Game X Rush is the story of a young bodyguard named Memori, an enigmatic boy named Yuuki, and their respective mysterious pasts. The manga manages a good blend of comedy and action/drama as stalkers, babysitting and more require their combined talents, but the drama kicks in once the story begins to focus on their complicated backstories.A two-volume humor/action/drama shoujo series, Game X Rush is the work of Mizuho Kusanagi, the mangaka responsible for Mugen Spiral and NG Life. Despite being shoujo, Game X Rush has no traditional female lead or love-interest: The plot can best be described as tracking the bromance between a bodyguard and the assassin who decides to stalk him. Despite that description it's not Yaoi or Shounen-Ai, though it often plays with the hallmarks of the genre. Volume One is heavy on the comedy; the end of Volume One and most of Volume Two are tarred with the brush of drama.Game X Rush is published in English by TOKYOPOP, and both volumes have been released as of November 2009.This manga provides examples of:
Aborted Arc: The creator notes in the second volume that she had to finish the series much more quickly than planned, which accounts for the dramatic shift in gears and somewhat abrupt conclusion.
Children Are Innocent: True for the kids Memori and Yuuki babysit; apparently true for their child selves, but not really; subverted in Sayako, who's technically a child but has the maturity of an adult.
Female Gaze: Sayoko to Memori, but this happens even when the gazer is male. To wit: Yuuki does this to Memori because Memori looks exactly like Miyuki, and Memori does this repeatedly while wondering if someone like Yuuki could really be an assassin. The latter is lampshaded when Yuuki complains that Memori's been giving him "come-hither looks" all night.
Flipping the Table: Memori does this when Yuuki claims to have been given a vast mansion and fortune by a kindly stranger; the table appears out of nowhere and disappears just as fast.
Hates Being Touched: Memori has this reputation when he's not bodyguarding, judo-throwing a classmate who tried to glomp him. Which seems kind of interesting considering all the physical contact in the later half of the manga.
Parental Incest: Rather squicky potential example: While Yuuki said he didn't really think of Miyuki as his mother (because he was in love with her is implied), if the snippets in the omake strips had any bearing in truth, then from Miyuki's side...
Personality Blood Types: The characters' blood-types are listed in their mini profiles, and a single page post-story references Yuuki's Type (AB) and Starsign (Pisces).
Pet the Dog: Miyuki's kindness to a young Yuuki, which becomes Kick the Dog in short order; Yuuki and the kids on the playground.
Please Don't Leave Me: Memori does this in the 'If you try to leave I'll kick your ass!' vein when Yuuki intends to leave town with Miyuki; Miyuki does the begging version to Yuuki-whom-she-thinks-is-Memori.
Precocious Crush: Sayoko crushes on Memori, despite her being 13 when they first met and him being 19. After the timeskip, she's 16 and he's 22.
Race for Your Love: Race For Your Friendship, anyway, when Memori realized Yuuki wasn't just going to his room. He was right.
Stalker with a Crush: At one point Memori accuses Yuuki of being this to him; later, Yuuki unintentionally wanders back to the Fujieda building and wonders if he really is a stalker. There's also a certifiable stalker-with-a-crush in Ochi, the stalker from the second story-arc.
Tsundere: Non-romantic version with Memori and Yuuki.
Tsurime Eyes: Yuuki, particularly noticeable in close-ups. Young Yuuki has eyes that could give Kagami a run for her money.
Was It All a Lie?: A friendship version, after Memori figures out that Yuuki is the assassin.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Assuming that Yuuki's telling the truth, and he really hasn't killed anyone besides the guy Miyuki'd already half-killed, where'd he learn the martial arts, marksmanship, hypnotism, ect? It feels like there's going to be a full explanation, but it's just glossed over entirely.
Wholesome Crossdresser: Memori does wear a nurse's outfit, and is dressed like Cinderella when he wonders if Yuuki is a celebrity/prince...
Yandere: Miyuki for Memori, but not the real Memori, Yuuki-as-Memori.
You Are Not Alone: Memori actually spends time coming up with a speech to tell Yuuki this. Yuuki laughs, and Memori gets pissed off.