“Isle of Forbidden Love” is an alternative history yaoi by Duo Brand. Aki is a jittemochi: a civilian who has the ability to make arrests. He is investigating a very strange murder in Edo. He meets up with Kuga, a mysterious man who looks exactly like the one who saved him when Aki was a child. Soon, Aki will discover the secrets behind Edo and the outside world.
The concept that a part of Japan could still be isolated from the rest of the world does make sense for an alternative history story. The main problem is that the author never reveals the details of why only half of Japan is modern. It would also have been really cool if Aki had been investigating a case where modern technology is being smuggled into Edo. Still, at least the romance is sweet, if clichéd and the artwork is fine. Honolulu yaoi fans may enjoy this manga.
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