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 🙂

Book Tag!

Hello, guys! I’m crazy about tags. Honestly, I find one online, I answer it. So, from time to time, I’ll post here a tag that I’ve found out and about 🙂

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Today’s tag comes from Book Junkies:
Question #1: Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
No, not really. I read mostly anywhere, though my prefered place at home is my bed 🙂
Question #2: Bookmark or a random piece of paper?
Bookmark! I love them and have an extended collection, with more than 200 ❤
Question #3: Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, etc.?
I can manage anywhere, but I prefer to stop after ending dots on sentences, to recollect easier where did I stop when I’m able to pick the book up again!
Question #4: Do you eat or drink while reading?
Sometimes, yes. Every time I have to have lunch alone, I read while eating and drinking, lol.
Question #5: Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?
Yes! I’m so good at ignoring my surroundings while reading that I almost lost several bus points and train stations during my life lol
Question #6: One book at a time, or several at once?
Actually, I can’t think of a time in my life that I was reading just one book…
Question #7: Reading at home or everywhere?
I read more at public transportation than when I’m at home 🙂
Question #8: Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head, unless I want to share a line with someone!
Question #9: Do you read ahead or skip pages?
If i’m reading the book just for the pleasure of it, I avoid reading ahed. If it’s something that doesn’t really interests me, but I have to read for a reason or another, I skip lots of pages, lol.
Question #10: Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I try hard to keep it new, but I’m not very gracious with my books while reading, so I always end up breaking it…
Question #11: Do you write in books?
It’s very rare. What I do a lot is to write down on a notebook my favorite quotes while reading, but I don’t usually make notes in the book itselt…
 
Thats it! Thanks for reading! It was very nice to answer this tag and I’m looking forward to the next! 😀
assinatura

The Murders in the Rue Morgue – Edgar Allan Poe

Hello! Today I’ve finished The Murders in the Rue Morgue, from Edgar Allan Poe. Sadly, I’ve read it in my Lev, so the pic is not that charming 😦 Bad side of online reading, LOL.

My Lev with the pdf copy :)
My Lev with the pdf copy 🙂

Anyway, the book has six tales:

The Imp of the Perverse

A little like The Tell-Tale Heart, the base of the plot is the guilty that the narrator feels after doing something bad. In this case, the main character murdered another man to inherit his proprieties and, as he was very clever, the police never got him. However, the narrator always feels like he may be caught at any moment and his paranoia is the crux of the problem.

What I thought: My mom gave me a book with 22 stories from Poe some years ago and this one I had already read in the past, but I almost didn’t remember it. It was very nice to feel the thrill that Poe constructs in his writing like it was the first time. This one became one of my favorites ❤

Hop Frog or The Eight Chained Ourangoutangs

This is the story of two dwarfs at a king’s court. The male one, Hop Frog, was the court jester and limped a lot. The female one, Tripetta, was a beautiful dwarf, well proportionated and very charming. The two of them bound, as both are slaves of the king, who likes most of all, to mock Hop Frog with his consultants. After a particular unfortunate incident with Tripetta, Hop Frog elaborates a plan to avenge her and punish his king and his consultants.

What I thought: Another one already read and this one I remembered well, as Hop Frog’s plan was audacious, brilliant and cruel. But there was another thing that marked my good: the happy ending. It’s a rarity among Poe’s tales, LOL.

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

In this tale, the narrator is a doctor interested in mesmerism, a kind of hypnotism. He’s specially interest in the effects of mesmerism on a dying person, so he is given the chance to test his theories at his dying friend, Mr. Valdemar. Of course, things don’t go as planned.

What I thought: This one also was in my other book, but I totally forgot it. And I have to say I know why: I didn’t like it. It was too much fantasy for Poe’s style, in my opinion :/

The Black Cat

This is the tale of a man who loves animals very much, but an incident with his cat Pluto transforms his conception of reality in a way that drives him insane.

What I thought: I don’t know which is more famous: The Black Cat or The Tell-Tale Heart, LOL. I first read this when I was in junior high and it’s wonderful every time I read again. It’s simply ingenious.

Never Bet the Devil Your Head

Tommy Dammit was the hateful kind of person you want to punch in the face. This friend, the narrator, tries during the whole story, to bring him to the “good” side, but Tommy won’t go for it. The result is that, after so many bets to the devil, Tommy finally delivers the so-promised prize.

What I thought: this one was new for me, as it wasn’t present on my other book. It was very interesting, specially the way of how the narrator’s thoughts change during the tale, but wasn’t anything breathtaking. I guess, when you know a bit or two about Poe, some kinds of plots became a little foreseeable. Anyway, it’s worth the reading 🙂

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The tale that names the book presents us to Mr. Dupin, a very intelligent man who uses his observation powers to solve a murder case that even the police considered a lost cause.

What I thought: Dupin is Poe’s French version of Sherlock Holmes. He’s very talented, intelligent and eccentric, just like Sherlock, but a little more insane, if you ask me. I didn’t know this one too and it was amazing how things are so not what they look like. It’s now in my heart, along with The Black Cat, William Wilson, The Tell-Tale Heart and Berenice ❤ ❤

That’s all, folks! If you want to know what I’m reading right know or what I want to read or what I’ve already read, check out my Goodreads profile and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to always know when there will be a new post available!

Thank you for reading! Do you like Poe’s tales too? 😀

assinatura

PS: This is my physical edition, that my mom gave me:

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