“The Day I Became a Butterfly” is a yaoi anthology by Sumomo Yumeka. The title story deals with a seriously ill boy named Uka, who is going to take a risky surgery in a last ditch effort to save his life. He’s also fascinated by Mikami, who’s rumored to be able to predict the exact date when a person dies. A strange relationship develops between them, but will Uka be able to survive the operation?
The stories are told in a nicely slow paced, low key manner; although the melancholy tone may not be for some readers. The artwork fits the tone of the stories well. The author should expand the title story because it would make for a perfect meditation on the fragile transiency of life and how loving relationships can give meaning to the end. Honolulu yaoi fans will find “The Day I Became a Butterfly” to be an interesting manga.
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