HertZ band 43
So yesterday my package came in the mail! \*A*/ To be honest, I was very very excited about HertZ. For about ten days until it was finally released, I checked the website every day hoping that the new cover would be posted soon. I really think HertZ is probably my favorite anthology. So many amazing stories in every issue.
vague warning for R-18 images.
First, of course, was Kano Shiuko’s story! *w*
I don’t think I say it enough, but I love Kano Shiuko a lot. For some reason I just really enjoy her stories and even though I used to dislike her art I’ve really come to adore it over time. Anyway, as expected, I found this story to be quite lovely. It was about a boy who has a ‘stalker’ and so the man he met from work (and incidentally has a crush on) says they can be pretend!lovers to disillusion the stalker and make her go away. But both men are hiding a lot of their feelings—a wall that crumbles as they get closer and closer. Where does ‘pretending’ end and being true lovers start? Also, I loved the uke a lot because he looks like a dark-haired Kouta haha. And the sex scene was excellent!
The advertisement for Kojima Lalako’s Neko no Yomeiri! \o/
Next is Kinoshita Keiko’s story. For some reason I don’t read this one very closely. It feels like maybe I’m hoping for a scanlation of it or something. Even though I’d probably be able to understand everything if I read it closely, I’d feel like I’d get too frustrated if I put a lot of effort into reading it when the main character just keep floundering in his feelings haha.
By Ogawa Chise. *w* I really really like this story so far! It’s about two boys, Shuu and Chitose, who share a room at what seems to be a private high school. Chitose is always bringing girls into their room to make out even when Shuu is there, causing Shuu to have to ignore it by cranking up the music on his headphones. But it’s hard to ignore. Supposedly Chitose used to not be like this—so loose with women, constantly inviting them to his room. But later in the chapter we’re able to see what changed him. Perhaps it’s actually all Shuu’s fault after all. Anyway sdl;gj;sdgs;lkdf super excited for chapter two! So glad she’s in the next volume as well.
Himawari Souya’s story about a loose bartender and the customer who is always worrying about him. Rather cute. At one point the customer, Eiki, says “but if anyone will do, why not pick me?” A cliche line but it gets me every time.
This story was rather odd but interesting—by Aoi Aki. Her art is so so pretty. This is her first time in HertZ, I think, so a fun treat! A story about sleeping and fish and secret love for your best friend.
d;glslgs Konno Satomi!!! She’s back! \*A*/ I was so worried that her book would maybe not sell as well as they’d wished it to and she wouldn’t be invited back to contribute to HertZ again, but she’s back! This one is a multi-chapter cute story about rivals in the real estate business! It’s always so annoying when your rival is a handsome, suave gentleman who is always constantly passive-aggressively hitting on you!
The latest chapter of Yamamoto Kotetsuko’s Mad Cinderella! sob the sex scene got interrupted with the introduction of a new character. /;w;\
Chapter two of Kojima Lalako’s story. ;; This chapter is about Yuzuru and Ryousuke when they were younger, and is actually quite sad. Poor Ryousuke. I don’t know who I’m supposed to cheer for in this manga when it comes to Yuzuru’s lover—Ashiya who is mysterious and vaguely creepy and who raped poor Yuzuru, or Ryousuke who grew up with Yuzuru and loves him wholeheartedly but secretly in the shadows. Ughhhh. I wish I understood the actual plot portions of this manga better. This story is already really good but I feel like it would be so much better if my Japanese weren’t so crappy. orz;;;
Part two of Natsumizu Ritsu’s story. Poor Shinohara ran home crying. 8( But since it’s the final part, of course they were able to make up and they had sex and it was fabulous. ~the end~ But I really enjoyed reading it, of course. I don’t think I’ve read much by Natsumizu Ritsu before, and I really like her art.
Chapter four of Kamo Nabako’s story. So many misunderstandings between this couple ahhhh. orz
Chapter three of Kanai Kei’s story, but know what’s awkward? I don’t even remember there being two previous chapters haha. orz;; I fail at properly reading my books, evidently. But I figured the panty shot would be some good fanservice for those who read this post, so…
Chapter two of Minazuki Akira’s story!!! \;A;/ Finally! I really loved the first chapter and then she was supposed to be in the next volume as well, but then she ended up skipping two issues of HertZ. So now, half a year later, I finally get to read chapter two haha. This story is a big case of “only in fiction is that okay”—the seme is so so so pushy to the point where it’s kind of uncomfortable, but for some reason in this story it’s oddly romantic? I don’t get why things work that way. Their relationship isn’t doing so good, since he pretty much raped Yoshinaga at the bathhouse. :/ Control yourself, bro.
ahhhh THIS COUPLE IS THE WORST. Hakumokuren is becoming so frustrating to read. ;; Every time you think they are getting closer, something happens to pull them apart. At this moment, I’m not even so sure Shiina and Nagi are dating anymore, but Shiina has at least realized that he’s in love with male!Nagi. But the problem is that he doesn’t realize male!Nagi is actually the one wearing the dress most of the time—that the male!Nagi who catches his attention and the female!Nagi who he’s always loved are one and the same. Poor guy is so confused. At this point I feel bad for him and wish Nagi would just stop floundering and tell Shiina that he and his sister have been switching places. But now Nagi’s sister is, as a male, dating Akira. I’m hoping that’s finally the straw that breaks the camel’s back—maybe Shiina, who is also in love with male Nagi, will finally take the steps needed to accept it once he hears his best friend is dating the boy he’s in love with. (Though actually Akira is dating a girl d;gljs;gs’sdgs lmfao this manga is so confusing to talk about!)
Some Aoi Levin for you because her art is so pretty, even though I don’t read this story.
Aaaaaaand, that’s it for the ones I’ll personally be talking about! \o/
No Minazuki Akira, Konno Satomi or Kojima Lalako in the next issue. ;w; But Minase Masara is coming back, along with Komizu Kiyo. (Whose tankoubon release supposedly has been pushed way back…) Thank goodness there will be more Hakumokuren because I can’t stand this stand-still that Shiina and Nagi are currently at. And of course I am also happy about more Aoi Aki and Ogawa Chise. As always, band 44 should be a great volume to look forward to!