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Sekaiichi Hatsukoi: A Boys Love Story, Volume 1

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4.45 rating

Comment 1: I love this series. I am constantly checking for the latest update. It's almost like a religous act that needs to get done by the end of the week. I even watch the anime. It has a great story and i love all the characters even the bad guy, Yokozowa (although i don't see him as much of a bad guy anymore what with Kirishima han- i'm ganna stop myself there before i ruin the book). I love Takano and Ritsu and especially Kisa. When you read this book you can't help but fall in love with all the char Comment 2: Ritsu is assigned to the Shoujo manga division in the publishing company he transfers to but that’s not his area of expertise -his boss, Takano, is his first love from high school & Ritsu’s a newbie & to demonstrate a kiss scene for a manga, he kisses RItsu HAHA who freaks & wants to quit in 2 weeks -the office is garbage dump when the men are all on deadline & then once deadlines pass, it’s hella pretty with the pretty guys :P Takano thinks Ritsu’s familiar but can’t place him - Comment 3: Посвятила день перечитке "Лучшей в мире первой любви". Все-таки люблю я яой, он не перестает удивлять и заставлять капать слюнками. В 95% случаев мангаки хорошо раскрывают персонажей, не жалеют юмора и придумывают замечательные истории. Про рисовку вообще молчу.

Know No Fear

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4.18 rating

Comment 1: If you have read one Abnett book, you've basically read them all. He is a master of military sci fi, and by far the best author working with the Warhammer 40K setting. This setting, however, has its limitations. It's a universe of total war, were everything is doom and gloom. Sort of like Game of Thrones with demons and laser rifles. Hence, the books get a little bit repetitive. This one has a nice but slightly too long build-up, before the slaughter begins. Like most other Abnett books, the con Comment 2: I haven't read a Horus Heresy book for a long while it seems like. It was like returning to an old friend who you haven't seen in a long time, while you spend a bit of time catching up it is like no time has passed at all. I feel this way about Dragonlance too. Now having said that I would give this book 4.5 stars because a while back I tried to read it twice and never made it more than 20 or pages. Like all good friends sometimes you just can't connect, so I don't know if the half off is more a Comment 3: I'm not typically a fan of long battle narratives. I can enjoy them on the big screen, but in text they tend drag on way to much and contribute very little to the plot line. However, in Dan Abnett's recent book "know no fear" he mixes it up with a large number of perspectives which, as I'm come to expect, make you maniacally continue reading to discover what's going on. While I don't rate it as my favorite Abnett book,that would be Legion or maybe Eisenhorn, it still worthwhile.

CUT

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4.04 rating

Comment 1: This is one of my favorite yaoi mangas. I go back to read it quite often. The two main characters have dark backgrounds making their present a nightmare they need to escape from. Going through the manga you can really see solid character development. It is really interesting to see the two meeting at the begining of the manga and then looking through the manga's final pages to notice the difference in which they regard each other. Seeing them grow together is truly an enjoyable experience. For o Comment 2: it has a good plot and premise, though the story has been a little rushed for my liking. the characters are beautiful, and their relationship with each other is very interesting to watch. their relationship with each other is bordering on need; it is passionate although not particularly sweet. i love the ending, i really do, but the way the author has solved the conflict between one of the character's--sakaguchi's--father--is rushed and seems really unplanned for me. but that aside, everything i Comment 3: Chiaki sees Eiji for the first time when they are both called to task for not having arranged their parental/teacher visits. Each has his reasons for avoiding this onerous duty - Chiaki's "dad' uses him sexually, and abuses him by cutting or hitting. Eiji lives with his aunt and uncle to avoid his abusive crazy mother. In Cut, by Toko Kawai, we watch them as they come together, and make an attempt at healing themselves and each other.

コンビニくん。[Konbini-kun]

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4.23 rating

Comment 1: Ένα από τα πιο γνωστά yaoi manga της Junko, που είναι και από τα πρώτα της δημιουργήματα, είναι το "Kombini-kun", το οποίο πέραν της Ιαπωνικής έκδοσης, μπορεί κανείς να το βρει και σε επίσημη μεταφρασμένη version, στην αγγλική γλώσσα. Το manga αυτό το οποίο αποτελείται από 5 κεφάλαια και μια one-shot εμβόλιμο manga, το "Youtful Love" που θα σχολιάσουμε σε άλλη ανάρτηση, και φτάνει τις 177 σελίδες κυκλοφόρησε αρχικά σε τμηματικά μέρη, στο περιοδικό "Chara" των εκδόσεων Tokuma Shoten, οι οποίες λί Comment 2: If I had to rate the whole bullying issue, it would have been higher. I pitied Endou so much... poor guy: falling in love with a male classmate; the other classmates notice this, bully him and humiliate him so much he quits school and become a recluse in his house. Until he gets a job in a konbini stori, meets Yamai, who looks tough but turns out to be a good guy. Yamai defends him when his classmates start going to the konbini to bully Endou again.

Don't Worry Mama

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3.42 rating

Comment 1: saya antipati pada hampir keseluruhan aspek novel ini. plotnya berantakan, setiap tokoh karakternya buat saya ilfil. dari awal hingga akhir bacaan si pengarang sukses bikin sisi tergelap dalam diri saya muncul kepermukaan. saya berharap Yuiichi & Imakura berakhir tragis di pulau terasing, entah mati kelaparan, penyakit ato dimakan binatang buas. yang penting endingnya tragis tanpa perlu tangisan mengharu biru ala sinetron yg kerap muncul di TV, namun faktanya (saya sudah duga sebelumnya), en Comment 2: I thought this book was really cute. I was a bit disappointed at first with the two main characters. Their personalities were just irritating at first, but in the end I loved them both and it turned out to be a really good book. The art really left an impression on me for this book, not just the style but how the characters were shown/not shown (You'll have to read it to understand what I mean) Comment 3: I don't even have the words to describe what I've just read lol. Err...in a twisted sort of way it has it's cute moments, I guess. Comment 4: This was the first Yaoi novel that I read. I was amazed at how good it was. I really enjoyed reading this.

Vassalord, Volume 1

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3.97 rating

Comment 1: The art in here was actually fairly nice and not quite what I had expected. Actually, there was more than art that I was not exactly prepared for. I knew going in that it was shonen-ai. That aspect was by all accounts, inescapable. I was expecting more humor. Yes, there was humor in there, but it fell flat for me. Yes, Cherry and Rayflo had a cute give-and-take relationship. I also did enjoy the different elements of demon mythology that came into effect (needing invitations to enter rooms, hold Comment 2: Charley and Johnny have some wonderful interaction, lots of innuendo and UST but unfortunately I can only give this three stars because of a confused and confusing plot. Characters enter and exit with no explanation and since the author has crafted a fantasy world, there's lots of terminology and organizational structure to figure out. Those things aren't presented badly but the confusing plot makes it doubly hard to figure them out. I am going to keep reading this for the slash potential but I' Comment 3: The reason I did not rate this higher is because the plot can be a little convoluted at times. The premise of a cyborg vampire that does the Vatican's dirty work was certainly enough for me to read it, and the humor between Rayflo and Charley is entertaining. However, at times, the plot seems to throw elements in for the sake of throwing them in. It could be a lot tighter. While I will continue reading the series, it is with a little reservation. I like the characters enough to go on, but the pl

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi: A Boys Love Story, Volume 2

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4.46 rating

Comment 1: Ritsu’s remembering how he confessed to Takano in high school & Takano said he’d date him & they went to Takano’s house & Takano asked Ritsu how can he love him when he doesn’t know anything about him & Ritsu mentions the stuff he’s seen Takano do - they made out & had sex & he thought he heard Takano say he loved him -anyway, at work, they’re fighting like animals LOL -Yokozawa tells Ritsu to stay away from Takano & that he’s his :O WHAT -Ritsu meets an old female co Comment 2: Ritsu and Masamune are killing me. I enjoyed seeing pieces of their relationship ten years ago. There are obviously a lot of feelings there, but these two are so stubborn that things just don't go as planned. And Yokozawa is not helping matters at all by getting in the middle and bullying Ritsu. Hopefully Masamune will tell him more firmly to butt out really soon. Comment 3: Whenever I read mangas about mangas, I always think "why would someone do this to themselves?" and then that leads to praising these sleep-deprived masterminds for all they have sacrificed. Thank you, mangaka, editors, publishers, artists, and the like ♥ Praise, for without you, we would not have brilliance like Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. Comment 4: Okay, I just love this series. Yes, this is as ridiculous as Junjo Romantica, but it's also as much fun as that series, and it's cute and adorable and really, really sweet. Considering how much I seem to crave this sort of thing at the moment I haven't read enough fluff in the last

世界一初恋 ~小野寺律の場合4~ [Sekaiichi Hatsukoi - Onodera Ritsu no Baai 4]

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4.43 rating

Comment 1: Το vol. 4 αποτελείται από 4 κεφάλαια, τα 3 εκ των οποίων ασχολούνται με την υπόθεση του Onodera και του Takano, με το τελευταίο να είναι ένα πολύ μικρό funny story, η ατμόσφαιρα ανάμεσα στους οποίους είναι ακόμα πιο τεταμένη απ' όταν έκαναν sex και με τον πρώτο να εξακολουθεί να μην θυμάται τίποτα, αλλά να μην μπορεί και να ρωτήσει τον Takano σχετικά. Εν όψη Χριστουγέννων, η κατάσταση στο περιοδικό είναι πιο χάλια από ποτέ και η πίεση, χτυπάει κόκκινο. Ο Onodera, συνειδητοποιεί πως ο Takano έχει Comment 2: Takano wanted so badly to spend his birthday with Ritsu, and only him. I'm happy that Yokozawa wasn't able to ruin it for them. And after An showed up unexpectedly I was glad that Ritsu stopped him from leaving - he's starting to be more expressive about how much he cares. Comment 3: Will I ever stop smiling (and dying) when reading about Ritsu and Takano, or Kisa and Yukina? No. Nope, never. I love them so much, and reading this gives me all kinds of Christmas-feels. I wish it was Christmas again. <3

世界一初恋 ~小野寺律の場合5~プレミアムアニメDVD付き限定版

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4.43 rating

Comment 1: Shouta tells Kou off SO MEAN b/c he’s insecure & thinks Kou’s seeing a girl behind his back & breaks it off with him; then that creepy ex of his calls him up & wants to see him & SHOUTA, this dumbs, he agrees & the ex wants sex & KOU SHOWS UP & SLAPS SHOUTA (yes he needed that) & wants to talk -that girl was actually Kou’s uni friend who he wanted to learn to cook from & Shouta’s still scared of getting hurt & that one day, Kou will leave him for some youn Comment 2: Forget the contents of the manga. I ♥ THE EPISODE 0 ANIME SO MUCH. THEY WERE SUCH DORKS IN HIGH SCHOOL alkdsjfoi ♥ ♥ ♥ The only thing that would have made it better would be if it included the chapter that's from Takano's POV, but maybe that was published too recently. Comment 3: Jamás, JAMÁS, me cansaré de este manga. Y es que después de más de un año sigo teniendo un crush importante con Takano y Onodera (principalmente, porque Kisa y Yukina no se quedan atrás...)

Fake, Volume 01

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4.04 rating

Comment 1: I think the only reason i held out on reading this one was the art. In the first volume, at least, the art has a bit of an old-style feel to it, it's not the same as many of the newer manga. But i am soooooo glad i got over that and read it.This series is amazing! I'm absolutely in love with it and i'm not even finished yet. I'm a big yaoi fan but i think that even if i wasn't i would still enjoy reading this.I think probably the best part about it is the relationship between the two main characters, Ryo and Dee. The way their friendship progresses and the way they talk to each other and interact is just perfect. There are moments when i find myself grinning or just completely bursting out laughing at some of the things they're bickering over or what-not. I may have picked this up for the shounen-ai but i keep reading for the comedy (Well for the relationship as well because they're just so sweet!).Because this is a long(ish) series you know that it's going to take a while for the relationship to get moving which is something else i'm grateful for. There aren't any moments when you're just like, 'that's completely unbelievable, no way would that happen in real life' which is nice. It's also very satisfying to watch the slow progression of their feelings.There's a lot more too it than that but you really have to read it for yourself. I couldn't recommend this series enough. And if you're like me and put off by the art then don't be, once you're used to it you don't even notice that it's not a conventional style, and really, it kind of works like that.

世界一初恋 ~小野寺律の場合8~ [Sekaiichi Hatsukoi - Onodera Ritsu no Baai 8]

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4.38 rating

Comment 1: This just keeps getting better and better with everyone book. At the end of Onodera's story it keeps giving a number of days until he falls in love. I keep hoping that soon he will confess his love to Takano. I kinda figured that Haita would kinda be the angatonist of the story..I thought maybe he and Takano has a past together and in a way they do, just not in the way I first thought. But come on, we all know there is no way he or anyone else will be able to take Onodera away from him. I can't Comment 2: Onodera/Takano- 2 cute scenes. The first has Onodera dealing with his first author event and being very nervous of course. Takano helps him through it and they share more non-work conversations and cute couple moments. Later Onodera is tasked with buying a gift for Isaka who has just become the president of the company and meets Hatori, Takano's nemesis from his last job. Takano tells Onodera to stay away from him but refuses to elaborate, leaving us to wonder what's up. Comment 3: Aw I love it soooo much! It just gets better and better. I just want Onodera to come out and tell Takano, but for now, I'll put up with the amazingly cute ways it ALMOST happens. The last chapter especially was so hot! Great volume and I'm going to be sad to start the next one since it is the last one released thus far.

セブンデイズ Friday → Sunday /

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4.31 rating

Comment 1: Ο δεύτερος τόμος του "Seven Days" πραγματεύεται τα γεγονότα των υπόλοιπων τριών ημερών της βδομάδας που οι ήρωές μας καλούνται να μοιραστούν, δηλαδή από Παρασκευή έως και Κυριακή. Τα κεφάλαια αυτή τη φορά είναι 8 βασικά συν 1 extra, και η αύξηση αυτή οφείλεται στο ότι οι δημιουργοί τα έχουν σπάσει σε μικρότερου μεγέθους απ' ότι στο πρώτο τεύχος. Αυτή η τεχνική νομίζω πως λειτουργεί καλύτερα, είτε μιλάμε για δημοσιεύσεις περιοδικών είτε για την κεφαλαιοποίηση των ίδιων των manga ως τεύχη, αφού εν Comment 2: Seryou Touji has a strange quirk. He will go out with the first person that asks him on Monday and break up with them on Sunday. Shino decides on a whim to ask Seryou out even though Seryou has never been seen dating a man. Seryou sticks to his pattern and accepts. Friday -> Sunday is a fun manga that depicts the last few days of this strange dating week. Seryou and Shino have made it through a tentative friendship but as their feelings for each other grow, what will happen when Sunday comes?

Gravitation, Volume 05

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4.05 rating

Comment 1: why are all americans gun toting violent freaks? i want to point out that japan isn't exactly a peaceful tree-hugging society either, esp when it still ties national identity ties to samurai and ninjas. you know, i think the reason why i have such trouble telling people apart in this series (or more like recognising them for that matter) is because they change their body structure so much by the end. anyway, decent amount of mayhem and yaddy yadda to keep me reading. Comment 2: Lead singer of Bad Luck's rival gang ASK is causing trouble in the neighborhood when he continues to stick his nose into Shuichi and Eiri's homosexual relationship in hopes to shatter both of their careers. But when Taki takes it over the edge even his band members turn on him, and as punishment for his pettiness he nearly meets his demise at the hands of a man whom truly loves Eiri... Comment 3: This is really completely insane, but once you accept that it's an interesting reading experience. I'm having a lot of trouble keeping the characters appart, and they're basically all crazy (apart from Hiro - him I like a lot). I think if I didn't have the series I would stop reading, but since it's already here... Comment 4: Crazy like usual. But that accentuates the dark, serious moments even more - like for example Tohma's obsession with Yuki. He's so taken with Yuki - despite having married Yuki's sister - that was ready to kill Aizawa. And with a smile on his face to that. That was scary.

Future Lovers, Vol. 2

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4.27 rating

Comment 1: Future Lovers is a sweet story, there is no denying it. It has such a common plot, but it presents it in a brilliant way: a slice of life/comedy, with a proper flow for each situation. Also, it ‘s not overly dramatic, even when the characters are so deep, and it doesn’t focus on sex, even when it begins with it. In the end, it can make you laugh and even cry with such simplicity. Read more on Comment 2: Still cute and lovely, it ends happily, and that's all I'll say about that. But I wish it had had more sex. *sighs* Oh well, what was there was cute and sexy. Comment 3: Like the prequel, Kaze no Yukue is a wonderful read. I loved Akira and Kuma (and Kuma's grandparents as well) and it's just interesting their relationship. Comment 4: Didn't realise this was a sequel! :O No wonder I felt a little 'huh?' when I started it... will have to reread after I read the first one.

Gravitation, Volume 04

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4.06 rating

Comment 1: "He should have never been with me in the first place." As tough as he seems on the surface, Yuki's insecurity shows in the way he refers to Shuichi. Their relationship is more on and off than ever (goddammit!) but it's understandable. Shortly after breaking up, Shuichi runs into his jealous rival Taki, who knows about his relationship with Yuki. Taki knows Shuichi will go through anything to protect Yuki's reputation... let me just say that this one's pretty dark. Shuichi gets beaten up and raped by Taki's gang, all in Yuki's defence, and once again I think it's handled a little too light-heartedly.It's handled suitably enough, though. Hiro (love you, Hiro <3) is there to comfort him, to tell him it wasn't his fault. He goes off the next day, all angry and testosteroney, to shout at Yuki for his treatment of Shuichi and the consequences. Now I don't condone Yuki's attitude, his behaviour, his violence or his cold heart. But if you can read this without getting too frustrated with him, you'll see what he's like beneath the act. Shuichi's figuring that out, but best of all, Murakami-sama is showing it in her art and her writing. As Seguchi mentions, Shuichi isn't the only person to be hurt by the assault. Yuki hates himself for it, and makes the decision to vanish from Shuichi's life.This, of course, drove me crazy. But it's such a relief to see Yuki taking some responsibility, even if his low self-esteem causes him to act so drastically. At least we know he has low self-esteem, and isn't a jerk just for the hell of it. His backstory really develops in this one, too. And in some ways, I can sympathise with him as a character simply because he's more believeable. He's consistently angst-ridden, whereas Shuichi seems to bounce right back after being dumped/raped/humiliated, which I don't find very credible, not even for Shu-kun.I loved seeing the story unfold in this volume, but I just don't understand how it can fluctuate between dark and absurd. It really needs to go one way or the other. It's probably the tension in this volume that wins it 4.5 stars. (And the appearance of K. I LOVE K.)

Café Latte Rhapsody

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3.93 rating

Comment 1: This manga is extremely cute without passing into over fluffiness. There are some suprising hidden depths in each character including the side characters at some points when they do something a little unexpected. I don't think I dislike any character in this manga. Even the gold digging ex-boyfriend isn't completely unlikeable. The theme of appearance not matching personality works very well on both main characters and fits nicely with the story. Comment 2: A very heartwarming story. This story is fluffy as sweet latte and I love it. This brings me to tears. So much love and cuddliness in this manga it makes me think how looks can be deceiving for a guy who is tall and manly who could be soft as a pillow. Amazing art and story. Recommend Comment 3: Saccharine story about an unbelievably shy guy who runs away crying after hooking up with a bookstore clerk. Clearly not enough plot. At any rate, since it was the first yaoi I read, I bump it up a star!...Please don't stone me... Comment 4: J'ai failli passer à côté !! Au début le résumé de la quatrième de couverture et les dessins ne m'inspiraient pas du tout. Mais au final, quelle bonne surprise !!

Gravitation, Volume 03

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4 rating

Comment 1: i got the entire series for 27 bucks at half price books last month, and finally got around to finishing it up. my advice for anyone new at this series is to not read the author comments. she comes off as hating this series, and being a mangka. hates to draw?! really?! boy did you pick the wrong profession. i could understand that the joy of something goes away when you're stuck doing it for money, but at least pretend to enjoy it. by the end, no one looks like they did at the beginning, and not Comment 2: I liked this volume, the fact that underneath all the crazy, there's actually a very touching romance there. I know that this manga isn't to be taken seriously, but when we get these small glimpses of the characters' real feelings, they shine even more brightly! Comment 3: With the new rival for Eiri's love in Shuichi's life, he is momentarily depressed. Claiming Eiri as his own while in the middle of a concert, Ayaka later declares that Shuichi is fit to fight over Eiri's love and the war is on! Comment 4: Again, the constant insistence that the two guys who are in love and having sex are not gay is a glaring, distracting, and offensive diversion from what is otherwise a cute and kitchy love story

Gravitation, Volume 02

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4.03 rating

Comment 1: This volume focuses more on the relationship between Shuichi and Yuki. How they handle it is kinda funny, and somewhat dumb, but it works. Yuki starts off all as "I'm not into guys, because I am not gay, so stop trying to rub off on me and capture my heart.", while Shuichi is all "I'm gay, and totally into guys, so please make love to me!". Shuichi is kind of a wuss, but he's a good-looking one.--------- The high point of this volume was that Bad Luck got signed to N-G records, which is home of Shuichi's idols, the now-defunct Nittle Grasper. But, having a career in music is alot harder than Shuichi and Hiro thought, and more than once, it overwhelms Shuichi. That causes him to throw fits and even run off.------- In this volume, we also meet Yuki's brother and fiancee'. His brother is a pervert, and his wife-to-be is an obsessed weirdo.------------- After the main story, we are treated to Murakami's debut work, which is a short story. The characters seem like they jumped right out of the main story.---------------- I checked this out from the library in Hartselle. All opinions expressed here are my own. Comment 2: Okay, I'm just gonna go right ahead and say it - what's wrong with this genre that when a guy says no the other hears yes? In this one specially it took it a bit too far... That is definitely what I have the hardest time accepting; everything else, even the craziest, most stupidest and less realistics situations I'm cool with, but this part? It definitely makes it harder to enjoy the manga... but still apart from that, there isn't much to discuss. It's a continuation from the volume 1 and this time I didn't feel so much like I'd skipped some pages, but simply like there was a scene missing, even if it was just a small one. Honestly, it's not a bad manga but eh, it's not that great either.I was going to continue on reading this series but man the "sex" scene really put me off... I'm not going to force myself to read this and make excuses, such as everything else is cute, it's just this one thing that is bad, because this is definitely not a small thing. So I'm going to go and watch the anime, where the sex is consensual.

Gravitation, Volume 01

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3.78 rating

Comment 1: Shuichi's got his heart set on becoming a rock star, and when Eiri puts him in his place, Shuichi can't stop thinking about him. So begins a somewhat one-sided, troubled romance for Shuichi. Though I know a number of people who rave about this series, it wasn't for me: I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough. Very little that happens is realistic or believable; there are so many coincidences and contrived bits that I couldn't enjoy the plot line or appreciate Shuichi's frustrations because he doe Comment 2: for some reason i didn't realize this was a guy x guy manga. i should pay better attention to names. haha. it's done in a way that doesn't make you blush with inappropriateness or anything, so it's fine. even some guy x girl ones are just too much for me, and that's when they get put back onto the shelf. anywho, it's dark enough to keep me interested, but lighthearted enough to make the read a fun one. it's quite balanced. besides, what's not to like about romance novelists and high school music Comment 3: Amazon Product Description: Shuichi Shindou is determined to be a rock star. He has no experience, no talent, and no band. After finding a charismatic guitarist and getting a gig, he's ready to show the world what a genius he is with his powerful lyrics. However, Eiri Yuki overhears his amateurish verse and puts the young musician in his place. Unable to get the harsh criticism out of his mind Shuichi forces himself into Yuki's life and the two find their futures inexorably intertwined. The forc

Yellow, Volume 01

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3.98 rating

Comment 1: Taki and Goh are undercover “snatchers”, people who snatch drugs. That means working together. It’s not so bad except Goh is gay and keeps hitting on the straight Taki. However, is Taki as straight as he says he is? The way he fights off Goh would seem to indicate it. Action, sex, treachery, crime and adventure are realistically portrayed and the UST between the two men is heightened just enough to keep the reader guessing. The artist draws her characters with heart-shaped faces, sloe eyes and r Comment 2: I admit, I don't understand Makoto Tateno's popularity. This was an okay read, filled with many, many stupid clichés, and the art isn't quite my thing either. The second star is mostly because I liked Kanji a lot, and the scene when they finally get together was nicely done, I thought. And please note that the two stars are for the overall series - the first volume is hardly worth one star. Overall, definitely not a must read, I only finished it because I had the volumes here and it didn't take Comment 3: I've tried reading this over and over and OVER, trying desperately to enjoy the story. And surprisingly, my persistence paid off. :) I finally slowed down enough to notice the art and the details, the little things that make the story sort of awesome. Honestly, I still have to ignore some of the more ridiculous, over-the-top aspects of the genre, but even those things slowly started to grow on me as I got past my initial hesitation and got involved in the story. Already halfway through Volume 2

Yellow, Volume 02

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4.12 rating

Comment 1: Once again Tateno brings us mounting tension liberally laced with humor as Taki and Goh negotiate the drug world’s underbelly, this time starting with a seedy nightclub that’s harboring a missing drug stash. In this story, the action is outweighed by the intelligence of and superlative teamwork between the two main characters. New factors are introduced by way of new characters called Kanji and Kei. Upbeat and spirited, Kanji presents a farcical element since he’s always crashing through doors a Comment 2: The second volume redeemed the series for me. I actually sold off volume 1 because of brotherly love scene tweaked my squick factor. Yah, yah I'm someone who writes about fathers and brothers but they are not actually brothers and fathers...if you get my drift. This second volume gave enough of the history of Goh and Taki to make volume 1 beliveable. So much much do I like it? I bought the compendium! It's got to be good to part me from my money. I would like to see Goh's childhood now... Comment 3: I love Yaoi, the Japanese term for female authored boy loves boy stories. Yellow is the perfect example of a great Yaoi read. Goh and Taki are undercover partners out to infiltrate a drug ring. Goh is gay and sexually attracted to Taki but Taki is straight and oblivious to Taki's feelings. Or is he?

Yellow, Volume 03

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4.13 rating

Comment 1: We get Taki's back story in this one and find out that he was fostered by a pair of assassins. Mizuki was in love with Taki but took it to heart when he told him that he couldn't love either a man or a killer. 6 years and a sex change later Mizuki's back and she wants Taki. Comment 2: There is more intense drama development in this volume and I couldn't stop reading, it has more a plot line that is going to continue in the last volume, I don't want to give details but I like more this part of the story. Comment 3: A murder ties back to Taki’s secret dark past. With it brings the realization that he’s fallen in love with Goh. Sizzling chemistry, angst, and sex. And it’s a cliff hanger! Comment 4: The third installment of this manga, and things are getting more and more serious for Taki and Goh. But even after they finally make the plunge, will something drive them apart?

Yellow, Volume 04

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4.21 rating

Comment 1: The fourth book, and the conclusion. I wanted this books to go on a little longer, maybe see more of Goh and Taki's relationship over trivial things and how they got on after finally coming together. Alas, not to be, but it was still a good ending to the series. The art is beautiful, and for some reason I love my manga men to look all soft and feminine. All long lines and long hair too.As I said in previous reviews, I actually finished these a few days ago before I left for the holidays so I've had plenty of time to think them over. I really like the story line here, which was what attracted me to my favorite manga of all time, "Fake". If you liked that one too, you will probably enjoy this one. The romance is well done and the story leaves you wanting more. Definite recommend, and four stars for this book and the series as a whole. Comment 2: I can't believe I haven't added this one yet. My favorite yaoi series to date. Go and Taki are partners working for a borderline-legal black-ops organization. Go's in love with Taki, who's straight. Admittedly, some of the cases are almost incomprehensible, but Taki's backstory is compelling, the characters are layered and the art (of course, b/c it's Tateno) is amazing. The most appealing thing to me, though, is that Tateno doesn't write these guys as the typical uke-seme relationship. There are no power imbalances here, no non-con head games or weird co-dependency; just two guys figuring out their relationship. In between getting kidnapped and having gun battles and ripping off the yakuza. It's awesome.

Love Stage!! 1

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4.32 rating

Comment 1: Στο πρώτο τεύχος της σειράς, που αποτελείται από 5 βασικά κεφάλαια και ένα extra, γνωριζόμαστε με τους πρωταγωνιστές μας και αρχίζουμε σταδιακά να μπαίνουμε στο πνεύμα μιας ιστορίας η οποία όπως ανακαλύπτουμε, κρατάει από πολύ παλιά. Ο Sena Izumi, λοιπόν, είναι ένας φοιτητής, κολλημένος με τα anime και τα manga -αυτό που λέμε, otaku- τα οποία αποτελούν όλο του τον κόσμο, την ίδια ώρα που ονειρεύεται να γίνει μεγάλος mangaka -δημιουργός manga-, πηγαίνοντας κόντρα στην οικογενειακή παράδοση. Με πα Comment 2: Endlich ein Lichtblick. Ich hatte schon befürchtet, dass ich mich nach dem Mangastapel selbst in Frage stellen muss, indem ich nachforsche, wieso ich Mangas mal so mochte. Hierbei handelt es sich um eine Serie und Band 1 ist erst diesen Oktober erschienen. Die Fortsetzung kommt Januar 2014 heraus. Unglaublich, wie lange das dauert! Die möchte ich nämlich unbedingt lesen. Warum?

Totally Captivated, Volume 1

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4.32 rating

Comment 1: I got this one because of the gorgeous cover art and I have a weakness for mob related yaoi. Since this is pretty popular, there are a ton of stories to choose from. Totally Captivated deals with Ewon, a young twink that gets hijacked into the mob by his ex-boyfriend. Ewon then deals with the daily struggles of being the low man on the mob totem pole while his ex-bf is sleeping with the mob boss; a boss who of course wants Ewon’s ass. Comment 2: Interesting storyline with a plot that kept me interested throughout the whole series. The two main characters, Ewon and Mookyul, grew on me as the story went on. Their love story is not without its funny moments, with bits of angst thrown in too. Certain moments will make you laugh out loud while others will tug at your heart strings. The artist did such a good job of blending both. This manhwa is definitely one for keeps. Comment 3: Totally Captivated is well named, from the stunning art style on the cover through-out the story line, anyone who picks up this series will not be able to put it down. It is an emotional roller coaster, dealing with abandonment issues, abuse. Two young men are unable to forget, you will understand the desperation for validation they only find in each other.

Loveless, Volume 2

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4.21 rating

Comment 1: I love Loveless! Action, drama, fluff, comedy, its all there! It's actually one of the first BL manga I've read where there are both male and female love interests for the main character, so that's interesting to me. Nevertheless, anyone who gets between Ritsuka and Soubi is going to have to answer to me - they're so cute and complicated! Poor Ritsuka, what a terrible home life he has. I keep wondering if Ritsuka's lost personality is a metaphor, like the ears (and ear piercings), or just an asp Comment 2: I've only read the first 5 in this series back when I was younger. I didn't think about the age differences of the characters, and as an older, more mature adult, I still like the series, but I have suspend my belief in some ways. Main character is 12, there is fan service, probably, and kisses, but nothing more mature than that, I think. I hope. I only have vague memories. Also if memory serves, there is a lesbian relationship between two girls who are closer in age to each other. Comment 3: I'm still a little hesitant about this book because the main relationship worries me, but I do think the story is interesting, and depending on how things go, I think it could be a good series. I guess I'm waiting (hoping really) that it stays innocent because I do like the story telling so far. I still wouldn't recommend it though until I know for sure which way things will go.

Only the Ring Finger Knows

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4.09 rating

Comment 1: There is nothing wrong with Only the Ring Finger Knows. But there is nothing that makes it stand out either. It is typical yaoi manga. The story is cute, but not memorable. In this particular high school, the style is to wear matching rings with your partner. Wataru is shocked and a little nervous when he learns that his ring matches with Yuichi Kazuki, the super popular and handsom senior. Romantic? Ehh... I didn't care for the main love interest. Sexy? Not really. The most you're getting out o Comment 2: How can I root for a couple to get together and stay together when I think one of them is far too arrogant and mean, even aside from how he does things verging on non-con? If one character is saying "no, no, no" and the other character just becomes more forceful in response, I am not a happy camper. Stalking the uke prior to that does not make it any better. Also, is every shorter boy in Japan prone to loud, awkward, public, emotional outbursts? Comment 3: Another delightfully sweet manga. High school romances of this type were something I could only have dreamed about when I was in high school and it's wonderful that an entire genertion of kids now have an option for seeing/reading such a story. Lovely art, nice pacing, good characterizations, nice blend of humor and drama. All it needed was a

Viewfinder, Tome 4 : you're my love prize in captivity

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4.49 rating

Comment 1: At the end of Volume 3, Asami was shot protecting Takaba. Fei Long was also shot, and escaped taking Takaba to Hong Kong as a hostage. V4 picks up in Hong Kong where Fei Long is recovering, and has just been reminded he has a prisoner. This story is much darker, as Fei Long threatens to sell Takaba into slavery and addiction if he doesn’t obey. Needless to say, there is non-consensual (and explicit) sex in the story. Much of the plot takes place in Hong Kong as we follow Takaba’s sad state and h Comment 2: Am I the only one who found the scenes between Feilong and Akihito smoking hot? Something's not right with me... Comment 3: Matters go from bad to worse for Akihito. Every man he meets seems to want nothing more than to bed him!

Finder, Volume 01: Target in the Viewfinder

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4.33 rating

Comment 1: First book of the year is a nice Yaoi story about the Yakuza, and a journalist. I don't necessarily love it yet, but this series has a lot of potential to be awesome because it's really hott. Be warned friends, it's explicit. There is violence, non-con and heavy BDSM themes, but if you're okay with that, this one might be a new fav series for you. There were also some side stories in this one that I hope we get to explore. Also Asumi is gorgeous, just saying...On to the next. Comment 2: Ayane Yamano's work is always top noth quality. Interesting stories, beautiful drawings. The only reason why I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is that only a half of this manga is devoted to the Finder series. The rest are bonus stories that have nothing in common with the main story. They are very good themselves but I would have prefered less bonus, more main material :( Comment 3: L'histoire principale est très bien, mais malheureusement elle ne fait que la moitié du tome à peu près... le reste c'est des histoires à part, qui sont sympas elles aussi, surtout la dernière, Risky society, mais bon je continue à être déroutée par ce format... je m'intéresse surtout à l'histoire principale moi ! Comment 4: I don’t know what it is about this manga but completely consumes me. It’s like my ultimate fantasy. It lures you in with such hot dripplingly delicious sex scenes which makes you melt but then you quickly fall in love with the characters (I wonder if their love will end tragically like in Ai No Kusabi..).

Desire

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3.79 rating

Comment 1: A lovely and entertaining manga. The characters had depth and were compelling. The blend of humor with the otherwise melodrama narrative was balanced wonderfully. There were a couple of moments when the translation seemed to have missed something, something that was trying to still be conveyed in the images but got lost in the language. I fear this happens far more often than it should. There were also a couple of sequences were the artist left faces half drawn or not done at all and while this Comment 2: The love interest is an asshole only thinking of himself, even forcing himself on the protagonist and breaking his trust. But I don't know if it's part of his personality or part of puberty. He is kinda dumb and slow, but once he understands that he should devote him to only one person he is actually a nice person. The story is a bit gloomy but I like it, it screams puberty :D Comment 3: Inilah salah satu komik yg sukses bikin aku jengkel setengah mati wkt bacanya. 2 tokoh utamanya sama2 menyebalkan karakternya. Comment 4: I thought it was very cute when I first read it about two years ago. To this day it is one of my favorites.

Wild Rock

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4.04 rating

Comment 1: This new edition is really pretty and it includes an additional short story and an interview with Yuen and Enba. The art style of the extra story was a bit different and not as pretty, in my opinion. It also was a bit insubstantial... The interview was slightly awkward too, it just didn't fit into the setting of the story, too modern. So having said that, buying the new edition was not really worth it for me because I already own the first edition. But the story of Wild Rock and Innocent Lies is Comment 2: I was seriously impressed when I read this manga, and I had high expectations for it to begin with. It took me a long time to hunt it down, but it was worth all the effort. The pre-historic setting is very original, so the change of scenery was rather nice and they pulled it off well. The art, characters, and plot obviously had a ton of effort poured into them; and it shows. I preach this manga every chance I get; so take my word and give it a shot and it might become one of your favorites too. Comment 3: Placed in the highly unusual setting of prehistoric times, “Wild Rock” shows the tense situation of two warring clans trying to sort out their differences and live together. Young Yuuen and Emba are supposed to be enemies but their feelings of love for each other can’t be denied. The drawings are spare but lovely, emphasizing the gorgeous men who make up these stories of star-crossed lovers.

The First Heretic

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4.21 rating

Comment 1: There are two characters in this entry into the Horus Heresy series that can be labeled tragic. First is the primarch (general/son of the Emperor of Mankind [EOM]) Lorgar (Space Jesus...and later Space Judas), who, after 200 years (just go with it) has just now been chastised for promoting the religious worship of the EOM (who espouses an atheistic world/galaxy/universal view). This chastisement takes the form of the EOM sending an army and destroying one of Lorgar's best examples of ability and Comment 2: "The First Heretic details the fall to Chaos of Primarch Lorgar and the 17th Space Marine Legion, the Word Bearers. Decades before the start of the Horus Heresy they become heretics relative to the Imperial Truth by introducing religious worship. This results in public and humiliating censure of Lorgar and the entire assembled Legion, by the Emperor himself. The despairing Lorgar is subsequently swayed by two of his most trusted lieutenants, who are in secret allegiance with Chaos; eventually bo Comment 3: Almost 50 years before the Dropsite Massacre, the XIII legion (Ultramarines) forcibly evacuated the city of Monarchia, capital of Khur. The XVII Legion (Word Bearers) respond to Monarchia's distress call, and are ordered to descend to the planet's surface. There, the Emperor of Mankind orders Lorgar and his children to kneel. Lorgar is guilty of the heinous crime of worshipping the Emperor as a god, which is contrary to the Imperial Truth. As the Word Bearers prepare to leave Khur forever, Argel

In The End

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3 rating

Comment 1: First of all, I love the artwork, It's lovely and looks very detailed and pleasing to my eyes. The storyline on the other hand is a bit laughable and over-dramatic though and the flash-speed romance happened too quickly for me to give a damn about it. This has the feel of being written from the mind of a fifteen-year-old who feels like his parents and everyone else is out to get him and ruin his life.(honestly, who hasn't been there?) The ending wasn't nearly as dramatic as it was what I thought Comment 2: This is a song fic. This is a published song fic. It's that one fic on Fanfiction.net you find that uses that damn Evanescence "Bring Me to Life" song to describe the relationship whoever the big fandom yaoi pairings are these days. And it's very overdramatic, and when you read it you roll your eyes because sure, they're angsty in their respective anime series, but the fic has them cutting their wrists and crying out their lover's name on a rainy night. Comment 3: This manga has a very "underground" feel to it. Not much going on plot wise, but the pictures held my interest. Yes, I sometimes buy books just for the art.

Loveless, Volume 8

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4.26 rating

Comment 1: well i;m glad this isn't the last book but i started reading it thinking it was and was quite pissed when nothing wrapped up. happily though there is apparently a book 9 on the way, though tokyopop is being mysterious with the release dates. so i broke down and rented the anime - which by the way wasn't in english, you tend to miss alot when reading subtitles and the battles weren't quite as pretty, but so far i;m really liking that as well. I'm thinking i may have to find out what else Yun Koug Comment 2: I can tell this is where things started getting strange for me the last time around I read these. I think this is when Kouga was going through a lull or something because it definitely shows in the amount of story progression (of which, there really isn't much). Volume 9 doesn't look too much better, but I'm almost done playing catch-up, so we shall see about that. Comment 3: Finally it arrived! I won this from a Loveless fan art contest from the now-defunct-but-may-return Yurusu.net back in September and I'm very happy that they did send out prizes, although I have been tempted several times to just buy it in the store already. Especially since one of my teen patrons at the library kept reminding me that it was out...

Loveless, Volume 6

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4.27 rating

Comment 1: Finally found this book and bought it. It is so hard to find Tokyopop manga, and although VIZ licensed this manga, they don't bring out the older volumes in one volume format, no they only do it in a 2 books format. And since I needed 6 and 7, it would mean I would need to buy 2 of those 2 books format things. :\ Comment 2: The story continues, just as messed up as before - Ritsuka's mum spends some time in the spotlight (and it's so fun to hate her), somebody who was supposed to be nice and dead is malefic and not dead and I'm not entirely sure what's going on. But I still like it. Comment 3: Heart is pounding because of all the excitement and the plot twist with Seimei being alive! He's actually kind of dark too D: especially sending Nisei to do tell his mom to kill Ritsuka! I'm in shock but I can't put the series down. On to the next volume! Comment 4: Oh goodness... it's been a while. I owned this series in middle school and read them over and over again so much the binding nearly desintigrated. I scraped and saved every penny to buy a new volume. Might be time for a reread soon, for nostalgia's sake.

Loveless, Volume 11

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4.16 rating

Comment 1: Maybe I've grown tired of the endless psychological chat sessions that Loveless enjoys so much, because I did not completely love this volume. I didn't love the pacing and I certainly didn't love Natsuo and Youji, who continue to be terrible. But as far as the plot goes, it's an important volume, and there are moments of brilliance that manage to shine through the clouds. Comment 2: This was good (even though it broke my heart), but considering that I've only got Vol. 12 to catch up and apparently we won't have Vol 13 yet and the story seems to be going to a place unknown even to the mangaka... Well. I've paused Vol. 12 for a bit. Comment 3: I read this ARC via Edelweiss/Above the Treeline - couldn't wait until June... so happy that Loveless is back!!

Love Recipe, Volume 01

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3.8 rating

Comment 1: For those who enjoy good comedy and are conversant with manga fandom, this is a fun romp. Yaoi, for those not in the know, is a genre of Japanese manga dealing with homoerotic m/m relationships. Love Recipe is a self-reflexive narrative that examines some of the more humorous elements of yaoi/BL fandom--from thinks like "moe," fangirls, seme/uke dynamics, and yaoi manga creation and production. I found myself laughing quite a bit while reading this light-hearted and cute narrative. Kirico Higash Comment 2: When I first looked at this manga I had no idea what Yaoi was, but after thinking that the summary was interesting. I decided I'll give it a try. I love every bit of this manga, the characters, story plot, and the humor that makes you think of how fun it is to learn how to work harder at your job.

In These Words, Volume 2

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4.58 rating

Comment 1: All the feels, the FEELS....I need the next volume ASAP. The story continues to get better, one thing though, don't read the prequels first...I did and I want David to come back....ah, the feels. Btw, that's not a spoiler, I don't really remember there being a mention of him so you don't know David unless you read the prequels. Btw, the quality of the art really should make this more than a manga. Comment 2: I thought this book was very good. Part of it was kind of creepy, but that's one of the reasons why I bought it. There is a bit of mystery to the story too, which I am curious to find out about. I hope the next book in the series will be published in English before too much time has elapsed. Really wonderful artwork too. That is perhaps one of the best features of this series. Comment 3: Great plot. One of the best ones in which the relationship of the 2 main characters is vital to the plot. Now I am totally intrigued about katsuya's past for him to turn out this way. Gotta read what happened in NY. It will be a slow painful wait for the next volume as I don't like collecting small chapters individually. Also good to know how the 2 got together in this vol. Comment 4: The color insert pages are just beautiful. Jo Chen's (TogaQ) artwork is always amazing. The story and plot comes to an enlightening twist. Can't say more without giving away spoilers. So worth reading!

Earthian, Volume 1

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3.65 rating

Comment 1: A beautiful sad story with delicate lines, more shonen-ai if I recall. Each volume of the four book set (if I recall correctly) was larger than regular sized yaoi books, lots of pages and a gorgeous textured cover. I sold the set for a tidy profit. Liked this but not a favorite, I never felt the need to reread.

Earthian, Volume 2

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3.9 rating

As angels struggle to solve the mystery of the Black Cancer, the death of Lord Seraphim triggers an even more desperate hunt. Chihaya and Kagetsuya's partnership is abruptly terminated because their relationship is growing a bit too close for comfort, and Kagetsuya must now work with the neophyte Sayaka, who is a nice enough boy, but the complete opposite of Chihaya. Together, they go to Earth to find the reclusive Elvira, who may hold the only key to the cure. Hopefully they'll find some answers soon, too - his "season" is approaching, and Kagetsuya is struggling desperately with his growing feelings for Chihaya...

Earthian, Volume 3

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3.92 rating

Comment 1: While confusing because it jumped all over the place, this was a beautiful series (and I've already read the 4th one, but since that is -technically- the last book, I'll comment on it first). The only reason I didn't give it--and the whole series for that matter--five stars was because it did seem a little disoragnized at times, and the ending felt a bit rushed. But it was nevertheless a touching story, and I'm so glad Kagetsuya and Chihaya found each other, and defied the laws to be together. While the whole thing wasn't a happy ending, their personal story was, because they were together. Their reunion was so sweet and touching it made me feel all warm inside. The last scene is the two of them gazing down at the Earth together, after having saved it from destruction.And I mean, come on, how could Kagetsuya -not- love Chihaya? He may not be very bright--despite the fact he gets high scores on exams--but he is adorable and loving...like an angel *wink*. If he was real, I'd so want him as a friend. Kagetsuya couldn't have picked a better partner (even if some other people don't always feel that way). If you saw the anime and were disappointed, read the manga! It is a complete 180! You get to meet more angels, not to mention the relationship between our two stars! Oh, and for those who are craving him, more Taki!It was interesting to learn why homosexuality was punishable by death on Eden, but the relationship between Kagetsuya and Chihaya proves, above all else, God preaches love.

Earthian, Volume 4

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3.87 rating

Comment 1: Did I mention I love Earthian? As I mentioned in my comment on the 3rd volume, the manga is a complete 180 of the anime. I was glad we got to find what happened to some of our favorite characters, because the ending of the third one, while happy as far as Kagetsuya and Chihaya's relationship goes, felt a little rushed. We find out that Miyuki and Taki did not die, though Taki is in a coma, and we learn the fate of Elvira as well. I thought the scene (which is in color) between Kagetsuya and Chihaya where they count down the time to the new year was really lighthearted, and it was amusing to see Kagetsuya wearing glasses. Chihaya's facial expressions throughout the whole series were the best.What I would have liked to have seen more of in this volume was not just what happened with Michael and Raphael in the past, but in the future, after the events in the 3rd book. Since they have feelings for each other, I would have liked to have seen Kouga play with it more in this book, but oh well. Anyway, if anyone is a reader of shonen-ai/yaoi, I totally recommend Earthian. And if you are just starting your yaoi collection, get Earthian. The sex scenes are not that explicit, and the story is in-depth and touching. So please, read Earthian! It needs to grow in popularity.

Ai no Kusabi Vol. 1: Stranger

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4.08 rating

Comment 1: This book seem to have a whole lot of words, yet not a whole lot of action. The only sexy bits you get are at the very beginning and that's it. The rest of the book is either textbook style history lesson of the world or a composition on how Riki used to be super awesome and how he's not and boring. No one really get's that much characterization, save for Kirie who is said to be like Riki was. However even he is only going "Let's go do something! You all wanna go do something?" and Riki going "B Comment 2: Probably my favourite yaoi of all time. I love the anime and I love the books. The only thing I DON'T love about the books is the ridiculously expensive price of them, for such short novels to boot. But the mind of Rieko Yoshihara is intense, complex, and utterly riveting. These books have also been translated from their original language, Japanese, so you might notice a few aspects that seem slightly... off, but it doesn't deter you. Comment 3: Let me preface this with the fact I know the anime and I’ve been told that the novels get better as they go. Good thing since this one is just a hot mess. There is so much wrong with volume one it’s hard to know where to begin. I came into this knowing it was dub con, BDSM and sexual slavery. I knew who Iason and Riki were and what they meant to each other because from book one, I would have no clue what was going on otherwise.

Cold Sleep

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3.65 rating

Comment 1: A better plot than I was expecting, with several twists and tropes turned on their head. I thought I knew where it was going, and the previous history between the amnesiac Tohru and the self-confessed 'old friend' Fujishima who takes him in, but I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong. Both characters weren't the standard stock tropes to be found in these sorts of novels, both being a bit softer and more emotional (Tohru at least) than is usual. Tohru bring the one who wants to talk and share thi Comment 2: “Cold Sleep”, by Narise Konohara is a story about a Tohru Takahisa, who lost his memory due to a car accident. A man named Fujishima shows up randomly and says that he knew Tohru and will be taking care of him. Tohru is a little unsure at first but begins living with him. He realizes that Fujishima is really quiet and is a little hard to get along with. Along the way, Tohru decides to try to get his memory back, but can he? Comment 3: I enjoyed this novel it is about Takashisa who was in a car accident and when he wakes up he doesn't remember anything. Fujishima is a gentleman that takes him in. He tells Takashisa that they where friends. This story is about Takashisa trying to get his memory about, the mystery of who he is and who Fujishima actually is. The changes he goes through.

Lovers and Souls

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3.95 rating

Comment 1: I really love this author. I love the complexity to the stories, the art work, and the fact that not everyone falls in true love with the first person they sleep with. The idea that sexual compatibility equals love is so prevalent in manga that I love an author that breaks that norm. Makes me really wish I had Rules and Hydra on my kindle. Comment 2: I read this last month sometime. It didn't really stay with me, so I can't remember too many of the details. I have read other Graphic Novels before, and I am used to being able to quick-glance at the pictures, read, and move on. This one wasn't like that. Comment 3: what find quite funny about this series is I read rules before I read this. but it still made sense so I guess it was ok to do that. This was a nice edition to the story. I enjoyed it so I'm giving it 4/5 stars.

Crimson Snow (Akanure goyou ni furu shimoyuki wa)

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3.85 rating

Comment 1: The three stars are for the main story which was quite good - it's about an injured Yakuza who is taken in by a young tea ceremony master. The other stories weren't my thing at all, and all the ukes looked too young for my liking (which is the main reason the first story only gets three stars - because the story itself was really good). Comment 2: I usually don't like oneshot collections but I enjoyed the themes in these stories because they were outside the norm and dealt with completely different situations rather then a set of the same theme. I did find some translation issues slightly annoying (for instance, using the term gangster for the yakuza which is very bad IMO). Comment 3: There's nothing more romantic and angsty than a story that begins with a drop of blood on pure white snow. This manga really reminds me of Comment 4: Adored the storyline and thought the art was nice, just would've liked the stories to get a bit deeper.

Boy's Next Door

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3.86 rating

Comment 1: Aşkın en gerçekçi hâli... 7 yıl kadar önce ergen psikolojisi ile okuduğum bir mangaydı ama hâlâ hatırladıkça içim tuhaf olur. Sahiplenme, tutku, fedakârlık, bastırılmış kimlik ve iki kayıp ruhun "bile bile lades" misali birbirini tamamlaması. Hele ben ölürsem beni ye ki tamamen senin bedenine karışıp bir parçan olabileyim dediği yer... Ve muhteşem son. Aşkla ilgili okuduğum en iyi şeylerden kesinlikle. Bu mangayı seven kisilere Ai No Kusabi'nin 90lardaki ovaları da tavsiyemdir. Comment 2: Sad story about short and painful love of young male prostitute, sold his own older brother, and mad (male) serial killer of prostitutes (who suffered because he was as child abandoned his mother, who worked as prostitute and later she became his first victim - but he was unwanted child born from her rape when she was young girl...). The poor boy tries to save his beloved man very hard,but there is no salvation for them... Comment 3: She's written a story about a serial killer and fourteen year old male prostitute who fall in love. There's lots of childhood angst involving clowns and gratuitous iguana symbolism. If you think that sounds weird, just read it. You have no idea to what depths this intimate story goes in punching you in the gut. Shakespeare has nothing on this. Seriously.

Rin!, Volume 02

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3.9 rating

Now that the inter-school tournament is over, Sou and the rest of the third years have retired. Kouichi and Katsura have been nominated as captain and assistant captain of the archery team and their first order of business is the spring training camp. But, with the inconsistencies in Katsura's bow and heart, will the archery club really be okay?

Sleeping Moon, Vol. 1

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3.9 rating

Comment 1: Sebenarnya aku agak menghindari karya Miyamoto-sensei yg (entah kenapa kok) populer bgt di kalangan fujoshi. Terutama setelah aku coba2 baca salah satu karyanya 2-3 tahun lalu, yg isinya parah abis, kaya buatan mangaka yg totally newbie deh. Hancur pokoknya. Kualitas gambarnya sih ga parah2 amat dan plot cerita cukup menarik, cuma alur plotnya ga mengalir, disjointed, misalnya adegan siang jadi malam itu terasa aneh, monoton, tdk kreatif dan dipaksakan. Latar gambar seperti gambar panorama dan g Comment 2: Viz ruins everything they touch Overall the story is good. One I'd like to continue. It's got time travel and ESP and curses and pretty awesome for a BL manga.However ViZ's touch on this ruins most of it, with their goofy "dubbing" of the SFX, basically making this a "dub only affair", the replacing of if the vertical lines with "~~~~" is just bizarre and the final one that fucks things up is that... this was rated M for "Explicit Content" however there is none in this book. It might be differen Comment 3: I really enjoyed the mystery in this story, and fortunately there was not much of the stuff I hate about yaoi. There is so much about this genre of manga that I don't get. I totally hate the "I'm not gay, but I'm not going to pound your face in for kissing me and then kill you for sexually assaulting me, because, hey, I'm a nice guy and just can't say no." Ew.

Only the Ring Finger Knows: The Lonely Ring Finger

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4 rating

It's the ultimate expression of love to wear matching rings with your significant other, showing the world that you are a couple. High school student, Wataru Fujii, also wears one even though he is single. When he accidentally switches rings with a popular and handsome senior, Yuichi Kazuki, they discover that their rings pair up! Since that moment, Kazuki - who is known for being kind to all - becomes strangely harsh to Wataru. They alternate between hot and cold, as in between clashes they begin to sort their feelings for one another. Are Wataru and Kazuki the worst of enemies or are they actually soulmates?

Only the Ring Finger Knows: The Left Hand Dreams of Him

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3.95 rating

Yuichi, who has just been accepted into an extremely prestigious national university, has planned a vacation for his exam-ridden boyfriend, Wataru. Looking to raise money for the trip, Yuichi agrees to a short-term job with his college senior Asaka, whose cool attitude and mature personality makes for an uncanny resemblance to Yuichi himself. Taking a liking to Wataru, Asaka makes no effort to hide his interest and advances. How long will Yuichi be able to contain his frustration and jealousy?!

Only the Ring Finger Knows: The Ring Finger Falls Silent

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4.06 rating

Comment 1: Blah, I'm done with this. It's pretty boring- Wataru is preparing for exams, he and Yuichi never seem to know the right thing to say to one another, so they're always teetering between love and rage and come across as generally annoying. Done. Comment 2: Bloody awful. Terrible translation - I had to concentrate REALLY hard while reading this so I could follow what was happening. Ideas jumped so frequently that nothing flowed or made sense.

Only the Ring Finger Knows: The Ring Will Confess His Love

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4.18 rating

Comment 1: First off, the grammar and spelling was so much better in this book! Still some mistakes, but so much better. Also, the binding of the book is not as stiff, so it is more like a normal paperback, with thinner pages. In addition, I just realized how long the characters' necks are. A little bizarre at times. Comment 2: I completely love this book. It is amazing read. On that i could not put down. I had times were i find myself embaressed, laughing, smiling, or even a little in tears. That is the first for me. Just shows how awesome this book can be. Comment 3: And to think that the fifth novel would be the last of this series.... Boy, do I have a fist clenching around my heart when Wataru got Kazuki's ring sent to him.

A Love Story

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3.69 rating

Comment 1: Wish there was a 3 and 1/2 because as a whole, this book was all right, but there were many moments when it shined which bump up its rating a bit to me. 3 seems too low, but anyway: The more I read, the more involved I became. The begining hooked me for some reason, but just as quickly as I was engaged, I was annoyed. There were points in the book early on where it seemed the writing was rushed. Sort of went like this (extreme exaggeration ahead, take with a grain of salt): The protagonist (Call Comment 2: After getting a chance to explore the writings of Jean Joachim with the introduction to Now and Forever: Callie's story, I found myself HAVING to buy this book! When I read the prelude to this series I couldn't stop crying at the REAL life events that unfolded and I HAD to read the next book to find out what happened to Callie and if she is able to move forward and have a normal existence. Comment 3: I loved the story and want to read the rest if the series. The characters are well-written and I enjoyed getting to know them throughout the book. However, the author could benefit from a good editor. Many times the phrasing was choppy, and there were several grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors. While they made the book harder to read, I enjoyed the story enough to keep going.

The Crimson Spell, Volume 1

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4.31 rating

Comment 1: Okay, so I'm a total pushover for sexy men with long hair, sword and sorcery fantasy, and demon sex! I admit it. I also admit that, although I actually own both English volumes of Ayano Yamane's yaoi fantasy series, I've also read all of the on line translations and I'm dying for the next installment! These books actually inspired me to begin work on a new M/M slash fantasy story, "Who Rules the King's Heart," still a WIP. That's how much I adore them. My favorite yaoi manga series ever, without Comment 2: This came highly recommended to me and I did enjoy it but I also had some problems with it as well. Prince Vald (or Bald in some copies, frankly I prefer Vald) is forced to use an ensorcelled sword to save his family and country but in doing so he ends up cursed. He leaves his little brother and his home to go in search of a sorcerer who can free him. He meets up with Halvir who is intrigued and wants to help but doesn't come cheap. His price is Vald's aid and the sword since Halvir collects rar Comment 3: Crimson Spell is a high fantasy novel well known for both its lush illustrations and graphic love scenes (a yaoi manga intended for a josei audience). The story is intended for a mature/adult audience and as such focuses more on the psychological rather than romantic aspects, of character development. It has been criticized for rushing things (they couple within the first 10 pages or so) but really that's the point of the story arc - to have the characters begin a with a brutally dispassionate r

Finder, Volume 1: Target in the Finder

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4.33 rating

Comment 1: 30-Day Book ChallengeDay 08 - Most Overrated Book: Viewfinder by Yamane Ayano.Cih. Sebenernya saya enggan nge-review buku BL yang gak saya suka. Ini semacam keterpaksaan karena saya ikutan 30-Day Book Challenge dan merasa terlalu frontal kalo saya nulis review ini mentah-mentah di FB -_-Jadi, saya sengaja nulis review-nya di sini, baru dikasih link-nya via FB. Seenggaknya temen-temen saya yang gak mau baca dan liat (karena takut matanya kebakar baca review penuh kevulgaran dan hinaan ini :v ) jadi bisa merasa aman :v *semoga*Review di bawah ini bakal jadi sangat frontal dan tanpa pemanis, juga vulgar. Semua ini sifatnya subjektif, opini pribadi. Saya gak peduli orang-orang menganggap seri ini bagus, saya udah ketok palu.Saya gak ngerti kenapa Viewfinder ini disebut-sebut sebagai BL terbaik, bahkan sampe ada campaign supaya versi english-nya diterbitkan ulang. Saya cek di GR dan berbagai situs mangascan, rating VF ini selalu hampir di atas 4,3 dari 5 bintang. Tinggi banget ya? Keterlaluan tinggi buat cerita dengan plot nge-loop tanpa perkembangan berarti dengan dua karakter utama sangat dull dan super menjengkelkan. Kemarin pas ke kantor salah satu teman kebetulan nyebut-nyebut Yamane Ayano dan si Gie refleks bilang: "Saya gak suka Yamane Ayano, ugh. Kenapa sih manga-nya banyak yang suka? Gak ngerti deh."Temen saya kontan bales nyante: "Yah... seks, Gi. Dan gambarnya juga lumayan bagus."Terus muka si Gie tuh macem lenny face: "Heh. Maji de...? Sore dake ka?" Saya pernah mengutarakan pendapat saya--yang memang agak frontal ini--ke beberapa temen: bahwa buku-buku BL itu kebanyakan sampah. Iya, SAMPAH. Cuma segelintir doang yang bagus. Dan pendapat saya itu sampai sekarang gak berubah.Padahal saya sendiri demen BL--tapi cuma sudi ngakuin yang segelintir selain sampah-sampah itu.Si Viewfinder ini, termasuk dalam golongan "BL sampah" bagi saya. Dan makin sampah bagi saya karena banyak yang suka.Pertama, uke-nya super bikin dongkol dengan tindakan-tindakan nekat dan gak pake otak itu! Udah tau dia berhadapan dengan mafia/yakuza, bisa-bisanya seceroboh itu! Berkali-kali kepergok, berkali-kali diculik, berkali-kali di-rape, berkali-kali cuma bisa nunggu diselametin si seme. WTH... SUPER GAK BERGUNA. Dan bisa-bisanya dia nangisin rapist-nya (inget bagian dia diculik si mafia China dan nangis karena denger masalah si bos mafia China dengan si seme)!! Gue kira yang nangisin musuh zaman sekarang cuman ada di shonen manga ala-ala Naruto gitu. Ternyata di BL picisan gini pun masih populer tokoh nyebelin dan terlalu angelic... errr bego, lebih tepat.Saya sering baca komen para fansnya bilang: Uke-nya kuat! Saya suka uke kuat dan ga gampang menyerah kayak gini!WTHHHH WTFFFFF AAARGHHGHHGHHG!!! Dia mah bukannya "kuat" dan "gak gampang menyerah", wong cepet banget tunduk dan jatuh cinta sama seme yang dulunya merkosa dia, cuma gak mau ngaku aja :v Seme-nya juga gak lebih baik. Terlalu SOK keren. Iya, S-O-K pake kapital, karena dia sebenernya gak keren. Dia itu... eer... Gary Stu =A= Terlalu sempurna, flawless, sampe-sampe saya gatel banget kepengen nyekokin kaus kaki bau busuk ke mulutnya. Dia juga terlalu mendominasi si uke, pemaksa, terlalu dingin dan ga keliatan cintanya, seolah cuma ngincer ranjangnya doang -_- Seme yang terlalu (sok) sempurna dipasangin sama uke yang terlalu nekat, bego, dan gak berguna. P-E-R-F-E-C-T. Nih, saya kasih upil cinta <3 Tepok tangan meriah untuk seri ini dan mangaka-nya!!! (Juga para fujodan yang bisa-bisanya ngefans sama seri ini <(") )Plotnya pun A BIG FAILED ONE. Manga ini diawali dengan si uke (maap, lupa namanya, ga penting soale) di-rape si seme (nah, gue inget namanya Asami) yang adalah seorang petinggi yakuza, pake iket-iketan segala pulak--viva fanservice!!! \O/\O/\O/Udah dibebasin, si uke malah cari gara-gara lagi dengan si seme (alasannya "balas dendam"!! WTH WTF WTA WTS WTB graooooghygdywediuqw!! Balas dendam tapi kagak pake otak, bodong besar tau!!), sesuai dugaan, dia akhirnya ketangkep untuk kedua kalinya dan si uke ditawan lagi dan "diranjangin" *si Gie udah bosen kebanyakan pake kata rape* lagi sama si seme plus menerima sexual abusing.Gak lama setelah itu muncul bos mafia China berambut panjang dan super cantik (yang namanya juga saya udah lupa). Dia musuhnya si seme. Si uke tau-tau dengan mudahnya diculik sama dia dan (lagi-lagi) disiksa di ranjang si bos mafia China sampe bedarah-darah!!! Gak selesai sampe di situ, si bos China lengah dan si uke malah diculik sama mafia Rusia dan disiksa lagi di ranjang asdfghjklzxcvbnm -______-Uke bertindak nekat -> kepergok musuh -> diculik -> diranjang selama ditawan -> pasrah nunggu diselametin seme (terkadang pake bumbu "berhasil kabur tapi ketangkep lagi"). Dan plot ini berkali-kali diulang tanpa perkembangan berarti.Oke, baiklah, baiklah. I'm at my limit.Bertindak bego ngelawan mafia Jepang, China, dan Rusia tanpa strategi dan bahkan megang pistol aja kagak pernah--tapi si uke itu kagak mati-mati juga, gue gregetan cuy!! Gue udah nunggu-nunggu kapan dia ketembak atau mati tersiksa!Mana tiap kali terlibat masalah, entah kenapa musuhnya selalu membalas dengan "nyerang" pan**t si uke. WTH... cowok kalau marahan tuh biasanya diselesaikan dengan jotos-jotosan kan? Entah kenapa hal itu sama sekali gak berlaku di seri ini. Semua tokoh cowok mendadak cuma napsu sama si uke. Yaoi logic. Yeay~ <3 Gue curiga si uke ini sebenernya demen diranjangin sama banyak orang :v :v :v :v Habisnyaaa dia udah kena berkali-kali tapi gak pernah belajar dari pengalaman -____- Oh, I HATE HIM SO MUCH.Ajaib(?)nya, si seme SELALU mendadak muncul di belakang si musuh pas nolongin si uke. Pas saya bilang "di belakang", emang beneran di belakang. Tau-tau dia udah nodong pistol di belakang bos musuh padahal lagi di kandang musuh dengan anak buah musuh berkeliaran di mana-mana, kereeeeeen banget kaaaan??? Uwowowowo <3 Bahkan lebih ga realistis dibanding cerita soal alien menguasai bumi <3 <3 <3 Saya curiga si seme sebenernya punya "Pintu Ke Mana Saja" milik Doraemon, makanya munculnya selalu dadakan. Dan pasti dia sengaja gak muncul sepanjang uke-nya diranjangin musuh-musuhnya, demen juga kayaknya si seme sama yang begituan :v Si seme pasti nunggu momen-momen keren pas uke-nya hampir tewas dan baru muncul dengan gagahnya ala-ala Ranger Perak si pahlawan kesiangan :v *gomen, gomen, saya gak bisa gak kasar sama seri ini saking gregetannya* SIP!Gue gak ngerti kenapa seri ini selalu ada di urutan atas untuk genre BL.Definitely my ULTIMATE OVERRATED book (not only for BL genre)!!! Btw, kalo soal uke yang punya karakter kuat, saya lebih milih uke-uke milik Ogawa Chise. Liat Azusa dari Caste Heaven. Dia di-rape, tapi reaksinya setelah itu adalah teriak penuh amarah "korosu korosu korosu korosu" ke rapist-nya. Bukannya malah ngedeketin dan kepergok lagi dan ditangkep lagi dan di-rape lagi sama seme-nya kayak uke di sini -_-Kalo soal adegan seks, saya rasa masih lebih sensual milik Yoneda Kou. Terutama kalau milih tema-tema mafia yang serupa dengan ini dan ada adegan aksinya. Apalagi uke-nya older, macem NightS <3Juga Ike Reibun, Kobi no Kyoujin. Saya lumayan suka dengan loyalitas yang mendekati penghambaan si uke terhadap seme-nya. Dan jelas menurut saya seme-nya lebih terasa mencintai si uke dibanding si Asami terhadap si uke di VF.Kalo soal gaya gambar... saya jelas lebih memilih Nakamura Asumiko. Terserah orang mau nganggep selera saya aneh atau gimana. Menurut saya gaya gambar Nakamura Asumiko itu bagus <3 Juga Hayakawa Nojiko <3 Well, intinya sih... Gak ada poin yang bisa membuat saya suka sama seri ini. VF ini tipe BL manga yang justru membuat saya eneg sama BL. NB: Kalo ada yang mau ngasih saya manga ini, boleh kok. Saya terima dengan SENANG HATI ufufufu~ <3Nanti saya gigit-gigit, terus robek-robek sambil ketawa ala villain, terus dibakaaaaaaaarr!!! Terus abunya bakal saya tiupin ke tiap-tiap fujodan yang saya temuin yang mengaku suka sama seri ini dan Yamano Ayane, siapa tau bisa ngusir roh jahat(?) dari mereka~ <3KURANG BAIK APALAGI SAYA, HM? :D Ah, NB 2:Kandidat saya untuk tantangan hari ini (urutan acak):1. Twilight series oleh Stephanie Meyer2. Red River oleh Shinohara Chie3. Viewfinder oleh Yamano Ayane

恋する暴君 1

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4.2 rating

Comment 1: The Tyrant Falls in Love is a funny yaoi manga with lots of comedic moments. The Tyrant is a biology student who has a very cranky personality. He hates gays, yells a lot, and has hideous tantrums since he discovered that gay marriage is legal in the United States. His name is Tatsumi, and he doesn’t know it yet, but his laboratory kohai Morinaga loves him. Morinaga is very patient doing whatever the tyrant Tatsumi wants. He hopes that one day he’ll notice him and fall in love. But, his dreams a Comment 2: :( ... , Sad people didn't enjoy this manga as much as I did... but I absolutely loved it!! There's something about guy on guy action that is so... mmm freakin yummy hotalicious mmmMmm gooood:P and this manga was GOOD. I loved the concept of the best friend hating Gays and his best friend Tetsuhiro being gay with an unrequited love for him, how his little brother was gay lolll and the attitude of the main guy, Souichi, ect ect... I loved them! They were a hoot! I think their relationship is sexy Comment 3: I really can't recommend this story just because the non-con is so prominent. Seriously, then it becomes emotional blackmail and that's basically the entire story in a nutshell. I guess we're supposed to feel less disgusted about the circumstances because the one being raped is a homophobic person (likely in denial about his own feelings) and obviously has some conflicted (possibly romantic) feelings for his attacker, but that's somehow better? I dunno. I don't like it and I don't like what it i

Antique Bakery, Volume 1

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3.74 rating

Comment 1: אוקי, נסיון ראשון עם מנגה. מכיוון שאין דברים כאלה בספריה והתקמצנתי על לקנות, קראתי תרגום חובבני באינטרנט. אז אולי חלק מהסיבה שלא אהבתי את זה, היא כי התרגום היה גרוע. הכל היה נשמע ילדותי ומעושה. יכול להיות גם שאני לא מספיק מתורגלת בקריאה גרפית, כי בהרבה מהציורים לא נראה לי שהבנתי את מה שאני אמורה להבין, ובעיקר את הבעות הפנים. חוץ מזה העלילה היתה קלושה. הקטע הזה עם הגבר שכולם חייבים לשכב איתו או שהם יוצאים מדעתם היה.. ובכן, אני לא יודעת עם הומופובי הוא המילה הנכונה אבל בהחלט סטריאוטיפי ועשוי רע. Comment 2: I don't even know what to say about this book! It was so....weird. Not in a bad way, I just couldn't figure out what the point was. It seemed like a bunch of short stories that are all slightly connected. It was hard to get the hang of it at first because everyone kind of looks the same, but after awhile it was just a fun and silly story. We got the backstories of the three employees at the bakery and how the bakery came to be in addition to a couple of other seemingly unrelated stories so now I

Wild Adapter, Volume 1

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4.07 rating

Comment 1: Este manga ha sido toda una sorpresa, sobre todo al empezarlo sin tener ni la más mínima idea de que iba. Este primer volumen funciona como prólogo a la verdadera historia que comienza a desarrollarse en el segundo tomo. Aquí nos presentan al protagonista, un joven misterioso, violento y desconcertante, cuya fascinante personalidad nos atrapa en su paso por los yakuzas y el descubrimiento de la nueva droga W.A. En cierto modo puede verse casi como una historia autoconclusiva cuya última página s Comment 2: I was disappointed by Wild Adapter vol. 1, though I'm told it gets better in later volumes not available from Tokyopop yet. Kubota is Sociopath Stu, and everything thus far is basically to show what a wicked-cool, unstoppable, yet lust-worthy and fuzzy-feelings-worthy badass he is. Poor Komiya was sweet (as sweet as Yakuza can be), but he was basically there to show support in how wicked-great and charismatic Kubota is. And most of the characters look like Gojyo-Kenren or Banri--Komiya almost is Comment 3: The first book in a seinen series with boy's love elements. Makoto Kubota is a boy without much direction in life. He is smart, and brutal which are good traits when he heads the yakuza organization Izumo Group's youth gang. Then he encounters a drug called W.A. or Wild Adapter. W.A. makes the people who take it grow fangs, claws, fur, and gives them incredible strength. At least until their internal organs explode.

UNDER GRAND HOTEL アンダーグランドホテル

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4.1 rating

Comment 1: This is a really interesting manga. All i can say is 'Damn it, it's so sexy!' This is one of the few books/ manga i would reread and reread without getting tired of it. I was hooked on to this manga from the very beginning, from the moment i flipped the page. Every chapter is so exciting and half the time you don not know what to expect and what's going to happen next. It made me cry a few times or feel somewhat emotional as i read it which i do not do quite often at all unless the book/ manga i Comment 2: Holy shit.... those are the words that basically went through my mind when I got through the first 20 pages or so. I found some of the things in here so... repulsive and yet very HOT! And I especially loved the interracial relationship that Sword and Sen have. Although at times their actions confused me. I wondered often if they loved each other so much why do they constantly hurt each other?? In the end I loved it and its hotness and its complicated love stuff. Comment 3: I revised my review to 5 stars because I just can't forget this series. It is intense, grim, raw and all of those descriptive words for love and ...honor...in a prison setting. There are no safe words here. There is no sweetness and light. But it is a gripping series, and draws the reader into the "OMG what happens next" even when sometimes the reader doesn't want to really deal with the "what happens next."

Love Mode Vol. 1

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3.93 rating

Comment 1: One of the best m/m manga series I've ever read. The story starts out when a young man name Izumi get's mistaken for a male escort with the same name. I know this sounds ridiculous, but this is manga so it's not the craziest thing I've ever heard. Izumi considered himself heterosexual before this one night encounter but rethinks things when he realizes he enjoyed it. The other man, Katsura, decides to court Izumi with quite a bit of resistance but Izumi eventually admits his feelings. Their stor Comment 2: This is a long series which starts with focusing on two couples and then expands from their lives to others they know. Its a very moving and in-depth series which isn't typical for most BL manga. Most BL manga have 1 or 2 volumes at most to handle their plotlines but Love Mode gets much more time to deal with a wide array of situations. Everything is handled decently and its very entertaining but filled with drama. The situations aren't exactly very original but the way they're handled and how d Comment 3: I have read 1-9 in this series so far and so this review covers 1-9. This is one of the best yaoi series I have read. I am defintely going to carry on with collecting the rest of the series as it hasn't let me down yet. I like all of the characters and the stories are all great in their own way. The first book is a little slow but book 2 picks things up very well. Highly recommended to lovers of Yaoi! I wasn't disappointed!

Embracing Love 1

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4.08 rating

Comment 1: I've stumbled over this ages ago, but I was never into old drawings.. but now, I was sick of those typical feminine ukes, and I am so glad I found this. But I could have read it long ago if it weren't for this cover. *felt the guilt of the moment when you judge the book by its cover...*So, I finished this series (14 books) in 4 days and it was absolutely worth it. The bestest and most realistic yaoi series that I've ever read to the point that I don't want to see it end. The relationship between Iwaki and Katou was incredible, the meaningful dialogues and the art really made you feel the real emotions. Everything felt very real. Iwaki and Katou are one of the best yaoi couples I've ever seen. Thanks to Youka Nitta for creating (yes, their story is still ongoing, not completed yet) this amazing story. I've read hundreds yaoi manga. However, Haru wo Daiteita will forever be my most favorite. It's a masterpiece! I highly recommend every yaoi fans to read this. You won't get disappointed for sure! because this one is a 'MUST READ'. :) I myself will definitely read this again! I guessed you might wonder why I gave 3 stars for the 1st volume if I fancy it so much... Honestly, the story plot of the 1st book is just so-so for me, not so great yet not so bad either. Sure, the artwork is good, the sex is so explicit and delicious (yum! ;p), but the plot was kinda flat and a bit boring for me. So I thought, why don't we take a look at the next volume before I drop this series for a while and read another book... And WOW, the plot was getting better and better starting from the 2nd volume. Thus 4 stars for 2nd book, 5 stars for 3rd book and the rest of the series. :) This story is just so one of a kind... truly stands out from the rest of the list. It's such a rich story, encompassing all aspects of their life together. I love the way their love was portrayed and the sex scenes was so HOT as hell! Not only that, the character development was just fantastic! You can really feel how they both grow as time passes! I like the clash of their characters and how the mangaka portrayed their individual personalities, and how they complement each other so well, how they are very compatible with each other, indirectly supporting one another. And unlike any other yaoi mangas out there, they are willing to abandon their own pride for the sake of their partner. It just shows how great and deep their love is for one another. They are truly passionately in love with each other, so devoted to each other. I would love to see them grow old and pass away together happily in love forever. I love this couple so much!!! :D I also like how both Katou and Iwaki play both great seme and uke. It's difficult enough to find a yaoi couple where they swap positions, but to find one that works as well as these two, even more difficult. I also noticed Iwaki becomes more sexier as their story progressing! The amount of pheromones that he exuding was enough to make a women get aroused when they saw his seductive looks or his sexy poses!! All in all, all guys in this manga are sooo hot!! Hail to Nitta sensei for this awesome manga! LOL.Too bad this manga will never be released in Indonesia. I guess I have to buy the official print in English from VizMedia. And, yippie!!... O_O They (BookDepository.com) also offer free worldwide delivery to Indonesia too! :D

Close The Last Door, Volume 01

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3.82 rating

Comment 1: Very enjoyable yaoi manga about the developing relationship between Honda and Nagai. They have a one night stand after the wedding party of Saitou, a colleague Nagai realizes he's in love with. Soon that one night stand seems to become something more, but the couple are constantly bickering and getting into tiffs, largely because Nagai's feelings for Saitou are unresolved. Yugi Yamada deftly blends comedy, romance, and sexual passion in all the work of hers I've read. Comment 2: I tend to have mixed feelings about this series (v1 and v2). Sometimes I read it and I really enjoy the main character's confusion and the happiness he eventually finds. And then there's other times where it seem kinda trite and un-amusing. So, in the end, I would say this is a series that will appeal to some people depending on what they're looking for and how they're feeling at the time. Its versatile in that respect. Comment 3: This is my first Yamada Yugi book and I admit I first thought I might not like the art because of the cover. But I was wrong. The art is actually nice and they are actually good looking! I also like how each scenes were delivered so fluidly it was like I was watching a movie. I recommend this manga! Comment 4: Seems a bit older than it is. Not supercute guys. A lot of whitespace. Saitou isn't very adorable to me. But, I like the plot (simple but realistically complicated at the same time) and the evolution of Nagai's self-awareness as well as his relationships with Saitou and Honda.

Lies & Kisses: Yaoi

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4.06 rating

Comment 1: I really like Masara Minase, but this time her work hit a sour note for me. Just as the title states there is a lot of deception and sex between Tatsuya and Haru. From page to page, the story weaves back and forth, twisting truth with lies, as these young men fall hard for one another, even though they don't know if they're really related or not (half-brothers). The art is great and the story interesting, but it turns out they are in fact half biological brothers, which means the underlying them Comment 2: Wealthy young executive Tatsuya Soga is trying to trace the younger half-brother he hasn't seen since they were both children, when their father divorced his second wife and threw wife and child out of the house. While Tatsuya's waiting for the detective's report, he goes to a friend's bar for the evening, and has a bad case of love at first sight when he sees a young waiter playing the bar piano. Haru seems interested in him in return; which isn't surprising because as rapidly becomes clear to Comment 3: This manga was a good read, not great, just average. The art is great as it alway is in this mangaka's works. The story was good, but I still had some questions in the end of it. Maybe that's just me who was a tiny-winy bit too slow to grasp the main points of the plot, but I still can't get over the felling that it was actually the book's fault..

Fake, Volume 01

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4.04 rating

Ryo's and Dee's first investigation together centers around a street punk named Bikky who's up to no good. When Dee and Bikky are kidnapped, it's up to Ryo to come to their rescue and save the day. Afterwards, Dee reveals that his feelings for Ryo run much deeper than friendship, but Ryo isn't exactly receptive to his overtures. In fact, he's not sure what to think or where to turn! Before long, their attention is diverted by a young pickpocket named Carol who needs protection from a group of gangsters who want her dead. As the authoritative officers do everything in their power to protect her, their bond grows stronger and stronger. Soon, it's impossible to ignore the electrified emotions that are brewing between them. Could this be love?!

No Money 1

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3.89 rating

Comment 1: This series was incredibly conflicting for me, I was pulled between the cuteness of their relationship and the absolutely horrid circumstances and the countless rape, betrayal and demounting scenes that poor little Ayase is pulled through. Though I loved readin the manga and was thrilled (I was screaming from excitement, my heart wouldn't stop pumping) when I found the anime, i feel sorry for Ayase, yet at the same time, it's just so cute and awesome! Kanou is smokin hot, rich, sexy, stubourn an Comment 2: It's hard to separate my feelings about the Ovas from the manga but I'll try *shrugs* No Money chronicles the budding relationship, if you can call it that, between Yukiya Ayase and Somuku Kanou. Aya-kun is a stereotypically uber feminine, ridiculously naive and kindhearted 19 year old who is sold by his dumb ass cousin to pay off outstanding debts. Kanou-san, a 30 something Yakuza loan shark, buys Ayase because Yukiya helped him after he was beaten up and downtrodden in an alley. Ayase doesn't Comment 3: I tried to like this series, the storyline sounded a bit interesting (if not cliché) but I just could not overlook the art style. Sadly all the characters suffer from the rife yaoi condition known as 'tiny-head-and-giant-hands syndrome' which just made every frame laughable.

Wild Rock

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4.04 rating

Comment 1: Picture this…prehistoric, men in skimpy loincloths and steamy lovemaking! Enough said, huh? Here's the synopsis–brief as it is. Wild Rock is divided into three short stories: Wild Rock, Innocent Lies and Child Rock. The first story is about Emba and Yuuen. Emba and Yuuen are heirs to opposing clans in conflict, the East Forest Tribe and Lakeside Tribe. Yuuen is in the forest, hunting and minding his own business when this lion tries to attack him. Yuuen is the uke–smaller, weaker and no match fo Comment 2: This is probably one of the best yaoi mangas out there. The art is gorgeous, and there is actually a good story attached. This used to be a favourite of mine, but I've grown out of the yaoi phase. Still, I appreciate it for what it is. Emba and Yuuen's story is my favourite - their fathers' was always too bittersweet for me. And my friend and I shall always remember the cute short with Yuuen's nephew. Nnbah! Uuuen! Comment 3: Yuuen and Emba are from enemy clans and total opposites. Yuuen is terrible at hunting and small but Emba is a big, brave, fantastic hunter. Yuuen's father convinces Yuuen to seduce Emba by pretending to be a girl. Rediculous plot point but whatever. These two are so cute together and very lovely to look at. They made each other happy and were willing to sacrifice everything to be together. Very sweet.

Banana Fish, Vol. 1

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3.66 rating

Comment 1: I liked this but not sure yet if it's a series I'll follow to the end. It's pretty violent, but the characters are intriguing and the plot, though not generally my thing (gangs and drugs and gang/mafia/police politics...) is compelling. Between a three and four rating. I will probably read the second book in the series at the very least. Several people write in their reviews that 'fortunately' the main character is not really gay. Which makes me 1) annoyed 2) less interested in reading the series. I was pretty excited to read a graphic mystery with a young, queer, smart, tough gang leader -- with a compassionate side or at least a strong sense of gangland ethics -- as its lead character. I also understand that to call a male character gay or queer who has sex with other men in the context of gang life is not necessarily understanding the complexity of human sexuality and power dynamics under these particular circumstances. I'm most curious to learn about the connection between the drug situation and the war situation (Vietam) and the relationship between Ash and, well, a bunch of different characters. And, that's about all I have to say. Comment 2: Akimi Yoshida's classic series kicks off slowly but in a reasonably interesting manner. In the center of the story is Ash Lynx, a respected, feared and envied young gay man who leads a coalition of gangs in New York. The year is 1985.The story actually begins during the Vietnam War, where an odd drug makes people lose their minds completely without warning. Lynx gets involved in the mystery of that drug decades later. Some really powerful and dangerous people are also involved, and on top of all that, a deadly game of power is brewing within the gangs.This is all just set-up at this point, but this might turn into a pretty intense saga. The narrative flows fluently and initiates all of the story threads quite nicely.

Let Dai, Volume 01

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3.86 rating

Comment 1: A fabulous story about 2 teen boys struggling to understand their feelings for each other. I found this to be such an emotional series. Up and down and you care about all of the characters in the story. I was actually surprised by the realism and the emotional development of the characters. Not something for everyone, but for those who enjoy shonen ai I would recommend this series. Comment 2: I've recently been burring through a bunch of old manga I've had sitting on my to-read shelf and I've noticed something rather disturbing. I've been reading a lot of crappy manga that have I'll-defined characters, lame & cliche plots and rushed & often unfinished artwork that have 'mature content' or 'adult only' labels. Yet this one, Comment 3: I suppose the last time I reread all of these was at least a year ago. Always makes me feel like there is a special hell for people like me who adore this twisted tale Of fucked up, unbalanced relationship that is between Youhei and Dai. And I will burn for this but yeah, one of all time favourites. Comment 4: This is truly like a work of art, and while I'm reading it it feels like I'm reading a novel rather than a manwha book. It's hard to describe- but it's definitely become my favorite manga/manwha/comic I've ever read. Honestly.

Classmates [Doukyuusei]

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4.24 rating

Comment 1: Coming from a mangaka whose work tends to run a bit dark, Doukyuusei is so beautiful and refreshing. Nakamura’s propensity for gritty reality is present throughout the story, but she does well to remind her readers that there can still be light at the end of the tunnel. I might’ve laughed and and teared up throughout this story… I bought the only licensed version available in the U.S., which happens to be a digital copy for the Kindle. I don’t own a kindle, and have no inclination to, but was th Comment 2: When I read Asumiko Nakamura I'm pretty much ready for something epic. By epic I can mean something epically tragic or something epically cute. This case was one of the cutest Manga I've read in a while. I know Asumiko's art isn't the prettiest and the anatomy there can be such a fail but when you're mature enough and see through it, this story was pretty much why I adore yaoi maga so much. A cute little story about boys falling in love and derping so kuch in the way. Comment 3: La valoro con 3 estrellas pero debo aclarar que no es una valoración correcta. Me ha costado centrarme muchísimo y entender esta historia. El manga en sí es sencillo y tierno, pero era mi primer manga y entre leer del revés y el sentido de los diálogos y las viñetas, terminé medio trastornada y sin enterarme de mucho, pese a la sencillez de la historia....

テンカウント 1 [Ten Count 1]

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4.29 rating

Comment 1: Edited because I cannot let those four stars be anymore. I still stand by my review of volume one because it was good, but it goes downhill so fast after that and becomes a fucked up trainwreck of a manga that I feel two stars are generous. Basically the problem is that it's badly written. A better mangaka could have told a great story with this setting, but despite the hype, Takarai Rihito may be a good artist but she is not a good writer. I get why this is so popular, but as we all know quanti Comment 2: So I find myself wondering why Goodreads added the "(Yaoi Manga)" bit to the title of this. Yes, technically speaking, that's an accurate description. But it's not actually part of the title, nor does the phrase appear anywhere on either the front or back covers. Yes, it's published by SuBLime Manga--note the intentional emphasis on the "BL"--and rated "Mature." So does Goodreads call attention to ALL yaoi manga this way? I can't make up my mind whether they're trying to call attention to it or Comment 3: Shirotani est mysophobe, il a une peur de la saleté très tenace, surtout des microbes invisibles. Il refuse tout contact physique, et il ne peut pas s'empêcher de désinfecter ses affaires si quelqu'un y touche. Tout sa vie tourne autour de de sa maladie. Jusqu'au jour où il va faire la connaissance de Kurose, un psychiatre qui lui propose de guérir avec une liste de dix choses qu'il ne pourrait jamais faire à cause de sa maladie... 10 count.

No Touching At All

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4.22 rating

Comment 1: And while I was reading the last chapter of Doushitemo Furetakunai it felt like my heart was being crushed into pieces. The feeling when you really want to have something but you’re holding yourself back because you’re thinking that you shouldn’t let your feelings decide everything for you. And you’re thinking that, that something which you really hold dearly would slip away from your hands or worst, you could hurt him or her. The feeling that you would create an indelible scar to the person you Comment 2: Yaoi manga about an office romance between quiet Shima and loud Togawa. This could have hit lots of badwrongdonotwant buttons, but it doesn't; the focus is definitely on the characters and the relationships, and the sex scenes are in service of that. There's a nice balance between the writing and art--I love the character's body language, the evocation of office cubicle culture (the name badges on lanyards, heh), and the use of humor to undercut the angst. Best scene ever: Togawa answering Shima Comment 3: That was so good!!! I LOVED Deguchi and Onoda!!! Shima and his boss were nice too but damn!! Onoda's story was so good! And his "Whew" on page 42 was hot. Sexy, fine, hot. RAWR! I want some of that. I'm jealous... This story from Onoda's viewpoint, was sweet. Incredibly sweet, bittersweet, tender, loving, and so good. Definitely, I'll reread their story:))) Onoda and Deguchi made me happy and I got that warm soft feeling inside for them because their love was just so genuine and sweet and ect ec

Gorgeous Carat, Volume 01

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3.73 rating

Comment 1: Re-reading my favorite manga of all time, just because. I love it so much that you can't expect any objective thoughts from me. You Higuri simply rocks and Ray and Floréan (as they are called in German) are just perfect. I love how their relationship progresses so slowly that you can't even really call the manga yaoi. I love the way Ray and Floréan bicker, Laila's jealousy, her realization that for Ray, Floréan is "the one", Solomon's tenacity, Noël's cuteness... Yes, I love everything about the Comment 2: Read this a while back so I can't remember the plot 100%, but I do remember my general impression of it. I liked that the main characters was self-sacrificing enough to agree to what happens to him in the book without being a complete doormat. Also, I like that his "partner" (or rather, kidnapper) is portrayed as doing something wrong when said kidnapping and sexual harassment begins. Still the relationship dynamics between the two have been done before and most of the characters are two dimensi Comment 3: This manga is pretty typical for yaoi, especially 90s yaoi, with a defined dom and sub who start antagonistic. Still, it's done very well and the whole thing creates a compelling mood. It's ridiculous for Noir to be 18, but other than that the leads are sexy and have a lot of chemistry together. I'll be interested to see how the series works as a whole.

A Foreign Love Affair

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4.07 rating

Comment 1: 1st read : Aug 20132nd read : Aug 2015Teringat beberapa bulan lalu itu cukup jantungan nunggu buku ini terbit dan dikirim ke rumah. Setelah akhirnya sampe pun, malah tdk langsung dibaca, hahaha. Soalnya sudah pernah baca yg scanlation sih.Makanya setelah akhirnya kubaca buku fisiknya barusan, aku baru sadar kalo final chapter yg bagian Ranmaru ketemu papanya Al itu tdk dimasukkan dalam tankoubon ini. Yg dimasukkan malah side story yg judulnya The Guide of Love/The Love Guide/Koi no Annainin sebanyak 2 chapter. Entah karena final chap itu baru dibuat sensei saat tankoubon ini rilis, sehingga tak bisa lagi dimasukkan ke dlm tankoubon-nya, kecuali ada terbit ulang? Tapi yg versi English ini mungkin krn cuma dapat lisensi utk tankoubon ini sehingga tdk bisa memasukkan final chap ke dlm bukunya, meskipun yg versi English ini juga terbit ulang.Anyway, aku lumayan sebel melihat edisi English yg penerjemahnya sukaaa bgt nebelin (alias bold) kata2 yg tak penting. Banyak bgt tuh edisi English yg begini, huuh. Dan biasanya terjemahannya juga beda dgn yg versi scanlation. Memang kadang jadi lebih bagus dan mengalir bahasanya. Tapi kadang make no sense at all, dan buntutnya merasa aneh dan tak mengerti maksudnya...mungkin penerjemahnya tdk mahir dan salah pilih kata...seperti chapter 2 dari The Guide Love itu, kubaca dua2nya sekaligus sambil membandingkan yg versi buku ini dgn versi scanlation, kok aku lebih suka yg scanlation rasanya, haha. Ada bbrp bagian yg terjemahannya itu beda bgt, jadi bingung siapa sebenarnya yg terjemahannya benar.Inilah ruginya kalo tdk bisa bahasa Jepang. Kadang aku berharap bisa fasih banyak bahasa asing supaya bisa baca buku apa saja tanpa perlu menunggu versi terjemahan. Kadang kalo liat deretan yaoi manga di Amazon.co.jp yg cover-nya yummy dan indah2 bgt itu, suka frustasi krn pgn bgt bisa baca bukunya, pgn bgt beli buat dibaca, ga perlu nunggu scanlation yg English atau Chinese gitu, tapi apa daya aku ga bisa bahasa Jepang... +____+ Dan kalo pun dibeli buat koleksi, apa gunanya kalo tdk bisa dibaca? Aku sudah pernah beli komik asli bahasa Jepang dulunya sewaktu kecil, tapi frustasi juga karena cuma bisa liat gambar, ga ngerti mrk lg ngomong apaaaa.... Sama halnya dgn ketika aku masi kecil itu, pernah beli versi Chinese-nya Kanata Kara/From Far Away/Dunia Mimpi yg no 8 (krn wkt itu no 8 ga terbit2 di Indo dan aku sudah ga tahan nunggu terjemahannya), buntutnya frustasi juga krn ga ngerti apa yg diomongin kedua tokoh utama, cuma bisa liat gbr...pada saat itu aku masih blm begitu ngerti Mandarin (apalagi yg di no 8 ini aksaranya bnr2 level tinggi deh), jadinya terus colek2 tanteku supaya dibacain, yg ogah bgt translate buat aku krn repotin dia, huks huks.... Singkat kata, akhirnya edisi Chinese Dunia Mimpi vol 8 itu pun pada akhirnya tak disentuh lagi setelah versi Indo-nya keluar. Waste of money. Ada sebagian org yg sukanya begini : koleksi no 1-5 bahasa A, 6-8 bahasa B, 9-tamat bahasa C. Gado2 dah jadinya. Sebenarnya itu krn volume yg available di toko adanya dlm bahasa tertentu saja, krn udah pada sold out gitu. Jadi supaya koleksi komiknya lengkap, dia ga masalah biarpun set yg dimilikinya itu gado2 edisinya. Nah kalo aku orgnya tuh sukanya koleksinya langsung 1 set sampe tamat itu 1 bahasa yg sama semua. Kalo ada yg bolong krn uda sold out, aku ga bakalan beli edisi bahasa lain buat lengkapin bolongnya, apalagi kalo aku ga ngerti bahasanya. Sama halnya dgn koleksi komik ZE yg kumiliki itu, bolong-bolong, tapi ga mau beli yg edisi Jepang, haha.

Empty Heart: False Love

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3.94 rating

Comment 1: Takumi looks just like his older brother Ryuuta. He knows that Jun, while acting like he's nothing more than Ryuuta's friend, is really in love with him. Takumi doesn't tell anyone that he knows, because he's in love with Jun himself. So when Ryuuta announces that he's getting married, Takumi takes advantage of his looks and Jun's drunken state to seduce him. But the longer their relationship continues, the worse he feels, because he knows that Jun is still in love with Ryuuta... To be honest, I Comment 2: Really liked this manga! The artwork is great, the characters are well formed, though the story itself is not that long. I had one problem with it though. Sometimes I just mixed up two brothers. I understand that they were meant to look this way - to be alike - but it was just a little bit unsettling. Comment 3: For some reason another series by this mangaka was recommended to me because I read Otomen. It was one about incest, yikes! Really tho, Otomen is nothing like yaoi, main part being that Otomen actually has a positive trans character, something yaoi manga can only dream of having. Comment 4: enjoyed this book although I thought it had a couple of tired clichés, but I guess that is what's to be expected by a student-teacher relationship in a yaoi manga like the one in this book.

Little Butterfly, Vol. 01

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4.06 rating

Comment 1: Wow. This is the first work I've read by Takanaga that feels "serious" which I find oddly strange since the two main characters are high school boys.theres usually a comedic element in her stories, but this felt pretty serious throughout the whole volume.I'm interested to know the progression of the two boys and to see if Takanaga introduces some humor in the subsequent volumes. This a totally different feel from Koisuru Boukun. Comment 2: This was definitely a cute coming-of-age story, mixed with a very sweet romance, but I admit that the fact that the protagonists were still high school students made me feel uncomfortable during the sex scenes, even though it was handled really well overall. So I'm just going to avoid that kind of story in the future. Comment 3: I was a major fangirl for this 3 manga series, I admit when I was younger. I thought it was cute. It might be cliche, but past me probably did not realize or care. Sometimes a little cheese/cliche is good, though. I can't remember much about the content now, though. Rated purely on vague memories. Comment 4: High schooler Kojima has always been somewhat intrigued by the taciturn outsider Nakahara. When Kojima makes persistent efforts to befriend him, though, Kojima not only learns how troubled Nakahara’s family life is, but he turns Nakahara’s eyes on him in a way he never expected.

Love Pistols, Volume 1

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4.1 rating

Comment 1: Because this series basically prods at all the uncomfortable crack-y kinks we might have read about, and makes us question the foundations of how we see gender and relationships. Male pregnancy? Why not. Borderline bestiality? Go for it. Threesomes, moresomes, circular family trees? Of course. It's fantastic in its irreverence to social rules. The angst also feels so good. Comment 2: I remember I started reading this series after I've watched the two episode OVA and it was intriguing. The plot and the nature of the characters are interesting. Love Pistols is one of those old BL series turned into OVAs way back then. Although I don't think they'll ever continue the OVAs, the manga is still on-going but the release is kinda slow. Comment 3: This series is so terrible! And insane! I love it and would never recommend it to anyone. Those stars up there are not indicative of quality (one star! At most!) but my irrational love for this awful, ridiculous series. Comment 4: seen the movie first and became hooked the book are not like the story now I just want to know do my two cats get together really I'm hooked

Twittering Birds Never Fly, Vol.1

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4.49 rating

Comment 1: Wow, I finally received my copy (and my copy of Apple and honey) and it's only January *coughs* Shipping was ridiculous since I had to order them from an overseas shop... were those sold out right after they were released, or what? I didn't think it was necessary to pre-order them and I couldn't get hold of them anywhere barely a month later! I had to hunt them down, honestly. I learned my lesson and pre-ordered the second volumes already... Comment 2: This story is much darker than what I normally read, (see my dislike of the graphic novel Low by Rick Remender) but I quite enjoyed this masterfully crafted manga. Everything that happens in this story adds another layer to the characters. Characters which were so sympathetic, much more so than in other Gangster dramas I have read. I needed to know what would ultimately happen to them. Comment 3: I was a bit confused at first about the characters and the back blurb, but it ended up becoming pretty intense. This is definitely not your standard yaoi manga. It's pretty dark and the characters are twisted, and I loved that about it. As dark and twisted as it is, it's a refreshing change from the light-hearted comedies that seem to fill the genre. Comment 4: A masochistic, self-humiliating uke yakuza boss is drawn to his impotent bodyguard. The characters are interestingly complicated, but if you're not into a story driven by intense past sexual trauma, it may not be for you. Fans of Captive Prince's Laurent may find the id familiar (and appealing).

Little Butterfly Omnibus

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4.07 rating

Comment 1: I loved this manga. It was light-hearted, but it had some depth to it and some serious scenes. We see the trouble in Nakahara's family life, and the story is so much more than just sex (and the sex scenes are tastefully done). Kojima is the sweetest thing ever; it's no wonder Nakahara fell so hard for him! While Kojima struggles at first to sort out his own feelings--he likes Nakahara as a friend--he eventually comes to love Nakahara as deeply as Nakahara does him. And it doesn't take sex to do Comment 2: I have a lot of affection for Little Butterfly, even though Nakahara and Kojima together seem disturbing. This is because Nakahara is a believable 15, but Kojima seems about eight: he's a little boy, and I feel like Nakahara is pressuring him the whole way through. When they do finally get together, however, Kojima looks so goddam debauched, lying in bed, that it makes me grin. Comment 3: I'm incredibly fond of this manga. It's so adorable and sweet, and it captures the crazy confusion and passion of first love. I've read it through multiple times in the past, so I just had to read it again, years later. Little Butterfly still holds up as one of my favorites.

Switch, Vol. 1

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3.71 rating

Comment 1: Very enjoyable to read, I loved the plot and the characters, and the manga tackled the issue of the war on drugs with an appropriate degree of seriousness and realism. At times the art was very confusing and hard to follow, and the plethora of similar-looking characters is daunting for the first few volumes, but then you begin to be able to differentiate. Other than those technical issues, I binge-read the first 13 volumes with ease. Comment 2: Came across Naked Ape's work through their doujinshi and really liked it, esp the art. Decided to read this manga about the Matori (Japanese Narcs) staking out and busting drug syndicates. Not excessively preachy about the evils of taking drugs. The story was a little meh in the beginning and I only started liking the manga from Vol 3 onwards. Comment 3: One of my top ten mangas to date, the Naked Ape duo to an amazing job at grabbing reads with their art and storyline. Comment 4: Different from what I usually read but it is not bad. I enjoyed the mystery of the characters and their pasts.

極上の恋人 1 [Gokujou no Koibito 1]

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4.04 rating

Comment 1: I ended up liking this more than I thought I would, but I would have preferred if the sex would have been consensual rather than dub con (The sad thing is that this is one of the "better" examples of dub con I've read - think of that whatever you may). And to be honest, I would have picked Akito in the end. The art is pretty, however, and overall it was well written. But the way dub con is presented in what seems to be the majority of yaoi really bothers me. Comment 2: I read an English scanlation of The Best Lover/Gokujou no Koibito and liked it. As soon as it gets a US license I'll ravage the rest.

Just Around the Corner

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3.93 rating

Comment 1: I know spacealien_vamp didn't think much of this, but I liked it. Setting aside my slight(?) student/teacher fetish, and the fact that sex before love doesn't bother me, I think it helped that I originally read most of it in Be x Boy, and (for all that I swear up and down how much I hate them and that they're unnecessary) I think the the cliffhangers made me anticipate the next chapters so much that it made the story better. I'm not sure how I feel about the "oh noes, another teacher saw us maki Comment 2: A lovely story about two guys meeting when they are both going through rough times and creating a not quite friends with benefits relationship out of it. It's not until Kiriya, 27, finds a job at Yuuya's, 17, school that their relationship turns into something forbidden but also more settled and far more intimate and loving only for them to be torn apart when they are found out and ultimately kept apart. Comment 3: I have mixed feelings about this one because the seme is 16 yrs old and the uke is his teacher D: Of course Kiriya didn't know that Yuuya was in fact 16 yrs old when they met, because Yuuya said he was 19 and a college student. And Kiriya became his teacher a few weeks/months after they actually had a relationship (not exactly a relationship tough ), but I guess the heart wants what the heart wants.

残酷な神が支配する 1 [Zankoku na Kami ga Shihaisuru 1]

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4.47 rating

Comment 1: Nagyon, nagyon megrázó manga - az első pár kötet napokig tartó rosszulléttel "ajándékozott" meg. Nem értek igazán a lélektanhoz, így nem tudom felmérni, mennyire reálisak az ábrázolt lelki folyamatok. Azt hiszem - egyszer, ha majd csupafényes lesz az életem - elolvasom újra, hogy igazán megértsem és újraértékeljem. Különösen a végét, mert sok gondolkodnivalót adott. Comment 2: This is a complex manga that deals with serious issues (murder, drugs, child abuse). It's a pretty tragic story, but the characters always struggle for something better and therefore it rarely feels hopeless. Comment 3: The first volume of this series was pretty disturbing. However, the 3 star rating is not related to the subject of the story but rather to Jeremy's reasons. Comment 4: I cannot explain how much I love this manga. One of my favorite mangas of all time. One of the best I have ever read. Haigo Moto is seriously a genius.

コペルニクスの呼吸 1 [Copernicus no Kokyuu 1]

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3.81 rating

Comment 1: I really wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did especially considering it's a yaoi, I actually wasn't expecting to read more than a chapter. It was amazing if all yaoi manga was like this and not PWPs I might read more of them. The main story is about an abused, mentally unstable circus clown, he's not a creepy modern clown, think more like a harlequin who is whored to a man claiming to be a Japanese diplomat to help pay for the circus's continued operation. This is not a manga for the f Comment 2: Sirkus dan prostitusi. Tidak pernah terpikir sebelumnya akan kemungkinan ini, bahwa ada praktek prostitusi yang dilakukan untuk mendanai keberlangsungan sirkus. Well, kalau dipikir-pikir, tidaklah mustahil.

Time Lag

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3.71 rating

Comment 1: It's easy to see that the writer for this manga was also the writer for "Only the Ring Finger Knows." The stories are very similar, but at least the art was better in Ring Finger. This story was pretty weak. From the drawings, it was difficult to tell who was speaking at times, and it was difficult to tell characters apart. Plus, a lot of the dramatics were drawn out unnecessarily long (which is common in these manga, I've noticed). I'm also really tired of the whole "all the boys think these gu Comment 2: One shot from the creators of 'Only the Ring finger knows' this high school BL manga follows Satoru school photographer who is in love with the top Track star Shirou. The pair had been best friends since middle school and then drifted apart - Satoru confessed his love not once, but twice and both times Shirou cruelly rejected him - Comment 3: This was my first ever Yaoi manga and I thought it was really cute. The story was really simple but sweet and romantic. It was clean but it was the type of book that made you *squee* just because they kissed. The art was gorgeous as well. Comment 4: I found this to be another run of the mill, unremarkable Yaoi Manga. Not horrible, but not exciting or outstanding. Typical of the genre. Bleh. That's all.

Hybrid Child

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3.95 rating

Comment 1: Интересни три истории, които се преплитат. Артът го харесвам още от Junjo Romantica, определено се усеща и самия стил на Шинджику Накамура. Нищо блестящо, но и нищо досадно; приятно четиво за феновете на BL мангите. Съжалявам, че няма продължение, една от двойките наистина ми легна на сърце :) Comment 2: It's rare that something I read (manga, novels, nonfiction, etc.) makes me cry. I may get a lump in my throat or feel the pain the characters are experiencing, but to shed actual tears? Hybrid Child is an exquisite set of three interwoven stories that mainly feature a hybrid child, a sort of android that can grow and flourish depending on the amount of love his or her master or owner bestows. Each of the stories is filled to the brim with emotion that will either make you smile with joy or cry i Comment 3: Overall, I didn't find the book exceptional, but I did like it. I found the first chapter really fun and cute. The second was cute if not a bit awkward with the almost sex scene with the master and child. The final story, however, was just... It was beautiful and tragic. The tragedy, however, just... I don't feel like it belonged. I found it extremely jarring because there was no hint of tragedy in the first two chapters and it suddenly came out of nowhere! Sometimes stories need to end with tra

Eerie Queerie!, Volume 1

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3.77 rating

Comment 1: The first volume of this series introduces a unique concept that makes for a humorous and awkward setting. The main character of the story just stumbled upon the fact that he is able to see ghosts. The ghosts, taken notice of this decide to take over his body to perform their last wishes in life. Cue in some humor, he is always possessed by girls or women that have some unresolved business with a male character – usually in the love department. Because of this, the main character’s life quickly Comment 2: Its been a long time since I've read manga, and this sort of tumbled into my bookshelf. I love the different ways there are to show emotions in manga, the cloud of anger coming out of the nose, the dark flush on the cheeks and nose for excitement, the cartoonish quality to indicate anger or extreme reactions, and the realistic qualities or dark shadowing to show seriousness. Such a bounty of great ideas for drawing! So much to learn!! So much to see! This is a cute series too, that sneakily cove Comment 3: It's a fairly cute and entertaining manga, but unfortunately every time it comes to mind I can't help but think "Seriously, what's up with the English-language release's name?" I mean, I know the original Japanese title of "Ghost!" would be pretty generic to an English-speaking audience, but couldn't they have changed it to something a bit less silly that "Eerie Queerie"?

Junjo Romantica, Volume 02

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4.43 rating

Comment 1: Το vol. 2 είναι χωρισμένο και πάλι σε 3 κεφάλαια, με το δεύτερο να είναι χωρισμένο σε 3 πράξεις και αντιστοιχεί στα επεισόδια 4 έως 6 της πρώτης season. Το πρώτο κεφάλαιο, αφορά τους Misaki και Akihito, των οποίων η σχέση γίνεται όλο και πιο περίπλοκη. Ο Misaki, αδυνατώντας να ξεκαθαρίσει πλήρως τα συναισθήματά του, παρασύρεται από αυτά όλο και πιο πολύ. Ενοχλημένος από το γεγονός πως ο Akihito έχει μια στενή σχέση με την επιμελήτρια των BL novles του, δεν μπορεί να συγκρατηθεί, με αποτέλεσμα να Comment 2: Junjo Romantica Volume 2 by Shungiku Nakamura In this volume of JUNJO ROMANTICA we have a majority of the second couple, Hiro & Nowaki and one for our main couple, Misaki & Usagi. Basically Misaki is a little jealous of Usagi's editor since she has a key to his home and he starts thinking Usagi is into her which is totally impossible because Usagi is gay. And in the previous book Usagi told Misaki his feels for him and he wants to know how Misaki feels about Usagi now. And he totally doe

Junjo Romantica, Volume 3

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4.45 rating

Comment 1: Το vol. 3 είναι χωρισμένο σε 2 κεφάλαια, το καθένα εκ των οποίων είναι χωρισμένο σε 2 πράξεις. Οι πρώτες δύο, αφορούν τους Misaki και Akihito. Όντας πλέον ζευγάρι και με τη βούλα, ο Akihito παίρνει την πρωτοβουλία να προσκαλέσει σε τον Misako να βγουν ραντεβού, πράγμα που του προκαλεί νευρικότητα, όντας εντελώς άπειρος στον τομέα αυτό. Παρ' όλα αυτά, η βραδιά τους, μοιάζει να εξελίσσεται καλύτερα από το αναμενόμενο, μέχρι τη στιγμή τουλάχιστον όπου συναντάνε τον εκδότη του Akihiko, ο οποίος και φροντίζει να φέρει τον Misaki σε δύσκολη θέση, κάνοντάς τον να συνειδητοποιήσει πως όχι μόνο δεν ξέρει τίποτα στην πραγματικότητα για τον σύντροφό του, αλλά και πως το ηλικιακό κενό των δέκα χρόνων που τους χωρίζει, δεν μπορεί να καλυφθεί έτσι εύκολα. Βέβαια, ο Misaki χειρίζεται καλύτερα την κατάσταση από τον Akihiko, έχοντας την ωριμότητα να αναγνωρίσει πως δεν θα μπορούσε να γνωρίζει το παρελθόν του ή ποιος ήταν πριν γνωριστούν, αλλά πως μπορεί να γνωρίζει καλύτερα από τον καθένα ποιος είναι στο σήμερα. Γιατί τελικά, αυτό είναι οι σχέσεις. Να γνωρίζεις τον άλλον μέρα με τη μέρα και να ανακαλύπτεις συνέχεια κάτι καινούργιο, είτε οι άλλοι το ξέρουν, είτε όχι. Η ηρεμία βέβαια δεν θα διατηρηθεί για πολύ, αφού ο αδελφός του Misaki ανακοινώνει την επιστροφή του στο Τόκιο και την επιθυμία του, να πάει ο αδερφός του να ζήσει μαζί με εκείνον και τη γυναίκα του. Ο Akihiko δεν θέλει να τον αφήσει να φύγει, ξέρει όμως πως δεν μπορεί να του προσφέρει αυτό που μόνο μια οικογένεια μπορεί. Ο Misaki από την άλλη, δεν θέλει ούτε κι εκείνος να φύγει από το σπίτι του συντρόφου του, όμως δεν έχει το κουράγιο να το παραδεχτεί, φοβούμενος πως στην πραγματικότητα του γίνεται βάρος και πως θα ήταν καλύτερο να αφήσει τα πράγματα να κυλήσουν. Συγκλονιστική η επανένωση του ζευγαριού έπειτα από το διάστημα που ο Misaki επισκέφτηκε τον αδερφό του, συγκινητική και τρυφερή, περνώντας το μήνυμα πως ό,τι κι αν λένε οι γύρω μας, εμείς πρέπει να κάνουμε αυτό που θέλουμε, χωρίς να αφήνουμε τις στιγμές να περνάνε και να χάνονται, χωρίς να σταματάμε λεπτό να είμαστε ειλικρινείς απέναντι στα συναισθήματά μας, χωρίς να ξεχνάμε πως η οικογένειά μας είναι εκεί που εμείς επιλέγουμε. Όλα τα προηγούμενα, αντιστοιχούν στα επεισόδια 7 και 8 της πρώτης season. Όσον αφορά τις δύο πράξεις του 2ου κεφαλαίου, που για μια ακόμη φορά σχετίζονται με τους Nowaki και Hiroki, είναι περισσότερο μια αναδρομή στις σκέψεις του δεύτερου, σε μια εποχή όπου η σκέψη του ήταν ολοκληρωτικά αφοσιωμένη στον Akihito και όπου ένας άλλος άντρας τον διεκδικούσε, προσπαθώντας να τον κάνει να καταλάβει πως πρέπει να προχωρήσει, αφήνοντας πίσω του μια κατάσταση που είναι αδιέξοδη και πέραν του να τον αναλώνει, δεν του προσφέρει τίποτα άλλο. Στην τηλεοπτική εκδοχή του τεύχους, το κομμάτι αυτό έχει αφαιρεθεί, προτιμώντας προφανώς να εστιάσουν στο πως αλληλοεπηρεάζονται τα ζεύγη, παρά πως τους επηρέασαν στο παρελθόν τρίτα πρόσωπα.

Orochi no Kishi

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4.41 rating

Comment 1: In 2071 global warming or climate change, however you want to call it, has brought about intense heat in southern states causing only the most resilient or downtrodden to remain in places like Arizona and Utah. Alongside this there have been what amount to civil wars in Japan and other Asian countries bringing about desperate migration to the California coast. Not too much of a leap for the imagination. As a form of "entertainment" there are teams (gangs really) who perform and compete in races, Comment 2: This book sets the new bar for yaoi hotness and fun. The characters are likable and unique, the art is amazing, you get to pick up all kinds of Japanese cuss words, and you really believe in the main relationship but the unique setting (future dystopia desert states with a fetish for classic vehicles) makes it superior to simpler romance books. Mouse and Sadao are the main thing, but the story will easily snare you too. I'm sad I've finished this one so fast and I can't wait for the sequels! May Comment 3: Orochi no Kishi is incredible where it comes to pretty much everything. The plot, the character development, the world building, attention to details, the editing (very few books can compare, the only authors that come to mind right off the bat who are just as meticulous are Becca Abbott and Anna Butler), but most of all - gorgeous illustrations. When was the last time you saw an adult book with honest to god illustrations in it? Been almost 30 years for me. I also want to mention the length of

A Royal Bind

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3.93 rating

Comment 1: Come on Sui Lynn!! Don't leave me hanging for long please!!!!! I for one, love this series. Thought I knew who the mysterious Bad Guy was......but now I'm not sure....... Hmmmmm...... Eagerly awaiting the next installment. Hope it's coming soon... (puppy dog eyes inserted here....) Comment 2: I picked this book at the same time I bought the first in the series. I really love the world of the shifters that the author has introduced, which is different and realistic in a way other shifter 'verses aren't. I also like the description of the transformations in both books. Comment 3: This is a nice sequel to the previous book and picks up right where the story left. It was a fun read though I definitely liked the first book better. I really loved the character of Stephon which was unexpected but hilarious. Comment 4: I hate to give a low rating but sometimes I just can't give more than 1 star. The main reason of my 1 star for this book is: I was so bored I was wishing all the time something would happen... something that never happened.

Le Jeu du Chat et de la Souris, Tome 1

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4.27 rating

Comment 1: Kyoïchi va avoir trente ans, il est hétéro et n'a jamais connu l'amour, le vrai. Plusieurs filles l'on pourtant aimé, mais ça n'a jamais été réciproque. Par peur d'être trop insistant, il n'a jamais fait le premier pas, que ce soit un baisé, pour coucher ou un rendez-vous, et par culpabilité, il n'a jamais su dire non quand quelqu'un lui demandait de coucher avec, même pendant son mariage. Sa femme, ayant des doutes, engage un détective privé qui n'est autre que Imagasé, un ancien camarade de Ky Comment 2: I am not exactly sure why I like this series so much. Maybe because it is not just PWP. There is a plot. It is refreshing that there are no Mary-Sue characters. The main characters - a black-mailer with obsessive-compulsive, control-freak issues and stalker tendencies and a weak-willed serial adulterer - are unlikely heroes who grew on me. The manga discusses issues like what is love, especially love between two men, and the selfish and obsessive nature of love. Unsurprisingly, there is a happy Comment 3: In the second book of this series, there's an author's note at the end that was translated luckily - the mangaka says that she wanted to explore what happens when a person has always just gone along with who loved them best and never invested heavily into emotional relationships because something better might come along - what would happen if they met a love that convinced them no one could love them more?

Le Jeu du Chat et de la Souris, Tome 2

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4.29 rating

Kyoichi est désormais un homme divorcé, mais la relation qu'il a nouée avec Imagasé est toujours aussi ambiguë. Au fil des jours, il se laisse entraîner par son ami et partage son intimité, mais l'apparition de Tamaki. Une jeune fille attirée par Kyoichi, jette la confusion dans cette relation encore vacillante...

Kizuna - Bonds of Love: Book 1

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3.91 rating

Comment 1: I truly love and enjoy this series. The artwork may be a cross between old style and new, but still amazing. The men look like men, and oh, so sexy they are. This first volume introduces Kei and Ran as an established couple living together attending college, with flash back to when they first met in elementary school. It also introduces the complexity of both their backgrounds and families; Ranmaru raised to be a Kendo champion, Kei finding he has ties to the Yakuza and a half brother Rai. So fa Comment 2: Love it! Love it! Love it! This book is exactly the reason I fell madly in love with Kazuma Kodaka. Kizuna is exactly what I enjoy reading in Yaoi. Her characters are solid and forever evolving as the story continues. Kei Enjyoji is my favourite in every sense of the word. He's bold, humorous and strong, and he never gives up on his lover, Ranmaru Samejima, no matter the man's indifference! Awesome! Comment 3: The final volume of "Kizuna" is out, vol. 11, but when I picked it up, I realized that I had no idea what happened in the previous ten books anymore. Thus a re-read was in order. I admit that I've always been a bigger fan of the Enjoji/Ranmaru pairing than of Masa/Sagano. But I love the way Enjoji and Sagano bicker, they really are brothers!

ファインダーの標的キャラクターズブック [Finder no Hyouteki Characters Book]

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4.59 rating

Comment 1: This is a very beautiful art book featuring characters from Ayano Yamane's most popular yaoi series, Finder. It is 102 pages on high quality paper with a color dust jacket. Though many of the images in this book were also printed in "Illustrations by Aya" (which is sadly out of print) there are quite a few new ones that haven't appeared anywhere that I have seen, including websites. The covers for the four Finder volumes begin the book. Most of the images are erotic, though none are overtly expl

Double Cast

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3.2 rating

Comment 1: As a lot of this was about theatre and acting, I enjoyed it. However, some of the panels seemed to jump a little too much making the story a little hard to follow at parts. And for being a yaoi, the romance was lost for quite a bit of it. Comment 2: It's an interesting story. (And despite that sounding blaze, it's a compliment, in a world of 'WTF?! is this mistranslated?!?' yaoi titles.) Though, it does come out more shōnen-ai than explicit.

Awkward Silence, Volume 01

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4.2 rating

Too shy for love. Satoru is an introvert with a longtime crush on Keigo, a popular boy on the baseball team. But much to his surprise, Keigo comes up to him and asks him out! Satoru is so overcome he can’t respond. Will Satoru be able to get past his shyness, or will he lose his chance with the boy he loves? Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for mature audiences.

Desire

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3.76 rating

Comment 1: This one shot remains one of my favourite yaoi titles. Art student Toru is in love with his seemingly straight best friend Ryoji. He is completely thrown for a loop when Ryoji claims that Toru turns him on and asks him to sleep with him to appease his curiosity. Toru reluctantly agrees but becomes tormented as he adores Ryoji who is simply using him for sex... and indeed continues his relationship with his girlfriend and makes no secret of the fact. The president of the art club takes pity on To Comment 2: I don't know how to feel about this one. I liked the plot but I didn't like the plot. It had its moments when the story was pretty great but the romance that went on I didn't understand sometimes. It seemed okay. Comment 3: One of the first BL mangas I ever read. Over the years I've come to understand its problems, but it will always have a special place in my heart and my memories.

S, Vol. 3: Split

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4.15 rating

Comment 1: Wow, this installment in this series is really meaty. We get to see all the players more clearly and understand where everyone stands. Let's be honest there are things that as a westerner I just don't get but it is a solid work by Saki Aida. Keigo Munechika is tough and passionate in the best way. Masaki Shiiba is a odd character to me. He's a strong cop but he is always being outsmarted and molested. Oh well, on to the last installment. Comment 2: This one was so crazy intense! Ahhh I love this series so much, the drama is thick and it works and I feel so bad for Shiiba, even if he is a bit of an idiot... poor guys. And holy crap, Godou and Motoaki are insane... Comment 3: OMG! This was sooooo good. I was nearly in tears at the end. It can't end like this for Shiiba & Munechika. They have to be together.

Ichigenme...The First Class Is Civil Law, Volume 1

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3.86 rating

Comment 1: Tohdou and Tamiya are law students in the same seminar. Tohdou is the son of a politician and a real flamboyant guy. He makes a move on Tamiya who denies being gay but they become friends. When a professor makes a move on Tamiya he wonders if maybe he is gay and he and Tohdou give it a whirl. I didn't really get a lot of the inside stuff as I don't understand how law school works in Japan and the signficance of certain things the students have to do except for the bar exam. It was an okay story Comment 2: Tamiya, a hard-working young prelaw student, joins a seminar full of spoiled rich slackers, including Tohdou, whose goofy exterior hides... well, read the manga. As with all of Yoshinaga-sensei's manga, there's much humor and silliness, with enough depth and warmth to capture one's attention. And yes, the characters look like those in her other books, but her lovely art and eloquent facial expressions make up for that. Comment 3: At first I didn't like Toudou. I'm not quite sure why but he just rubbed me the wrong way. But then he started hanging out with Tamiya and I suppose the fact that he was less arrogant made him warm up to me. Tamiya on the other hand I liked from the start even if he was a bit naive and indecisive. The ending was very sweet and I'm looking forward to continuing with the series.