Why Hotsuma and Shuusei?

This series is an interesting one because the characters have so much history between them that is hinted at throughout the manga. They have lived many different lifetimes, fighting side by side, and must have had to deal with losing one another at different points. Even with their shared experiences throughout their past lives, Hotsuma and Shuusei seem to really tiptoe around each other when it comes to their feelings. They are both so afraid of hurting one another that they end up doing just that time and time again by keeping certain things unsaid. I really found it touching how deeply they wanted to protect each other, and even throughout everything they had been through in their past and current lives that they still were so unsure when it came to being honest.

Although the story is sometimes convoluted with all the different characters and storylines to focus on, I just love Hotsuma and Shuusei (and of course the gorgeous artwork). I like many of the other Zweilt partners, but there is just something really special about the unshakable bond between these two. They have such trust and devotion to each other, and their relationship seems to go far deeper than friendship. I really enjoy following their relationship because they are both such interesting characters. Shuusei usually seems emotionally detached and depressed, and Hotsuma sometimes comes across as very simple and impulsive, but there are other sides of their personalities that really enrich the characters. Shuusei can be very sarcastic and snarky and often teases Hotsuma. And Hotsuma can be so cute and eager to please others, Shuusei in particular. I just really like this couple a lot!

- Liz