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Legal Drug

2 Ratings: 4.5
A manga series by CLAMP
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My Favourite "Drug"

  • Jul 2, 2010

I started reading this series back in the summer of 2005, just after the third volume was released in America. I had no experience with CLAMP before that (shockingly...), so I was surprised with the intensity of the drawn details and the development of the story right off the bat. I immediately became drawn to all four main characters (Kudo-kun, Rikuo, Kakei-san, and Saiga-san) and wanted to keep reading about them.

The basic premise is that Kazahaya Kudo is rescued from freezing to death in the street by Rikuo. They both work for Kakei at his pharmaceutical store, along with Kakei's mysterious boyfriend, Saiga. Kudo, Kakei, and Rikuo all have special powers, and, for that reason, Kakei sends Kudo and Rikuo out on various (and often-dangerous) tasks that require their use of powers. Throughout the series, Rikuo's and Kudo's pasts are hinted at, and both have sisters that only appear in flashbacks.

The characters are developed from the start, though each has an element of mystery. Saiga may or may not be a member of the Yakuza. Kakei's reasons for using the boys to do tasks is not fully explained, which leads Kudo to question his motives. Kudo and Rikuo both have issues involving their sisters, one of whom has vanished. All four main characters have complex relationships. Kakei and Saiga are shown to be obviously in love, but there are no details on their history together. The relationship between Rikuo and Kudo is filled with outward resentment, yet there is a deeper bond that the two share. They also share a mistrustful connection with their two elders, but the younger guys still do what they are told (mostly by Kakei).

There is a lot of humour in the series to counterbalance the dramatic elements. There are sexual innuendos and funny additions involving things such as Saiga being Rikuo's father, Kakei being Kudo's "mother," and the two "families" combining much to the boys' mutual dislike.

After reading more CLAMP series, I have not forgotten what got me into their works. I have read and re-read the three volumes of Legal Drug more times than I can count. My only wish is that the series had been continued and given a proper conclusion. I think it could have been a huge hit, but it is an underground classic that many CLAMP fans cherish.

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July 14, 2010
Great review of another interesting manga series!
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