Foreign Friday: Legal Drug

This week’s Foreign Friday title is Legal Drug by CLAMP.

The Story

By day, Kazahaya and Rikuou are two ordinary pharmacists; by night, their boss has them filling special prescriptions for clients with ailments that can’t be cured using ordinary elixirs. This CLAMP series is a perfect dose of mystery, psychic powers, and those ornately drawn characters the femme-four creators are famous for.

The Characters

Kazahaya has an amazing ability of seeing the memories of those he touches, but this leaves him vulnerable and surprisingly naive. Rikuou is hard, tough, but has inner pockets of emotion that aren’t easily tapped. The two make an interesting, complex pair full of secrets.

What I Thought

This is an incomplete series. Yes, even CLAMP has some incomplete series. Legal Drug runs in a similar tone to Tokyo Babylon if it were crossed with xxxHolic. Unfortunately for the unwary, CLAMP only begins to insert their complexities and mysteries before the series ends. I’m not sure if I would have finished it anyway (although the plot was just getting interesting) because it was hinting at a homosexual relationship, which isn’t my style. Still, if you enjoy CLAMP, or want to emulate their talent, take a look at it. The two main characters, and the drugstore they work at, appear as a cameo in xxxHolic, and Kazahaya and Rikuou are very similar in character to Watanuki and Domeki. There were 3 volumes released in English in the U.S.

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