35DoBM: Day 08
Day 08: a BL manga that makes you fluffy and happy when you read it
Love, or Something by Yamashita Tomoko
At first I was going to use this subject as a chance to talk about Ogura Muku and Kumota Haruko and how fluffy and sweet their stories are, but then I remembered this story and figured it was about time to give credit to a mangaka I absolutely adore but don’t talk about quite so often.
Love, or Something is a short story—it only takes up the fourth chapter of her tankoubon Illumination. And the setting isn’t huge and romantic. It’s just two men talking, huddled together under a blanket while sitting on a porch in the cold. One is a gay man who just cheated on his lover and then they broke up, and the other is his friend who he may or may not like—it’s never stated outright. And the story isn’t really all that fluffy or anything as far as sweet nothings and cutesy romance goes. Literally, it’s just two men sitting on a fucking porch and talking to each other about relationships and feelings. A semi-realistic story about a gay man and his straight-but-maybe-not-idek love interest and it’s just. I remember shedding a few tears the first time I read it. They’re so human and lovely and it gave me that great “kyunnnnn~” type feeling when I read it. It’s such an oddly pure, wonderful type of hopefulness that I felt really moved.
SPEAKING OF YAMASHITA TOMOKO! /o/ You can actually go here to FEEL YOUNG’s youtube and watch her color her illustrations for the cover of her latest josei tankoubon HER. It’s actually pretty damn interesting.