35DoBM: Day 17
Day 17: a BL manga that has art you don’t like but you still enjoyed it
Tango no Otoko by Okadaya Tetsuzou
Okadaya Tetsuzou has very good art; I am not, in any way, saying she (he?) is not an absolutely amazing artist. Very detailed scenes and backgrounds and stable, interesting character designs. The only problem for me is that I’m just not into gachi-muchi type art. Even in real life I totally don’t dig huge, beefy-looking men. They kind of frighten me, actually. So originally I didn’t really plan on reading The Man of Tango. I usually stay away from art styles that don’t particularly interest me (though I really wish that weren’t the case, because I know I’m missing out on a lot) because there are so many manga with art I do like that I figure there’s no reason to bother with ones with art I don’t.
But for a while everywhere I looked it was Man of Tango this and Man of Tango that. So I was like “AHHH FUCK IT” and decided I would give one chapter a go. And then another chapter. And then another. And suddenly, before I knew it, I had finished the entire tankoubon and absolutely loved it. It’s amazing how wonderfully the tango culture is weaved into the story, the characters were facinating and realistically flawed, and, somehow, I actually quite enjoyed the sex scenes even though the dudes were very, very, veeeeeery manly.
A fascinating read, highly recommended. And that really means a lot, coming from me.