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Manga / Not Equal

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  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Happens for both Ryou and Konomi at the same time, but in different rooms, and without the other even being aware of it. They both immediately feel disgusted afterwards however.
  • Adorkable: From teenager to a full-grown adult, Konomi has always been this.
  • Amicable Exes: Ryou’s parents are this by the present, even though they didn’t separate on peaceful terms.
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  • Anguished Declaration of Love: During Ryou's minor breakdown in chapter 6, after Konomi rejects him.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Ryou gives Konomi one in the second volume when he tries to avoid him.
    You didn’t love me as a father, but you still won’t love me as a lover?
  • Bishounen: Both Konomi and Ryou. Even they acknowledge that the other is good-looking.
  • Coitus Uninterruptus: When they were about to have sex, the phone rings, but Konomi tells Ryou to just ignore it.
  • Disappeared Dad: Since Ryou’s parents divorced when he was still very young, he lived with his mother all his life, and remembers seeing his father only once. The whole plot started because he wished to resolve this issue.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Konomi does not drink milk, though this is due to lactose intolerance rather than personal opinion.
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  • Fear of Thunder: Konomi freaks out whenever there’s a storm, though it’s justified since he nearly got struck by one before.
  • Forceful Kiss: Ryou does this to Konomi after giving him the aforementioned Armor-Piercing Question.
  • Gayngst: Understandable though, since the lead characters are father and son. While they’re deeply in love with each other, they know that a relationship between them would be the highest form of taboo.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: While far from unattractive, Konomi looks more like his age when he has facial hair. Once they’re gone, he looks exceptionally more handsome, and younger-looking to boot.
  • Interrupted Suicide: In the final chapter, when they go sightseeing at the mountain, Konomi tries to go over the cliffs, but is pulled back by Ryou in time.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Ryou eventually resolves to doing this in chapter 7 by no longer pursuing his feelings for his father. Although it’s obvious that he is hurting from this decision, and unknowingly to him, so is Konomi.
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  • Love Hurts: And how.
  • May–December Romance: Obviously, given that they’re father and son. To be specific, they have a 20-year age gap.
  • Megane: The younger version of Konomi wears glasses. He still does in the present, but only occasionally.
  • Odd Friendship: Ryou forms one with his father when he’s stuck in the past, but it eventually becomes something more.
  • Older Than He Looks: In the present time, Konomi is about 37 years old (at least during the first volume), yet can be mistaken for someone way younger. It’s even lampshaded a few times in the manga.
  • One Head Taller: Ironically, Ryou is taller than his own father.
  • Parental Incest: In case you didn’t get it yet, this is a yaoi manga featuring a father and his biological son.
  • Secret Relationship: In the ending, both main characters decide to have this, knowing that making their relationship a publicly known one will invite a lot of trouble.
  • Sick Episode: A downplayed variant in an extra chapter.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Very much evident in the second volume.
  • Will They or Won't They?: The basic plot of the second volume. In the end, they do.

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