quickie reviews, take 3
They’re back! Attack of the quickie reviews! Actually, I got a whole lot of BL manga in the mail yesterday and I don’t think I’ll write full reviews on all of them (I never do…) but it would be nice if for once I’d at least say something about my thoughts on each title. Unless I didn’t like it, obviously.
Kumonosuke | Lovely Talk
I have been waiting about a month for this book to arrive. I had initially planned to buy it when it was first released, but for some reason ended up bypassing it. Perhaps I was paranoid the cover art was a trick and I really wouldn’t like Kumonosuke’s style after all. I don’t know. But after Shiawase ni Naru no sa! (which I am still absolutely enamored by, ridiculously enough) I knew I had to read everything by Kumonosuke. This book, even after all the waiting and hype, definitely didn’t disappoint. Unlike most of the other things I’ve read by Kumonosuke this one is short stories, but they’re still well-written and fleshed out. And I still fell in love with the characters. The first story didn’t catch my interest so much, in which one boy asks his friend if they can try kissing ~just to practice it, and the other one says they can’t kiss just for practice because he actually has a crush on his friend and it would be painful. From there, their relationship grows.
But I really liked the second and third story, both of which were about schoolboys. The first was a senpai/kouhai pair who met by chance on the roof, and the second was about two classmates—one who was super popular and the other who was an outcast. I thought both were really cute and the characters were so endearing. ;A; The last story was somewhat unusual and bittersweet, about two neighbors who are in a sexual relationship but don’t realize they’re in love until the other one is leaving. Ahhh Kumonosuke’s writing style is just exactly what I love in BL, and her art is so cute and her characters are so charming. I just adore her. ;;
Manako | Mou Ikkai.
ohhhhhhh Manako. ♡ I bought this book when it was first released in June or July but just put it away without reading it since… well… I buy Canna, so I figured I’d have already read everything anyway. But just a while ago, desperate for something new to read, I dug it back out if even just to refresh myself on the stories and then read the extras. I’m really glad I did. ;; There was at least one story in there that was previously-unreleased and I hadn’t even thought to check when the book arrived in the mail. And that ended up being my favorite story in the entire book, incidentally—about two boys who become friends while working at a convenience store together. When one confesses to the other that he’s fallen in love with him while they’re lying together one night, the next day the guy who was confessed to acts like it never happened. Is he just being insensitive and evasive, or did he really seriously not hear the other boy’s words? Anyway, in general it was just fun to reread Manako’s stories—especially with the addition of the short extras.
One thing I love about Manako is similar to Katou Setsuko—her stories generally don’t have that ‘completed ending’ feel, leaving them emotionally open. You never really get that finished, polished feeling from her work and you’re often left wondering what exactly happened after the story ended. While I would hate if all stories ended this way (sometimes a concrete ending is good!!) it really lends a unique and interesting feel to Manako’s storytelling and I enjoy it a lot.
Patriciana Kikuchi | Doutei no Mahou
The title, The Virgin’s Magic, kind of gives you a proper feel to exactly what this story entails. Also the fact that it’s released under Junet’s Pierce Series. It’s a pretty filthy book. I talked about it a bit here when I first finished reading it, but I figured I should talk about it on this blog as well. Like I said in that post, some people might find it surprising that one can sincerely and happily really enjoy reading a manga that is all pornographic content, but I really liked this manga. It was exactly what I was in the mood for when I read it—something that wouldn’t make me sit and think, something that would give me that great ‘guilty pleasure’ kind of feel, something that was silly and weird and awkwardly sweet in an incredibly unrealistic way. I just really really enjoyed it.
The stories themselves have a fairly wide range—from double penetration to reversible characters to weird cosplay to cheesy!sweet “I LOVE YOU NNN!!” sex scenes where the characters just repeatedly cry out each others names during climax. It was just a really fun, cute read. Also, even though some would consider it shota I really love Patriciana’s art. It’s so cute and charming