.
Set years after the end of "Dynasty of Ghosts", Ashe is involved with a
gorgeous and voluptuous young woman and Illya, it seems, has been taken as a
prisoner of war - and is considered Ashe's enemy. My, how things have
The tale of their reunion, amidst some very unpleasant circumstances, is the
subject of Nunn's newest doujinshi offering. As always, Nunn's style is lush
and the flow of her story and art is well thought out and at times,
brilliant. Illya has a new hairstyle, which I found just beautiful and seems
to have more of a handle on his preternatural talents. There is a bit of a
non-consensual sex scene in the beginning, but don't worry, everything turns
out all right for our lovely injury magnet.
Nunn's style is distinctive and her shading and attention to detail are
amazing. I often find myself sitting back and enjoying the background
foliage and architecture. So few amateur doujinshika bother with these
details and in my opinion it's one of the primary reasons her work stands
out as exceptional.
However, if I have one complaint about PL Nunn's work, it's that her work at
times looks rushed. There are panels in which you are able to see that she
took great care in designing, and there are others which look as though she
just wanted to get it done and over with. Nunn has a tremendous amount of
talent, and if anyone's a fan, I am. I just wish she'd be more careful more
often - her work could only benefit.
Regardless, I highly recommend "On Opposite Sides", if even for the cover
illustration alone. Illya never looked so delicious. ^^
And don't worry, "Dynasty" fans - Illya and Ashe get a chance to make
amends. Making up never looked so hot. ^___^