Baked Sweet Glasses, from Ayano Yamane

Hello, again! Brace yourself for one more manga review! 😀

I set a goal for myself: no more manga reading until all my reviews are up to date, so you’ll understand me when I say that every day of the next week shall have a manga review, right? 🙂 I can’t live without reading manga, haha!

But let’s go to the star of the day: Baked Sweet Glasses, from Ayano Yamane!

Just for fun, guess which the genre of this title is: ( ) shoujo ( ) adventure ( ) yaoi ( ) other

The correct answer is on the end of the post, haha!

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from my Instagram 😀

The Story

Mikami is a top class busy businessman, with a tight schedule and little time to trivial things of life – much less to spend with insistent and annoying salesman Fujiya, who insists on trying to sell his companies products to Mikami’s on the worst places ever.

Fujiya knows Mikami’s reputation, but he has a secret reason to insist so hard with the businessman. They have already met a long time ago under very different circumstances…

As Fujiya fights to get both Mikami’s respect and attention, Mikami realizes how little he has been really living – starting by his gastronomic indulgences. Despite having a real sweet tooth, Mikami simple has not the time to go to his favorite bakery on a weekly basis and grab the perfect desert only served there.

Maybe the way to his heart is simpler and sweeter than Fujiya expects.

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

If you are around the blog for a while, you may already know how I love Yamane-sensei’s works. I’ve read my fair share of them, but not even close to enough. She simple doesn’t know how to make a poor job: the plot is always well executed, the art is exquisite and the characters, more than human. Truly people next door. Baked Sweet Glasses is a really short story (unfortunately), but slays every element needed in a good manga. Five stars without any doubt 🙂

The narrative follows mostly Mikami’s point of view, but we have small glimpses of Fujiya’s as well. The story pace is fast, as it is a short story, but not rushed. Yamane-sensei just don’t get to deep in descriptions or reflections herself, leaving this role to her reader. Honestly, I loved it. After reading Baked Sweet Glasses, I started to think about all the small things that we won’t do every day because we take them for granted. Like playing with our pets, eating good food or simply taking a walk on a cool place. It took me something like ten minutes to read this, but I stood staring my bedroom’s wall for almost an hour, lost in thoughts and reflections.

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Anyway, sorry for going with the wind here, haha! The plot was simple, but full of twists. As it is so real, we don’t know how the story is going to end. Will Mikami and Fujiya get together? Will Mikami change his ways? Will Fujiya focus and grow up? It’s a big mystery until the last pages, haha! It worked very well for me. As long as the plot is well executed, the length of the title matters not. And if you didn’t take the hint, Yamane-sensei did a hell of a job here, haha!

As in almost all manga titles of this genre (gotcha ya, I bet you thought I was going to spill the beans!), the couple are the main characters and we barely know anyone else in the plot. Funny thing is that deeply bothers me in books and makes me give a shit on mangas. I’m weird, haha! Mikami was the typical strong and decided top, all dominance and impatience and beauty. I really connected to him because he was so well succeeded and yet too lonely. He had everything… yet he didn’t. Although deep serious guys don’t suit me in any way, I love appreciating them from afar, haha!

Fujiya could be classified as Mikami’s opposite, but they have things in common. Just like Mikami, Fujiya works hard to get what he wants and stands for what he thinks it is the right thing to do, no matter the consequences. Both also love good book, specially sweets. And that’s it, haha! End of similarities. Fujiya is the typical common bottom that catches the eye of his top by chance, always smiling, being positive and gentle no matter what. I like the balance between their looks as well: as Mikami is insanely beautiful, Fujiya’s regular beauty balances the reader’s eyes. I have serious concentrating problems when both parties on the relationship are divinely beautiful, oops!

But my babbling is worthless without some illustrative images*:

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from left to right: Mikami and Fujiya ❤
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look how well they look together ❤ I took the liberty of erasing the text due to spoilers 🙂
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honestly, this man.

Now you see what I mean? Yamane-sensei simply doesn’t miss a single item on the list of “what to do to release a five stars manga title”. Her draws are delicate, firm and male, even when she does soft bottoms. I like the cleanness and maleness of it all. Darn, I think I’m drooling.

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Ahem.

Bonus point: the sex scenes. Yes, there are sex scenes among all this cuteness and Yamano-sensei kicks ass on them! They are usually filled with fantasies, but the desire of the couple is so real and palpable that the reader doesn’t get bothered. The best delivered fan service in the field, I assure you as I have quite some experience with this genre.

Overall, I think this is a good option if you want a quick, fun and cute read with some steamy hot scenes 🙂

5star

That’s it, thanks for reading! On the next week, the blog shall have one manga review per day, so I can put myself on the tracks. Please, bear with me, haha!

Oh, and the correct answer was… Yes, that’s right, yaoi! A.K.A. gay mangas and all 🙂

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*ps: I do not own the illustrations, they were found on Google, belong to Ayano Yamane-sensei and were used with illustrative purposes only 🙂

Heart o Nusumu no wa Dare da, from Makoto Tateno

Hi, there! Welcome to another yaoi (a.k.a. gay) manga review! I know you missed those ;D

Kidding, but I do have some serious catching up to do, comparing to the amount that I have read this month and last year… So please, bear with me, haha!

Today’s title is Heart o Nusumu no wa Dare da, from Makoto Tateno-sensei 😀

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from my Instagram 😀

The Story

Akira Hjirikawa is a classic Japanese thief Kaitou, complete with the beauty, the mask, the cape and the top hat. He is also the nightmare of young police officer Kuruto Torimaru.

Akira, who runs the coffee shop that Kuruto loves to go to, is not a thief because he wants to. He has a family debt to pay and the only way is to reunite the pieces of the spoiled treasure that his grandfather used to have.

Kuruto is the chief of a whole police department dedicated to Kaitou’s crimes. He knows the thief better than anyone else, but doesn’t even dream that the same man that haunts his sleep at night is the man that he learned to care for.

Akira was happy enough to play with Kuruto’s mind while full filling his grandpa’s wishes, but he didn’t expect to fall for the young policeman.

That really could ruin everything.

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The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

This manga unfortunately is a one shot, but omg, it blew my mind! Akira and Kuruto’s romance was so cute! And I have a special appreciation for love born out of hate. I live for that moment where a person sees she can no longer end the other’s life because the obsession turned up to be a good feeling inside their chests ❤

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This title is a full five stars for me: it had the perfect plot, perfect time, perfect art, perfect pairing and knew exactly what to show!

The narrative is divided by Akira and Kuruto’s points of view, but Akira is usually a step ahead of Kuruto and his team. It has a steady pace and the descriptions of the treasures are rich.

The plot is simple, but full of twists. The reader is kept on the anxiety of Akira’s identity as Kaitou being revealed to Kuruto during the whole volume; we are under the impression that it can happen any time, any minute. We worry and have fun, feel the love of Akira for Kuruto ❤ And no heist is the same as the previous, so it was nice to see how Akira would play Kuruto next, haha! Poor Kuruto, right?

I think it’s a bit obvious how I loved Akira’s character, but he stole my heart. You know, along with other things, haha!

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I apologize.

Akira was pure mischief and kindness. And handsomeness. And perfectioness. Okay, that’s not a word, so I’ll stop. But I really loved everything about him. And I think Kuruto balanced him very well with his scandalous and serious way – yes, he could pull both together at same time, haha! Besides, just look how good they look together*:

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from left to right: Akira and Kuruto ❤
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close up of their perfect faces ❤
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Akira and Kuruto together ❤

I took the liberty of erasing the dialogues due spoilers, sorry 🙂 But aren’t they breathtaking together?

Overall, this is the perfect volume for a quick read if you love thieves, romance and yaoi 😀

5star

That’s it, thanks for reading! And for not giving up on me just because 95% of my manga reads are yaoi, haha! Love you guys :*

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*ps: I do not own the illustrations, they were found on Google, belong to Makoto Tateno-sensei and were used with illustrative purposes only 🙂

Even So, I Will Love You Tenderly (No Touching At All series), from Kou Yoneda

Hello, nice afternoon to you! We are in the middle of Summer in Brazil, so the making of this post was interrupted my cold nights and really warm days at the pool, haha! It took me three days to finish writing this =O

Rants apart, I decided to finally review my first read of the year, haha! It’s a manga called Even So, I Will Love You Tenderly, from Kou Yoneda-sensei!

If you find this name to be familiar, it is because this oneshot is a kind of independent second volume to No Touching At All, that you may have seen here 😀

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The Story

Deguchi is an average salary man that is very skeptical when it comes to love. Used to pick up lovers for one-night stands (sometimes, for even less time, if you get my drift), the last thing he expected was to meet someone he can build a relationship with at a bar. And yet, it’s exactly what it happens.

Onoda is a nerdy guy working at the same company that Degushi used to, but in different areas. They meet at a bar through a common work colleague and a friendship is born. Onoda has a crush on a guy that works at his company, named Shima. He has no idea of Degushi’s feelings or even his sexual orientation. Onoda himself thought he was heterosexual until meeting Shima, but now he is not so sure…

To everyone’s delight, Deguchi is a very patient man when it comes to things that really matter and does his best to discreetly make Onoda see that Shima is not really meant for him.

But will Deguchi have the courage to spoil their friendship in case Onoda doesn’t love him back?

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The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I stumbled on this title quite by accident before Christmas and almost had an attack to see it was from the same series as No Touching At All, one of the most beautiful yaoi (a.k.a. gay) mangas ever. But life happened and I ended up forgetting about it until browsing my virtual collections of tbr mangas, some weeks ago. It was love since page one, as I love Yoneda-sensei’s draws. And, of course, it was awesome to have glimpses of Shima and Togawa’s relationship from another point of view. Deguchi and Onoda warmed up my heart and almost had me crying at some scenes, as Yoneda-sensei’s plots are very realistic for good and bad. This is a big full five stars title!

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The narrative pace is fast and mostly from Deguchi’s point of view. We have some Onoda moments, but they come just before the end. I think it worked like this because Deguchi is a highly interesting character: he has a façade of badass sales man to the world, but actually is very romantic and hopeful. Maybe the reader wouldn’t catch his true essence if both characters shared the narrative more than they do.

The plot is simple and yet oh-so-complicated. Yoneda-sensei draws a very human and common story life, without any great actions, adventures or surprises, but it never ceases to be complicated. Deguchi is in love with a man he thinks he can’t have; Onoda is in love with a man that has no eyes for him; both can’t openly admit being gay because of the high prejudice of Japanese society surrounding them. This is too real! It’s a boys-next-door kind of title and that’s why it captures your heart. Yoneda-sensei shows us that we live several happily-ever-after moments, but they are never forever. There will be always a problem, a barrier to overcome. This is being human and in a relationship. It’s just beautiful.

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In matter of characters, we are introduced to really few ones besides the couple, Shima and Togawa and none of them is really that important. The spotlight goes to Deguchi and Onoda and I’m fine with it. I mean, the story is about them, right? LOL I loved Deguchi. Usually, I like the dominant better, but Deguchi had so much personality and independence even after falling for Onoda that I couldn’t stay unaffected. Onoda was the insecure and indecisive of them and he only tops because Deguchi likes to be bottom. However, what really touched me concerning all characters in this title is their reality, their humanity. The boy-next-door thing.

Oh, did I mentioned that also they were all pretty? Hahaha! Look*:

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From left to right: Deguchi and Onoda ❤
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THEY ARE TOO CUTE OMG

I love Yoneda-sensei’s draws ❤

Bonus point: the sex scenes. There aren’t many, but they were well put and executed, making it all about their desire to be together *–* For good or bad, this is not a title that you look for if you want hot moments, haha!

Overall, a beautifully written and drawn title that you can’t miss if you like drama and contemporary gay romance ❤

5star

That’s it! Thanks for reading ❤ How’s the weather where you are??

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*ps: I do not own the illustrations, they were found on Google, belong to Kou Yoneda-sensei and were used with illustrative purposes only 🙂

The Tyrant Falls In Love, from Hinako Takanaga

 

Hello, there! Today we have another yaoi manga from 2015 with a delayed review thanks to college, haha! I will be back on track soon, I promise ❤

Today’s manga series is The Tyrant Falls In Love, from Hinako Takanaga! If you find this mangaka’s name familiar, you must have seen my review for another title from her, Croquis 🙂 And if you didn’t, now you can, haha!

Oh, in case you are new here: yaoi manga = gay romance manga 🙂

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The Story

Tetsuhiro Morinaga is a hopeless romantic. Nothing really wrong there, right? Well, it gets wrong if you start to day dream about your very heterosexual and homophobic work college, as it is the case with Morinaga. He has a huge crush on Souichi Tatsumi, his supervisor at his part time job in their college.

After a very frustrating episode with his younger brother, Souichi is traumatized and really annoyed at gay community in general. Souichi hates to admit, but he does care for Morinaga.

The thing is that Morinaga doesn’t seem to be good at measuring affection.

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

So, if you have been following my manga reviews for a while, you will notice that my friend Hachiyumi has an awesome taste in reads and always tips me off, so I get to read only the best titles in town ;D Thanks yet again, Hachi!

At first, I didn’t thought I’d like The Tyrant Falls In Love, but oh boy, I was so wrong! So deliciously wrong… Sigh. Anyway, haha! I usually don’t like gay characters that hide behind homophobia. They can hide all they want, it’s a right of all of us, but homophobia? Really?

And, to my utter astonishment, I fell deeply in love with the series. The more you read, the more you like it, haha! I started giving it 4 stars per volume, but now I think that it is a five stars yaoi manga series as a whole ❤ It is still being published in Japan and this review contemplates it until volume nine!

The narrative pace is annoyingly slow, mostly in Morigana’s point of view. When they have already stablished some sort of relationship, we start to get glimpses at Souichi’s mind as well. I like switching POVs, so I’m happy, haha!

The plot is very simple: boy falls in love with hetero co-worker and decides to conquer him. And gets punched a lot in the face for trying. Several times.

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Yes, just like this.

But simple plots are not a bad thing. Poorly executed plots are a bad thing and it’s not the case at all! Takanaga-sensei, once again, was brilliant in conducting the story and leaving her reader in a constant need for more, a.k.a. hooked up into her work 🙂 And, for having a slow pace, the story has many details, something that I utterly love! The most amazing part? We can remember it all!

Now, the characters. There are some awesome sidekicks to this story, but they don’t make much of an appearance overall. So, I’ll focus on our Lucky couple, kay? 🙂

Morinaga is a completely lost case. He is very insensible when it comes to other people’s feelings, even not meaning to, and it’s a paranoid sort of fellow. He is handsome and cute and the top of the relationship – btw, I love cute tops and powerful bottoms, haha! – but he has much to learn yet, even with the series in volume number nine. Of course he already grew a lot and developed beautifully, but that one was just too damaged, haha! Even more than Souichi…

Anyway, let’s go to the crux of the problem: Souichi. He is the dream man on the outside, but has a very awful temper. He is violent, unforgiving and pretty much the tyrant described in the title. Honestly, I don’t know why Morigana fell in love with him in the first place, haha! But after he starts to drop his defenses, we can’t resist him ❤ He is so cute!

As the pace is very slow, it takes forever between a sex scene and another and they are not very explicit. If sex it’s what you’re looking for, this title is not for you, haha!

One of the things that I like the most about The Tyrant Falls In Love is that it follows the couple’s routine and shows how the outside happenings can affect their relationship even when both are okay with each other. It’s amazing.

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Overall, this is a cute series with an interesting story and loveable characters. If you like yaoi, this is a must-read for you!

5star

That’s it! Thanks for reading and hope you’re having an awesome weekend!

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Super Lovers, from Miyuki Abe

 

Hello, there! It’s me again, back with another late yaoi manga review, from last year, haha! Today’s title is Super Lovers, from mangaka Miyuki Abe 😀

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The Story

Haru is a half-japanese and half-canadian boy that goes to his mom’s place at Canada during one of his summer holidays. There, he meets his new adoptive brother Ren, a very shy, difficult and suspicious little boy. Haru manages to conquer Ren’s attention and affections, to Haru’s mother astonishment, and they all make plans to Ren to go to Japan with Haru and his father.

All was well.

As soon as Haru goes back to Japan, he and his father suffer a serious car accident. Haru lost both father and stepmother that day, along with his memory from that last Summer in Canada. Along with all his feelings for Ren.

That is, until Ren finds his way until Haru’s door some years later. Will fate interfere once again or will they finally be able to stay together for good?

 

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

Once again, I’d like to thank Hachiyumi for showing me this title. Just like it went with Ten Count, she texted me and said “YOU NEED TO READ THIS NOW”. And I did, and now we are both in love with it and desperate for new chapters, haha! This review contemplates Super Lovers series until volume seven, as it is still being published in Japan 🙂 So far, it is a 5 stars manga series for me (and I usually am not a fan of shotacon, a.k.a. a cute japanese word for pedophilia).

The narrative pace is slow and, sometimes, I confess that it bothers me. The series itself has a chapter out every FOUR MONTHS, so the slow pace adds to the reader’s frustration in having to wait such na awful long time to see what comes next. The good side is that every aspect of the narrative is rich in details. The story mostly follows Haru’s POV and he overthinks a lot of his life, notices his surroundings, take in many information and the reader goes with him in the process of separating it all.

Of course that this can be truly annoying in hotter scenes, lol.

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but what to do, right?

Anyway, the plot is very sophisticated and intrincated. I have not even the slightest idea where does Miyuki-sensei want to go with Super Lovers. Every chapter has a twist, a new problem, a new barrier. We are forever trapped in a major cliff hanger for four months at time. It is maddening, but in a good way, haha! I still wouldn’t mind having to wait only two months instead of four, but one can’t always win…

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me after every end of chapter

The characters are very interesting. Not one of them tries to pretend that they have no defects and this is refreshing. The reality of their situation, of their problems and lives hit the reader hard and leaves us to see people like Haru and Ren all the time in our own lives. Honestly, it is awesome, haha! The way Haru and Ren develop their relationship is also a piece of art. They had steps and phases, always with Haru on the lead, but that doesn’t mean that Ren doesn’t take charge. They fight a lot, but still manage to not live without one another. Honestly. The only bad thing about this title is the publication pace.

Oh, and I can’t forget about the art, right? This is a huge strong point of this series and this author*:

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from left to right: Haru and Ren ❤

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Abe-sensei’s draws are fluid, delicate, manly, beautiful and real at the same time. HOW CAN SHE MANAGE THAT, OMG!

Bonus point: despite being a clear yaoi manga, we have yet to see any kind of sheets action between Haru and Ren. They have kissed in some ocasions, but not even close to enough, so it is good to savour the anticipation, haha!

5star

That’s it! Thanks for reading 😀 One review at time, someday I’ll have all my 2015 reads catalogued here, haha!

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*ps: I do not own the illustrations, they were found on Google, belong to Miyuki Abe sensei and were used with illustrative purposes only 🙂

Croquis, from Hinako Takanaga

Hi, happy end of the last Sunday of 2015!

Today was a kind of melancholic day for me – I really don’t know why, as I went to the park as I said I would and walked 5,3km. Hm, maybe that’s the reason, haha! I’m a reader, not an athlete LOL

Anyway, something that always lifts my spirits is a good and sweet yaoi manga, so I decided to review another of the titles that I’ve read while I was writing my dissertation, earlier this year. The chosen one? Croquis, from Hinako Takanaga! 😀

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The Story

Nagi is a model at an art school during the day and a drag queen at a club at night. He was never a lucky guy with relationships, but noticed that Kaji, one of the students of the art school, had his eyes on him more than necessary lately.

Kaji is a very talented student, but there is something about painting Nagi that unleashes Kaji’s inspiration to new levels. Can he convince Nagi that they may work outside of the artistic world as well?

Will Nagi finally find himself a good boyfriend?!

 

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

Despite the fact that Croquis was released in 2010, I only met it last June. I was at a comic book event and saw that beautiful cover over there and ran to do a quick investigation online, to see if it was worth a shot. Oh boy, I’m so glad that I found it! This one shot was sweet, funny and, at the same time, talks about real problems inside gay relationships such as self-acceptance, couple adaptation, the importance of communicating with your partner, etc. I loved it and really wished it wasn’t just an one shot 😦 Five stars nevertheless!

The narrative pace was slow and really thoughtful. Nagi overthinks even his own breathing and this can be a little tiring, as he is very insecure in the beginning. Later, we get to see more action and less thinking, but anyway, haha! It worked for me in this title. Kaji doesn’t have many parts of his own point of view, but it is part of the magic, so the reader doesn’t know what’s up with him, just like Nagi doesn’t.

The plot was very simple and basic. It’s a daily life title, as we follow Nagi and Kaji’s routines and getting used to themselves as a couple. It’s not remarkable or brilliant, but it works fantastically. It’s a light and heart-warming read 😀

I have to admit that I didn’t really liked Nagi. I’m not into books/mangas/comics which have very gay men, the ones that wished they were women. I like males that, instead of making out with the girl in the bar, just go making out with the other male next to him. No fuss made, no crossdressing. I’m not against it on real life, this is only a literary preference in my readings!

Point is, Nagi is a drag queen and he wants to be a girl. That is one of their main problems as a couple, as Kaji seems hesitant with Nagi’s wishes. Kaji, in the other hand, was such a gentleman all the time! I loved him and just felt sorry for not seeing much sheets action, if you get my drift.

The art of Hinako Takanaga sensei was amazingly beautiful. I’ve read another title from her, called Tyrant Falls in Love, and she’s the kind of person that has the ability to draw both insanely beautiful men and regular boy-next-door men. Look at this*:

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Stunning, right?! 😀

Overall, it’s a good yaoi to pass time if you are not specifically looking for hot sex scenes, haha! I’d recommend it to all of you that appreciate a “shoujo” yaoi style of manga.

5star

That’s it! Thanks for reading 😀 Do you like shoujo yaoi styled mangas as well??

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*I do not own any of those images, they were found at Google and here used with illustrative purposes only. The art belongs to Hinako Takanaga sensei 🙂

Eerie Queerie!, from Shuri Shiozu

Hello, again! Another manga review from my dissertation times is on 😀 Eerie Queerie! is a light and fun boys love series from Shuri Shiozu sensei ❤

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The Story

Mitsuo Shiozu is a high school student with a very peculiar ability: he can see ghost. Moreover, some spirits manage to go as far as to possess his body to solve their unfinished business on this realm.

During one of those possession moments, Mitsuo meets Hasunuma, a very gentle and good-looking boy. As their friendship goes stronger (and more spirits come to their ways), Mitsuo needs to figure out what he feels for Hasunuma.

And, if it’s not asking for much, without losing his body to weird haunted souls.

 

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I’m that kind of person that wakes up one day and says: “hey, I think I’ll start a new manga series today!”. So I randomly search a title online, get it and read it to my heart’s content. Eerie Queerie! was one of those titles, found by chance in a catalogue. I didn’t expect to like it the way I did, as all I wanted was to have a nice time, haha!

Eerie Queerie! is a four volumes manga series, of the kind that improves with each passing chapter. The author develops her drawing style a lot and the story is involving to the point that you can’t stop reading. Overall, four out of five stars 😀

The narrative pace is slow and kind of confusing in the beginning. The reader can see flashes of Mitsuo’s life and then what he does to help the spirits around him to move on. Until volume two, there were more isolated cases than a sequential story, which isn’t necessarily bad. I though confusing, but okay.

The plot was simple, but full of twists. Every time a new character was introduced, I knew that I, as a reader, would have a headache trying to understand if the new person was good or bad. Btw, that was nice, haha! Other interesting thing is that, despite being a clear yaoi manga, the romance is not the main genre. The adventure and the spirit world have all the focus and that’s okay. Almost, haha!

I liked the main characters overall and found them to be very funny and charismatic, each on their own way. Mitsuo is the cutest guy and I felt sorry for him on more than one occasion for several reasons. My favorite was Hasunuma, as he was the most real and non-absurd one in the group, haha! (cof, and the most handsome, cof).

The art is the big flop in this series if you ask me. As I said, the author develops a lot during the chapters, but it went from weird to not so weird, haha! And I’m very picky with manga art, so good bye to one star.

Examples of the art*:

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One thing that also made me take off that star is the relationship between Mitsuo and Hasunuma. They clearly have feelings for each other and they even say so many times, but we never got to see any kind of action. ANY. KIND. I got disappointed. It’s not because the series is not romantic that people don’t kiss and do stuff, ugh. The author makes the reader believe that the amorous feelings between characters are meaningless 😦

Overall, it’s a good ghost series, a light and funny read for those days when you don’t want to think and need a good laugh 😀

4star

That’s it, thanks for reading! How do you feel about the art style when reading a manga??

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*I do not own these images, they were found at Google and are here displayed with illustrative purposes only. They belong to  Shuri Shiozu sensei.

Ten Count, from Rihito Takarai

Hello once again! I’m sorry, I feel awful that the next four reviews scheduled for the blog are all about gay books or mangas (a.k.a. yaoi mangas), but it’s as I was telling my friend earlier today: not my fault that my dissertation got me so far behind in living and blogging, haha!

Also, not my fault if Ava March is perfection and sent me an early Christmas present yesterday, but this is a topic for another post, haha! Now I’d like to talk about the manga in hand, Ten Count, from sensei Rihito Takarai ❤

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from my Instagram

The Story

Shirotani Tadaomi is the secretary of the President of his company. Despite suffering from a high degree of Mysophobia (the fear of germs and dirt in general), Shirotani does his job well and lives a quiet existence. Until he meets Kurose, a psychiatrist that immediately acknowledges Shirotani’s condition and offers to help him, but as a friend.

Shirotani wasn’t bothered by his own life style until Kurose sweeps him off his feet. Now, besides dealing with his fears, he also has to decide what he feels for the psychiatrist. His responses to Kurouse’s advances are what is going to determinate whether he can be cured or if he is a real lost case.

The manga is still being publish in Japan and this review contemplates it until volume 4.

 

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

This series was recommended to me by a close offline friend that knows darn well my reading tastes, so I had no doubts that I would love it as soon as I got to read it ❤ Thanks, Rach! I’m deeply in love with Ten Count since page one *–* (and you already knew that because of the discreet voice messages that I sent you, screaming the matter and all).

Honestly, this is one of the best manga series that I have read in my life! It meets with all my expectations when I pick up a series: the art is flawless, the characters are awesome, the plot is lightly mysterious and involving, the romance (when present) is cute and the sex scenes (when present, again) are hot and without any trace of vulgarity.

I know it’s a little sad and depressing to have a mental checklist when you start to read something, but it is truly rewarding to find a series that makes all the items checked on the list! Ten Count is one of those series and its author, Rihito Takarai, is amazing.

The narrative pace is slow and we see it all from Shirotani’s perspective, so the reader also finds Kurose a mystery in a pretty package. Shirotani reflects a lot about almost everything despite not being a talker, so the story pace is very slow in the beginning and it gets better with each volume, as the reader now is enchanted by what lies within both characters pasts and how can they be in love with each other.

The plot is not overly complicated. Shirotani has a mental condition and a stranger offers to help him healing. There are some twists and some reader-heart-attack moments, but nothing brilliant or overly intelligent. The focus of the story is the human development between Shirotani and Kurose and I’m totally fine with simple plots, as long as they are well executed. Spoiler alert: this one is, haha!

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…with everything about you, Ten Count…

The characters. OMG the characters! We barely know any other characters that are not Shirotani and Kurose AND I COULDN’T CARE LESS 😀 Both are such complex and complete characters… I mean, it’s amazing. Both men are broken, each on their own way, but they are not lacking individuals that were just waiting for their soul mate to arrive, you know? They already are who they are, but they get better together. It’s magical.

And to talk about the art is to show, so here are some illustrative images* of our beautiful couple, colorful and black and white:

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from left to right: Shirotani and Kurose ❤

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Flawless. I love this soft drawing style, fluid and clean. SO PRETTY, OMG!

Bonus point: the sex scenes. Until volume 4, the sex scenes are sparse and most preliminary play than actual sex, but all so true and so plausible… I can’t wait for volume 5 to be out, because I really want to see those two catching fire together, haha!

Honestly, I love the soul deep connection between Shirotani and Kurose and their love, as dysfunctional as it is, warms my heart ❤ If you like yaoi/boys love, just read this one, seriously.

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That’s it! Thanks for reading and sorry for the many reviews on books and mangas of the same genre, but oh well, haha! I regret nothing ❤

assinatura

 

 

*ps: I do not own the illustrations, they were found on Google, belong to Rihito Takarai sensei and were used with illustrative purposes only 🙂