Hello, again! Here we have another (cof yaoi cof) manga review 😀 Also from the times when I was doing my dissertation, oops! Today’s manga is Castle Mango, from Narise Konohara and Muku Ogura ❤
Yorozu is a high school boy that lives with his family at a love hotel called Castle Mango and the place is his sanctuary. Until the day that director Togame crashes the hotel to film one of his porn movies. As if being mistaken for one of the actors for the movie, Yorozu also has to watch Togame “hitting” on his young brother, and that was too much.
After a hard party when Togame had too much to drink, Yorozu sets him up for Togame to think that they slept together on Castle Mango. What Yorozu didn’t expect was to Togame to actually ask him out and become his boyfriend!
Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂
This is a two volume series and it was adorable. I started to read it because I found the title pretty peculiar (I mean, Castle Mango? Seriously?) and I’m so happy that I did so! It was surprising, entertaining and different from standard high school boy with older guy mangas. Yorozu never wanted Togame and flees from all his efforts for a normal relationship to work between them.
The narrative pace was fast, without much of background for both Yorozu and Togame, but all gets clear with time. Both men are very decided regards their life plans and Yorozu didn’t even feel attraction towards men before meeting Togame (cof after meeting him, not much is changed cof). Togame was openly gay during the whole series, but he didn’t hit on Yorozu because the boy was 17 and he didn’t want to be arrested, haha! The turning point was Yorozu’s scheme and Togame starts to glimpse the man that his boy would become through their forced time together. SO CUTE.
The plot was simple, yet I couldn’t predict how the series was going to end, as it was a drama labeled manga. Also, it proved to be so different from its colleagues on the same category that I found myself breathless, not even knowing if I should cheer for their love, as it was all a lie. Complex business, guys. Complex business…
As for characters, the one that develops the most and was my favorite is Yorozu. He is very mature for his age thanks to life’s beatings, but omg, he changed so much in two volumes! Although not admitting that, he learns a lot with Togame, that is on his thirties. Such a different couple seemed doomed to not work and, in a way, they never did. I’m a goner for dysfunctional relationships between men.
The art is beautiful overall, but it didn’t take my breath away. Here it is an illustrative image* of the main couple:
They are beautiful, but not jaw dropping beautiful, in my humble opinion.
I feel on the duty of advising that you shouldn’t read this series if all that you look for is hot sex scenes with an excuse of a story behind them (I confess I started it for this reason, haha!). Castle Mango is complex and barely contains sensual scenes; sex scenes are out of the table for real. This is a warming-heart life-lesson manga series, you need to read it focusing on the human relationships shown 😀
Overall, I loved this series and have no complains. It’s a wonderful and different yaoi manga that deserves to be more known ❤
That’s it! Thanks for reading and, again, I’m sorry for so many reviews with the same theme. It’s my college’s fault, haha!
*I do not own this image, it belongs to Narise Konohara sensei and Muku Ogura sensei. It was found on Google and here displayed with illustrative purposes only 🙂