Finally decided on making a short BL review since it’s been a while since I last made a long, detailed one. ;;
“Kanashii Hito wa Doko ni mo Inai“ by Yamada Torico
→ This is Yamada Torico’s second BL tankoubon release—technically her third (her second tankoubon release was “Onnanoko no Subete“). I first read one of her works—particulary “Long and Beautiful Life” through Canna and became so intrigued about her works ever since. Her art is very simple yet cute. Some angles look awkward sometimes but I still find it adorable for some reason. ;; don’t fall for her cute art, though. It seems cutesy but you’ll be surprised on how deep and mysterious her stories are.
The first story is about two brothers—their mom died when they were young and their father is a wanderlust. Anyway, older brother has a brother complex on his younger brother. He tried moving out so he can forget his immoral feelings for his younger brother but eventually realized how much of a coward he is as the older brother so came back and found out they actually had mutual feelings for each other. It was pretty cute and the siblings were just so adorable! *w*
The second story was a bit unusual so I pretty much enjoyed it. It’s about a male college student who works part time at a doughnut store. A strange ossan came in at the store one day and asked if he can take care of his “dog” while he goes out of town for a month. This “dog” is actually a person. I don’t really know what kind of person that ossan is but really refers to that person as “inu“—also treats him like one. Unlike the ossan, the college guy treats inu well and they eventually started to have feelings for each other. I seriously got all teary-eyed when inu was asked to leave the ossan’s apartment so he ended up being homeless. ;A; But thank god the college student chased after him so they finally lived together in the end. ;u; such a touching story. I definitely recommend this. But for those who are still having a hard time understanding some Japanese contexts, you’ll be challenged in reading this. /acutally had a hard time understanding at first ;;
“Renai Game” by Chidori Peko
→ Chidori Peko’s original debut tankoubon release! \*w*/ I immediately fell in love when I saw the cover so I didn’t hesitate to get myself a copy. It consists of 4 stories. The first story is about a shoemaker and a college student who works part time at his shop. It’s a really cute and sexy story especially since the college student is soooo moe. I didn’t really like the second story but it was also cute nonetheless. The third and fourth story were my favorites, in which both has megane guys! \*w*/ The third story was about 2 schoolboys. I got all hyped up when I saw the title page since the megane seemed very naughty—and I was right—he was a complete pervert. /squeal/ the uke was very pretty too and both of them are naughty. *w* I like the supporting character as well but I won’t talk much about that person-you guys have to find out for yourselves. :> not really surprising if you’re already used to reading BL but it’s pretty cute, IMO. I guess some of you has an idea of what is it already. ;;
The last story, which is the main story, it is about 2 guys working at an eroge production company. This is a kouhai x senpai kind of relationship which is another of my kind of story. Kouhai has a secret crush on his megane senpai; he fantasizes about him and pictures him as one of the megane characters in one of their eroges, lol. It was pretty hilarious and at the same time, it’s very cute. If you have a creepy obsession with megane guys, you’ll love this manga. *u*
Chidori Peko’s art style is just gorgeous. Very well-drawn and all the characters are just adorableee! ❤ I definitely recommend this if you want a romantic/comedy kind of read. 8)
“Sono Toki wa Tada Kokoro ni Furete” by Umiyuki Lily
→ My newest love. *u* as much as I don’t want to compare her to my darling moe queen, Kojima Lalako, I can’t help it since I literally had goosebumps when I was reading her work since it was very Kojima Lalako-like. Not only her stories but her art style as well! But I don’t know, maybe I’m just biased with Kojima Lalako’s art style. ;; Umiyuki Lily is quite new, btw. Her works are mostly featured in Canna. 🙂 if you have a twitter account, you can follow her (she follows back!)—just look for her blog link on my sidebar. *u*
Anyway, so I pretty much anticipated this tankoubon release. I just love discovering new mangakas, and being able to get a copy of their debut tankoubon release is one of the best feelings a fujoshi can ever experience, lol. So it consists of 4 stories. The first story is about two guys who works in a film production company. The uke is a very timid college student who comes into the company one day and was assigned to work under the seme (uhh, not literally if you know what I mean /shot). So the seme noticed that the college student was kind of anti-social since he’s timid and all, so he tried talking to him and found out that the college student has a tremendous love for movies. I really love how their story went since it was pretty dramatic and I loved how the uke’s character developed. The second and third story were also very nice. The second was pretty hilarious and the third was kind of tense since the turn of events was very surprising—or was it just me that I didn’t see it coming. ;; anyway, what I loved most is the 4th story—unrequited love. *u*
So the fourth story is about 2 schoolboys. The uke reminded me of Akahoshi from Kojima Lalako’s “Kimi to Parade” because of his appearance and… attitude… well, maybe a little. Now uke has a crush on a male schoolmate—unfortunately he’s already seeing some girl. The seme on the other hand is your typical Mr. Brightside(?). I honestly thought he was just a supporting character at first since I thought the guy that the uke has a crush on will consider his feelings in the end, lol. But the story was great nonetheless—especially the extra story! /*A*\ Totally recommend. ;u;
Ugh sorry it turned out to be pretty long orz; I really fail in summarizing stories since I really want to talk about it in detail. ;;
I promise I’ll try to make a shorter “short” review post next time. /time to work on summarizing skills .__.
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed reading this long post! ;u;/