Category Archives: Reviews

Words are my best weapon – Ze Vol.1 Review

ZE 1
是 1
Shimizu Yuki.
2004 – Shinshokan . 2009 – 801 Media.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Supernatural, Yaoi.
Buy: USA , Rent it,
Rating: 18+

If Fruits Baskets was done as a yaoi manga, it might look something like this… Raizou has recently moved into a strange mansion upon the death of his last living relative. Given room and board in exchange for taking over the household chores for the half dozen residents, Raizou slowly comes to realize that the house is hiding some pretty dark secrets. Are his houseguests more than what they appear? And will his attraction to the lord and master Kon prove hazardous to his health? (from 801 Media) Continue reading

Give me a week to fall in love – Seven Days Vol.1 Review

Seven Days: Monday-Thursday
セブンデイズ Monday-Thursday
Tachibana Venio, Takarai Rihito.
2007 – Taiyo Tosho. 2010 – Juné.
Genre: Drama, Shounen ai
Buy: USA , Rent it
Rating: 16+

It is rumored that Touji Seryou, one of the more popular boys at school, would go out with anyone who asks him out on a Monday morning. But on this particular Monday morning, the first person he meets at the school gate is no other than Yuzuru Shino, Seryou’s sempai at the archery club. On a whim, and well-aware of Seryou’s reputation, Shino asks Seryou to go out with him. Thinking that it will be treated as a joke, they’re both guys after all, imagine Shino’s surprise when Seryou takes him up on the offer! There is a catch, though. While Seryou does go out with the first girl who asks him out on a Monday morning, the other side of the coin is – by the end of the week, he will break up with that person. In essence, Seryou is a lover with a one-week expiration date. But will Shino prove to be the exception to that rule? (from Juné) Continue reading

A flower stands proud in the swamp – Love Water review

Love Water – 妓楼の戀水
Tachibana Venio, Miyagi Tooko.
2007 – Taiyo Tosho. 2010 – Juné.
Genre: Drama, Historical, Romance, Yaoi
Buy: USA , Rent it
Rating: 16+

In the intricately mannered world of an Osaka brothel in Meiji-era Japan, Misao, a beautiful male servant, can only dream of a time when he can earn enough money to pay his debt to the brothel and escape his servitude. Into his small, stifling world comes Masaomi Towa, the handsome and wealthy heir to a corporation and a newcomer to the rules of the pleasure district. Masaomi’s sincerity and kindness penetrate through Misao’s practiced cynicism, and Misao finds his heart captured by love for the first time. But Masaomi has come calling to meet with Ukigumo, the brothel’s beautiful head courtesan. Will Misao’s deepest desire come true, or will the cruel reality of the brothel destroy his dream of love? Venio Tachibana’s beautifully-rendered portrait of Meiji Japan evokes an era gone by. Includes illustrations by Tooko Miyagi. Continue reading

And Action! – Double Cast Review

Double Cast – ダブルキャスト
Mizutashi Takana, Mamahara Ellie.
2007 – Shinshokan. 2010 – DokiDoki.
Genre (s): Drama, Yaoi
USA: Vol 1, Rent it (Coming soon)
Rating: 16+

Yuki Yamamuro: he’s a star who’s blessed with such talent that no one can take their eyes off him. Yuki tries to trick mitsuru sawaki, who yuki’s “occasional lover” and producer otaki has his sights on. However, the seemingly innocent Sawaki actually gets the jump on him, and they end up costarring in the same drama. The curtain has just been raised on this game of love between two men who have their pride at stake!

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Review: Love Full of Scars

Love Full of Scars
傷だらけの愛羅武勇

Psyche Delico.
2008 – Tokyo Mangasha. 2009 – Netcomics
Genre: Comedy, Drama, School Life, Yaoi
Buy: USA , Rent it
Rating: 18+

Love Full of Scars by Delico Psyche follows some of the rougher, odder, and even taboo relationships known to the yaoi genre.
The stories in Love Full of Scars tell of both the physical and emotional marks that tough love can leave on a person.

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Review: Dash!

Dash! – ダッシュ!
Natsume Isaku. 2006. Ookura Shuppan. Juné.
GENRE (S): Comedy, Drama, School Life, Yaoi
JPN: Volume 1 (C) | USA: Volume 1 (C) , Kindle (C), Rent it (C)
RATING: 16+
SYNOPSIS:

Akimoto entered the judo club because he was a huge fan of Saitoh. But all that was waiting for him was a daily life being an errand boy. Things liven up when Akimoto finds out that Saitoh has a deep, deep secret?! Don’t miss this charming volume of pure love between a cute boy and an ideal man, and of a devilish cousin’s anguish at the mercy of a beauty.

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Review: Arashi no Ato & Double Line

Arashi no Ato -After the Storm- by Hidaka Shouko is a sequel of sorts to Signal, by the same author. However, this time the story is about the really interesting and seemingly obnoxious character we caught only a glimpse of before; the president of an interior design company, and friend of the previous main characters, Sakaki Masahiko.

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We would always like to think that we have control over ourselves, especially when it comes to our feelings. Of course, most of the times things don’t turn out exactly the way we want them to in that area. There are also those occasions when a conviction takes form on its own, completely ignoring the conscious mind, and you can find yourself wondering if there isn’t someone else sharing your inner boat. It can be a surprising, refreshing, or even dazzling feeling, to find oneself attracted to someone you are not supposed to; it can be a really bothersome issue too…which is exactly our the case for Sakaki. Continue reading

Review: Dog Style

Teru Chiaki and Miki Terayama are high school students who belong to different years but, somehow, happen to constantly stumble upon each other in some pretty unusual situations. It’s not like they are fighting together; since the odds are against them, it’s more like they are running from danger together. Chiaki and Miki aren’t friends, so they are quite amused finding out that their very best friends are actually brothers. That aside, those very best friends are exactly the reason why these two feel so lonely as to not care if they have to share their hideout anymore.

Unexpectedly, Chiaki, the delinquent, and Miki, his promiscuous sempai, become buddies in the midst of danger and loneliness. They feel at ease with the other and their time together is the perfect scape from their difficult  situations. Soon, in what seems the most logical next step, their games take fooling around to the next step; Miki and Chiaki have become sex buddies.
This story is funny, a bit violent, sexy and sometimes a bit sad. Add to that the fact that this is an equally standing couple, with a manly uke and probably the shortest seme around; now we have the perfect recipe for an unique yaoi. Not only that, there is a fair amount of humor and some fights that throw a shounen feeling to the mix. This is indeed the perfect example of a good school delinquent’s yaoi; sometimes you are having so much fun that you might forget that there was a pretty steamy sex scene around the corner.
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Review: Memory of the Future and Kaze no Yukue [Future Lovers]

Two men, that have nothing to do with each other, end up having a one-night stand in a very unlikely situation. Kento is your average straight guy, his dream is to have a perfect wife and loving children, but he wants that future so much that he always overlooks an important detail, love. Thus, his straightforward personality leads him to be dumped by his fiancee when he proposed to her. Heartbroken Kento wants to get drunk and doesn’t really care about the company, a man who seems to be just a harmless onlooker and was affected by the ex outburst. Well, it turns out that the charming stranger is no less than a very loose homosexual, and, what’s more, he’s looking for fun. As expected, alcohol, plus broken, heart plus debauchery incarnated in a man, are too much for our ordinary guy to bear, so of course, he just drowns in the sensation, deciding to forget later. What looked like an awful mistake, that should be buried in the depths of his mind, became a really troublesome situation when Akira, the seductive stranger, appears as the new teacher in the school where Kento works.

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Review: Finder No Hyouteki [Finder Series]

Finder No Hyouteki is about the freelancer photojournalist Takaba Akihito, a high-spirited young man that is always fighting to achieve his dreams, to find the shots that would prompt him to be a professional in the future. Akihito always tries his best with a positive mind, which is a really good quality, until it gets him too involved where he shouldn’t have been. His carelessness, while trying to catch politicians doing dirty businesses, almost got him murdered by one of the big shots of the underworld, Asami Ryuichi. However, in a display of even more of that careless behaviour he managed to scape from this dangerous man and the easy punishment.

Asami is not a man to joke with and when he finds a suitable prey to tame there are no means to escape from him; Akihito will get an even more humiliating punishment from the yakuza leader and thanks to his stubbornness he will never be able to get away from Asami’s grasp. If you don’t like BDSM things and violence or are strongly against rape, even if it is kind of “justified” in the plot, you should avoid this story. If that’s not the case welcome and enjoy the thrill!
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