Castle Mango

When I read the description about this manga, I must say I had some prejudices and I really didn’t expect it to be the way it is. When I read love hotel, shooting AV’s and pants suddenly removed, I kinda thought that we will have a “typical bully”, who “can’t help it and can’t control himself” and a “poor, little and confused” lamb, who knows nothing about anything and just accepts thing and let’s being pushed around. Yet, there’s more there and I’m glad I gave it a shot.

There are two main characters, Yorozu and Togame. Yorozu is a very responsible and serious high school boy. A boy that, because of his family circumstances, doesn’t know how to relax and be just a boy or depend on adults.

Because of the lack of his experience, which growing up and dealing with different things brings, he will misunderstand a situation between Togame and his younger brother Satoru, which will lead to other things and actions he will do, which just show that he’s still a kid.

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What I liked about his is that he really supports his family, how capable he is and that he doesn’t hide the fact that he lives in a “love hotel”, even though many people would think it’s so shameful. There’s a good reason for it and it’s enough that he knows it. On the other hand, it helped him decide what he wants to do in the future.

Togame, on the other hand, is a director of pretty popular AV’s. He does that for living but he doesn’t stop there and he also has his dreams. I like it how he treats Satoru and how, later on, he will try to help Yorozu because he understands that kids shouldn’t go through hardships like that. The more I knew about him, the more I liked him and the way he reacts and deals with things. He sure has his flaws too, yet it made him feel more “real” and human.

I liked the relationship that will develop between him and Yorozu and how it develops slowly and steady and without rushing anything. His coworkers are pretty interesting and nice too, and it was nice to see how they care for him and support him.

This manga was written by Konohara Narise and art was drawn by Ogura Muku. It is the right manga for you if you look for a deeper story, yet if you are more interested in love scenes, then you’d be a bit disappointed.

 

Lonely to Organdy

It’s a story about Haruto, who left his parental home because he didn’t want to continue family business but try to be a singer and songwriter. After a failed attempt of singing on the street, he stopped playing music and just passed his days working, eating, sleeping and watching dramas on TV.

One day, he got involved in an accident, when his life flashed in front of his eyes and when he thought of the fact that he will die and wont do the things he planned on doing, when he came there. Yet, he survived and from that moment on he was able to see Akira, the ghost that was haunting him.

That was a start of a really nice friendship. They would pass days and nights together, enjoying each others company. Haruto will learn things about Akira, where is he from, how and because he died, what he felt then and while being a ghost. Akira brought light in Haruto’s lonely life, but Haruto helped him feel less lonely too. He will support him to start over with his music and go towards the goal he had. 

This short manga, written by Ogeretsu Tanaka, was unexpectedly warm, sad and easy to read. It shows that we don’t need much to be happy, if we are lucky enough to encounter with special people in the time of our greatest need (many times especial for us only). 

Koujitsusei no Tobira and Jin to Neko wa Yobu to Konai

For Buegette Cys, who lived his life quiet normally, with his work and girlfriend Irene, everything will change one day when he gets the call informing him that his brother died and that his brother left behind an adopted son, Buegette Kai. He haven’t seen his brother, who was a scientist, for 10 years. His brother was working on a way to implant a foreign memory into someone’s brain and change that person’s memory. The arrival of beautiful 17 year old boy will lead to him losing his girlfriend and, in a way, losing his mind since he will get strangely attracted to this boy.

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It will appear that Kai is doing some shady work on the side, but Cys couldn’t even imagine what was going on and where it would lead him. Cys will hear amazing stories about himself and his brother and Kai. Both the FBI and CIA will get involved. After all the things he heard, he just wanted to be left alone.

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In the time that follows, Cys will try to find out more about his past and his brother. He understood that he shouldn’t have said that to Kai and that he has a lot of questions for him. Kai seems to know many things about him, even from the time that he doesn’t remember. He will tell him about the time they met, who named him and many other things.

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This manga turns out to be more a thriller than just a common and repetitive yaoi. But the end wasn’t quiet satisfying.

If you want to read more about Mari and Jin, you can in Jin to Neko wa Yobu to Konai (Neither Jin nor a Cat Come when Calling).

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But let me warn you. This manga has different short stories and it isn’t as good as Koujitsusei no Tobira. Jin is way too weird, for my taste. Mari was more interesting for me yet he seemed like he wasn’t quiet sure what he wants to do about certain things. His friendship with Jin is pretty unusual. There’s also a guy that violated Mari but wants to continue?!? Besides the story about Jin and Mari, there is even a weirder story about an ex baseball player. Also one shockingly sad, involving death. And if you are in need of gay angels, you’ll find them too. You wont miss anything if you don’t read them.

Both manga were written by Shoowa.

Sorenari ni Shinken Nan desu. (Only Serious About You)

This isn’t the first time that I was reading a manga where a gay couple takes care of a child together, still it was a nice story. This is a story about Oosawa Naoki, one really hard working man who, while trying to make money for his family, kinda “forgot” that he should spend some time with them too. As a result, his wife left him and their daughter, after saying that she is tired of being at home alone and taking care of their daughter Chizu. Now Naoki is trying to mingle between taking care of Chizu and working all day long as a chef in one restaurant.

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From the restaurant, he got to know a pretty handsome man called Yoshioka Seiichi. Yoshioka is a person who changes his partners often, falls in and out of love and is open about the fact that he is gay. He constantly makes advances on Oosawa, even though he knows Naoki is straight. But it’s almost like some type of “ritual” Yoshioka does.

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Their relationship will slowly start to change, after the time when Oosawa will really be in need because of Chizu and when Yoshioka will help him out, even though Naoki never expected something like that from him.

Now, there are a lot of events that are nothing new you didn’t read before in one yaoi manga, but what I liked about this particular one is mentioning some things from real life. What I mean is, how you can have prejudice about someone, just because the way they act, but they can surprise you in a positive way and change your way of seeing them. How, even when you are a grown up and you think you know yourself well, you learn new things and you try to change, although it isn’t easy. How you learn that being someone’s partner is way more than just being married to them. Also, families can be “unusual” but they can be nice and warming and contained of happy people.

I am sure you will enjoy this manga, written by Asou Kai.

P.s. After reading this manga, I was excited to read also Yachin Hanbun no Ibasho desu. (A Place for Half a Rent), which is a parent story. But, it wasn’t as enjoyable as the first one.

Wild fangs and Wild rose

Both manga were written by Yamagishi Hokuto. It is a story about two brothers, Mao and Kiri, who lived in an isolated village, with their grandmother. The reason why they lived in such a place is that they are beasts, very famous and part of a big group in the past, but now there aren’t many of them left. They need to have their “master”, the special human who command them and prevent them from loosing their consciousness and turning into beasts forever.

In Wild fangs, the story in about Mao, who left his village after his grandmother died. Kiri has left before that, so Mao didn’t want to stay alone in the village. He went on the travel, looking for his master. During that travel he meets Syon, a bounty hunter, and meets his brother Kiri again.

In Wild rose, we follow Kiri, who felt the village and his brother and grandmother, in order to see for himself if it is really needed to live a such isolated life, just because he doesn’t have a master. That new way of life will be pretty tough on him and, in his darkest moment, he will meet Mikhail

Needless to say, it’s not only the beast that is in need of a master, but the masters themselves are “saved” by companionship and the love of the beast. The brotherly love between Mao and Kiri is also nice.

It’s a nice read, with an interesting story, great art and without explicit sex scenes.

There is a third part called Wild Wind, situated long time ago, where you can get to know a bit more about the history of the beasts and how they appeared and what happened. It’s a nice read too.

 

My Top manga

I really like reading manga. Since reading Fruit Basket and after it Hana Yori Dango (my first two manga I’ve read) I got completely hooked up! Today, two and a half years later, give or take, I’ve completed 796 manga, I’m reading 49, 70 are “on hold” and I’ve dropped 22 of them. On my list for reading next are 544.

I wanted to share the ones that I really liked to read. They are of different genres, some are manga and some are manhwa. There are a few one-shots here but I normally enjoy longer manga (the longer it is, I enjoy it more, if it’s a good manga). I’m just sharing the ones that I gave 8, 9 or 10 points (out of 10). Even between the ones with the same points, there are some that I liked more than others. Anyway, I hope you’ll find something here that you’d like to read. I put the names both in Japanese and English, for you to find them more easily. Also, you have a link for mangaka, to really nice site called MAL (myanimelist).

Hope you’ll like it!

10:

Watashi-tachi no Shiawase na Jikan (Our Happy Hours) by Yumeka, Sumomo

9:

Fruits Basket (Furuba) by Takaya, Natsuki

Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) by Kamio, Yoko

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom) by Nakajo, Hisaya

Kodomo no Omocha (Kodocha: Sana’s Stage) by Obana, Miho

Love So Life by Kouchi, Kaede

Ore no Hanashi wo Shiyouka (Shall we speak about me?) by Kamio, Yoko

The Friendly Winter by Lee, Jun

8:

Kare First Love by Miyasaka, Kaho

360º material by Minami, Touko

Akuma de Sourou (The Devil Does Exist) by Takanashi, Mitsuba

All You Need Is Kill by Obata, Takeshi (Art), Sakurazaka, Hiroshi (Story), Takeuchi, Ryousuke (Story)

Another by Kiyohara, Hiro (Art), Ayatsuji, Yukito (Story)

Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) by Sakisaka, Io

Arisa by Ando, Natsumi

B-Eyes by Shiomi, Chika

Banken Hero (The Watchdog Hero) by Mitsui, Haruka

Bitou Lollipop by Iketani, Rikako

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased; The Town Where Only I am Missing) by Sanbe, Kei

Boku Kara Kimi ga Kienai (You Can’t Disappear From Me) by Aikawa, Saki

Boku wa Konomama Kaeranai (I Shall Never Return) by Uchida, Kazuna

Boku wa Ookami. (I am the only wolf.) by Yuki, Nachi

Bokura ni Matsuwaru etc. (You and Me, Etc.) by Kyuugou

Bonnouji by Aki★Eda

Boyfriend by  Yamada, Daisy

Boys Love by Tachibana, Kaimu

Brother Auto Spot by Noici, Micuro

Cat street by Kamio, Yoko

Cherry Boy, That Girl by South Ant

Coda by Ichimura, Hitoshi

Crayon Days: Daikirai na Aitsu by Chiba, Kozue

Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha by Okamura, Tensai

End Game by Yamanaka, Hiko

Endou-kun no Kansatsu Nikki (Tsuda Note) by Hayakawa, Nojiko

Futari no Renai Shoka by Yamazaki, Kore

Doushitemo Furetakunai (No Touching at All) by Yoneda, Kou

Gohou Drug (Legal Drug) by CLAMP

Hajimari no Niina (Beginning Niina) by Minamori, Koyomi

Hana no Kishi (Knight of Flower) by Nishikata, Mai

Hana to Rakurai (Flower and Thunderbolt) by Watanabe, Kana

Hana wa Saku ka (Does the Flower Blossom?) by Hidaka, Shoko

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: After School (Hana-Kimi – Kayashima Arc) by Nakajo, Hisaya

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Special-hen (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Special Ending) by Nakajo, Hisaya

He Loves You by Yanai, Wakana

Heart by Takada, Rie

Hirunaka no Ryusei (Daytime Shooting Star) by Yamamori, Mika

Hotarubi no Mori e (Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light) by Midorikawa, Yuki

Houkago Hokenshitsu (After School Nightmare) by Mizushiro, Setona

Hybrid Child by Nakamura, Shungiku

Ichigo Channel (Strawberry Channel) by Tajima, Mimi

Ikumen☆After by Kodaka, Kazuma

Ingènuo by Ryan

Joou to Shitateya (Queen and the tailor) by Beriko, Scarlet

Junai Labyrinth (Pure Love Labyrinth) by Nakaji, Yuki

Junai Tokkou Taichou! (Pure-Love Kamikaze Captain) by Seino, Shizuru

Junjou Drop (Junjou Cider) by Nakahara, Aya

Junketsu Drop by Kisaragi, Manami (Art), Watarumi, Naho (Story)

Kamisama ga Uso wo Tsuku. (The Gods Lie) by Ozaki, Kaori

Kamisama no Iutoori (As the God of Death Dictates; Like God Says) by Kaneshiro, Muneyuki (Story), Fujimura, Akeji (Art)

Kare no Ondo (His Temperature) by Miyagawa, Masayo

Kare wa Tomodachi (He is a Friend) by Yoshioka, Ririko

Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou (Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances) by Tsuda, Masami

Kiken Mania (Dangerous Mania) by Nanajima, Kana

Kimi wa Kirakira (You’re Sparkling) by Yoshino, Aki

Kimi wa Pet (Tramps Like Us) by Ogawa, Yayoi

Kimi-iro Eden (Eden in Your Color) by Aomoto, Sari

Kingyosou (Goldfish Sonata; Silent Love Song) by Fujitsuka, Yuki

Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) by Ooima, Yoshitoki

Koe no Katachi by Ooima, Yoshitoki

Koi, Hirari (Love, Lightly) by Mitsuki, Miko

Koibitogokoro (Heart of Lover) by Kanda, Neko

Koizora: Setsunai Koimonogatari (Love Sky – Sad Love Story) by Haneda, Ibuki (Art), Mika (Story)

Konya mo Nemurenai (No Sleep Tonight) by Yamamoto, Kotetsuko

Kore ga Koi to Iu naraba by Aikawa, Saki

Koukou Debut (High School Debut) by Kawahara, Kazune

Last Game by Amano, Shinobu

Last Note by Sakurakouji, Kanoko

Life by Suenobu, Keiko

Love Calendar by Minase, Mayu (Art), DECO*27 (Story)

Love in the Mask by Han, Yu-Rang

Love Lesson by Chidori, Peko

Lover Boy by Han, Yu-Rang

Marmalade Boy by Yoshizumi, Wataru

Mars by Souryo, Fuyumi

Mashikaku Rock (Tonari no Hanako-san; Sayonara Sankaku) by Watanabe, Kana

Matsuri Special by Kamio, Yoko

Mixed Vegetable by Komura, Ayumi

My Boyfriend Is a Vampire by Han, Yu-Rang

My Girl by Yumeka, Sumomo

My Heart is Beating by Ha, Il-Kwon

My Hero by Kumaoka, Fuyu

Nakanmon! (Crybaby, Don’t Cry!) by Tsukishima, Haru

Nekota no Koto ga Kininatte Shikatanai by Oouta, Rie

Neon Sign Amber by Ogeretsu, Tanaka

Nineteen, Twenty-One (19-21) by Kim, Hye-Jin

Omoi no Kakera (Fragments of love) by Takemiya, Jin

Only You: Tobenai Tsubasa by Suetsugu, Yuki

Orange by Takano, Ichigo

Orange Marmalade by SeokWoo

Parfait Tic! (Are you Happy?) by Nanaji, Nagamu

Sad Love Song by Shin, Ji-Sang (Story & Art), Geo (Story & Art)

Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) by Kodama, Yuki

Sakamichi no Apollon: Bonus track by Kodama, Yuki

Seishun Survival (Youth Survival) by Motomi, Kyousuke

Sekine-kun no Koi (Sekine’s love) by Kawachi, Haruka

Seven Days by Takarai, Rihito (Art), Tachibana, Venio (Story)

Shiawase Kissa 3-choume (Happy Cafe) by Matsuzuki, Kou

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (You Lie in April) by Arakawa, Naoshi

Sono Kuchibiru, Itadakimasu (Don’t Say “I Love You”) by Shiraishi, Yuki

Soredemo, Yasashii Koi wo Suru (Even So, I Will Love You Tenderly) by Yoneda, Kou

Sorekara, Kimi wo Kangaeru (Then, I think of you) by Komatsu

Steel Rose by Ryan

Strobe Edge (Colorless Dreamer) by Sakisaka, Io

Taiyou no Ie (House of the Sun) by Taamo

Tamayura by Yuki, Ringo

Taro-kun wa Kou Miete Igai to xxx desu. by Ichikawa, Shou

Teppen! (The Top) by Tsukimiya, An

Teppuu (Iron Wind) by Ohta, Moare

Tetsugaku Letra by Yumeka, Sumomo

The One by Lee, Nicky

Tokidoki by Komi, Naoshi

Tokimekigokoro by Kanda, Neko

Tomodachi no Hanashi (The Secret of Friendship) by Kawahara, Kazune (Story), Yamakawa, Aiji (Art)

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster) by Robico

Torikagosou no Kyou mo Nemutai Juunin-tachi (Hotel Williams Child Bird) by Kabei, Yukako (Story), Takarai, Rihito (Art)

Usagi Drop (Bunny Drop) by Unita, Yumi

Usemono Yado by Hozumi

Yamamoto Zenjirou to Moushimasu (I Am Called Yamamoto Zenjirou) by Maki, Youko

Yappari Taro-kun wa Kou Miete Igai to xxx desu. by Ichikawa, Shou

Yatteranneeze! (I Can’t Take it Anymore) by Koide, Mieko (Story & Art), Akizuki, Koh (Story)

Youth Gone Wild by Lee, Nicky

Yurara no Tsuki (Yurara) by Shiomi, Chika

Yuru Koi (All Love) by Yoshino, Aki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yasashii Kankei (Tender affairs)

This manga was written by Fuwa Shinri. It has a sequel called Perfect World but it hasn’t been translated yet completely. The story is about Murase Naoya, a 23 years old car salesman. He has a lot of problems at his work, because he’s too shy and blushes every time he has to speak with somebody. His co-worker Tamura, a very successful salesman in that branch, helps him out quiet often. He will take him to his client, in who Murase will recognize his childhood friend Innami Tsukasa, who disappeared seven years ago, without saying anything to Murase. Murase considered him his best friend and he was really shocked when Tsukasa disappeared.

Murase is a really huge crybaby who only knows to ask for forgiveness from the others, easily afraid and used by others, who doesn’t believe in himself and who dislikes himself. Tsukasa is  Murasa’s childhood friend and his biggest support in his early childhood. He is now a known writer, that writes under a pen name Tsukazaki Hajime. A lot happened to him, in those seven years that they didn’t meet each other.

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I didn’t like Murase’s character much. I know it can be complicated when your parents put a lot of pressure on you and compare you with your brother, who is just born more talented then he was. But, so many tears and constant asking of forgiveness, even though he didn’t do anything wrong is just too much.

Tsukasa is more up to my taste, dark, not smiling but still a good and caring person. The way he became is a little bit fault of his family and some of the things that happened with them. I guess it was his way of protecting himself and trying to distance himself from the things that hurt him. Long hair suits him very well (he had a reason why he let it grow that much), so it was very strange to see him when he cut it, later on.

Tamura was likable in the beginning but I really dislike people who force themselves on other people, no matter what’s the reason. No is a no, no matter how much you like the other person.
Anyway, it isn’t a bad read…one more manga that shows that everybody needs at least one person in their life to support them.

Perfect XXX (He is a Perfect Man)

This manga was written by Hiiro Reiichi. There are two main characters, Kariya Kenshiro and Sasami Ayato. I’ve read my fair share of yaoi manga, but this wasn’t really a good one. The plot was made out of nothing, it all has to do with the fact of winning Koshien (The National High School Baseball Championship that is played on Koshien stadium) and trading sex for making Kariya play baseball.

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I really find it pretty stupid that one of the main characters plays baseball just because he fell in love with Aya-chan while he was a kid, and then he wanted to have some type of relationship with him. It begun with kissing, then touching and then it culminated with him wanting to have sex with Ayato at every moment possible. See seems like a horny bull all the time, a guy that has problems with anger management and who can’t focus on something important (he eventually did use his brain, but it took him long and it didn’t last much) but yet somehow has an extraordinary talent for baseball. There is nothing perfect about him. Ayato is a typical crybaby, who overthinks everything and has no self esteem.

Then, they bring forward more characters, to spice it up, but in the end, it feels like everyone is gay in the team and horny as hell. I don’t like stories with no point and great development (unless they are entertaining). The only part that I found interesting about this manga are the parts where they talk about baseball and explain about it ( I don’t know much about baseball and it’s rules, so I found these parts interesting). And drawings are better in those parts.

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Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume wo Miru (The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese)

Lets talk about this yaoi by Mizushiro Setona and it’s sequel Sojou no Koi wa Nido Haneru. Lets put on the side that these manga have such a stupid names, in my opinion, but what we got here are Ootomo Kyouichi, a married guy and Imagase Wataru, his kohai from university days.

There are many things that I didn’t like about this manga. In BL manga, you can’t expect many “reasonable” things to happen and a lot of things just don’t make sense, but this one was pretty something.

So, we have Ootomo Kyouichi, a married guy who can’t keep it in his pants and cheats on his wife many times because “he was forced to” and “couldn’t get away from that woman”. So basically we have a guy, who goes with the flow, lets people use him as they wish and thinks it’s never his fault, ’cause all he is looking for is someone to love him…(of course, without giving much in return, besides being polite and kind to them).

Imagase Wataru, on the other hand, is a gay guy who fell in love with a straight guy and then thinks that’s enough to blackmail Ootomo into having some type of contact with him, thinking it would be enough to satisfy his desire. The wussy he is, Ootomo agrees and then this painful story begins. Of course that what Imagase gets from Ootomo isn’t enough and, no matter how much he prepares himself for it and for the fact that Ootomo doesn’t love him and will leave him the moment some interesting woman appears, he still can’t stop hoping that something will change. I just think that Ootomo should be more sincere and just leave him alone. But no, he did even the opposite.

He even dreamed of Imagase, that he was actually a woman (in his dream) and then the reaction when he woke up was like this:

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Bottom line, I wouldn’t recommend it…The sequel is even more boring and it makes no sense, after Ootomo starts living with Tamaki, after “breaking up” with Imagase. It just wasn’t good enough for me.

Familiar

This yaoi, written by Ootsuki Miu, is pretty bad (in my humble opinion). I didn’t have great expectations whatsoever but still, there were some things that I really disliked.

So, we have on one side a complete homophobe Ryohei, who was completely ok with having Nanao as his older brother (after their parents remarried), until the moment he found out that Nanao is gay and then starts to avoid him as he was some kind of sick person, who would pass him the disease if he even talks normally with him, let alone touch him!

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On the other side, we have Nanao, who is really kind and nice and good looking, but really doesn’t want to deal with Ryohei’s stupidity, so he gives him a piece of his mind.

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And then the even more stupid part starts. Our homophobe Ryohei decides that he can’t watch Nanao having sex friends and suddenly decides to be his partner?!? And, until then pretty cool Nanao, turns into a crying and over sensitive mess?!? Come on! And then, after some problems and Ryohei’s jealosy strikes, they lived happily ever after…Sorry, but I just can’t buy that…

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